Panasonic Viera TH-46PZ85U 46-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV
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Product Description

PRODUCT FEATURES:46" class (46.0" diagonal) widescreen VIERA Plasma 1080p HDTV with increased native contrast ratioPC inputAnti-reflective filter, deep color technologyGame modeBuilt-in SD card slotGalleryPlayer ready to view3 HDMI inputsVIERA Link HDAVI control

With its 2008 Panasonic Viera Plasmas, Panasonic brings anastonishing 1,000,000:1 contrast ration to the table. advanced pixel resolution and image-processing technology with the plasma TV's natural ability to beautifully reproduce fast moving images, so every detail is rendered with amazing clarity, and all the action is delivered with a high degree of fluidity.

What's New This Year?

  • Super Contrast--native contrast ratios on the PZ85, PZ800 and PX 850 series are 30,000:1, double last year's 15,000:1.
  • Dynamic contrast ratios are up to 1,000,000:1.
  • new anti-reflective filter; lead-free "Tough Under Force" panel is resistant to impacts and scratches
  • Built-in SD card slot with Photo Viewer/Gallery Player software
  • x.v. Color and Deep Color (HDMI 1.3 features)
  • Game Mode auto-adjusts image quality suitable to games and includes anti-image retention
  • Viera Link is now compatible with Onkyo and Yamaha home theater systems
  • At least 3 HDMI inputs on all models (4 on PZ800 and PZ850 series)
  • THX Certification on PZ800 and PZ850 series

Which Viera is Right For You?

Click here to see a comparison of step up features on each Viera series.

Amazing color reproduction

The incredible black reproduction of a Panasonic High-Definition Plasma TV results in impressive contrast and beautiful, natural colors. So you'll get warm, accurate skin tones, gorgeous greens, breathtaking blues and vivid reds. For color that's as rich and bold as life itself, look to a Panasonic Plasma TV.

Consistent brightness from any angle

A Panasonic Plasma combines anti-glare and anti-reflection technology with the natural light-emitting properties of plasma, to give you a super-wide viewing range with a crisp, beautiful image from almost any angle.

Smooth, graceful motion

When you're watching sports or movies with fast-motion graphics, you want a TV that can keep up with the action. With over 900 lines of moving picture, self-illuminating plasma displays eliminate afterimages in fast-action scenes. So whether you're watching a sporting event or an action-packed movie, you'll always get the most impressive viewing experience possible.

1,000,000:1 Contrast

The Panasonic's Real Black system (a pre-discharge suppression system) and improved panel production processes combine to reproduce outstanding blacks with superb contrast. Each image is richly expressive, from bright scense, like scorching desert landscapes, to dark cave scenes. Compare the image produced by conventional HDTV on the left to the Real Black image produced on the right

More Colors

Viera HDTVs support the xvYCC color profile (Extended YCC Colorimetry for Video Applications), or "x.v. color" for short. Standard RGB color space allows the display of a portion of the colors that are viewable to the human eye. The next generation "xvYCC" color space actually offers? an available range of colors that exceeds what human eyes can recognize.
  • Next-generation "xvYCC" color space supports 1.8 times as many colors as existing HDTV signals
  • Lets HDTVs display colors more accurately
  • Enables displays with more natural and vivid colors

Deep Color

deep color eliminates visible color banding Where x.v. color expands the available range of colors your HDTV can display, Deep Color increases the number of colors your HDTV can display within that range, for smoother transitions from color to color.
  • Lets HDTVs and other displays go from millions of colors to billions of colors
  • Eliminates on-screen color banding, for smooth tonal transitions and subtle gradations between colors
  • Enables increased contrast ratio
  • Can represent many times more shades of gray between black and white.


Viera flat panel HDTVs interact with an array of high-definition devices and services, making it easy for consumers to access and enjoy content as never before. As of 2008, Viera Link is compatible with Onkyo and Yamaha home theater systems.
Videos and stills recorded on SD cards can easily be viewed via the SD slots on Panasonic Blu-Ray Disc players and Viera HDTVs. Viera Link means easy connectivity via HDMI cables. Finally, consumers can easily operate their Blu-Ray Disc players, DVD recorders and home theater systems with a single remote control device.
SD Cards Viera Link

4 HDMI inputs to connect all of your devices directly to your television. Equipped with an RGB input terminal, VIERA can connect with your PC and serve as a large-screen monitor.
Easy connectivity with HDMI ports pc input

Long Life

long life Panasonic plasma panels are rated to last 100,000 hours, which is about 30 years of regular or 11 years of non-stop usage before the brightness of the display is halved.

Get Full HD with Blu-Ray Disc Players

Blu-Ray disc player A Panasonic 1080p plasma television is able to render 1920x1080 pixels, but standard DVDs have a resolution of just 720x480. Blu-ray discs output true 1080p High-Definition resolution and have a storage capacity ten times greater than standard DVDs, so no pixel gos to waste.

