Dynex™ - 42" Class / 720p / 60Hz / Plasma HDTV - Black
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- Product Name42" Class / 720p / 60Hz / Plasma HDTV
- Model NumberDX-PDP42-09
- Color CategoryBlack
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Parts1 year
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Labor1 year
- Product Weight23.6 pounds
Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 70 reviews(70 Reviews)
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Better Than The 1080p LCD Version
Better Than The 1080p LCD VersionPosted .
I exchanged the 1080p LCD version of the Dynex TV for this 720p Plasma, and I got to tell you, Plasma is definatley better than LCD. It's clearer, it's crispier, and it's easier to figure out. I can't give a review on the sound portion of the TV because I've always muted the sound on the TV and used my surround sound reciever for sound. But the only problem I have is the picture maybe clearer, but you can see the pixels moving around in the picture. And I'm going to exchange this once again for an LG or Samsung Plasma 42" as long as both brand names are currently on sale. But I would recommend this TV set for those who want quality picture, but not interested in spending a whole lot of money. This set is definatly for those who are on a budget, and yet still cared for quality...Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
I cant belive my eyes!!!!!!
I cant belive my eyes!!!!!!Posted .
WHEN I BROUGHT THIS TV I WAS SCKEPTICAL BECAUSE OF THE PRICE, BUT WHEN I GOT IT HOME I WAS LIKE, I DESERVE THIS! AND YOU DESERVE THIS TOO! I JUST CANT BELIVE MY EYES! THIS WHAT I NEEDED IN MY LIFE! I PROUDLY HAVE IT DISPLAYED ON MY MYSPACE PAGE, IT SAYS UPGRADES! THE SOUD QUALITY IS GREAT AND PICTURE QUALITY IS CRISP! SHARP! AND VIBRANT! ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT, YOU! DESERVE! THIS!!!Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great for price!!
Great for price!!Posted .
I'm 15 and I bought this for my room with my christmas money, I wanted a 1080p TV but after I plugged in a Hi-Def video source it looks great! I've had it for about 3 weeks with no problems and no signs of any coming! I just love this TV!Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Don't judge a TV by its price tag
Don't judge a TV by its price tagPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I wanted a new TV and this one was on sale for a super price compared to other similar sizes. One thing I didn't know is you can't transport the TVs face down, only upright. I had to go get a truck after I bought it, so be aware that it probably won't transport in a car. However, it is pretty lightweight, less than 50 pounds, so you don't need a furniture-moving crew to set it up. The box is large (of course) so you'll need two people, but they needn't be muscle-bound piano-movers. The built-in swivel base is very convenient for fine tuning and watching TV from different rooms. The physical design is simple and straightforward. The buttons are discreetly on the right side. The screen has an anti-reflective coating and doesn't have noticeable glare. You probably don't want the sun shining directly on the screen, but even in a brightly-lit room in the daytime the picture is just fine. The television's picture is superb. Out of the box, the factory settings have noise reduction enabled and saturation, brightness, and contrast pumped way up. This can damage your screen, especially in the first 200 hours. It also makes the picture look garish and artificial. It was hard to watch. I turned the brightness and contrast down to around 40, the saturation to 10, color temperature normal, and noise reduction off. This gives a more realistic and watchable image. Video-games also look great, likely because of progressive scan input. The resolution is 720p, which is technically not what marketing people call "Full HD". Full HD is 1080i, so there are more pixels. But even in the store, side-by-side with LCD TVs, all playing the same content, I could not notice any difference even up close. So, yes 720 is lower resolution than 1080, don't let that dissuade you. I only mention it because it's a fact about the unit. Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and HDTV all look phenomenal and you won't be disappointed. The initial set up is straight-forward. The set has a built in DTV tuner so you don't need a converter box to get over-the-air signals, just an antenna. Otherwise, it has most any kind of audio/video and connection you need, including HDMI (2) and component (2). There are side inputs too so you can easily hook up a device (like a camera) without getting behind it. The manual is a little skimpy on details, so if you don't know what you're doing you might want to read up or have a friend help set things up. The TV only takes a few seconds from when you hit the ON button to when it shows the picture at full brightness. The remote control is pretty large, but it does have everything you need and the buttons are laid out logically. It doesn't light up, so you'll have to memorize the buttons you use or have some sort of light on if you're watching at night. It