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Panasonic CT-32HX42

32" Tau™ HDTV-ready TV

Item # 133C32HX42

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Panasonic's 32" CT-32HX42 is packed with exciting performance and features. The picture quality of this HDTV-ready model is plenty impressive — images are bright and punchy, anchored by deep, rich blacks. Unlike regular curved screens, Panasonic's totally flat PureFlat™ screen adds no distortion or reflected glare. You'll enjoy distraction-free viewing no matter where you sit in the room.

Panasonic's 32" CT-32HX42 is packed with exciting performance and features. The picture quality of this HDTV-ready model is plenty impressive — images are bright and punchy, anchored by deep, rich blacks. Unlike regular curved screens, Panasonic's totally flat PureFlat™ screen adds no distortion or reflected glare. You'll enjoy distraction-free viewing no matter where you sit in the room.

If local HDTV signals are available in your area, all you need to do is connect a separate HDTV tuner to start enjoying free HDTV! If you haven't yet seen a 1080i HDTV broadcast, you're in for a treat. The clarity and realism is absolutely amazing — you really have to see it to believe it.

A built-in Progressive Scan Doubler converts interlaced video sources to progressive scan, for a better-looking picture on your regular broadcast, cable, and satellite programs, as well as sources like DVD, or a VCR or camcorder. With progressive scanning, you'll no longer see the horizontal scan lines that are often visible in ordinary TV images.

With 6 A/V inputs, the CT-32HX42 is definitely ready for today's multi-source home theaters. Two wide-bandwidth component video inputs let you connect a regular or progressive-scan DVD player and a separate HDTV tuner. Dual RF inputs are included for your antenna and/or cable TV connections.


  • Tau HDTV monitor (compatible with HDTV/SDTV formats — when connected to a separate HDTV tuner — and displays them at 1080i or 480p)
  • PureFlat picture tube with Invar shadow mask
  • 4:3 screen aspect ratio
  • auto widescreen mode for 1080i HDTV programs
  • Progressive Scan Doubler with 3-2 pulldown processing
    (upconverts NTSC sources to 480p)
  • Wideband Video Amplifier
  • 3D digital comb filter
  • 181-channel NTSC tuner
  • 2-tuner PIP (standard and split-screen)
  • illuminated multibrand remote
  • video input labeling
  • video input skip
  • 6 A/V inputs, including:
    • 4 composite video (3 rear, 1 front)
    • 3 S-video (2 rear, 1 front)
    • 2 rear-panel wide-bandwidth component video
      (compatible with 1080i/480p/480i signals)
  • 2 RF inputs for antenna/cable
  • stereo mini headphone jack
  • 15 watts x 2
  • 32"W x 26-5/16"H x 22-7/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor (2 years parts on the picture tube)

About delivery: Because of its large size, the CT-32HX42 will be delivered and placed in any accessible room in your home. Delivery is available to physical addresses in the lower 48 states. (Sorry, no P.O. Boxes or freight forwarders.) Transit time is 5-7 business days once your order has been processed. In-home delivery for this model costs $19.99 each. Extra charges may apply for delivery after business hours or on a weekend, or if the TV must be carried up more than 5 flights of stairs.
Note: Free return shipping not available with this model.

What's in the Box:

  • 32" Stereo television
  • EUR7613Z40 Wireless remote
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • Operating Instructions (English/Spanish)
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Owner Information Card
  • Panasonic Customer Care Plan (extra cost optional extended warranty)

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Features and Specs

Screen Size 32"
Flat Screen Yes
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Picture in Picture 2 Tuner
1080i Compatible Yes
720p Compatible No
480p Compatible Yes
CableCard Compatible ---
V-Chip Yes
Audio Output Power 15 watts x 2
Parts Warranty 1 Year, 2 Years (tube)
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Type of Warranty Service ---
Width (inches) 31-15/16
Height (inches) 26-5/16
Depth (inches) 22-7/16
Footprint Width (inches) ---
Footprint Depth (inches) ---
Weight ---
Inputs & Outputs
RF Inputs 2
Side Panel Composite Inputs ---
Side Panel Component Video Inputs ---
Rear Composite Video Inputs 3
Rear Component Video Inputs 2
Total Video Inputs 6

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Remote Control


PureFlat Picture Tube: The high-resolution, PureFlat picture tube delivers natural and accurate images from corner to corner, free from the distortion that can occur with conventional curved screens. This virtually flat screen produces minimal reflections and renders images that are clean and distraction-free, no matter where you sit in the room.

