--What you get--
A stunning plasma telly with razor sharp resolution and remote. Ours is linked to a Virgin box for digital TV and the Playstation 2 to play DVDs.
--Value for money--
Now a big plasma screen telly is always going to be expensive. In comparison to others on the market, I'd be inclined to say this is quite pricey, but I haven't shopped around as I didn't personally buy the telly, it's the communal telly in our houseshare. Basically, buying a TV is a one off big purchase that should last a household many years.
--My personal opinion--
The interface for recording shows and changing the channel is intuitive with a large menu displaying what's on on what channel when. I liked the recording feature and the fact you can listen to digital radio via the telly.
However, the TV is currently down and refuses to power on. With our local Panasonic repair place closed down, this is incredibly inconvenient. Having tried to fix it ourselves, we realised that the number of cables connected to a TV are confusing to say the least! The seven flashes of the red light.
It is a pretty new TV as well, so problems like this should not be happening. It's for this reason I'm only giving it a three out of ten. For the price, it should work for many years as it hasn't been misused so the problem can't be a result of general wear and tear, and if it was it shouldn't shut down completely but should offer an error message as to what the problem is. It should be easier to fix yourself when something goes wrong and the TV repair market shouldn't be a monopoly of control over TV repairs.
These problems aside, when we did use the TV it was a joy to use. Huge screen, clear resolution and ideal size for relaxing after a long day at work. There were minor problems with the reception of the remote, but we think this was more to do with the Virgin digital box than the actual TV!
Summary: Think twice before buying a Panasonic and make sure the warranty covers your area!
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