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Sony Plasma Monitor Review

Model: Sony PFM42B2U Plasma TV
Description: 42" Diagonal Plasma Monitor/TV, Widescreen 16:9 Format
Color:Silver Bezel
Warranty: 1 Year Parts and Labor


Sony PFM42B2 Silver Review by Brian Falvey from CA on 11.4.02
Q:  Describe the picture of the plasma TV/LCD monitor in terms of clarity, color reproduction, contrast and brightness.

A:  Very vivid. Black levels are much better on the B2.

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

A:  This Sony really looks beautiful in silver.

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

A:  Very sleek, streamlined. Incredibly high WOW! factor.

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

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 installed the whole system myself. I used a table stand. 5.1 surround Onkyo reciever and speakers. Panasonic RP91 DVD.

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

A:   DTV City. I originally ordered the Panasonic PHD42 from Plasmahouse.com. Thet really gave me the run around. They said I had to wait a week for shipment because of the West Coast dockworkers strike. I felt that was a legitimate excuse, so I waited. After a week I called, and they said it was going to ship in 2 more days. 2 days later I called and they said it would take 4 more days to ship. They told me that they didn't carry any stock and that all of their displays were dropped shipped from other locations. I cancelled the order. Right afterwards I read a new review on plasmatvbuyersguide.com of the PFM42B2. This convinced me to go with the Sony. I called DTVCity and immediately asked if they could ship it that day. They said that they carried all stock in house and that it was no problem. That afternoon I had a tracking number. Shipping was a flawless process. Misti even went out of her way to find a silver table stand. The shipping was then expedited because I had a party that weekend, and everything arrived on time. Fantastic service! Awesome display!

Let's face it. Plasma TV's are high-end costly items. Not only were they the best price, but their service was immaculate. I can wholeheartedly recommend DTV City. What a completely different buying experience I had between Plasmahouse and DTV City. Night and day.


Sony PFM42B2U Review from TX on 10.29.02
Q:  Describe the picture of the plasma TV/LCD monitor in terms of clarity, color reproduction, contrast and brightness.

A:  Very good.

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

A:  I like it but needed a tv tuner for it.

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

A:  The best out there.

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

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

A:   Plasmadepot.com. Very good - cheap and fast shipping.

Sony 42" Review by Michael Doherty from NY
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.

Q:  Your Comments About your Buying Experience:

A:   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. The website also had many useful links, features and advice which has helped me get one of the best Home Entertainment hook ups in town.



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