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Panasonic TH-42PZ77U

42" 1080p plasma HDTV

9 Reviews

Item # 13342PZ77

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Our take on the Panasonic TH-42PZ77U

The 42" Panasonic TH-42PZ77U features a gorgeous 1080p panel that makes the most of today's best high-def sources. And it can display more than 68 billion colors in total, with over 4,000 shades of gradation. Images look seamlessly filmlike, with beautifully natural skin tones. Plus, a special anti-glare filter reduces distracting reflections from room lights.

The 42" Panasonic TH-42PZ77U features a gorgeous 1080p panel that makes the most of today's best high-def sources. And it can display more than 68 billion colors in total, with over 4,000 shades of gradation. Images look seamlessly filmlike, with beautifully natural skin tones. Plus, a special anti-glare filter reduces distracting reflections from room lights.

Why 1080p matters
If you look at all of the high-definition programs available from broadcast, cable, and satellite TV sources, you'll find that most of them use 1080i format — 1920 x 1080 pixels. The TH-42PZ77U's screen is a pixel-perfect match so you won't miss any details. By comparison, "720p" plasmas must downconvert 1080i signals, throwing away a significant amount of picture information. The downconverted image still looks crisp and clear, but there's definitely less fine detail.

Built-in HD tuners
The TH-42PZ77U's built-in analog/digital tuner can pull in every type of over-the-air TV broadcast, including gorgeous, free HDTV (antenna required). In addition, the set's "QAM" cable tuner conveniently allows cable TV subscribers to watch most unscrambled channels without the need for a set-top box — including HD channels in many areas.

Clever connections that do more
The generous array of back-panel connections includes two HDMI digital inputs for hooking up the latest high-def components. If you're using other recent Panasonic HDMI-equipped components, the EZ Sync™ control system enables you to operate compatible models — like one of Panasonic's Blu-ray Disc™ players — using only the TV's remote.

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FREE scheduled delivery to your door: This item will be delivered to the door of your house or apartment. Available to physical addresses in 50 United States only. Limited delivery available to Alaska and Hawaii for $99 per item — call 1-888-955-6000 for more details. Sorry, we can't ship to P.O. Boxes or freight forwarders. Delivery takes 5-7 business days once your order has been processed. Extra charges may apply to items that must be carried up more than 5 flights of stairs. Allow extra time for delivery to remote addresses. Free return shipping not available with this model.

Product Highlights:

  • 42" widescreen HDTV (16:9 aspect ratio)
  • built-in digital (ATSC) and analog (NTSC) tuners for over-the-air TV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • built-in QAM cable TV tuner receives unscrambled programs without a set-top box (cable service required)
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 5000:1 contrast ratio
  • 160°(H) x 160°(V) viewing angle
  • Sub Pixel Controller video processing
  • anti-glare filter reduces reflections
  • built-in side-mounted stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • multibrand remote control
  • EZ-Sync remote control networking system (HDMI-CEC)
  • picture settings memory for each video input
  • 7 A/V inputs, including:
    • 3 composite video (2 rear, 1 side)
    • 3 S-video (2 rear, 1 side)
    • 2 component video (accepts signals up to 1080i)
    • 2 HDMI v1.3 (accepts signals up to 1080p)
  • RF input for antenna/cable signals
  • optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
  • side SD™ memory card slot for digital photo playback
  • Energy Star® compliant
  • detachable stand (stand "footprint" is 26-5/8"W x 13-1/8"D)
  • wall-mountable (bracket not included)
  • 44-5/8"W x 25-1/4"H x 4-1/2"D (26-7/8"H x 13-1/8"D on stand)
  • weight: 92.6 lbs. with stand; 77.2 lbs. without stand
  • extra-long-life panel (100,000 hours)
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • 42" Widescreen Plasma TV
  • Wireless remote control (N2QAYB000100)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • F type antenna adapter for 5C-2V
  • Pedestal base
  • 2 Pedestal poles
  • 4 Machine screws (M5 x 16mm)
  • 4 Machine screws (M5 x 30mm)
  • Two 1/2" bolts
  • 2 Wood screws
  • 4 Cable ties
  • 2 Cable clamps
  • 2 Safety straps
  • Operating Instructions (English/Spanish/French)
  • HD setup guide (English/Spanish/French)
  • Plasma Concierge brochure
  • Product Registration card
  • Panasonic Customer Care Plan card (extended service plan)

