When the Sony PFM-42B1 42-inch plasma flat-screen monitor was first introduced in 2001 at just under £5,200, reviewers generally considered it state-of-the art, as well as a good value for the price. Before the Sony PFM-42B1, most plasma monitors retailed at double to triple that price and measured three or four inches smaller.
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The Sony PFM-42B1 has 1024 by 1024 native pixel resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio and produces up to 16.8 million colours. Although the Sony PFM-42B1 weighs in at nearly 29.5 Kilogram, the display is only three and a third inches thick at its deepest, allowing the set to be mounted on literally any flat surface that will support its weight. It measures 40.7 by 24.8 inches in length and width, with a 160-degree viewing angle. With a 500:1 image contrast ratio, the Sony PFM-42B1 stood at the higher end of picture reproduction capability at the time of its introduction. The unit has a variety of inputs, including composite video, S-video, RGB and a PC interface using an RS-232 socket. It is compatible with every format available at the time, including the several 480 and 575 values, as well as the highest reproduction standard of 1080i.
The Sony PFM-42B1 is a true video monitor in that it has no tuner or speakers and provides inputs and outputs for preamp and amplifier, televideo tuner, DVD player, computer and all other forms of audio/video media currently available in 2010. The monitor's SDI single-channel high-definition input adaptor allows for a wide selection of video formats with the addition of optional connectors. Given its price point and features, the PFM-42B1 is designed for a sophisticated end user market of component video professionals and consumers possessing equivalent high-end equipment capable of making use of the unit's attributes.
General and Miscellaneous
The PFM-42B1 is fitted with an antiglare glass screen covering surrounded by a grey quarter-inch bezel. The fan-cooled 400-watt power supply is compatible with most international voltages from 100 to 240 volts. The unit was produced from 2001 through 2005 with a one-year warranty. The last production model shipped in January 2006. The PFM-42B1 is accompanied by a full-feature remote control allowing instant adjustment of picture size, aspect ratio and zoom.
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