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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 Sharp LC-40LE700 is no top-tier TV. It has a lot of great specs, but failed to deliver on its promises. As a result, you have a TV with average performance, but an above-average price tag. We recommend the Panasonic in this showdown.

Blacks & Whites

The Sharp could not nearly match the Panasonic TC-P42S2 for black levels, and the difference between the peak brightness scores is insignificant. As a result, the Panasonic has the better contrast ratio.

Contrast Chart

Color Accuracy

The Sharp LC-40LE700 was no slouch in our color performance tests, but the Panasonic TC-P42S2 edged it out ever so slightly. In real-world terms, we'll call it a draw.

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Motion

The Panasonic TC-P42S2 and Sharp LC-40LE700 were evenly matched in our motion performance tests, with the Panasonic offering a smoother picture, but the Sharp showing less artifacting.

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Viewing Effects

The Sharp had the narrowest viewing angle of all the TVs in this round of comparisons.

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Connectivity

The Sharp LC-40LE700 has plenty of ports, including a LAN for streaming content. Unfortunately, they make poor use of it, offering only text-based content and some games.

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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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