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The Panasonic TH-42PZ80Q is a 42" plasma television.

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colors look deep and realistic, impressive picture overall

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Tru2way setup is simple and reduces clutter

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shows fast-moving subjects with no noticeable blur or jitter

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picture is highly detailed, every little detail pops right out

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controls are fairly simple, not much of a learning curve

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channel and volume buttons on the remote are in an awkward spot

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no backlight on the remote, hard to see in the dark

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bezel is oversized, much thicker than most HDTVs of this size

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The Panasonic TH-42PZ80Q is a 42" plasma television, part of the 80Q series which are the first plasmas to include Tru2way support. Tru2way, which is built in, is designed to enable full access to digital cable TV services without using a separate cable box. Reviewers find that aside from the Tru2way support, the 80 Q series is identical to the 80 U series which offers the viewer a 20,000:1 native contrast ratio and 1080p resolution.  This series of televisions also fall under the Viera series with features like video noise reduction, 3D color management and 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.  Just released on October 15, 2008, Panasonic's website gives notification that this television is available only in the Chicago and Denver areas.

  • Tru2way technology lets you eliminate the cable box
  • Enjoy Deep Black Levels with Outstanding Contrast with 1,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
  • 480Hz Sub-Field Drive self-illuminating plasma -Watch Fast-Moving Scenes with Clear, Vivid Resolution
  • Screen Size: 42" Class (41.6" diagonal)
  • Display Resolution: 1080p
  • Contrast Ratio Native: 20,000:1 Dynamic: 1,000,000:1
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Speakers: Full-range x 2 (L, R) with Surround Sound
  • Connections: Integrated ATSC Tuner, SD Memory Card Slot, HDMI Input: 3 (1 front), Analog Audio Input, Composite Video Input: 2 (1 front), S-Video Input: 2 (1 front)
  • Approximate Dimensions: Height: 26.7" Width: 41.3" Depth: 3.7"
  • Approximate Weight: Unit: 66.1 lbs
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