Panasonic TX-P42V20B review

If you want top plasma pictures but aren't fussed about 3D, the P42V20 is the telly for you

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The three speakers built into the P42V20's frame don't quite muster the audio majesty we'd hoped they might. Strangely, bass still feels a touch compressed when pushed hard, despite the presence of a dedicated subwoofer.

On the upside, the set handles trebles confidently, without undue emphasis or harshness and the triple-speaker arrangement does at least enable the set to go pretty loud without succumbing to distortion or excessive mid-range compression and the soundstage spreads nice and wide.


We can't ignore the fact, of course, that you can buy 40-42in TVs these days for barely half the price Panasonic is asking for the P42V20. But the set's combination of multimedia features and, especially, stellar picture quality, make the price leap worth making if you can afford it.


Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-S2, DVB-T (MPEG4)
Analog TunerPAL, SECAM
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyViera
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Operating Power Consumption350 W
Standby Power Consumption400 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio5,000,000:1
RMS Output Power30 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand695 mm
Width with Stand1035 mm
Depth with Stand308 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Teletext Memory1500
USB RecordingYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height656 mm
Width1035 mm
Depth85 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesMedia Player, PC Streaming, Picture in Picture, Picture and Picture (PAP), Picture and Text (PAT), Child Lock, Web Content Access, Teletext
Product ModelTX-P42V20
Product NameViera TX-P42V20 Plasma TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXP42V20B
Manufacturer Website Address