Update Feb 3rd 2008: An FAQ has been suggested, linking to key information in this thread. It's a work in progress so here we go for starters; Frequently Asked Questions Q1. Can anyone advise on what picture settings I should use? A1. Here you go:... Q2. Does the 42/50PZ70 accept and display 1080p/24 signals correctly? A2. Yes, you're right, but... Q3. Is it possible to buy a Panasonic cabinet for the 42/50PZ70? A3. Despite the misleading way this TV is listed... Q4. How do I check how many hours I have been using my screen for? A4. Bud just press and hold -/v on the... Q5. Are there any objective online reviews of the 42/50PZ70? A5. HDTVTest further comment on this in... Q6. Is there a way to adjust how much of the image is cropped when using Overscan? A6. Okay...So I have some great news... Q7. What are the dimensions of the 42PZ70 manufacturer's box? A7. 1500x390... Q8. What are the dimensions of the 50PZ70 manufacturer's box? A8. Ok, few dimensions which may help... -------------------------------------------------------------- This thread has been created for the discussion of owners of this TV & a summarised accumulation of all specs & discussion from this thread started by kmpowell. Panasonic TH-42PZ70 & TH-50PZ70 Specifications • Panasonic MANUAL The Panasonic PZ70 is not necessarily a cut down PZ700 panel. Although it does not have the better sound package and only has 2 HDMI inputs, it does however have a side SD Card slot, side connectivity inputs/outputs, and a higher contrast ratio of 10,000:1 (see spec below). The PZ700 is being replaced with a PZ750. • G10 1080P Full-HD Panel • 1,920 x 1,080 Pixels • 68.7 Billion Colours • 10,000:1 Contrast • DVB Digital Tuner • Fastext • V-Real 2 Processor & Driver • Wobbling Screensaver • 1:1 Pixel Mapping (Overscan On/Off) • Auto/16:9/14:9/4:3/Zoom1/Zoom2/Zoom3 Aspect Ratios • 10W Speakers x 2 (side) • SD Memory Card Slot x 1 (side) Video Connectivity • HDMI Video/Audio Input v1.2 x 2 (rear) • Component Video/Audio Input x 1 (rear) • PC D-Sub Video Input x 1 (rear) • RGB Scart Video Input x 2 (rear) • Composite Video Input x 1 (side) • S-Video Input x 1 (side) Audio Connectivity • RCA Phono Audio Input x 1 (side) • RCA Phono Audio Input x 1 (rear) • Headphone Audio Output x 1 (side) Dimensions ( W × H × D ) - Weight The following dimensions are for the TV only - without the supplied stand. • 42PZ70 - 1,134 mm × 641 mm × 116 mm - 35.0 kg • 50PZ70 - 1,323 mm × 754 mm × 99.5 mm - 43.0 kg PZ70B & PZ70E Overscan Options There is a believed difference in the overscan (1:1 pixel mapping) options between the UK ‘B' panel and the EU ‘E' panel. These differences have been outlined within the EU & UK Panasonic manuals and provided by ICM76. PZ70B Manual States: Selects the screen area displaying the image (Off / On) On : Enlarged the image to hide the edge of the image. Off : Displayed the image in the original size. • Set to “On” if noise is generated on the edge of the screen. • This function is available when aspect is set to Auto or 16:9. • This function can be memorized for SD (Standard definition) and HD (High definition) signals separately. PZ70E Manual States: Selects the screen area displaying the image (Off / On) On : Enlarged the image to hide the edge of the image. Off : Displayed the image in the original size. • Set to “On” if noise is generated on the edge of the screen. • This function is available when aspect is set to Auto or 16:9. • 1080i or 1080p signal only 1080p24 Myth Panasonic is not stating whether the PZ70 is a true 24fps panel or one that converts a 24fps signal to 50hz or 60hz. It seems Panasonic is not giving a direct answer to this feature but using the fact it displays a 1080p24 input with little/no judder as a good marketing strategy for the panel. HDTVTest further comment on this in their full review of the 42PZ70B below: http://www.*/Panasonic-TH42PZ70B PC HDMI Connectivity I have my TH-42PZ70B connected via DVI > HDMI to my HTPC with overscan turned OFF in the TV settings and it works like a charm. At this moment in time I do not have any information regarding connecting via VGA as I have not tried this and have no need to. Accessing Service Menu Press and hold -/V on the right hand side of the TV, press 0 on the remote three times then release -/V. Retailers Update Mar 30th 2008: The prices listed below were posted when this display was first released, they are now very out of date. I will leave them for the time being, however if anyone has any new updates please do not hesitate to PM me and I will begin to add them whilst fading out those currently below; • Panasonic RRP @ £1299.00 • CramptonAndMoore @ £1,149.00 incl. 3 Year Warranty + £35.00 Delivery Charge • TotalDigital @ £1049.00 + £20.00 Delivery Charge • Ask @ £999.00 Collection From Tottenham Court Road, London Only. The in-store price ticket states £1129.95 therefore if you purchase from this store directly quote the online price and this is what they will sell the panel at. • CheapTelly @ £999.00 using voucher code 'TAGEDRAFRETH' + Free Delivery. • John Lewis Price Match: At this moment in time Ask is the best store to PM against. However as their in-store price ticket states £1129.95 this is the price JL will PM at. They will not enquire about the advertised £999.00 price as this is a form of haggling! • Empire Direct: £999.99 + £30 Delivery + £20 Extra membership to include a 5 yr warranty. Disclaimer: I have done my best to make the above as accurate as possible, I will be adding/editing (any) further details regarding the panel once they come to light & more people are able to have a tinker with this great TV.