also uses less than 1 watt on standby (verified with my watt meter), so it won't drain much electricity when it's off. This is a stark contrast to some electronics draw almost as much power when they're switched on when in active use. My only significant complaint is the sound quality. My last TV was a direct-view tube that has great built-in speakers. The speakers on this TV sound small and underpowered. If you're just watching the news or a sitcom, it doesn't matter much. But if you want to watch movies you will probably want external audio of some sort. If you try to enjoy epic movie titles with just the TV speakers, the brilliant picture will betray the average sound. Fortunately, even an inexpensive (< $200) home-theater-in-a-box will help immensely. With such a competitively-priced set you can afford to buy a basic home theater that sounds amazing. I can't speak to the long-term durability of the product as I have only had it a few weeks. I can say it seems solidly-built and I haven't had any issues. If you take care of the set it will probably serve you well for years to come. In all, I wholeheartedly recommend this television. Don't let the brand name or low price trick you into thinking you're getting an inferior product. The performance is as good as or better than any other flat-panel I've seen. If my TV fell off a moving truck and I had to buy another one, I would select this one without hesitation. It's a quality TV that you will enjoy watching.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Don't be turned-off by the label
Don't be turned-off by the labelPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I swore I'd only buy another Sony or Mitsubishi TV. But since they won't dabble in plasma ... I saw no reason to wait. And no matter how much I looked, I just couldn't understand why to choose LCD over plasma. Even the highest-end LCDs don't produce a picture like a plasma. Both my research and "eyes" convinced me of that. After owning this for one month, I know I made a solid choice. My decision came down to this TV, and the stalwart Panasonic, which was $300 more at the time I bought this. They were actually side-by-side in the store, and thorough viewing showed little difference to me. I took home the Dynex with the idea that there's be a 50-50 chance I'd return it for the Panasonic. What clinched it (in addition to the performance and price) was the swivel base. Seems like a minor deal. But the way my room is set-up, and the fact I put it on a credenza, makes that a huge deal. It is very slick. And came assembled out of the box. The biggest question anyone would have about the TV is the brand name, and with good reason. There is little track record. And the fact is, nobody can tell you for sure what is inside the box. Since Dynex is a "re-badged" brand made for Best Buy, I would expect they have some "pull" to require the TV perform well. Because it is a Best Buy brand, it gave me more confidence. I've been told/read that the Dynex TVs are assembled from "older" or "surplus" components. So .... you could be getting very low-end parts, but there is also a chance they come from high-end plasmas. The way this TV performed in the store vs. other TVs, convinces me that this was a "good batch". For what it's worth, the OSD on mine is the same as I have seen on some Vizio LCDS. But I believe this TV has superior components to a Vizio, and that the OSD computer chip is all they have in common. Anyways, the picture looks great. But like all HDTVs, you are at the mercy of the source. You'll be thrilled with the performance of well-encoded HD sources, less thrilled with older footage converted to HD, and disappointed with Standard Definition airings. This isn't the TVs fault, it's the same with any HDTV I've seen, including the elite sets. Many have commented on the sound being sub-par, but I think it is well above average for a TV. Even if you aren't using a separate sound system, you'll be fine with the sound. Back to durability. One of the "knocks" I found while doing research, was that these TVs were made in China, and had much less stringent quality controls than the top-tier brands. May or may not be true. But if there was to be a manufacturing issue, you'd notice (or hear) it right out of the box. I ran mine hard for the first few weeks, to ease my worries about its durability. There's no way to know how it will perform as time goes by, but I have no concerns about this Dynex than I would with any other brand. I have no reason to believe I would get more value out of another brand. This exceeded all my expectations. So keep the extra $250+, and use it for something else. Get a Blu-Ray player, or get the service plan if you want piece-of-mind. You'll still be ahead. And think twice about getting a LCD, especially when you can have superior plasma technology for less. This is a great TV, at a great price. Bottom line.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great DealPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
