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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 Toshiba 42ZV650U

Toshiba 42ZV650U Summary
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Value Comparison Summary


The Toshiba 42ZV650U is priced higher than the Panasonic TC-P42U2, though in this case we'd probably recommend the Panasonic as the better performer. Though the color performance as stronger in the Toshiba, the contrast ratio and motion performance were rather poor. The Toshiba simply isn't worth this price.

  Comparison Specifications
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  Panasonic TC-P42U2 Toshiba 42ZV650U
Size 42 inches 42 inches
Price $799 $1299
Type Plasma LCD
Format 1080p 1080p

Blacks & Whites


The Toshiba 42ZV650U gives a bad name to LCDs, propagating that myth that all LCDs are inferior to plasmas when it comes to black level. As you can see from the chart below, the Samsung LCD is nearly as good as the Panasonic plasma. As a result of the Toshiba's poor black level, the overall contrast ratio suffered.

Blacks & Whites Comparison Chart
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Color Accuracy


This is the one series of tests where the Toshiba 42ZV650U managed to outperform the Panasonic. It managed to maintain a very consistent color temperature, and the RGB color curves were incredibly smooth (save for one large hiccup in the blue channel. 

Color Temperature Comparison
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Panasonic TC-P42U2 Score: 8.74
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Toshiba 42ZV650U Score: 9.45

 

RGB Comparison

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Panasonic TC-P42U2 Score: 6.58

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Toshiba 42ZV650U Score: 8.44

 

Motion


The Toshiba 42ZV650U did not perform well in the motion tests. Objects in motion were not particularly smooth, and there was a lot of strobing in areas of high contrast. The TV offers options to smooth the motion, but it creates a strange look to the video that you probably won't like. 

  Motion Scores
  Panasonic TC-P42U2 Toshiba 42ZV650U
Motion Smoothness 8.0 5.63
Motion Artifacting 5.25 5.75

 

Viewing Effects


The Toshiba 42ZV650U was tied with the Sony KDL-40NX700 for worst viewing angle in this little comparison pool, managing only about 40 degrees in total, versus the 144 degrees of the Panasonic TC-P42U2. 

Viewing Angle Comparison
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Panasonic TC-P42U2 Score: 10.24 Toshiba 42ZV650U Score: 3.65

 

Connectivity


The Toshiba 42ZV650U is blessed with another benefit: lots of ports. You can connect nearly everything in the house to this thing – save a DLNA home entertainment hub. 

  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

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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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