Which is the Right Viera for You?

Screen Size
Full HD
1920 x 1080 pixels
PC Input
One Sheet
of Glass
Cinema Color
Standard Features
42 inches




  • 480 Hz Sub-field Drive Technology
  • Anti-Reflective Filter
  • Viera Link HDAVI Control
  • Built-in SD Card Slot w/Photo Viewer
  • Deep Color Technology
  • x.v. Color
  • 3D Color Mangement
  • Sub-Pixel Controller
  • Motion Pattern Noise Reduction
  • Anti-Image Retention Mode
  • Game Mode
  • Scratch and Impact Rsistant Panel
  • 100,000 Hours to Panel Half-Brightness (>30 years @ 8 hours/day)
  • Lead-free Panel
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  • 1920 x 1080 Resolution
  • 1000000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio for the Brightest whites and darkest blacks
  • 4096 Shades of Gradation for spectacular Color Reproduction
  • Viera LinK? HDAVI Control lets you operate all of your home theater components by pressing a single button on your TV's remote control
  • GalleryPlayer? allows you to enjoy the world's finest high definition art and photography on your Panasonic HD plasma TV

Customer Reviews:

  • Excellent quality!
    Skeptical about plasma after I owned a LCD. Great color depth, picture, sound, stylish. Highly recommend....more info
  • Price too good.....Order Cancelled by Seller
    Amazon truly disappointed me in this case. Abt Electronics advertised the TH-46PZ85U at a price of $1095 with free shipping, which seemed pretty good to me. I cashed in 19 Amazon credit card reward certificates and made plans to re-arrange the TV room. The following day, I get a cancellation notice from Amazon that offers no explanation and refers me to Abt electronics if I want additional info. Strange, no one wants to tell me what happened to the $475 in credit card rewards.

    So, no TV and, potentially, $475 in the hole. This was great.

    ...more info
  • Fabulous set
    There are close to a hundred other reviews of this TV, so it's hard to avoid being redundant. But basic truths: 1. The picture on this thing is fabulous, OTA reception is like a good blu-ray, 2. With a decent up-scaling DVD player it's like my entire DVD collection has been dramatically upgraded. I have ZERO desire to replace my DVDswith blu-ray except for a few classics 3. Sound quality is very good, have no idea what the negative reviewers are listening to. If sound is critical of course you want to get a separate audio system 4.Check any of the consumer electronic reviews suggested by other posts-this is a top-rated choice and Panasonic's reliability record is unmatched 5. This set is going to blow away anyone with a older TV, it's like going to a good theater, but the reality is all TVs are improving and many people are happy with Samsung, Sonys whatever. We're getting close to perfect picture quality with any number of sets. So two determinants should be price and at $1099 this set is top value, and plasma vs. LCD? From all I've read plasma still has the edge in B&W contrast by a wide margain and pixel "speed" to a smaller degree. Buy with confidence-there is no better choice for the money and unless you spend thousand(s) more you will not get an appreciably better HDTV....more info
  • Perfect once it warms up!!!
    There's not a lot to add to what others have said except I will emphasize that the picture looked A LOT better after about two days. I thought the "warm up" period was a bunch of made up stuff but it's not. I say this because I was a little disappointed with the picture initially but boy did it pop after a day and it really looked good after two days. I also want to add that the original remote makes you cycle through the inputs as you go from hdmi1 to hdmi2 to hdmi3 and so on. However, I'm using my logitech harmony 890 remote and, once programmed, opened up direct tuning ability for every input except the tv tuner. This is huge for me because I hate having to skip over the inputs I don't want just to go from watching a dvd to watching tv....more info
  • Great TV!!!
    I decided to get a new TV for the family room and my son's bedroom, so I did a ton of research, studying, reading reviews and looking at the displays at the various stores in my area. I came to the conclusion that... the Pioneer Kudos plasmas were the best, but too pricey. The Panasonic plasma and Sony XBR LCD were my next two choices. I finally decided on the Sony, but was disappointed to learn that the size I wanted wouldn't fit in my entertainment center. So I bought a Panasonic Viera TH-46PZ85U for the family room and Sony Bravia KDL-32XBR6 for my son. Both are beautiful TVs with excellent picture quality. You can't truly appreciate them until you connect a high definition source like HD-TV or Blu-ray. I love the Sony, because it weighs less, has a less reflective screen, a more user friendly menu and sharp bright colorful picture. The Panasonic's picture on the other hand is warm and natural with life like flesh tones, deep blacks and excellent colors. Neither TV has very good sound, but that's easily remedied with a home theater system or a less expensive sound bar (I'd recommend the Sony HT-CT100). I'd go with the Sony if your TV will be in a brightly lit room or a room that receives daylight from windows. Go with the Panasonic if your TV will be in a dimly lit room and you're looking for a more theater like experience. Either way, you can't go wrong; both TVs are a fine choice....more info
  • 5 stars
    The product is great. I am very pleased. This is my second panasonic plasma. The first was a 42inch 720p. The service was great from also. I would use the site again in a second....more info
  • Great for the price!
    I have had this TV for about 3 weeks, and I have been up and down about it. Right at first I wasn't that impressed. Even on DishHD the picture just wasn't what I was expecting, but the more I watched, the more I liked it. I don't know if my expectations were just too high? The black levels are amazing on this TV and standard def, I think, is as good as or even a little better than my parents Samsung 46a750.

