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Profile of Panasonic 42" Plasma Monitor, Model TH-EBP42F9

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Overview:

Panasonic's TH-EBP42F9 is a 42" plasma monitor. It is one of two models that Panasonic frames; the other being a 50" plasma monitor that is virtually the same as the TH-EBP42F9. At the time of this profile, the TH-EBP42F9 cost approximately $2500 through the manufacturer.

Framing is a great option for someone looking to add a little art with their TV. Panasonic has eight frames to choose from on their Web site. Framing adds $400-500 to the overall price.

Key Specifications:

  • 10,000:1 Contrast Ratio: This is huge. According to Panasonic the monitor is capable of displaying over 29-billion colors.
  • HDTV-compatible: It is capable of displaying 480p, 720p and 1080i with the addition of an external digital tuner. The TH-EBP42F9 does not have a built-in digital tuner.
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio: The TH-EBP42F9 is a 9th generation widescreen panel.
  • Weight: 59.5 lbs
  • Dimensions: 24" x 40.2" x 3.5"
  • Other: Picture in picture with two sources, progressive scan and HDMI/DVI-HDCP

My Thoughts:

The TH-EBP42F9 looks like the real deal for someone wanting a high-end plasma monitor. The contrast ratio is as good as it gets, which leads me to believe Panasonic didn't leave much out of this one.

What did Panasonic leave out? The tuners...but this isn't a big deal if you subscribe to cable or satellite. It is if you don't. No tuners means there isn't a CableCARD slot and possibility of receiving broadcast signals without an external tuner.

What I like a lot about this model and its 50" cousin is that it is marketed toward the interior decorator. Panasonic offers eight frames that the TH-EBP42F9 will mount into. They are:

  • Executive Walnut
  • Burnished Pewter
  • Cottage White
  • Classic Black
  • Classic Gold Leaf
  • Antique Gold
  • Baroque Gold
  • Bombay Mahogany

Considering the television costs around $2500, paying another $400-500 isn't much of dealbreaker when you consider that the TH-EBP42F9 will be a centerpiece of any wall it hangs on. The inclusion of HDMI and DVI connections (both with HDCP capability) puts this unit over the top.

I don't like the lack of built-in ATSC tuner, but something had to give. Panasonic chose price and quality. Not a bad combination.

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