Input And Output Notes
Increased Contrast Ratio: The Panasonic TH-42PZ80U Widescreen VIERA plasma 1080p HDTV has an increased native contrast ratio of
and dynamic contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1.
Anti-Reflective Filter: The TV's flat panel features a new AR
(anti-reflective) screen coating that acts as a filter to reduce annoying
reflections and improve picture quality.
Built-in Tuners: The TV has both analog (NTSC) and digital (ATSC)
tuners, as well as a QAM tuner for unencrypted cable signals. With these
built-in tuners, 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-42PZ80U 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.
Deep Color/x.v.Color Compatible: This unit is compatible with the Deep
Color and x.v.Color technology that corresponds with the HDMI Version 1.3
specification. This technology supports higher bit rates and more color
possibilities than previous HDTV signals.
24p Playback: This TV is capable of displaying
film-based video at the frame rate of 24 fps via HDMI. Some Blu-ray and
high definition discs offer special 24p frame rate video for most
accurate display of film-based material.
Native Resolution: The TH-42PZ80U has a display resolution of
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:
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
Picture Menu: The Menu list allows you to make the following
adjustments in picture quality:
- 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,
- Game: for playing video games. The mode will be set
automatically if "GAME" is selected from the input label setting.
- 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.
- x.v.Color: When set to Auto, this setting provides the
appropriate picture when images corresponding to "x.v.Color" are input via
HDMI or component input of this TV.
- Zoom Adjust: adjusts the vertical alignment and size when aspect
setting "Zoom" is selected.
- Advanced Picture: Some advanced picture settings include:
- Video NR: Video Noise Reduction removes snow from a
weaker analog TV signal.
- 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:
- MPEG NR: Reduces the block noise specific to digital signals
from DVDs, STB's etc.
- Black Level: You can adjust the TV's black level to
Dark or Light.
Anti-Image Retention Features: The TV's Pixel Orbiter
feature helps to prevent image retention (burn-in) by shifting the display
image. You can set the feature to automatic or force, and designate the time
interval for the "Force" setting as 1, 2, 3, or 4. You can also change the
brightness of the side bars that appear in 4:3 mode, or start a scrolling white
vertical bar across the screen to prevent burn-in.
VIERA Link 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. Equipment with HDAVI
Control 2 (or more) function enables the following operations: Providing the
setting information, Automatic lip-sync function, and Direct TV recording.
Note: VIERA Link is the new name for "EZ Sync."
SD Card Slot: The SD card slot on the
front-panel of the TH-42PZ80U allows you to view JPEG photos from an SD, SDHC or miniSD card. An adapter is required to use a miniSD card.
The maximum capacity for each type of media are: SDHC (16GB), SD Card
(2GB), miniSD card (1GB). 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.
Audio Menu: In addition to bass, treble, and balance, the
TV's audio menu includes the following advanced features:
- 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:
- CC 1-4: displays information related to pictures (appears at
bottom of screen)
- T 1-4: 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, Receiver, and (blank). If "Skip" is selected, the TV/Video button will
skip the input.
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 Control: The supplied remote is
programmed to operate this unit only. 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
Input And Output Notes
HDMI Inputs: The TH-42PZ80U has 2 rear-panel HDMI inputs
and 1 front-panel HDMI input. Either HDMI1 and HDMI2 on the rear panel
can be used with an HDMI-to-DVI adapter and the left and right RCA audio
jacks (for the audio portion of the signal) of the TV's video input, if
necessary. The front-panel HDMI input does not support HDMI-to-DVI
conversion. All of the HDMI terminals can accommodate copy-protected digital
signals (HDCP) from other devices (such as digital set-top boxes) that
have compatible interfaces. 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.
Front Panel Input: The TV's front-panel input includes
an HDMI input, left and right RCA audio connections, RCA composite video,
and S-video connections.
SD Card Slot: The
television features a front 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 16GB, SD cards up to 2GB, and miniSD
cards up to 1GB (miniSD cards require a miniSD card adapter).
Pedestal Base: The TH-42PZ80U includes a
pedestal base for cabinet-top mounting. The base comes unassembled, and
unattached to the TV, so assembly is required. With the pedestal base the TV
weighs 70.6 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 hole
spacing is 25-15/16" and a vertical hole spacing of 12-1/2". Without the pedestal base
attached, the TV weighs 66.1 pounds.