Panasonic TX-P42S20B review

Freeview HD-packing plasma TV that hits the sweet spot

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  • Excellent black level response
  • Clean motion handling


  • Picture slightly muted
  • One or two colour tone issues
  • No D-Sub PC port

The TX-P42S20 is one of Panasonic's first Freeview HD plasma TVs to launch in the UK this year.

Panasonic's 2009 plasma TV range felt like a classic case of two halves, to be honest. In the good half, we found screens using Panasonic's NeoPDP technology to mostly excellent effect, boosting brightness, colour response and energy efficiency.

In the rather average half were screens that essentially just offered tweaked versions of Panasonic's older plasma screen technology.

The S10 series belonged in the latter, average half. It wasn't actually Panasonic's entry-level series; that 'honour' belonged to the X10 series. But the S10 series just didn't feel cheap enough to really be considered a budget option, and nor did its performance blow us away.

The S10 TVs were just OK - which always has to count as something of a disappointment when you're talking about a Panasonic plasma TV.

Panasonic tx p42s20

So it is that we found ourselves initially struggling to muster any great enthusiasm at the arrival of 2010's S10 update, as represented by the 42in TX-P42S20. But then we noticed a couple of rather startling things.

First, the P42S20's screen has been upgraded from its predecessor to feature NeoPDP technology. And second, the P42S20 also happens to be Panasonic's first ever TV with a Freeview HD tuner built in.
Er, right. Consider our interest well and truly piqued, then!

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Analog TunerPAL
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyViera S20
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)24.50 kg
Operating Power Consumption275 W
Standby Power Consumption400 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand704 mm
Width with Stand1029 mm
Depth with Stand334 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Teletext Memory1000
Motion Interpolation TechnologyIntelligent Frame Creation Pro
Enhanced Refresh Rate600 Hz
Height661 mm
Width1029 mm
Depth93 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesS20
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPicture and Text (PAT), Child Lock, Sleep Timer
Product ModelTX-P42S20B
Product NameViera TX-P42S20B Plasma TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXP42S20BA
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The S20 Series includes a DVB-T2 tuner for Freeview HD providing you with a convenient, subscription free way of watching HD contents like sport, as well as your favorite soaps, dramas and documentaries in full HD glory wherever you are in the UK.

Weight (Approximate)23 kg