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Panasonic TC-P42X1 Plasma HDTV Review

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The Panasonic TC-P42X1 is an entry-level HDTV that doesn't come with many extras.

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Formats & Media

Formats & Media Summary
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Formats*(8.0)*


The Panasonic TC-P42X1 is a 720p TV, meaning the TV has to jump through some processing hoops to display full HD content (1080p). It is possible of displaying 1080i content, which is the resolution of current HD broadcast content. The 'i' in 1080i stands for 'interlaced,' meaning the TV alternates between displaying the even rows of pixels and the odd rows, so only 540 lines are onscreen at any given time.

The TC-P42X1 also supports 480p, which is standard definition content, and supports 3:2 pulldown and 24fps playback. The TV does not support xvYCC, which is an extended color gamut.

Photo Playback*(3.5)*


The TC-P42X1 has a bare-bones photo playback option. You can insert an SD card into the slot on the left side of the TV, which will automatically launch the photo viewer. The photo viewer has a very basic-looking interface. The left side of the screen contains the number of pictures, name of the highlighted picture, date the picture was taken, and the picture's resolution. The rest of the screen is populated with a 4x3 grid of thumbnails.

There's a slide show you can activate by pressing the R button, and you can set the delay between slides (1-120 seconds). There aren't any other options. Again, this photo viewer is very utillitarian. It doesn't look pretty, and it sometimes chokes on larger images, taking upwards of 10 seconds to switch photos even when the delay is set to a shorter increment.

 

Music & Video Playback*(0.0)*


The TC-P42X1 doesn't have any additional media playback features.

 

Streaming Playback*(0.0)*


Streaming playback is also not supported. 

 

Other Media*(0.)*


There's no other media supported, such as a built-in DVR or Blu-ray player.  

 

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Sections

  1. Tour & Design
  2. Calibration
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Remote Control
  8. Audio
  9. Connectivity
  10. Menus & Interface
  11. Formats & Media
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Conclusion & Comparisons
  14. Series Comparison
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