Panasonic TC-P42S2 Plasma HDTV Review
An average plasma TV with a few notable problems, but some real bonuses, as well.
The Panasonic TC-P42S2 showed no problems maintaining a consistent color temperature. More on how we test color temperature.
The Panasonic TC-P42S2 had mixed results on the RGB color curve test. The chart below traces the performance of the red, green, and blue color channels, tested at each of their 255 values from darkest to brightest. An ideal chart would show smooth lines moving in unison (more or less). The Panasonic TC-P42S2's chart has a lot of squiggles, each of which indicates some problem with displaying that portion of the spectrum. Portions where the line becomes horizontal, like the upper-right blue line, indicates an area where the TV simply can't display any differentiation between those values. Overall, we've seen a lot worse than this, but we were not terribly impressed. More on how we test RGB curves.
The color strips below are digital recreations of the actual color response of each channel, compared with three similar televisions. If you compare it to the chart above, you can usually see correlations between bumps in the curve and visible shifts in color strips.
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