Panasonic TX-P42S20B review

Freeview HD-packing plasma TV that hits the sweet spot

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Even when pushed hard by an action scene, the P42S20's reliable speakers keep sounding open and clear, with intelligible vocals, good detailing and no distortion. The soundstage enjoys a decent amount of width, too, helping you become more immersed in the action.

A little more bass is needed before we could raise the sound score to a five, but it's a good all-round effort nonetheless that's come a pleasingly long way from the extremely average sonics Panasonic's plasma TVs commonly suffered with in the past.


We can't ignore the fact that full HD 40-42in TVs of real quality and longer feature lists are now available for considerably less than the P42S20's near-£1000 asking price. However, you also can't ignore the P42S20's key built-in Freeview HD tuner, LCD-bashing viewing angle properties and the fact that it can look better than the vast majority of rival 42in screens when showing dark HD scenes...

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