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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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Value Comparison

The Panasonic TC-P42U2 is a slightly cheaper plasma TV than the identically sized Panasonic TC-P42S2. The have the same resolution, selection of ports, menus, and features. Whatever design differences and other features that Panasonic used to separate these two is not immediately apparent. On the whole, the U2 has a better black level and contrast ratio, while the S2 has better color performance. We recommend getting the cheaper of the two, depending on what's available at your retailer of choice.

Blacks & Whites

The Panasonic TC-P42U2 managed a noticeably darker black level than the TC-P42S2, despite being very similar Panasonic plasma TVs. It made for a significant difference in their respective contrast ratios.

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Color Accuracy

The Panasonic TC-P42S2 may have fallen behind in contrast ratios, but it managed better color performance than the TC-P42U2 in most respects, and we tend to weight those as being more important.



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Motion

The Panasonic TC-P42U2 was just a tad sharper in the retention of fine details of objects in motion than the Panasonic TC-P42S2.

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Viewing Effects

The Panasonic TC-P42S2 managed a slightly wider viewing angle than the Panasonic TC-P42U2.

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Connectivity

The Panasonic TC-P42S2 and Panasonic TC-P42U2 are identical in their selection of ports.

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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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