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Panny TH-42PZ77u and TH-42PZ700U Difference?

jim mohundro
12-09-2007, 10:40 PM
The Panasonic web page is not particularly useful when I try to pick out the essential differences between these 1080p Pannys. I think there some Panny experts here. What are the significant diffrences? I'm a bit confused by terms like "anti-glare", etc.

12-10-2007, 07:12 AM
The anti-glare screen is the largest difference. It makes the screen look more like a typical LCD screen (matte), with does not reflect a lot.

12-10-2007, 05:18 PM
i have the TH-42PZ77U. The anti glare coating is very useful. id say it reflects 95% of ambient light. I have never seen the other plasma, but i can assure you either would be a great tv, Panasonic does know Plasma's.

jim mohundro
12-10-2007, 06:19 PM
I didn't think the answer(s) would be so straightforward. With the anti-glare "feature", does the panel become "dull", i.e., lose some of its contrast and vivid colors?

I have a reading lamp the placement of which does not make it easy to move (it is a small [approximately 11' x 11'] square room with only one corner not occupied by a bookcase and, therefore, the lamp is in its probably only possible space--behind the right hand corner of the sofa). I do more reading than television viewing, but also usually read while watching news or ballgames, so eliminating the lamp or moving to another room to read seems not a workable option.

The lamp would be in line of sight about 8-9 feet back from the panel and somewhere, I expect, where it would potentionally be reflected, at least in part, around the middle or upper right-hand edge of the panel.

Is the anti-glare feature likely to help? Is the likely benefit usually worth the price difference?

12-10-2007, 06:38 PM
The PZ77U (anti-glare) is usually cheaper. At least it has been at every place I have seen it. I prefer the sharper, more vivid picture of the PZ700U (gloss, typical plasma screen), but what good is that if you are getting reflections?

jim mohundro
12-13-2007, 02:41 PM
Thanks for the insight rom posters to my questions re the difference between the two Panasonics. I've gone back to the not so very helpful Panasonic web site.

The ..77U is (from Panasonic's own store) $200 cheaper ($1,799)than the ..700U ($1,999). The ..77U features an "anti-glare filter" versus the more expensive ..700U's "anti-reflection coating". Is the ..700U's anti-reflection coating pretty ineffective given the background lighting situation I reported in my original post, even at the higher price? Or does the coating effectively mitigate some reflection problems significantly bgetter than no coating at all?

My inclination is to go for the better PQ that posters here seem to write goes with the ..700U.

Any further thoughts on the probable effectiveness of the the difference technologies?

Is there any effect difference between the two as it relates to "burn in" risks?

12-13-2007, 02:51 PM
Also, I think the 70 has more inputs with some being in the front versus side inputs on the PZ77U.

I'm getting the PZ77U and I like the anti glare coating because we have a few windows in our living room and the curtains are usually open during the day. Plus if we have a game day party some seating will have some less desirable viewing angle which would cause glare with a gloss screen. So for this situation I thought the anti glare coating would be nice.

It may mute colors a little at night but the trade off for me was well worth it. I'll report back after I get it running.

12-14-2007, 02:34 AM
I've had both... returned the pz77u because of a dull, muted picture that lacked the "smash" that I wanted in an HDTV. Swapped for the pz700u - no comparison! The 700u has a FAR superior picture that amazes me every time I watch it. For anyone trying to decide between the two, I highly recommend the 700u.