Panasonic Viera TH-42PZ70 plasma TV

Ahh… finally I’ve decided which TV to buy. It took me a while, and after narrowing the competition down to just 3 models things got really complicated. The lucky contenders were Panasonic TH-42PZ70 (plasma), Toshiba Regza 42Z3030D (LCD) and a really nice Philips 47PFL9632D (LCD).

And without further ado, the winner is:

Panasonic Viera TH-42PZ70 plasma TV - all mine

So how did I come up with that one?

Well, first of all I was pretty much clueless about technology, plasma vs. LCD, screen sizes, input connectors and all that techy stuff.
I wasn’t even sure that I will buy a new TV as I was perfectly happy with my old fat tv,a nice 29″ SONY. But being a tech freak I wanted to get into all this so I can make a better decision when I decide to buy one.

So I’ve starting reading all those reviews, checking prices and scanning through some forums. The only thing I knew to begin with is that it has to be Full HD display, probably an LCD (don’t ask me why…) and nothing less than 37″.

TviX has arrived

Finally, I’ve put my dirty hands on a TviX… A 5100SH model with 500Gb drive. Groovy.

It’s a darn nice media extender or, better said, probably the best and easiest way for watching your Full HD content. There is a lot to like on this one, it supports most of the regular file types, it’s pretty easy to set up and it lets you stream your media files through the network.

The networking part is not as easy to set up as I’d like to, but it works fine once You get it to work. I use a 500Gb SATA drive most of the time anyway.

The picture quality is very good and it scales everything nice. I’ve got a bunch of good quality Full HD movies and the picture is really good on our old fat 29″ SONY. I’ll definetly get a new TV set and I’ll go for Full HD screen. Looking forward to test it in full glory there…

When it comes to music, I guess it’s pretty OK, even tho I feel it’s really made for video. There’s not so much You can do there, You can create playlists and… well, play the music. You can play around with background images and stuff, but I can’t really be bothered with that. So I listen to the music through my music equipment as I can’t really see the point in having a TV set on jut for that.

All in all, I can highly recommend the TviX if You want to watch HD quality material. You can get a TV tuner addon and transform Your Tvix into a good video recording system. I haven’t opted for that but I’ve read that it works really good.

There are some glitches in the system of course, more on that after I’ve tested it with a Full HD TV set…