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Panasonic TH-42PZ77U Reviews

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(9 Reviews)

Panasonic TH-42PZ77U

JMarkD from Charlottesville, VA on 11/24/2015

I have had this TV for over 7 years and it still works. In 2009 something stopped working and my credit card paid $350 to fix it (because most good credit cards double the warranty). I have gotten some side bar burn due to watching shows that aren't in widescreen format, but in general I have gotten more than my money's worth out of this TV. I own two other (newer) Panasonic plasmas and am very happy with them too. it's a shame they don't still make plasmas.



Unreliable, but.....

tdub451 from a2, mi on 3/29/2009

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

We owned this set for 15 months when we experienced the dreaded "7-blinking-light" phenemon (the unit becomes totally inoperative). I was VERY upset after paying this price for it!!! (We did receive a FREE wall mount at time of purchase which is very cool--thank you Crutchfield!). I have owned several Panasonic tvs over the years and never experienced a single problem with any of them. I called Panasonic and they have agreed to send someone to repair at no charge---will see how it all plays out but at least they are willing to stand behind their product. I think it may pay to go for the extended warranties with this sort of purchase?? As far as Crutchfield goes: ***** (5 star rating)--made my first Crutchfield purchase in 1978 --- they are the BEST.



Don't waste your money

Ethan from Austin, TX on 1/28/2009

My Panasonic TH-42PZ77U was a good set until it blew a power supply after 2-years. Now it's just a paper weight.



Great Plasma

Mike from New York, NY on 3/10/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The picture on this TV is amazing. Plasmas produce such a superior picture than LCDs. HD programming looks great and watching 1080p Blu-ray discs is incredible. Now, the not so great parts. First of all, this unit only supplies two HDMI inputs on the back. Better than units that only have one, but not as good as the ones that have four. The upside here is that in many cases, component video connections can do a better job for your 720p and 1080i content (cable box). Another thing about this set is that, from my understanding, the TOSLINK output on the set only passes audio from the TV's internal tuner. I've read some people mention that SD programming doesn't look very good - and they're right... but that's not unique to this television... You get an SD picture and stretch it all out to fit your screen, add in the ridiculous compression from the cable companies... and, there you have it. Overall this plasma is great... I mean, if you want a 1080p plasma and you don't need more than two HDMI ports then I can highly recommend this set. Panasonic does a tremendous job - they manufacture their own plasma screens. However, and I know this is crazy-talk, I would also suggest considering a 1080i set. A hardcore gamer with a next-gen console that produces 1080p output will obviously go for the 1080p set, but for the rest of us, think about what else you could do with the extra money when you pay only half as much for a 1080i set. I have a Blu-ray player, but how often are you really watching Blu-ray as opposed to cable or satellite, neither of which produces 1080p picture. Just something to think about. I'm personally glad I purchased this set and buying it from Crutchfield makes it even better. Knowing that they will support this product for life is comforting. IF YOU WANT A 1080p SET THIS IS A GREAT CHOICE.



Not Reliable

shasta54 from Redding, CA on 2/20/2008

3 1/2 months and this TV just quit working. The power LED blinks 7 times over and over. It's taking 8 days just to come and get it. The repairman didn't sound hopeful about getting parts. I have found many people with the same problem and this model has been discontinued at the 2 biggest electronics stores. I am very disappointed!!




jojo from Norwood, MA on 2/19/2008

Picture is phenomenal, amazing colors, deep blacks. Exceeded expectations in every way, picture, sound ease of use.



Want a 1080p at a Bargain?

jay jay from Huntington Beach,Ca on 2/17/2008

My sister got one of these for Christmas and I was blown away by the picture it produces!With a HI-def signal and an HDMI cable,you'll never experience a football game with such amazing clarity with anything else.I had to have one of these so I picked one up and it didn't break the bank.I priced other 1080p plasma units and could'nt find a 42inch for less than this one. It boasts 2 HDMI inputs and has a ton of input options on the back.The sound quality is pretty bueno also.If you want a fabulous deal on a 42inch,1080p Hi-def unit and dont want to drop alot of dough, grab a name brand Panasonic,you won't be disappointed.O and mount it on your wall.Your friends will be jealous.