    Many people have complained about the speakers, but I don't think they are that bad, but I do plan on getting a surround system.

    Panasonic says this TV "expands the available range of colors" so you don't get banding, but I have noticed quite a bit of banding, worse than my parents Samsung.

    I use the TV as my computer monitor, and have had no problems with burn-in. When I first hooked the computer to the TV I couldn't get the settings right. On text, it was dropping vertical lines which made it difficult to read, but I changed the setting from XGA to WXGA and that fixed it.

    I do not like the design of the remote. Most of the buttons are shaped the same and arranged in rows which make it hard to distinguish sometimes. I have memorized their placement, and can find the button I want without looking, but it is just not as easy as the Dish remote.

    It is nice having an SD slot on the side, but I would rather have a USB port.

    While this TV isn't perfect, it is incredible for the money, and Amazon has been great. The price dropped almost $100 by the time it had shipped, and they refunded me the money. The delivery was quick and better yet FREE....more info
  • BUY IT!!!!!
    I bought mine through Amazon and had a great deleivery experience. It was at my house within a week, they waited while I tested all HDMI ports, etc. As far as TV goes, for $1,100 things thing just ROCKS anything within reach of that prize, - the picture is unreal. Throw in one of the 2009 Panasonic Blu Rays that were just released and you will be delighted. I do recommend you own a surround set-up as I am not thrilled with the sets sound but for just normal viewing it is sufficent. ...more info
  • "Wow" Factor
    "Wow!" is the reaction from everyone that sees my TV's picture quality. Absolutely one of the best electronic purchases that I have made. The picture is so sharp, the colors are so vivid, and black levels are one of the deepest on the market. The only complaint, if you want to call it that, it has a reflective glossy screen. You may not want to watch Star Wars or a space documentary (lots of dark scenes) in a bright room, but I can just watch those type of shows in the evening, otherwise normal TV viewing is just perfectly fine, especially HD sports and movies. I purchased this 46" model for my medium-sized livingroom. I sit about 10 feet away. You could go larger, but I would not go smaller than 46". I suggest reading as many professional and consumer reviews as possible, before making your decision. One last complaint!...You will want to watch more TV. That's bad news if you were wanting to cut back or spend more time outdoors. --Good luck!...more info
  • Outstanding value
    This TV was as advertised. Excellent quality, easy to set-up and use, great value at Amazon price. It was in my home 24 hours after I ordered it (it helps that I am an hour's drive from an Amazon warehouse) What other reviewers have said about the set is true. It is easy to set up and adjust. The picture can be as subtle or brilliant as you wish with on screen adjustments. No sense in repeating what other reviewers have said, I'll just agree. With the Peerless ST650P Tilting Wall Mount my teenage son and I were able to mount it on the wall in an hour, in a "potrait box" no less. It was easy to center and keep level, and tilt so that it aims slightly down for easier viewing. My only complaint is that 4 weeks after I purchased it, Amazon is now oferring a free Panasonic Blue ray player if you purchase this TV at the same time. Jump on the deal, it's like an 800 dollar savings over retail. ...more info
  • Great looking TV with amazing picture
    I have waited about a month and a half after receiving the TV before reviewing it to get a good read on it's quality and features. To summarize, I am very pleased with it and would not hesitate to purchase again. The colors are rich and and the excellent contrast ratio on this model allows super-deep blacks and the whitest or whites. I have watched many blu-rays on it and have been overly satisfied with the picture.

    If you are thinking about purchasing a plasma, nearly everyone will tell you that Panasonic is the way to go, and I can completely agree after comparing this TV with other brands I have seen. As for the plasma vs. lcd debate, that is much more of a personal decision. For the best picture quality, while ignoring other aspects such as size, price, power consumption, screen glare, and image retention, plasma seemed like the better choice to me, and without wanting to spend several thousand more on a Pioneer plasma, the Panasonic seemed like a great choice. Now, I am extremely happy I made that choice.

