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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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Viewing Effects

Viewing Effects Summary
{{article.attachments['Panasonic-TC-P42X1-vanity.jpg']}} • Great viewing angle. • Doesn't handle external light well. • A few noise reduction extras.
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Viewing Angle*(9.03)*


The TC-P42X1 had a great, if slightly inconsistent viewing angle. Even if you're sitting 68º off center, you'll still have a picture with more than 50% of maximum contrast. Typically plasmas do well on this test, as opposed to LCDS, and the TC-P42X1 does nothing to buck this trend. 

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 **Reflectance***(3.5)*


The TC-P42X1 did have some issues with reflectance. If there's any direct light on the screen, it'll be mirrored back at you. It's actually worse than if the screen was an actual mirror, because the light will streak horizontally and vertically, forming a bright cross. This is not a TV to put in a room with windows. 

Video Processing*(1.5)*


The TC-P42X1 has a few video processing features, most of which work to reduce noise. We thought this was pretty telling, since our main pet peeve with this TV was the prevalence of snowiness in moving images. Two of these features will visibly reduce noise. We didn't notice any real difference when the other two options were on. 

Setting Claimed Function Our Impression
C.A.T.S. Adjusts the brightness and gradation according to the ambient lighting condition. Nothing noticeable.
Video NR Reduces noise, commonly called snow. Leave it off when receiving a strong signal. Reduces a healthy amount of noise.
3D Y/C filter Minimizes noise and cross-color in the picture. Nothing noticeable.
MPEG NR Reduces noise of specific digital signals of DVD, STB, etc. Reduces noise slightly.

 

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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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