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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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Audio

Audio Summary
{{article.attachments['Panasonic-TC-P42X1-vanity.jpg']}} • Mediocre sound quality. • Poor built-in surround sound. • Good maximum volume.
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Sound Quality*(5.0)*


Audio quality on the Panasonic  TC-P42X1 is average for a set of built-in speakers. They had decent articulation, but higher-end and lower-end frequencies sounded a bit muffled. Conversation, on the other hand, seemed clear. If you're serious about sound, the  TC-P42X1 won't cut it, but the same is true for 99% of televisions out there.

Surround Sound*(4.0)*


The TC-P42X1 had a pretty weak surround sound mode. Audio playback sounds a bit more echoey when surround sound is on, but we're not so sure it created much depth. The high and low end might have sounded a bit more muffled, but not by a great stretch.

Again, built-in speakers absolutely pale to an actual speaker array. The TC-P42X1 is an average TV with average sound capabilities. It won't make the average user rush out and buy auxiliary speakers, but it also won't satisfy anyone who even resembles an audiophile.

Maximum Volume*(8.24)*


The Panasonic TC-P42X1 was able to output about 82.4dB in our loudness test. This isn't loud enough to hurt your hearing significantly, but it should be loud enough for most users.

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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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