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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 Samsung UN46C7100 offers a sharper looking image with much better contrast ratio (though some may not like the auto screen dimming effect that you can't turn off). The Samsung is also a much thinner and more attractive TV. However, the Panasonic is a lot cheaper and has a much more convincing 3D effect.

Blacks & Whites

The Samsung UN46C7100 could not match the Panasonic TC-P42GT25 offers a better black level, but is so thoroughly outclassed by screen brightness that the Samsung has approximately 2.5x the contrast ratio of the Panasonic.

Contrast Chart

Color Accuracy

The Panasonic TC-P42GT25 has slight advantage over the Samsung UN46C7100 in color performance. Both have smooth color transitions and are great performers in this area.

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Motion

The Panasonic displayed more trouble with artifacts in moving objects. Neither was perfect, but the Samsung showed a better overall performance.

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Viewing Effects

There's no contest in viewing angle. The Panasonic's plasma display has a vast viewing angle compared to the typically narrow Samsung LCD screen.

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Connectivity

The Samsung's port selection focuses more on "new media" devices like HDMI and USB. Panasonic has more ports overall, though, including much better support for older AV devices that need component and composite inputs.

Other Comparisons

The 3D effect is much better on the Panasonic plasmas. On the Samsung and other LCDs we've tested so far, the left-right frame flicker and cross-talk is too distracting.

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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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