We scoured the Black Friday fliers to find a new TV as our Sony Trinitron was on the out. We're not heavy gamers or sports fans, but a Wii is on our future wants and we love movies. As we often have friends over to watch movies and soon to play some multi-player games, we were looking for a large tv while still being affordable. At first we were wary of the brand Dynex, however when you are at Best Buy, ask to compare the remote of a Dynex with a Samsung. They're virtually identical. I had also heard that Samsung makes Dynex for Best Buy. So you may be actually getting a name brand item for a house brand price. The picture is great. We were looking at LCD screens too and the color warmth and black richness of this plasma was better than half of the LCD's there. Granted it's not 1080 but if you're like most people, you're upgrading from an older low res tv. I didn't see that big of a difference anyway between an LCD 1080 and this plasma 720. There are two HDMI ports which are great. One for the DVD player and another for the future gaming system. Another great feature is the PC port. We stream Netflix and until the Blue Ray/Netflix combo players come down in price, we'll keep hooking up the laptop. On our old TV, we were using S-Video. The PC port blows that away. The images and text are so crisp. The Netflix videos look great on it too. In fact, the image is so sharp, we've been using it as a monitor for graphic design projects. Adobe products rock with this as your monitor. I do agree that the sound isn't the best, but with a TV this size, you should be using some kind of external sound system anyway. It's a shame to have that rich of a picture without upgrading your sound too. That's like splurging on a nice car stereo but keeping the factory speakers. As for image burning, we haven't seen that happen but will be very cautious to make sure it doesn't occur. Overall, this is a great TV for anyone looking to upgrade from an older TV to a flat panel. For what you get with this TV, the price is great. Easily $300-$500 cheaper than a comparable name brand TV.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
WHAT HAPPENED??Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I purchased this tv from Best Buy in February of this year. It was on sale for $599 (great price). It shows the best picture and we love the surround sound. I also like that fact that we can get extra cable channels on it that we couldn't get before with our old big screen. We absolutely love it; with the exception of ONE THING...now it won't turn on. It worked fine all day yesterday; then last night...nothing. I am on hold (as we speak) with the Geek Squad trying to set up an appointment with them to get someone to come out and look at it. We thought that perhaps it was the remote (which is not really normal for the batteries to be low after only 2 months of use), so we changed the batteries...wasn't it. I tried turning it on with power button on the side of the tv...didn't work either. The strange thing about it all is that the RED standby light is still on at the bottom right corner of the tv...go figure. Someone from the Geek Sqaud just came back to the phone to let me know that a representative from New Tune Rapids would come out Monday to take a look at it. I'm not very happy to know that we will have to go 4 days without being able to watch our Dynex (thank goodness we have other tv's in our home). I'm a bit dissappointed being that I researched this tv and read what seems like thousand of reviews before making the decision to purchase it. I hope that Geek Squad can repair or if not, replace it with another one. I will post another review after the tech comes out on Monday.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
no problems so far
no problems so farPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I bought this TV because it was on special for $600 at the time, making it hundreds less than other 42" plasma or LCD tvs. I read some reviews that the sound quality wasn't so great, but I don't have any complaints. I'm sure a $1500 tv would have a better contrast ratio or frame rate or something, but this is my first HDTV and its still light years better than standard definition on a 22" CRT (which is what I had before). Bottom line, unless you've got a sharp enough eye for high def already, I doubt you'll notice any problem with the picture. Saving the extra $200 or $300 or $1000 by not getting the brand name was well worth it for me (and probably you too if this is you're first HDTV). Three things worth noting. (1) there seems to be a 1 second or more lag for the audio to come on when switching between channels. This is longer than I'm used to, but certainly not even enough of a problem to bump it from 5 stars to 4. (2) I really like the "favorites" buttons on the remote that allow for 4 channels to be pre-programmed. (3) the service plan for this TV was an outrageous price ($150 or something like that) so go ahead and pass on it. I think because they're selling the TV so cheap they're trying to gouge you on the service plan (even moreso than other TVs). General online buying guides suggest paying 5-10% of the cost of the TV for a service plan is reasonable. Asking for 25% of the cost of the TV for the service plan is ridiculous.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.