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Panasonic TC-P42GT25 3D Plasma HDTV Review

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The TC-P42GT25 slightly underperforms compared to the VT20 series we reviewed earlier this year.

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Audio Quality

The audio performance of the Panasonic TC-P42GT25 is fairly good, by the low standards of most HDTVs. If you don't turn the volume up too high, the TV offers a crisp, clear sound. Sure, it lacks a deep bass response, but all TVs do, because they don't have the cabinet space to produce the proper tone. If you want good bass, you'll just have to suck it up and buy a standalone 5.1 or 7.1 channel system.

The TV's menu offers a handful of options for audio. There's a bass booster (not recommended), a volume normalizer that keeps commercials and explosions from getting too loud, and bass and treble controls. Of course, there's also a surround sound emulator. It does a convincing job of making the left and right channels more pronounced, but it has a negative effect on producing a wide signal range.

Menu Interface

The TC-P42GT25 features Panasonic's easy to use menu. All the options are laid out clearly, and there are only a few sub-submenus that contain advanced options, so it's not too likely that you'll get lost. The remote control has a clearly labeled Return button and an Exit button that help with navigation.

Menu Main Photo

Depending on the picture mode the TV is in, certain options may be "greyed out" and unavailable. If you're frustrated, try changing the picture mode.

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Instruction Manual

The product manual is a large, square-bound book in three languages. Most of the information you need is here. The table of contents is not very helpful and there's no index in the back. That's just lazy. For better searching, we recommend downloading the PDF version and using your computer's search function. You can find the Panasonic TC-P42GT25's manual online here.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. 3D
  7. Viewing Effects
  8. Calibration
  9. Remote Control
  10. Connectivity
  11. Audio & Menus
  12. Multimedia & Internet
  13. Power Consumption
  14. Panasonic Viera TC-P50VT20 Comparison
  15. Samsung UN46C7100 Comparison
  16. Sony Bravia KDL-46HX800 Comparison
  17. Conclusion
  18. Series Comparison
  19. Photo Gallery
  20. Ratings & Specs
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