Panasonic Viera TH-46PZ80U Plasma HDTV Review

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

$1,699.00 MSRP 46 in.

Tour & Design

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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


Nothing but curves on the side.


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.


The tapered stand feels sturdy.


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.


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


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.


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.


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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  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