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Panasonic TC-P42GT25 3D Plasma HDTV Review

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The TC-P42GT25 slightly underperforms compared to the VT20 series we reviewed earlier this year.

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Value Comparison

The Panasonic VT20 series is more expensive than the GT25 series. With the price hike you get 3D glasses included and, as far as we could tell, a better baseline performance. However, the margin is small enough that the TC-P42GT25 should suffice for less discerning users. If you're dead-set on buying a 3D TV, we recommend Panasonic's plasmas far above the LCDs we've reviewed so far from Samsung, Sony, and LG. Something about the display technology is simply more conducive to creating an immersive experience.

Blacks & Whites

The Panasonic TC-P50VT20 managed a deeper black than the TC-P42GT25. While the GT25's peak brightness was slightly better, the VT20's contrast ratio was a wider.

Contrast Chart

Color Accuracy

The Panasonic TC-P42GT25 managed a more even color temperature, but not by much. It was, however, also slightly better in the RGB color curve tests, making for an overall better color performance.



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Motion

The Panasonic TC-P50VT20 did not have the same problems with motion artifacting that we saw in the GT25.

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Viewing Effects

The Panasonic TC-P42GT25 has a slightly narrower viewing angle than the Panasonic TC-P50VT20. Both are great, though, and far exceed LCD displays.

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Connectivity

The Panasonic TC-P42GT25 is nearly identical to the Panasonic TC-P50VT20, minus one HDMI port.

Other Comparisons

The 3D performance is roughly the same on both TVs. Once you put the glasses on, you're definitely crippling an already weak contrast ratio, but peak contrast and color performance is something that you'll invariably have to sacrifice with 3D content.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. 3D
  7. Viewing Effects
  8. Calibration
  9. Remote Control
  10. Connectivity
  11. Audio & Menus
  12. Multimedia & Internet
  13. Power Consumption
  14. Panasonic Viera TC-P50VT20 Comparison
  15. Samsung UN46C7100 Comparison
  16. Sony Bravia KDL-46HX800 Comparison
  17. Conclusion
  18. Series Comparison
  19. Photo Gallery
  20. Ratings & Specs
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