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Panasonic Viera TH-46PZ80U Plasma HDTV Review

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The Panasonic TH-46PZ80U offers many of the strengths that we've come to expect from Plasma televisions.

September 08, 2008
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Tour & Design

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The Panasonic TH-46PZ80U is an attractive TV with a glossy black bezel around the screen and smooth, curved lines. We do wish that you didn't have to buy an additional accessory to mount it on a wall, however.
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**Front**

On the front of the Panasonic TH-46PZ80U you see the 46-inch display, of course. The display is glossy and reflective and is surrounded by a glossy black bezel. Below the bezel is the power button and a small door that gives you access to several ports and the on-TV controls. On either side of the access door are the TV's speakers.

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The front of the Panasonic TH-46PZ80U has a glossy bezel and a matt frame at the bottom.

**Back**

On the back of the Panasonic TH-46PZ80U you find most of the TV's ports organized in a bunch towards the bottom and in the middle.

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Almost all the ports are located in the bottom middle of the back.

**Left**

There is nothing on the left side of the Panasonic TH-46PZ80U.

**Right**

As with the other side the right of the Panasonic TH-46PZ80U is devoid of features.

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Nothing but curves on the side.

**Stand/Mount**

The Panasonic TH-46PZ80U's stand can be removed for wall mounting. In order to mount the TV on the wall you will need to purchase an additional mounting accessory.

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The tapered stand feels sturdy.

**Controls**

The on-TV controls for the Panasonic TH-46PZ80U are found below the display between the two speakers. Most of the controls sit beneath a panel that folds up, however the power button sits exposed to the left of the panel. Once you open the panel you see, from left to right, Menu, OK, TV/Video, Volume Up, Volume Down, Channel Up and Channel Down buttons. These can also be used to navigate the TV's menu system.

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You flip up a panel on front to access on-TV controls and some additional ports.

**Remote**

The Panasonic TH-46PZ80U's remote is a bit shorter than the remotes we saw from the JVC LT-47X899 and Vizio VO47L. The main controls sit at the center and top of the remote, with a keypad below them.

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The remote is shorter than those we've seen from other manufacturers.

**In The Box***(4.5)*

The Panasonic TH-46PZ80U ships with a remote, batteries for the remote, Antenna Adapter, Cable clampers, AC cord and the pedestal. It does not ship with any cables, which is a shame. We expect HDTVs to at least ship with one HDMI cable. Getting the TV out of the box is no more difficult than any other television, but no easier either.

**Aesthetics***(7.0)*

The Panasonic TH-46PZ80U has clean lines and is more attractive than the JVC LT-47X899 or the Vizio VO47L. The glossy bezel and curved lines in the back lend themselves to a TV that will complement your decor. It's not the prettiest TV we've ever seen, but it's a step up from run of the mill TVs.

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Sections

  1. Tour & Design
  2. Performance: Summary
  3. Performance: Blacks & Whites
  4. Performance: Color
  5. Performance: Motion
  6. Performance: Viewing Effects
  7. Remote
  8. Audio
  9. Connectivity
  10. Controls & Menus
  11. Formats & Media
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Value & Comparisons
  14. Conclusion
  15. Ratings & Specs
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