    The only downside I have come across so far is that the screen can be fairly reflective if a strong light is on in the background. This model really shines in a darker room though. Image retention on it has not been a problem, as technology on plasma's have improved to the point where it really isn't much of an issue anymore. Regardless, I did use a break-in regime where I kept the contrast levels low and avoided any stagnant pictures for the first 100 hours. This also might be a concern for anyone planning on using the TV for heavy gaming, even though it does have a "game mode", which is designed to prevent image retention and burn in.

    The TV itself is a nice piano black color and isn't nearly as heavy or thick as I expected it to be. Without reiterating the statistics of the TV, it has plenty of connections, including an SD card slot for pictures, and a PC connection.

    The PC connection, an increased contrast ratio, and the C.A.T.S. system (adjusts the brightness and gradation to optimize contrast) are really the only differences between this model and the TH-46PZ80U model. For that reason, I would suggest also examining the price difference between the 2 models and decide how much more those features are worth to you....more info
  • Great TV, well-delivered by Amazon
    Great price, great product, great shipping.

    To be honest, we bought this particular TV because we trusted Amazon to deliver... literally. As the owner of a tiny car, I was pretty interested in how I was going to get a new TV home without paying a lot for shipping. Amazon offered free, APPOINTMENT-BASED delivery; no worrying that a giant TV would be sitting on our snow-covered front step all day. It went as advertised; that is, the carrier called us to establish a good time for delivery, they brought it into the room where we would set it up, and they unpacked it to inspect it for damage. It was too cold here to start it up right away so we weren't able to have the carrier do that final test. No problem. To be clear, this service does NOT provide for complete set-up. The carrier won't program the TV or even attach the table-top stand. It was all as I expected, though. (Note: this delivery option is only available if Amazon is the source of this TV model; other shippers use other methods so pay attention to the actual seller if this service is something that would matter to you.)

    The TV itself has been great. Some reviewers have been disappointed by a lack of customer-accessible color tuning adjustments. If you're like me, that's a feature. The picture is great right out-of-the-box. If you want a TV you don't have to spend hours setting up, this is a good one.

    Other things I like: all of the inputs that I need. I have a TiVo, a computer, a home-theater receiver, and a DVD player hooked up. I appreciate the SD card reader, but usually use the connected computer for photos. I haven't used the internal speakers since it's connected to a receiver.

    Two wishes: I was surprised that there was only one antenna input. I still use analog cable TV as my primary input, but I also have an old amplified rabbit-ear antenna nearby for over-the-air HD (this is working great, by the way). I was stumped as to how to use both my cable coax and the rabbit-ears for a while, but ended up plugging the rabbit ears into the antenna input, and running the cable to the TiVo, and THEN to the TV. I think that's probably how it's supposed to go, but if you don't have a cable box or other intermediary device, you might have some figuring out to do.

    No picture-in-picture. No big deal for me, but I'd probably play with it if I had it.

    The TV has several aspect controls, more than most, but I still wish for total control of the zoom function. Because 4:3 content doesn't fit the 16:9 screen correctly, you have the choice to leave the side areas of the screen unused, to stretch the picture (that is distort it) to fill the width, or to zoom the 4:3 image until it fills the screen (which cuts off some content from the top and bottom of the screen. This TV DOES allow some customization of the zoom feature by allowing for vertical picture position adjustments and for vertical squeeze (how much of the top and bottom to cut off). While this is MORE control than most HDTVs offer, it would still be an improvement if the user could adjust BOTH the vertical and horizontal squeeze. That way a user could decide exactly how much distortion in the image he/she could tolerate by, say, leaving just one or two inches of unused space on the sides instead of the default horizontal squeeze setting. (My computer allows this flexibility in my DVD player app, so I expect that it would be possible in a TV too.)

    Those two caveats aside, I am a big fan of the beautiful image, the attractive case, the quite effective anti-glare coating on the screen, the remarkable black-levels in the image (don't crank up the brightness too much!), the compatibility with my other devices (TiVo, Apple laptop, Apple TV, SD cards, XBox, etc) and Amazon's nice free delivery option....more info
  • Great TV, and fantastic service from Amazon
    I've had the Panasonic TH46PZU for about three weeks, and I love it. The initial set up and programming was simple, the picture is clear and crisp, and the sound quality from the in unit speakers is a lot better that I had hoped for. When I have time to watch TV I just want to turn the set on, plop down on the sofa and enjoy myself. I'm not a video-phile who's going to spend a lot of time fiddling with a TV to get the ultimate experience, so I don't miss the extra fine tuning capabilities that others have mentioned. The Panasonic delivers everything that I want from a TV.

