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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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Connectivity

Input Ports (6.5)

The Panasonic TC-P42GT25 has most of the ports you'll need for a home theater set-up. There are only 3 HDMIs, rather than the 4 you normally get on high-end TVs, but it will probably suffice. For older devices, there are two composite and two component AV inputs. The TV also has 2 USB inputs and an SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot for playing photos, video, and audio clips.

Connectivity Tour Image 1

The ports are split up between the left side and the back of the chassis. Reaching the ports is no problem, thanks to the swivel base. You should be up and running in no time.

Connectivity Tour Image 2

Output Ports (1.0)

The Panasonic TC-P42GT25 has just one output, a digital audio output. There is no analog audio output, so those looking to connect to older home theater systems are out of luck.

Other Connections (6.0)

The Panasonic TC-P42GT25 has an ethernet connect for connecting to streaming content or a DLNA home network. Either of the USB ports can be to connect to a separately purchased WiFi dongle, which gives you the same abilities, minus the ethernet cable.

Media (5.0)

The Panasonic TC-P42GT25 has two USB ports and an SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot. All of these can be used to play back photos, video clips, and audio clips. The SD card slot is primed to work best with Panasonic cameras and camcorders, and is capable of playing back AVCHD video footage. The interface is described later in this review.

Placement

The Panasonic TC-P42GT25 panel is very easy to swivel back and forth on its base, making it very easy to access the ports on the side and back. The labels are clear and all the ports face out (rather than downward facing ports on some TVs).

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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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