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Panasonic TC-P42S2 Plasma HDTV Review

42 in.

An average plasma TV with a few notable problems, but some real bonuses, as well.

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Audio Quality

The audio performance on the Panasonic TC-P42S2 is not great. Overall, you'll notice a tinny quality because it can't produce a decent bass response. That's no surprise; most TVs are bad at this. The menu allows for control over treble and bass, but there's no full-fledged equalizer. Of course, there's a surround sound emulator, but it only seemed to make the sound tinnier. We recommend leaving it off.

Menu Interface

The 2010 Panasonic TVs have a clean, straightforward menu. It should be of benefit to both n00bs and those comfortable with technology. The main menu items are vertically-aligned, so it's clear where you are in the menu. The response time to remote control button pushes is snappy, and if you're ever lost in the menu, you can simply hit the 'exit' button.

Menu Main Photo
The main menu is easy to navigate
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Instruction Manual

The Panasonic TC-P42S2 has a great instruction manual that ships with the TV, available in English, French, and Spanish. It answers nearly all the questions you might have about the TV's features and options. You can find the Panasonic TC-P42S2's manual online here.

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A great instruction manual
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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Multimedia & Internet
  12. Power Consumption
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  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
  18. Photo Gallery
  19. Ratings & Specs
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