    Also, I just want to mention that I was REALLY impressed with Amazon during this purchase. I was a bit concerned ordering such a large electronic item and having it shipped, but the delivery company got the TV to my home four days ahead of schedule and in perfect shape. There was a price reduction on the set just after I ordered it, and I had no trouble at all getting through to Amazon's customer service center on the phone. They made an adjustment on my account right away, no hassles, no transfers, no excuses, no problem at all. Very, very professional service. ...more info
  • Excellent Plasma
    Excellent picture. Seems to be a quality product, so far.
    "White Glove delivery" not really white glove. Just a truck driver who's paid a little more I guess to bring it it & set it up, but he'd done quite a few and knew what he was doing. I had to help him with everything and bring out my tool box (just a screwdriver). Other than that I'm happy with the purchase....more info
  • Great Picture and terrific value
    I spoke with Panasonic and they explained this TV was a 2008 model and they were making way for the new 2009 soon to be released. So I was able to buy a plasma TV for the same price as a LCD. The picture quality is great (Verizon FIOS sure helps) and the set up is very easy. I was also impressed with Pilot, the shipping company. Two nice guys carried it into the family room, un-boxed it, set it up on the stand and tested for a blue screen. Very good service....more info
  • Plasma TV

    The TV arrived 5 days late (not a problem)but to the shippers credit it was in good condition. The TV was extremely well packaged and easy to install. The picture and sound quality is exstremely excellent. The TV was a very good bargin and we are well pleased....more info
  • Product and Shipping
    The product is excellent. However, it didn't come until November 20th. This was very frustrating.
    ...more info
  • Panasonic 46" Plasma TV
    We are very pleased with the television & the picture is just great on it in HD. We are happy with which is a very good dealer & we feel safe with it & it's guarantee. Very good television & would recommend it to anyone!!! The only thing that we don't like about it that much is that it has a shiny black frame around the screen which shows every little fingerprint, dust spot etc., maybe it should be made with a flat black finish....more info
  • panasonic viera plasma
    This television is all that I hoped it would be. I did my homework before buying and it paid off. All the reviews I had read while trying to decide on which t v to buy said how clear the picture was etc... I really am happy with the price I paid through Amazon $700.00 cheaper than BestBuy and the quality of the television is great....more info
  • Disappointment - Order Canceled from Abt Electronics
    After spending weeks researching what TV to buy, I ordered the Panasonic TH 46PZ85U Plasma 46" through Amazon from Abt Electronics. In addition, I purchased a wall mount, two cables, and a Blue Ray DVD player. The next day I get notices that the accessories had been shipped and then another notice that the Plasma TV order was canceled, with no explanation. I tried calling and emailing Abt and Amazon, but in this digital world, there is no personal contact and, of course, very impersonal service. I would be very wary of ordering from Ebt, in fact I would never order from them again....more info
  • great visuals for my new system
    I never had a flat screen anything until a year ago, when I replaced an old CRT monitor with a basic 19" LCD, so when we needed to replace a 1988-vintage 32" tube TV, we spent some time looking at and reading about HDTVs. Undecided about LCD vs plasma,we ultimately went for a great value in the Panasonic Viera TH-46PZ85U.

    I realize we have just begun to explore it's capabilities, but an up-converted signal from our new receiver (Onkyo TX-SR706) or a feed from the Playstation3's Blu-Ray player is simply wonderful to behold. Bright, crisp, and utterly clean visuals. The old CRT TV didn't die, just retired to our bedroom, and I can hardly watch the fuzzy old thing anymore, and in our opinion, nothing compares to the 46" plasma we now enjoy so much in the living room....more info
  • The best plasma tv with this price
    Simply the best plasma tv. [...] Today plasma tv will last 8-10 years under normal use. Why bother lcd tv. It will cost more and picture are not as goog as plasma tv....more info
  • Awesome!
    I researched both plasma and lcd tvs. The picture quality on this Panasonic plasma tv is unmatched. I hooked it up in my living room and whether I am watching my local channels through an antenna or cable the quality is wonderful. ...more info
  • Great TV
    I was looking for the Pioneer which is currently the gold standard for plasma screens but could only accommodate a 46 inch screen (Pioneer does not make screens less than 50 inches now).

    For a lot less money, this TV is very close to the much more expensive Pioneer plasmas. I am very happy with this purchase and highly recommend it, especially for the price (I got it for $1049 delivered).

    Furthermore, the included delivery was great as the delivery guy took the old tube TV (very heavy) out of the cabinet and installed the plasma in its place.

    So far, I really have nothing bad to say about this TV. ...more info
  • GREAT TV for the money!
    Considering I paid under 1250 for the TV, (tax and shipping included) this was a great purchase. I've bought many LCD flat panels and DLP projection TVs in the past and thought I'd try my luck with Plasma since it is losing popularity among manufacturers and as a result has been decreasing in price.

