Real Black Drive System: Conventional
plasma displays tend to illuminate blacks, which lowers the contrast. In
Panasonic plasma displays, however, the pre-discharge emission intensity is
greatly reduced, and the number of emissions per field is cut from the usual 12
to 1. This dramatically reduces black levels and provides deep, rich blacks. It
also achieves a high contrast ratio of 3000:1.
8.58 Billion Colors: From deep blacks providing excellent shadow
detail to vibrant colors rendering brilliantly bright scenes, the TH-42PX500U
displays an incredible 8.58 billion colors.
2048 Shades of Gradation: Plasma
displays can suffer from an artifact called "false contouring," where
transitions between different shades of the same color are too sharp. These
transitions can appear as distinct lines between the different shades of color.
Having 2048 shades of gradation helps minimize the false contouring artifact so
color transitions take on a smooth, natural appearance.
Mach Band Effect Enhancer: 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.
Panasonic Plasma TVs feature an M.B.E enhancer, which utilizes the principals of
this theory to enhance the brightness of objects on the screen, helping improve
CableCARD Slot: This TV has a back panel
CableCARD slot that allows digital cable reception without a set-top box.
CableCARDs will be available from your local cable provider.
HDTV (ATSC) Tuner: The TV has a built-in
over-the-air HDTV (ATSC) tuner, so you don't have to purchase a separate digital
set-top box to receive and decode over-the-air HDTV/SDTV signals.
Electronic Program Guide: When tuning a digital station, a guide is
available displaying information about the program (title, end time, rating,
resolution, and aspect ratio).
TV Guide On Screen System: The TV Guide On Screen
system is a free, interactive, on-screen program guide built into the TV that
lists schedules and information for TV programs in your area. The TV Guide On
Screen system includes the following features:
- Listings Service: The system displays eight days
of local program listings and descriptions from broadcast and cable. You can
tune to any program, schedule a program to record, or set a reminder.
- Search: You can search for programs
alphabetically, by keyword, or by category. Within the categories, you can
sort by show type, show title, or starring actor.
- Schedule: Schedule lets you review, edit, or delete Record and
Remind events that you set previously.
- Setup: After you initially complete Guide Setup, you can make
changes to existing Guide settings.
Native Resolution: The
TH-42PX500U has a display resolution of 1024 x 768. All incoming signals are
converted to this native resolution. The Digital input and component video
inputs will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i, and will display them as 1024 x
Progressive Scan Doubler:
The progressive scan doubler displays a full frame of video in 1/60th of a
second by de-interlacing the incoming video signal and progressively scanning
the image. This scan doubler also provides even more image enhancement by
improving the quality of diagonal lines in a moving picture.
Depending on the input signal, you can choose one of the following aspect modes:
displays a 4:3 picture at its standard size with gray bars along the
magnifies the picture uniformly, so the top and bottom are cut off
stretches the picture horizontally to fill the screen (elongates the
stretches a 4:3 picture to fill the screen but with aspect correction
applied to the sides of the screen so that elongation is only apparent at
the left and right edges of the screen
Picture Mode: You can choose one of the
following picture modes:
- Vivid: provides enhanced contrast and sharpness when viewing in a
well lit room
- Standard: recommended for normal
viewing conditions with subdued room lighting
- Cinema: for watching movies in a
dark room, provides a soft, film-like picture
Video NR: Video Noise Reduction removes
snow from a weaker analog TV signal.
3D-Y/C Digital Comb
Filter: This filter
minimizes noise and cross-color in the picture when the composite video input is
Color Matrix: When viewing a 480p signal
input through the component video inputs, this TV will automatically optimize
the color parameters for 480p transmissions. Manual adjustments are also
possible for non-standard DTV formats.
BBE High-Definition Sound: BBE High-Definition Sound provides true
linear phase correction and dynamic amplitude compensation. With BBE, speech
intelligibility is improved and the dynamic range of musical passages is
restored to provide outstandingly natural sound.
BBE/VIVA 3D High Definition Sound System: BBE/VIVA provides a
musically accurate natural 3D image with hi-fi sound. The clarity of the sound
is improved by BBE while the width, depth and height of the sound image are
expanded by BBE's proprietary 3D sound processing.
Surround Function: The surround function
enhances audio response when listening to stereo programming. This function is
active only for the TV's built-in speakers.
Audio Leveler: The Audio Leveler monitors the difference in audio
levels between inputs and minimizes the change in volume when you change inputs.
Sleep Timer: This television features a
built-in sleep timer, set by remote control, that turns the TV off automatically
after 30, 60, or 90 minutes.
Programmable On/Off Timer: The
programmable timers allow you to program the TV set to turn itself on and off at
designated times, on designated days, tuned to designated channels. Up to 5
events can be programmed using the timers. An "event" can have multiple episodes
(Daily, Mon-Fri, Every Wed, etc).
Input Labels: Each input can be labeled to reflect the source
connected. The label options are Skip, VCR, DVD, Cable, DBS, PVR, Game, and Aux.
Input Skip: If an input's label is set to skip, that input isn't
selected when toggling through inputs with the TV/Video button.
Lock: The Lock function has four settings to block viewing of
particular channels or inputs. You create a 4-digit password that's required to
bypass the lock. The available settings are:
- Off: nothing is locked
- All: all channels are locked
- Game: channels 3 and 4 and the video inputs are locked
- CH: locks specific channels
Parental Control: This TV incorporates V-Chip technology, allowing you
to set a viewing limitation based on the TV and movie ratings. The limitation is
customized to specific industry ratings. The control is accessed and protected
by the 4-digit password.
SD Card Slot: The SD card slot allows you to use the following media:
SD card and miniSD card.
Note: A miniSD adapter is required to use a miniSD card.
PC Card Slot: The PC card slot allows you to use the following media:
SD card, miniSD card, Compact Flash, Smart Media, Memory Stick, Memory Stick
Pro, xD Picture Card, and Flash ATA.
Note: A PC card adapter is required to use the above media.
Photo Viewer: The Photo Viewer lets you display JPEG images recorded
on media inserted into the SD and PC card slots. When the media is inserted into
the appropriate slot, a thumbnail screen appears showing all the available
images. The following functions are available during playback: slideshow
and image rotation, which allows you to rotate the current image 90-degrees
clockwise. You can play a slideshow once or repeatedly.
Note: Photo Viewer can only show Baseline JPEG files with the
following resolution: 160 x 120 to 2560 x 1920. The Photo Viewer can
display a maximum of 9,999 files.