2 reviews

Vizio VP42

$999.00 Released November, 2006

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Fantastic price! <$900. Many video input options including HDMI and VGA. Good color and contrast.

The Cons:Doesn't support 1080p. You can't completely eliminate edge enhancement. Emits a faint buzzing sound.

The Vizio VP42 is a value-priced plasma HDTV retailing for $999, but can be found in stores for around $850. Because of all of the buzz generated by 1080p television sets, the VP42 may get overlooked since it only supports up to 1080i or 720p.

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Product Shot 2 However, at this size, the benefits of a 1080p may go unnoticed. Reviews have suggested that this plasma delivers good image quality. Vizio is renown for making sub-$1000 HDTVs, and making flat panel TVs affordable to the masses.

The VP42 has 2 x HDMI inputs, 2 x component, and a single VGA PC video input. There is also an ATSC/QAM/NTSC tuner supporting both analog and digital OTA broadcasts. The manufacturer's boasts of its 10,000:1 contrast ratio and 231 billion distinct color resolution.


  • Resolution: 1024 x 768
  • Contrast: 10,000:1
  • Brightness: 480 cd/m2
  • Colors: 231 billion
  • 2 x HDMI, 2 x Component, 1 x VGA, 1 x Composite, 2 x S-Video
  • 1 x co-axial ATSC/QAM/NTSC tuner
  • Signals: 480i (SDTV), 480p (EDTV), 720p (HDTV), 1080i (HDTV)
  • Pixel Dot Pitch: 0.9 mm [H] x 0.676mm [V]

The Vizio VP42 first hit the market in Q4 2006. The largest of the Vizio Plasmas is the Vizio VM60P retailing for $2500. Also, consider the 50" Vizio VP50 retailing for $1499.

User Reviews (2)

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    Fantastic price! <$900

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    Many video input options including HDMI and VGA

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    Good color and contrast

  • 1

    Good standard definition performance

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    Doesn't support 1080p

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    You can't completely eliminate edge enhancement

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    Emits a faint buzzing sound

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Erik: #vizio_vp42 Attention Canadians: There is only one Vizio dealer in Canada that I know of (SIG Electronics in Toronto) and they've got a wicked deal on this TV right now. CAD$799 online [link] Apparently, they'll knock off some more $$$ if you buy it in the store. They also have a 37" Vizio LCD for $650. Read the RedFlagDeals thread for more. Sep 19, 07
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