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Panasonic TC-P42U2 Plasma HDTV Review

42 in.

In its favor, the Panasonic TC-P42U2 is pretty inexpensive for a plasma.

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Audio & Menus

Audio & Menus Summary
Editorial Note: This is a review of the Panasonic TC-P42U2. Test results are for this model, but should indicate the general performance of other sizes in the TC-PxxU2 series. The TC-PxxU2 series includes the following models: TC-P42U2 and TC-P50U2.  Read here for more details on series differences.
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Audio Quality*(5.0)*


The audio quality of the Panasonic TC-P42U2 is fine – not too bad, but no match for a standalone audio system. Panasonic doesn't present you with a whole lot of options for fine-tuning the sound quality, either. There are sliders for the bass and treble, but not a real equalizer.

The Panasonic TC-P42U2 offers a surround sound emulation feature, like most TVs, but it doesn't really improve the audio quality. When activated, it just seems to get quieter. Leave it off.

 

Menu Interface*(6.0)*


Panasonic's menu system is simple and cleanly designed. The main submenus are aligned along a vertical axis, and you can always tell where in the menu you are. The menu display tends to linger onscreen for a long time, which is great when you're reviewing a TV, but might annoy the average viewer. To remove the menu, just tap the conveniently placed Exit button on the remote control.

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  • The main menu *

 

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  • The Advanced Picture menu *

 

Instruction Manual*(6.0)*


The instruction manual that ships with the Panasonic TC-P42U2 is quite comprehensive, giving at least a cursory explanation of every single feature. There's a table of contents in the front, but sadly, no alphabetical index in the back. This definitely makes it more challenging to find the content you want, so you'll just have to be patient and flip through the manual. Better yet, download the PDF version and simply run a search term. You can find the Panasonic TC-P42U2's manual online here.

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  • A decent manual, but no index in the back *

 

Other Models in the TC-PxxU2 Series
This is a review of the Panasonic TC-P42U2. The other sizes of HDTVs in this series should be similar in terms of performance and usability. For details about any differences, click on the image to jump to the Series Comparison page.
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Panasonic TC-P42U2 42 inches Panasonic TC-P50U2 50 inches
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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. Vs Sony KDL 40NX700
  14. Vs Samsung LN40C630
  15. Vs Toshiba 42ZV650U
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
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