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Craig Alan
is this a good monitor
on Jan 12, 2011 at 6:39:26 pm

Panasonic TH-42PH20U 42" HD Plasma TV

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/693010-REG/Panasonic_TH_42PH20U_TH_42...

primarily for displaying student videos for group evaluation. Would like it to display accurate colors and accurate exposure levels.

Would not mind if it double as a monitor for editing but not the primary use.

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David Roth Weiss
Re: is this a good monitor
on Jan 12, 2011 at 6:57:29 pm

It's a great monitor, especially for the price. Mine is calibrated and you'd be surprised how close it is to an expensive broadcast monitor. Feeding it signal via HDMI is a real pleasure...

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Dean Goldsworthy
Re: is this a good monitor
on Jan 12, 2011 at 7:26:51 pm

David, do you know what the difference is between the TC class and the TH class Panasonic monitors?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/674071-REG/Panasonic_TC_P42G25_TC_P42...


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David Roth Weiss
Re: is this a good monitor
on Jan 12, 2011 at 7:29:43 pm

Heck, the TC looks a whole lot better to me... If I were buying I'd go for that one.

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Craig Alan
Re: is this a good monitor
on Jan 12, 2011 at 10:31:51 pm

Thanks David,

Did you use the built in calibration tools or a third party option?

IOW how did you calibrate it?

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David Roth Weiss
Re: is this a good monitor
on Jan 12, 2011 at 11:24:34 pm

I hired a pro Craig. I will say that I had it pretty darned close myself before he touched it. BTW, these newer Panasonic plasmas come very close to accurate right out of the box anyway, especially when fed via HDMI.

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David Weiss Productions, Inc.
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Michael Sacci
Re: is this a good monitor
on Jan 13, 2011 at 3:03:19 am

This one is full 1920x1080, I have the 50' in my living room and love it.

But the first one has impact resistant glass which might be better in a classroom situation. :-)


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David Roth Weiss
Re: is this a good monitor
on Jan 13, 2011 at 3:13:08 am

[Michael Sacci] "But the first one has impact resistant glass which might be better in a classroom situation. :-)"

Especially if some of the kids are packing firearms.

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Michael Sacci
Re: is this a good monitor
on Jan 13, 2011 at 3:39:41 am

Sorry David it say impact resistant not bullet-proof.


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David Roth Weiss
Re: is this a good monitor
on Jan 13, 2011 at 4:04:58 am

I'm glad you clarified that Michael, I won't hide behind my Panasonic ever again when bullets are flying in the edit bay.

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Craig Alan
Re: is this a good monitor
on Jan 13, 2011 at 2:18:18 pm

The TH-42PH20U boasts the HDMI, Component, DVI, PC and RS-232 but also allows addition of additional mounting boards via the Slot 2.0 Function, developed to defeat obsolescence and promote expandability.


Please correct my impressions. But Pana has a pro line of monitors that do not have tuners and a consumer line of TVs that do. The pro line is built more rugged, heavier, less tip prone. I also think there are more controls for calibration. I've owned the consumer line and the picture and black levels are great but limited controls for calibration.

I think the monitor I asked about is in the pro line though BH does call it a "TV" so I'm confused.

If no one knows I'll call panasonic.

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David Roth Weiss
Re: is this a good monitor
on Jan 13, 2011 at 4:38:19 pm

The TH-42PH20U is indeed a Panasonic Pro monitor. As for it's being more rugged etc., I'm not sure that applies anymore, as they are basically a just panel, a small power supply, and a small digital controller card these days. with a single cooling fan.

The additional card slots are there on the Pany Pro model, but are pretty much not needed any more since they come equipped now with both HDMI and component inputs.

And, as for the calibration, the bigger question is really more about that TC model. Does it have the deeper level of setup controls beyond the standard consumer controls available on the standard menu? Most plasma panels, even the consumer models, do have some hidden setup features. But, I don't know anything about the TC models.

David Roth Weiss
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David Weiss Productions, Inc.
Los Angeles
http://www.drwfilms.com

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A forum host of Creative COW's Business & Marketing and Apple Final Cut Pro forums. Formerly host of the Apple Final Cut Basics, Indie Film & Documentary, and Film History & Appreciations forums.


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Craig Alan
Re: is this a good monitor
on Jan 13, 2011 at 6:03:15 pm

Thanks. I get it.

Couple of points:

TC-P42G25 42" 1080p Plasma TV
45.2 lb (20.5 kg) Without Pedestal
1 year warranty


TH-42PH20U 42" HD Plasma TV
55.2 lbs (25 kg)
20 lb stand optional
Service & Support: Limited warranty parts and labor 2 years on-site
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Rob Tinworth
Re: is this a good monitor
on Jan 14, 2011 at 3:28:23 pm

Not sure if this weighs into your decision at all but check out the power consumption on that beast. Plasmas use considerably more energy that LCDs or LEDs. Something to consider if you're trying to get your carbon footprint down, or if you're trying to keep that electricity bill down.

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