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Panasonic TC-P42U2 Plasma HDTV Review

42 in.

In its favor, the Panasonic TC-P42U2 is pretty inexpensive for a plasma.

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Vs Sony KDL 40NX700

Sony KDL-40NX700 Summary
{{article.attachments['Panasonic-TC-P42U2-vanity.jpg']}} • Sony is a better TV in almost every regard • Sony is also more expensive (go figure) • Sony offers access to streaming content library
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Value Comparison Summary


The Sony KDL-40NX700 is a more expensive TV than the Panasonic TC-P42U2, but it's also a better TV. The LED-backlit LCD screen creates a wider contrast ratio, fewer screen glitches, a less reflective screen, and a lower power consumption. It also provides access to Sony's great line-up of streaming content.

  Comparison Specifications
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  Panasonic TC-P42U2 Sony KDL-40NX700
Size 42 inches 40 inches
Price $799 $1699
Type Plasma LED-backlit LCD
Format 1080p 1080p
Other N/A Built-in WiFi

Blacks & Whites


The Panasonic TC-P42U2 produced a much deeper black than the Sony KDL-40NX700, but the Sony's whites were so much better that the contrast ratio ended up being wider.

Blacks & Whites Comparison Chart
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Color Accuracy


The Panasonic TC-P42U2 tended to shift the white balance towards the warm, while the Sony KDL-40NX700 erred towards the cool. Neither was particularly bad.

The RGB color curve test was heavily in Sony's favor. It wasn't just that the Sony was good; the Panasonic had a particularly weak showing, with lots of uneven lines – a disjointed performance overall.

Color Temperature Comparison
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Panasonic TC-P42U2 Score: 8.74
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Sony KDL-40NX700 Score: 9.89

 

RGB Comparison

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Panasonic TC-P42U2 Score: 6.58

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Sony KDL-40NX700 Score: 8.22

 

Motion


The motion performance was about evenly matched between the two TVs. The Panasonic TC-P42U2 was very smooth, but lost a lot of fine detail to artifacting, which appeared as mosquito-like noise. The Sony KDL-40NX700 was a little less smooth. It, too, had a lot of artifacting, which appeared as trailing and strobing. 

  Motion Scores
  Panasonic TC-P42U2 Sony KDL-40NX700
Motion Smoothness 8.0 7.0
Motion Artifacting 5.25 5.0

 

Viewing Effects


The Sony KDL-40NX700 has a much narrower viewing angle than the Panasonic TC-P42U2, only 40 degrees in total versus 144 degrees on the Panasonic. There's no comparison here; plasmas always win.

Viewing Angle Comparison
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Panasonic TC-P42U2 Score: 10.24 Sony KDL-40NX700 Score: 2.71

 

Connectivity


The Sony KDL-40NX700 has a higher-end selection of ports than the Panasonic TC-P42U2, including ethernet and built-in WiFi for accessing streaming content, a USB port, a VGA port, and DLNA compatibility. However, thePanasonic TC-P42U2 has more of the basics: an additional composite and component AV. 

 

  Connectivity Comparison
Panasonic TC-P42U2 Sony KDL-40NX700 Samsung LN40C630 Toshiba 42ZV650U
HDMI 3 4 4 4
Component 2 1 3 2
Composite 2 1 1.5 (One shared component/composite) 2
S-Video 0 0 0 1
VGA 0 1 1 1
Analog Audio In 4 2 3 4
Digital Audio Out 1 1 1 1
Analog Audio Out 0 1 1 1
Ethernet 0 1 1 0
WiFi 0 Yes 1 0
USB 0 1 2 1
Memory Card 1 (SD/SDHC) 0 0 1 (SD/SDHC)
  DLNA No Yes No No
Other N/A N/A N/A IR Inputs

 

Other Comparisons


The Sony KDL-40NX700 allows connection to Sony's fantastic line-up of streaming content video and music. All the big players are here, including Netflix and Pandora. ThePanasonic TC-P42U2 has no such content, though other Panasonics do. To compare manufacturers, check out our big comparison article.

 

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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. Vs Sony KDL 40NX700
  14. Vs Samsung LN40C630
  15. Vs Toshiba 42ZV650U
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
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