With Viera plasma TV, Panasonic has attained a picture quality that will mesmerize. The TH42PD50UP plasma TV can display an incredible 8.58 billion colors and 2,048 shades of gradation. The so often talked about "contrast ratio" is strongly linked to the realism of the picture. The Panasonic TH-42PD50U features upto a 4000:1 contrast ratio. Such a wide range from black to white means great depth and dimensionality with vibrant colors. Deep blacks provide excellent shadow detail during dark scenes, while brilliant whites allow plasmas to render bright scenes with vivid realism.
The TH42PD50UP includes an integrated speaker system in an incredibly slim and elegant design. But just wait until you turn it on and pump it up. The surround sound system creates an authentic and exciting 3D enhancement effect from the stereo speakers while preserving the clarity and definition for which High-Definition Sound is noted.
Panasonic didn't stop at good enough with the TH42PD50UP. They strove for the extraordinary, including technology to get the most out of this astounding TV. The appearance of an object, as perceived by the human eye, is influenced by the colors of the objects surrounding it. This is known as the Mach Band Effect. The TH42PD50UP features an M.B.E. enhancer, which utilizes the principals of this theory to enhance the brightness of objects on the screen, helping improve sharpness. A Gamma Enhancement System adds subtle nuance to dark scenes and gives images greater depth by increasing the number of gradation shades at low brightness levels. It employs non-linear signal processing to reproduce images that accommodate the high sensitvity of the human eye. Additionally, the system features the Panasonic Plasma AI function, which analyzes scenes and automatically adjusts peak brightness according to the brightness of the images. These are just a couple of the little things that make a big difference in the image quality of the TH42PD50UP.
The TH-42PD50 is equipped with an HDMI output, which is a new standard digital connection between A/V devices, such as a set-top box, DVD player or A/V receiver, and a digital telelvision. HDMI offers exceptional video and audio quality with a single quick-disconnect connector. It supports multi-channel digital audio transmissions and component video color spacing for true rendering of HD video. HDMI supports the HDCP copy protection standard, allowing transmission of copy-protected digital content to your display. The video portion of HDMI is also backwards-compatible with DVI-HDCP devices using a special cable adapter or a backward compatible cable.
Screen Size: 42" Diagonal
Native Resolution: 852 x 480 Pixels
Panel Type: 8th Generation Plasma Panel
Displayable Colors: 8.58 Billion
Shades of Gradation: 2,048
Contrast Ratio: up to 4000:1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Built-in Tuners: NTSC (Standard analog broadcasts); ATSC/QAM (SDTV and HDTV broadcasts)
Display Type: EDTV 480p
Aspect Control for TV/AV Modes: 4:3, Zoom, Full, Just
Mach Band Effect Enhancer: Yes
Pixel Pitch: (H x V) 1.08 x 1.08 mm
HDMI-HDCP Interface: Yes
Audio Input: (for Video) 2 rear
Audio Input (for Component Video): x 2
S-Video Input: x 2 rear
Component Video Inputs: x 2 rear inputs
Composite Video Output: x 1 rear output
Speakers: x 2 (16W, 6 ohms, 105Hz - 20kHz, 10% THD)
Remote Control: included
On-Screen Display Languages: English/Spanish/French
Power Supply: AC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption: 390 W
Dimensions (H x W x D): 27.5'' x 42 3/64'' x 3.8''
Weight: 72.8 lbs
Warranty: 1 year parts and labor