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Panasonic TC-P42S2 Plasma HDTV Review

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An average plasma TV with a few notable problems, but some real bonuses, as well.

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Conclusion

The Panasonic TC-P42S2 ($849 MSRP) is an average plasma TV with a few notable problems, but some real bonuses, as well. We were shocked to see the mediocre black levels that even similarly priced LCD TVs can beat. That's one area where plasmas are supposed to excel. There were also problems with the TV maintaining a consistent black level, but that's a widespread problem with plasmas.

In its favor, the Panasonic TC-P42S2 offers excellent color performance and one of the widest viewing angles we've seen in some time. The price is also enticing, particularly if you look at larger models in the S2 series and compare them against similarly sized LED-lit LCD units.

Overall, we can recommend the Panasonic TC-P42S2 only if you have your heart set on buying a plasma but you're working with limited funds. Panasonic makes better plasmas, and there are better LCD TVs in this same size and price range.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Multimedia & Internet
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Panasonic Viera TC-P42U2 Comparison
  14. Samsung LN40C630 Comparison
  15. Sharp Aquos LC-40LE700UN Comparison
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
  18. Photo Gallery
  19. Ratings & Specs
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