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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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Conclusion

The Panasonic TC-P42GT25 ($1699 MSRP) certainly won't wow you with a brilliantly sharp picture like some of the more expensive LED-lit LCD televisions. In fact, comparable Samsungs can produce 2x to 3x the contrast ratio. But then, that's not where Panasonic's strengths lie. Instead, these plasma TVs offers deep black levels, a wide viewing angle, and arguably the best 3D performance on the market.

What's more impressive is that Panasonic can offer these benefits at such a low price. You can bet there will be a price war for 3D models (Samsung is already taking Sony to the mat), but the word is out amongst AV-heads that plasmas are the way to go for 3D, and Panasonic owns the plasma market. There are plenty of reasons to choose an LCD over a plasma, but 3D is not one of them, which will give Panasonic longer legs than we were expecting, to be frank.

The TC-P42GT25 slightly underperforms compared to the VT20 series we reviewed earlier this year, but casual users probably won't miss it. What you should be warned of is the TV's inability to produce a bright picture, which is of particular concern when wearing the shaded 3D glasses.

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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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