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Panasonic TC-P42X1 Plasma HDTV Review

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The Panasonic TC-P42X1 is an entry-level HDTV that doesn't come with many extras.

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Calibration

Calibration Summary
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Calibration


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Televisions typically come out of the box with poor picture quality. Since we want to test any given HDTV at its best, we first calibrate the set. To this end, we use DisplayMate. We've worked with DisplayMate's creator to fine-tune our process, in order to arrive at the most accurate calibration settings we can attain without unlocking hidden service menus.

Our calibration process is oriented towards providing the most accurate picture. In some cases, such as with the TC-P42X1, calibrating for accuracy results in sacrifices in other areas. In the TC-P42X1's case, we had to turn the contrast way down in order to prevent colors from peaking at relatively low intensity levels.

If you want to calibrate your TV to the settings we used, use the below table. Listed are all the settings we altered; if something isn't listed there, the default setting was the optimal one.

 

Setting Default Calibrated
Picture Mode Custom
Color temp. Normal Warm
Contrast 100 33
Brightness 50 53
Sharpness 75 0

 **Video Modes**


The TC-P42X1 only has a handful of video modes: Vivid, Cinema, Game, and Custom. There are no on-TV descriptions of what these modes actually do, unfortunately.

 

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Sections

  1. Tour & Design
  2. Calibration
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Remote Control
  8. Audio
  9. Connectivity
  10. Menus & Interface
  11. Formats & Media
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Conclusion & Comparisons
  14. Series Comparison
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