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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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Conclusion

Conclusion
Editorial Note: This is a review of the Panasonic TC-P42U2. Test results are for this model, but should indicate the general performance of other sizes in the TC-PxxU2 series. The TC-PxxU2 series includes the following models: TC-P42U2 and TC-P50U2.  Read here for more details on series differences.
{{article.attachments['Panasonic-TC-P42U2-intro.jpg']}}The Panasonic TC-P42U2 is not an amazing television. Granted, it's not priced terribly high ($799 MSRP), but for the same price you can find an excellent LCD unit. It's getting harder with each passing year to defined plasmas as the better choice. Better black levels? The Samsung LN40C630, a mid-tier LCD, was nearly as dark, and killed the Panasonic on contrast ratio because plasmas simply can't get their whites bright enough. The Panasonic TC-P42U2 also seemed to have a hard time with high frequency patterns, creating Moire patterns even in its native 1080p resolution, let alone the terrible upscaling performance we witnessed. In its favor, the Panasonic TC-P42U2 is pretty inexpensive for a plasma. If you think you really need a plasma for its viewing angle, or if you just think they're cool, you could do worse. But before you buy, read through all the options that Panasonic offers. They're the king of plasma makers, and they make several models with more features and better processing.  

 

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Other Models in the TC-PxxU2 Series
This is a review of the Panasonic TC-P42U2. The other sizes of HDTVs in this series should be similar in terms of performance and usability. For details about any differences, click on the image to jump to the Series Comparison page.
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Panasonic TC-P42U2 42 inches Panasonic TC-P50U2 50 inches
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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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