    What I care most about my TV is picture and this TV delivers. Great colors, deep blacks, high quality brightness and crisp edges that never blur. Panasonic's extra features aren't the absolute greatest but their blu-ray player (Pan-BD35K) was the 2008 CNET pick of the year and when you use Panasonic's Viera link, you get a very easy and interfaced set-up. I definitely think some of Samsung and Sony's high end LCDs are a better overall TV but you better be willing to pay at least twice or three times as much (in the case of the new XBR8 series). This TV has 2 HDMI (all you need), lacks the internet enabled features of some of the newer models and is not THX certified, but again, the full 1080p picture competes with the best. Strongly recommend for anyone looking for the best TV they can find for the money......more info
  • Great TV
    This TV is better than I ever expected. The picture is almost infinately ajustable. I am very fussy about picture quality, especially skin tones. With all the ajustments available it is possible to get that perfect picture. After about 3 days of watching and fine tuning I got it. Don't get the cheaper model. They don't have as many ajustments. The picture is just fine during the day without having to close blinds, shades or curtains. Reflectivity of the screen is not a problem. The sound is fine, no need for a sound system. The only minor thing is, the auto volume leveler,[quiets loud commercials], it doesn't seem to work. I'll call panisonic tech one of these days. Maybe there's something that has to be turned on or something, no biggie. I,ve heard that you have to change formats every time when going from HD to regular. In HD, I set the format at full. In regular [non HD] I set the format at 4:3 and the TV remembers those settings so you don't have to keep changing them. Sure hope they have the exact same model available when this one wears out, 'cause I'll buy it again. If you can't get a perfect picture with this TV, you're doing something wrong. Another big plus; no sales tax and free delivery and set up....more info
  • Expert gives reasons why this plasma was chosen over LCD
    I consider myself to be somewhat of an expert in being able to pick and choose television displays. I run a Home Theater website, have gone to numerous consumer electronic shows, and have been very critical in the type of display I choose for myself, family and friends.

    For the past few years I have owned a 1080p DLP display.

    This year my brothers and I wanted to buy our Mother her very first flat panel display. It was a very difficult choice as to what we should pick. Her living room is surrounded by windows and for that reason, I felt that an LCD display would be the better choice. LCD screens do not reflect light in the manner that plasma does.

    So, we went out and bought the Sony KDL-40V4100 40" LCD television (see my review on Amazon). Unfortunately, the display was defective out of the box and it had to be returned. I did have the opportunity to do a bit of viewing with the LCD and I was not particularly happy with what I saw. The LCD picture exhibited jagged motion and decreased quality when viewing from an angle. These are all problems inherent with LCD technology.

    We knew we had to exchange the defective set, and made the choice to go plasma instead, despite knowing there were a few drawbacks with that technology.

    It was my decision to go with Panasonic. Having attended consumer electronic shows year after year, I have had the opportunity to measure Panasonic plasma quality against other manufacturers. The best plasma displays come from Pioneer, Panasonic and Samsung. If you factor in price, Panasonic gives you best bang for the buck. Their plasma displays offer superior quality at a price that will not break your pocketbook.

    We went with a 46" this time around, and picked up the TH46PZ85U.

    Setup of the the display took the efforts of two people. Weighing in at about 82 pounds, it's nearly impossible for one person to assemble the stand, slide it into the bottom of the display and then place it on a stand or wall.

    The display is very attractive with its black piano finish. Within a day we noticed that this baby is a dust magnet. It will be necessary to continually clean it in order for it to keep its sheen. A small cleaning cloth is included in the box.

    The TH46PZ85U offers 3 HDMI inputs which is more than enough to hook up a cable box, DVD/Blu-ray player and whatever else you wish to add.

    By far, plasma displays are the best choice for overall picture quality. They offer better color reproduction and saturation as well as deep blacks, which give the picture texture. LCD displays don't come quite as close. If this purchase was for me, I would have immediately picked a plasma. The big reason we decided not to pick plasma as our choice of display for our Mother, was the fact that plasma displays have to babied. You need to take careful steps in order to prevent any long-term damage.

    For the first 100 hours of use you need to bring down the picture and brightness levels considerably. Put the display in CINEMA MODE with PICTURE and BRIGHTNESS at 50 or less. You also need to mix up your television watching not letting the display sit for hours on material with black bars on the top and bottom or sides. Doing this will prevent any possibility of "burn-in." After the initial 100 hour break-in you can bring up your picture levels again.

    Television manufacturers claim that "burn-in" is no longer a problem with plasmas, but it does pay to stay on the side of caution. You can do a GOOGLE search to learn more about plasma "burn-in."

    So, let me get to the meat of this review and talk about the picture quality of the TH46PZ85U.

    In a word, the picture is REMARKABLE. We are breaking in the television at the moment so its settings are turned down below normal. Though I was not viewing the Panasonic in optimal calibrated settings, I was still impressed with the improved picture quality over LCD. The image was morefilm-like, with natural and relaxed colors. Though I was surprised by the quality of the black levels on the LCD display, they were noticeably better on this plasma. Looking at a picture on a plasma is very much looking at a deeply
    detailed painting. I never got that feeling watching LCD.