Fine Pitch Aperture Tube: Picture tubes with fine pitch have smaller, more tightly spaced phosphor dots than normal picture tubes to enable an image with much finer detail.

Invar Mask: Compared to the conventional shadow mask, the Invar Mask helps provide greater resistance to the effects of heat produced by electron beam bombardment. This protection helps reduce the problem of color blur from "doming" and assures consistently bright, sharp images.

HDTV-ready: Two component video inputs allow you to connect an optional HDTV receiver or a source with component video outputs. This television is capable of receiving 1080i, 480p, and 480i video signals.

Enhanced 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 new scan doubler also provides even more image enhancement by improving the quality of diagonal lines in a moving picture.

3:2 Pulldown Processing: The 3:2 pulldown processing corrects inherent flaws in frame transfer rates from film, making a smoother picture with less distortion.

Motion-Adaptive 3D-Y/C Digital Comb Filter: This filter is designed to eliminate hanging dots and work on diagonal patterns to eliminate the color rainbow effect in closely spaced patterns by compensating for the motion that occurs between fields. As a result, bright colors and fast action scenes are displayed with incredible clarity.

10-bit 60MHz A/D Image Processing: This feature boosts conventional grayscale from 256 to 1024 for 4 times as many shades of black and white and a much finer image that more closely resembles the original analog signal. The 10-bit circuitry enables continuous gradual changes from black to white, and eliminates what is commonly known as false contouring.

Digital Velocity Modulated Scan: Advanced circuitry along the neck of the CRT senses transitions from dark to light in the video signal. The black and white portions of the signal are sped up and slowed down, respectively, resulting in sharp dark to light transitions and outstanding edge definition. This circuitry can be turned on or off.

Color Matrix: When viewing digital television programming from a DTV receiver/decoder, this TV will automatically adjust the color parameters for 1080i and 480p transmissions. Manual adjustments are also possible for non-standard DTV formats.

Color Transient Improvement (CTI): This feature minimizes color smear at the edges of television images to assure clear, distinct colors.

Horizontal Edge Correction: This feature helps sharpen the edges of objects in the picture. It works in conjunction with the dynamic sharpness control and velocity modulated scan to help produce clean, crisp television images and reduce the unwanted effects of video noise.

Vertical Edge Correction: The vertical edge correction circuit works in conjunction with the digital comb filter to sharpen the edges of objects in the picture.

Wideband Video Amplifier: Expanding the video signal frequency response to more than 10MHz allows for a horizontal resolution capability of more than 800 lines, depending on the source.

Video Noise Reduction: This feature compares the picture signals for individual pixels of two consecutive fields, then removes the noise components that exist in both the luminance and chrominance portions of the signal.

2-Tuner Picture-in-Picture: This feature allows you to watch two programs at once using the television's internal tuners. You can select PIP or Split operation. During Split operation, the main picture and split picture are side-by-side. During PIP operation, a small PIP frame is superimposed on the main picture. The PIP frame can be moved to any corner on the screen and the frame's size can be adjusted.

8-bit PIP Image Processing: An 8-bit A/D converter provides 256 levels of gray from black to white in the inset picture for finer image detail.

Freeze: This feature is used to freeze the main picture and display it in a PIP or Split frame.

Artificial Intelligence Picture Control: Artificial Intelligence Picture Control continuously monitors signal conditions to maintain a high degree of contrast in the picture. It looks at all areas of the picture at the same time. If a particular area is too light, Artificial Intelligence Picture Control can darken that area without affecting the black level or brightness in the overall picture.

Artificial Intelligence Sound Control: Artificial Intelligence Sound Control automatically adjusts the volume level on your TV to prevent wide variations in sound between different TV stations and types of programming.

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.

Sleep Timer: This television features a built-in electronic sleep timer, set by remote control, that turns the TV off automatically after 30, 60, or 90 minutes.

Programmable On/Off Timers: The two programmable timers allow you to program the TV set to turn itself on and off at designated times every day, while being tuned in to a selected channel.

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, cable boxes, DVD players, and DBS receivers. The Action and directional keys allow you to move the on-screen selector, making menu navigation simple and efficient.

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