Input And Output Notes
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
picture uniformly (vertically and
horizontally) to fill the screen, so the top and bottom are cut off
(recommended for letter box sources)
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
Zoom Adjust: You can adjust vertical size and image
position when using the zoom mode.
Picture Modes: You can choose one of the following
- 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,
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:
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 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
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.
- CC1-4: displays information related to pictures (appears at
bottom of screen)
- T1-4: displays textual information (appears over entire
- 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
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
- Channel: locks up to seven specific channels
- Program: block programs based on their TV or
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
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
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.