    Since we were not hooking the TH46PZ85U to a surround system, we relied on the built-in speakers which offered remarkably full audio. The advanced sound settings allows you to tweak the treble and bass levels, with an optional bass booster setting. Sound was quite good, though as I applied more bass the audio became distorted at louder levels.

    Reflection on a plasma display can be a problem. I did find when watching the Panasonic at night that all lights in the living room needed to be off if we didn't want to catch a distracting reflection. During the day, sitting in a room surrounded by windows, we did get get lines on the television from sunlight creeping in through open blinds.
    These are factors you should consider when picking plasma over LCD. The Panasonic display does have an anti-reflective screen which works fairly well for daytime viewing. Honestly, I suppose the reflections we saw could have been far worse. We were easily able to watch television during the day without being distracted.

    Having the ability to view LCD and PLASMA in my home was a huge learning experience. I learned that LCD is perfect for those that don't want the hassle of having to baby their display, and having a hugely bright picture in their sunny room without the fear of reflection. The only downsides to LCD is its ability to handle fast moving motion and decreased quality at certain viewing angles.

    If you want the very best quality that these type of flat panel displays offer, you want to go PLASMA. Hands down, they offer rich, natural colors with deep black levels. The only downsides are reflection and the fact that caution must be taken in the way you watch television.

    The Panasonic TH46PZ85U exhibits picture quality that is nothing short of nirvana. You will be amazed by its ability to deliver uncompromising picture quality to your home....more info
  • As good as I hoped.
    I was a little concerned ordering an item like this online but am happy to say that the quality of the picture was better than I could have expected. Additionally the company we ordered it from filled and delivered the order sooner than anticipated! All in all a great experience overall! ...more info
  • Great Plasma!!!
    I just received my Panasonic Plasma a few days ago and I could not be happier. A fantasic TV for the price ($1099.00 for a 46"!). Set up was a breeze. The picture is amazing. I did a lot of research before purchasing and I'm so glad I decided to go with the Plasma. The blacks are deep and the colors are rich. I also purchased a blu-ray player and The Picture and sound blows me away. I plan on eventually buying a 5.1 surround sound system, but after hearing the great sound from the simulated surround sound on this TV I'm not in any hurry. If you're on the fence about buying an LCD or a Plasma go with this TV. You won't be disapointed....more info
  • Absolutely Delighted!
    I chose this over a larger LCD and don't regret it one bit because the TV is amazing in all respects. There are no issues with image retention/burn-in despite leaving static images on screen for an hour or more during the first 100 hours. The motion scenes are absolutely fluid and there are no distortions in the image. Glare is not an issue either. 123 hours of watched content so far and I couldn't be happier about the TV! The installers from Pilot were very good as well!...more info
  • great
    It was easy to set up. but very heavy.We have Dish net. and they told me how to make the Dish remote work with the T.V....more info
  • Stop all your research and buy this TV
    I'm a research freak, especially when it comes to electronic items. By now most of you should have already decided on LCD or Plasma. For me picture quality (black levels etc) was the most important factor I was looking for in a TV. If this TV fits in your price range, then go ahead and buy it, you will definitely not regret it. Since it is a plasma, this TV does use up a higher wattage number compared to the LCD's and after 3-4 hours of viewing the TV screen does start to get hot and you can feel the heat coming off it when you stand near it. Surprisingly the fans inside the TV do a great job because you dont feel too much hot air coming from the back of the tv. After the first 100 - 200 hrs break in period this TV will definitely keep you satisfied for the life of it. JUST BUY IT ALREADY. ...more info
  • Couldn't be happier with this purchase!
    Extremely happy with my purchase of this tv from Amazon both service / delivery and the performance of the TV are excellent.
    I was one of those people that had been watching prices of this Panasonic Viera TH-46PZ85 and the Samsung LN46A650 for a long time.

    I DO NOT REGRET in the least bit choosing the Panasonic over the Samsung.

    Don't believe all the negative marketing LCD fans, Samsung and Sony are shoving out there about Plasma TVs. Do the research, Burn-in is a thing of the past and even the recommended 'break-in' isnt even necessary.

    The white glove service was great, my TV showed up THREE DAYS after I ordered it! That was 4 days earlier than expected, the driver unboxed everything, turned it on and let me check to make sure everything was to my satisfaction and it was. No bad pixels or anything.