Great HDTV

Kevin from Lancaster, PA on 1/20/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

After taking the plunge and purchasing this HDTV I found I made a great choice. The picture is amazing even when watching the 480i and 1080i digital cable feeds. The only thing I would have changed if I had to do it again would be to purchase a Panasonic HDTV that runs at 120Hz instead of 60Hz like this one. The only reason I say that is with 99% of everything you watch it looks great, but with close up fast movements of the picture you can sometimes see a slight pixilation effect because of the 60Hz. Other than that, love this HDTV!



Worth the Money

SmithSW from Red Lion, PA on 12/15/2007

I wanted to take the jump into the plasma television arena for quite some time now, but pricing always seemed out of my budget range. After doing research on the Crutchfield site, & deciding which model would suit me best, I decided to go with this particular Panasonic plasma. I would recommend reading through the instruction book thoroughly as it covers a lot of areas, especially on how to maintain the television. After connecting my high definition cable box, all that I can say about high definition broadcasts is "Wow!". The colors & clarity of the high def broadcasts are stunning. I was not too enthusiastic about the standard analog broadcasts, but that is not the fault of the television. Where this set really shines is in high definition & digital broadcasts. All in all I think it was money well spent.




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Plasma Panel: The TH-42PZ77U has a contrast ratio up to 5000:1 and an anti-glare filter.

High Definition Tuner: With built-in HDTV tuners for over-the-air (ATSC) and unencrypted cable signals (QAM), you don't have to purchase a separate digital set-top box to receive and decode HDTV/SDTV signals.

68.7 Billion Colors: From deep blacks providing excellent shadow detail to vibrant colors rendering brilliantly bright scenes, the TH-42PZ77U displays an incredible 68.7 billion colors.

4,096 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 4,096 shades of gradation helps minimize the false contouring artifact so color transitions take on a smooth, natural appearance.

Native Resolution: The TH-42PZ77U has a display resolution of 1920 x 1080. All incoming signals are converted to this native resolution. The HDMI digital and component video inputs will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i, and will display them as 1920 x 1080. The HDMI inputs will also accept a 1080p signal.

Aspect Modes: Depending on the input signal, you can choose one of the following aspect modes:

  • 4:3: displays a 4:3 picture at its standard size with bars along the sides
  • Zoom: magnifies the picture uniformly (vertically and horizontally) to fill the screen, so the top and bottom are cut off (recommended for letter box sources)
  • Full: stretches the picture horizontally to fill the screen (recommended for anamorphic sources)
  • Just: 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 (recommended for normal TV broadcasts)
  • H-Fill: enlarges the 4:3 picture horizontally to fill the screen, the side edges are cut off

Zoom Adjust: You can adjust vertical size and image position when using the zoom mode.

Picture Modes: 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 darkened room, provides a soft, film-like picture
  • Custom (Photo): adjust picture, brightness, color, tint, and sharpness

Picture Adjustment: Several picture settings can be individually adjusted, including Picture (white areas), Brightness (dark areas), Color, Tint, and Sharpness.

Color Temperature: This feature selects the level of warm colors (red) and cool colors (blue). You can choose from a Cool, Normal, or Warm setting.

Color Management: When turned on, color management enhances green and blue color reproduction. This is especially useful for outdoor scenes.

Black Level: You can adjust the TV's black level to Dark or Light.

Video NR: Video Noise Reduction removes snow from a weaker analog TV signal.

Block NR: Reduces the block noise specific to digital signals.

Mosquito: Reduces HDTV flicker noise in the contoured sections of an image.

Digital Comb Filter: The motion adaptive 3D-YC comb filter minimizes noise and cross-color in the picture when the composite video input is used.

Color Matrix: When viewing a signal input through the component video inputs, this TV will automatically optimize the color parameters based on the color matrix setting:

  • SD: standard definition TV
  • HD: high definition TV
  • 480p: only 480 line progressive signal accepted

HD Size: This mode selects between 95% or 100% for the scanning area of the HDTV. This allows you to move any edge noise out of the viewable area.

