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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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Calibration

Calibration 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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Calibration


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The Panasonic TC-P42U2 was put into the Movie mode to begin calibration, which typically has the most faithful color accuracy. Unlike more expensive Panasonics, this model does not have a 'THX' mode. The rest of our settings are listed below. If you don't see a setting listed, assume that we left it off.

Setting Default Calibrated
Picture Mode Movie
Contrast 100 73
Brightness 58 60
Color 51 51
Tint 0 0
Sharpness 50 0
Color Temp Warm Warm
C.A.T.S. Off Off
Video NR Off Off
MPEG NR Off Off
Black Level Light Light

 

Video Modes


The Panasonic TC-P42U2 has just four video modes. 

Mode What it Does
Vivid Provides enhanced picture contrast and sharpness for viewing in a well-lit room.
Standard Recommended for normal viewing conditions with subdued room lighting.
Cinema For watching movies in a darkened room. It provides a soft, film-like picture.
Game For playing video games. 

 

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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