    If you watch sports or play video games at all the Plasma looks great. I havent seen any lag or pixelized images like I've noticed on my brothers LCD which cost twice as much....more info
  • very nice!
    I love it! I hooked up a HD DVR from direct Tv and it works very nice! The picture is beautiful. with regular cable though I noticed a line of static across the top of it. It was a problem, but I have not noticed it since I switched to Hd! Overall very nice, my sister is jealous, she wants the model # because she wants one just like it!...more info
  • Great Picture
    One of the best pictures I have ever seen, the blacks and colors were almost unreal, images were close to 3D.... unfortunitly I had to return the plasma due to window light reflection. Should have thought of that before ordering, exchanged it for a LCD 47" LG... no reflection but you can't compare to a plasma....more info
  • Excellent value, great TV
    I spent almost a year searching for an HDTV and this is the one that I ultimately went with. First off, the picture is phenomenal. You may read about "slight color inaccuracy" issues with this set on websites like Cnet, but my personal experience with it proves these to be correctable with a few quick tweaks and are very minor. In any case, the highly impressive black levels more than make up for any of these alleged shortcomings. If you are a Roku Netflix box user like myself, you'll be glad to know that the 85U does a very nice job at displaying standard-def material as well. Before connecting the set to my Onkyo receiver, I previewed the on-board speakers and was very impressed by how full the sound was. Many sets suffer from tinny-sounding speakers, but I think most people would be very satisfied with the on-board sound. For those interested in using a surround sound receiver with the set, you'll be happy to know that the included pedestal makes the tv sit high enough to clear most center channel speakers (important if you care about aesthetics like me). Buy this set with confidence, you won't be disappointed....more info
  • very nice!
    I love it! I hooked up a HD DVR from direct Tv and it works very nice! The picture is beautiful. with regular cable though I noticed a line of static across the top of it. It was a problem, but I have not noticed it since I switched to Hd! Overall very nice, my sister is jealous, she wants the model # because she wants one just like it!...more info
  • Beware "White Glove Delivery"
    I am sure this television will look beautiful once it is set up and configured, and I acknowledge that I should probably not give this item one star due to service related to the purchase of this item. That being said, DO NOT ORDER THIS TV FROM AMAZON.COM based on the promised "White Glove Delivery".

    I made the mistake of believing a premium in retail price over other stores would be worth the added delivery service. Essentially what the service entailed was a man knocking on my door and asking me to help him carry my new TV into my apartment, where he put it down on the floor, had me sign a release, and left. There was no damage inspection, no unboxing of the item, removal of trash, or placement of the TV, as promised. I called Amazon and they apologized, offered to call the freight company back, and offered a $30 refund. I have yet to decide whether to return the TV so I can get a better price somewhere else, seeing as it's clear there is no such thing as a white glove delivery....more info
  • Knew what to expect and still amazed!
    This is a fantastic television, hands down. I already knew what to expect out of it since my parents have the same one in a 50", yet as soon as I switched my Playstation 3 to output in 1080p my mind was blown. I haven't watched a BluRay on it yet, but I'm certain it's going to look amazing. The delivery guy was great, he opened the box and put it together and even helped me move my 140lb picture tube TV off of the stand and placed the new one in its place. Also don't be discouraged by the negative feedback about the sound output. I didn't get around to hooking my surround up to it yet, but we watched hdtv that we had recorded on the dvr and it looked and sounded great, I didn't even have to turn it up as loud as my old TV (which is only about 3 years old anyway). So I highly recommend this TV to anyone looking for something of this size at a good price....more info
  • More than expected
    I bought a plasma over an LCD for the following 2 reasons;
    1) Plasma technology is still better than the best LCD. All this LCD 120Hz, and everything else they throw in is to try to get to the plasma level. Also plasma contrast ratio vs LCD is not even close, where LCD loses.
    2) The price difference was about $400 less when compared to an LCD that I would buy only if forced to do so.

    This Panasonic is crisp, great colors, great blacks and the right number of inputs for all the components I will hook to it.

    I was worried about the heat, and it turns out my computers 30inch Dell LCD monitor puts out more heat than this thing. It is surprisingly cool.

    I need one more flat panel, and no question would buy this or its close cousins again.

    I am very happy.
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  • Great TV
    A great TV. Strong Blacks, bright colors, you can ask for no more than this TV. Love it, love it, love it!...more info
  • The best plasma tv with this price
    Simply the best plasma tv. [...] Today plasma tv will last 8-10 years under normal use. Why bother lcd tv. It will cost more and picture are not as goog as plasma tv....more info
  • Plasma TV

    The TV arrived 5 days late (not a problem)but to the shippers credit it was in good condition. The TV was extremely well packaged and easy to install. The picture and sound quality is exstremely excellent. The TV was a very good bargin and we are well pleased....more info
  • Enjoying it very much
    It is everything I expected. Found the best price here. Wonderful images. Had it a month now. HDMI cable is best way to go with a blu ray player.
    I have compared/researched other models. The 46 is the smallest home theater system I recomend. Panasonic has great track record and quality. These are heavy mothers/ If you plan to wall mount, get some help.

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