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Panasonic TC-P42S2 Plasma HDTV Review

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

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Value Comparison

The Samsung LN40C630 is a superior television by most measures. For roughly the same price, you get a much better contrast ratio, a better interface, more ports, and access to streaming content. The Panasonic TC-P42S2 has better color performance and wide angle, but that's it.

Blacks & Whites

The Samsung LN40C630 offers a better black level, despite being an LCD matched up against a plasma TV. Because the white levels were also much brighter, the contrast ratio is far superior.

Contrast Chart
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Color Accuracy

The Panasonic TC-P42S2 managed some very good color performance, which the Samsung was not able to best.

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Motion

The Samsung LN40C630 has video processing features that, when engaged, make for major improvements in motion smoothness and artifacting. The Panasonic TC-P42S2 was a little fuzzy even at its best.

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Viewing Effects

The Samsung LN40C630 couldn't come close to the Panasonic TC-P42S2 in viewing angle.

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Connectivity

The Samsung LN40C630 offers much more in terms of connectivity, including more input ports for a basic home theater setup, as well as networking ports like LAN and (optional) WiFi for downloading streaming content from Netflix and others.

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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
  13. Panasonic Viera TC-P42U2 Comparison
  14. Samsung LN40C630 Comparison
  15. Sharp Aquos LC-40LE700UN Comparison
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
  18. Photo Gallery
  19. Ratings & Specs
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