The heart of any good home theater setup is the TV. I wanted something big enough to view letterboxed movies without reducing the viewable area to a thin ribbon on the screen. When I was given a chance to review and subsequently keep a plasma high definition television my viewing habits changed forever. having grown up with standard definition I was amazed at the resolution of this set. It not only allowed me to get the most out of my growing collection of Blu-ray titles and move up to HD cable it made all of my regular DVDs and programs look fantastically better. When moving up to any high definition format you do have to make some changes in how you put together your system. For the best video try to use HDMI connectors. If that doesn't work for you go to component video connectors. This set replaced an older standard definition rear projection TV. That was a huge piece of furniture that commanded the whole living room. This set is thin, three inches, and can easily be mounted on the wall.
Just a word about setting up this or any high definition television. If you are opting for a wall mounting get a professional to do it. You can not only damage the wall and your new TV but your spouse is going to be very angry with plaster and broken glass all over the room. This set was easy to set up with the included pedestal. There are two well constructed metal poles included that attach the pedestal to the set. One great idea from Panasonic is they cannot be placed incorrectly. The bases are slightly different shape so the right and left poles are properly aligned. it takes four screws in the base and four in the television for each side.
The set is pretty much ready to go right out of the box. I just connected the HDMI connector to my HD cable and Blu-ray player and I was good to go. It is strongly recommended to get a good high definition calibration Blu-ray DVD such as Video Essentials to fine tune the set for your room. Also, for the first hundred hours or so of use set the contrast lower than normal to help prevent burn in of the pixels. the difference in clarity, color balance and brightness over a conventional television is incredible.
42" Class (41.6" Diagonal) Widescreen VIERA Plasma 1080p HDTV with New
Anti-Reflective Filter, Deep Color Technology, Game Mode, Built-In SD Card Slot/GalleryPlayer
Ready to View, 3 HDMI Inputs and VIERA Link HDAVI Control