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Sony Plasma Reviews

Model: Sony PFM42B1U Plasma TV
Description: 42" Diagonal Plasma Monitor/TV, Widescreen 16:9 Format
Color:Charcoal Black & Silver Available
Warranty: 1 Year Parts and Labor


Sony PFM42B1U Review by Maury Riad from NY on 3.30.01
Q:  Describe the picture of the plasma TV/LCD monitor in terms of clarity, color reproduction, contrast and brightness.

A:  The brightness on the set is excellent, especially with computer graphics and cartoons. However, the blacks are not saturated enough and when you watch a letterbox movie, the bars on the top and bottom of the screen almost appear to have a haze over them. Color reproduction is excellent, especially with a component hook up.

Q:  What are your general comments on your Plasma TVs/LCD Monitors? How do you like it?

A:  It is extremely easy to use and has many nifty options such as the screensaver when watching 4:3 applications which prevents ghosting. I am however disappointed with the small selection of inputs offered. I had to purchase an expensive, specialized VGA-Component wire in order to get a 480/60i signal for DVD's. An adapter was also needed to use the composite video outputs.

Q:  How would you best describe the design and looks of the Plasma TV/LCD Monitor?

A:  The design and looks of the tv are phenomenol. Sleek and sexy is the best way to describe it. It looks a lot more expensive than it really is.

Q:  Plasma TV Inputs used? A:  1 Component using RCA - BNC Cables

Q:  How long have you had the Plasma TV/LCD Monitor? A:  3-12 Months

Q:  What is the Plasma TV/LCD used for? A:  Home Living Room

Q:  Please explain how the Plasma TV/LCD Monitor was installed.

A:   The tv was installed on a table top stand. A vga-component cable was used to hook up the DVD player and a composite video cable was used to hook up the cable.

DTVCity helped me tremendously in choosing the right tv and in helping me with the proper cables to get the best connections. Extremely knowledgeable and experienced people were always there to help me on the phone. Their website also had many useful links, features and advice which has helped me get one of the best Home Entertainment hook ups in town.


Sony PFM42B1U Review by Angelo Tuscana from Glendale, AZ on 3.30.01
Q:  Describe the picture of the plasma TV/LCD monitor in terms of clarity, color reproduction, contrast and brightness.

A:  I use the set for home/personal use. On these criteria the set produces very good results. It is when higher end inputs (DVD, HDTV signal) are in use that the performance shines. With these inputs I would rank the quality as extremely good.

Q:  What are your general comments on your Plasma TVs/LCD Monitors? How do you like it?

A:  I like it very veyr much. I realize theyare an extreme indulgence for home TV use, but as a special bonus to myself it was worth it. The degree of difficulty I was warned about regarding indstalation was way over-rated. However, the very very limited input on the Sony model are a big big draw back. If it were not for picture quality and price and may not have bought it because of the limited inoputs -look at the Marantz model it has an enourmous number of input options.

Q:  How would you best describe the design and looks of the Plasma TV/LCD Monitor?

A:  I love the design. It too as one of the key reasons I bought the sony.

Q:  Plasma TV Inputs used? A:  1 S-Video

Q:  How long have you had the Plasma TV/LCD Monitor? A:  Less than 1 Month

Q:  What is the Plasma TV/LCD used for? A:  Home Living Room

Q:  Please explain how the Plasma TV/LCD Monitor was installed.

A:   I did it my self with the tilting wall mount.

Q:  Where did you purchase your Plasma TV/LCD Monitor? How was your buying experience?

A:   Online/Telephone DTVCity. Very good. Excellent phone service and follow-up. Impressive

Everything was smooth and better than expected. I have made other online/phone purchases and the service folks were the most helpful accomadating with the best folow-up.



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