Originally Posted by rob_socal
Just going through some old posts and realized that I forgot to update this one. I wound up getting the Panasonic TH-42PZ80U. It is a 42" Plasma that supports 1080p and it is absolutely awesome. I don't know if they are still being produced, but if anything happened to mine I would look for an exact replacement.
I like the guy who asserted that "there will not be any 42" 1080p Plasmas....", especially considering that a month after he posted that, Panasonic announced their first 1080p 42" Plasma (the TH-42PZ700U which i bought a few months later and is still going strong today). They also released a few more 42" 1080p models that year (42PZ77U and 42PE77U).
Your 2008 42PZ80U was a big improvement over the 2007 42PZ700U - it had better black levels and was a lot brighter and to this day still has pretty good picture quality compared to their newer versions. My next door neighbor has one (i set it up for her 4 years ago) and i told her if she ever decides to sell it to let me know. Hang onto yours because as of now there are no more 42" 1080p models being made - Panasonic just discontinued their new 42" UT50 a month after releasing it due to lack of interest from retailers, so this marks the end of the 42" 1080p Plasma era. It ended exactly 5 years after it began. The last good 42" 1080p Plasma was last year's ST30 series but it discontinued and there are probably no more left.