EZ Sync: EZ Sync HDAVI Control lets you operate all of your Panasonic "HDAVI Control" compatible home theater components connected by HDMI by pressing a single button on your TV's remote control. Panasonic equipment with the "HDAVI Control" function enables the following operations: Automatic input switching, Power on link, Power off link, Speaker control, and One-touch theater playback.

SD Card Slot: The SD card slot on the side-panel of the TH-42PZ77U allows you to view JPEG photos from an SD, SDHC or miniSD card. An adapter is required to use a miniSD card. You can view images as thumbnails (up to 12 images), view them individually allowing you to rotate the image 90-degrees clockwise or counter-clockwise or view them as a slide show, with adjustable picture duration. You can adjust the time duration for the slide show between 1-10 seconds, 15, 20, 30, 45, 60, or 120 seconds. You can also adjust the TV's picture settings for your still photos.

GalleryPlayer: GalleryPlayer allows you to view high-definition art and photography purchased on or downloaded to an SD card. GalleryPlayer provides pre-loaded SD cards with copy-protected imagery and images for download to your computer that can be saved on an SD card for display on your television.

AI Sound: This audio feature equalizes the overall volume levels across all the channels and external inputs.

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. This function is active only for the TV's built-in speakers.

Closed Caption: The television includes a built-in decoder that is capable of providing a text display of the audio. The program being viewed must be transmitting Closed Caption (CC) information. The TV features analog and digital close captions.

  • Analog:
    • CC1-4: displays information related to pictures (appears at bottom of screen)
    • T1-4: displays textual information (appears over entire screen)
  • Digital: The digital Closed Caption menu lets you configure the way you choose to view the digital captions when viewing a digital station with (CC). You can adjust size, font, style, foreground, opacity, background and outline settings.

Input Labels: Each input can be labeled to reflect the source connected. The label options are Skip, VCR, DVD, Cable, DBS, PVR, Game, Aux, and (blank).

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.

Station Caption: You change a channel's station name to a custom seven character name.

Favorite Channels: Channel numbers can be registered as Favorites and displayed in the TV's Favorite Tune menu for easier access.

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 Timers: 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).

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 and external inputs are locked
  • Game: channels 3 and 4 and the video inputs are locked
  • Channel: locks up to seven specific channels
  • Program: block programs based on their TV or movie rating

Remote Control

Multibrand Remote: The supplied remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on other brands of components; including VCRs, DVD players, DVD recorders, personal video recorders (PVR), cable boxes, combination cable box/PVRs, DBS receivers, and combination DBS receiver/PVRs. The OK button and directional keys allow you to move the on-screen selector, making menu navigation simple and efficient. The remote control will also operate certain functions of Panasonic equipment with "HDAVI Control" connected by HDMI automatically through the TV's EZ Sync feature.

Input And Output Notes

HDMI Inputs: The HDMI 1 input has a dedicated RCA audio input, HDMI 2 uses the RCA audio input of A/V input 2 if needed. The HDMI terminals can accommodate copy-protected digital signals (HDCP) from other devices (such as digital set-top boxes) that have compatible interfaces. When using an adapter to connect a component with a DVI output, the RCA jacks are used to carry the audio signal. The HDMI inputs will accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i inputs.

Component Video Inputs: The two component video inputs will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i inputs.

Digital Audio Out: The rear-panel optical digital output allows you to send a Dolby Digital bit stream to a Dolby Digital receiver or decoder. If the program doesn't include a Dolby Digital soundtrack, a 2-channel PCM bit stream is output.

Side Panel Input: A/V input 3 on the side panel includes left and right RCA audio connections, RCA composite video, and S-video connections.

SD Card Slot: The television features a side panel SD-card slot for viewing JPEG images stored on an optional SD-card (sold separately). The SD-card slot is compatible with SDHC cards up to 4GB, SD cards up to 2GB, and miniSD cards up to 1GB (miniSD cards require a miniSD card adapter).


Pedestal Base: The TH-42PZ77U includes a pedestal base for cabinet-top mounting. With the pedestal base the TV weighs 92.6 pounds.

Wall Mounting: On the back of the TV are four threaded inserts to attach an optional wall mount bracket. The inserts require M8 (8mm) machine screws, the horizontal and vertical hole spacing is 25-7/8" and 12-1/2" respectively. Without the pedestal base attached the TV weighs 77.2 pounds.

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