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Panasonic Viera TC-P42C2 42" Plasma TV TC-P42C2 Plasma Displays & TVs

Offering excellent picture performance, Panasonic's 42-inch VIERA TC-P42C2 Plasma HDTV features a 720p high-definition resolution and 600Hz Sub-field Drive for superb motion clarity. This and other models in the C2 line offer Panasonic's VIERA Image Viewer feature, which enables you to play slideshows of JPEG images stored on SD memory cards, as well as the VIERA Link feature for controlling a variety of compatible components--from Blu-ray Disc players to digital cameras--through a single remote.

Adhering to Panasonic's commitment to the environment, this VIERA model--as well as all 2010 models--features improved power consumption and meets the new, more stringent Energy Star 4.0 requirements. And you'll get a long Plasma panel life of up to 100,000 hours--more than 30 years of viewing when watched 8 hours a day--before the brightness of the panel decreases to half.

Key Features

600Hz Sub-field Drive: 600Hz technology lets you view superb full-HD motion and still images with 1080 lines of resolution. For even greater clarity with motion images, Panasonic uses its own unique image-analysis technology, which converts the motion in each scene into data. And each frame is practically displayed for a shorter length of time than in previous systems, to reduce aftereffects (see an illustration of 600Hz technology).

 

VIERA Image Viewer: View full-HD images with the integrated SD card slot, enabling you to view JPEG photos captured from your digital camera or camcorder on the big screen. Navigate your images via an easy-to-use thumbnail display.

 

VIERA Link: Allows the interlinked operation of various AV devices--from DVD and Blu-ray Disc players to home theater sound systems to digital cameras and camcorders--using only the VIERA remote control by simply connecting the devices to each other by an HDMI cable (see pop-up illustration).

 



Panasonic's VIERA C2 series Plasma HDTV.

Key Specifications

  • Series: C2
  • Screen type: Plasma
  • Screen size: 42 inches
  • Native resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Contrast ratio: Native: 2,000,000:1
  • Shades of gradation: 6,144 equivalent
  • Receiving system: ATSC/QAM/NTSC
  • HDTV display capability: 720p
  • EDTV display capability: 480p
  • Speakers: 2 full range, 20W total power; surround sound capabilities
  • Image viewer: JPEG compatibility
  • Aspect control: Normal, Just, Zoom, Full, H-fill
  • Optional wall-mounting bracket: TY-WK4P1RW
  • Multi-lingual menu: English/Spanish/French
  • Energy Star qualified: Yes

Connections

  • HDMI: 2
  • Component (Y, PB, PR): 2; each with audio input
  • Composite A/V: 2 (1 side); each with audio input
  • Digital audio output: 1

Dimensions

  • TV with stand: 40.6 x 27.8 x 12.1 inches (WxHxD); 57.3 pounds
  • TV without stand: 40.6 x 26.1 x 3.7 inches (WxHxD); 52.9 pounds
  • What size TV should you get?

What's in the Box

Panasonic C2 series Plasma HDTV, removable stand, remote control (with batteries), operating instructions

Series: VT25 Plasma GT25 Plasma G25 Plasma S2 Plasma U2 Plasma C2 Plasma U22 LCD X2 LCD C22 LCD
Models: TC-P54VT25 54"
TC-P50VT25 50"
TC-P50GT25 50"
TC-P42GT25 42"
TC-P54G25 54"
TC-P50G25 50"
TC-P46G25 46"
TC-P42G25 42"
TC-P65S2 65"
TC-P58S2 58"
TC-P54S2 54"
TC-P50S2 50"
TC-P46S2 46"
TC-P42S2 42"
TC-P50U2 50"
TC-P42U2 42"
TC-P50C2 50"
TC-P46C2 46"
TC-P42C2 42"
TC-L42U22 42"
TC-L37U22 37"
TC-L32U22 32"
TC-L37X2 37"
TC-L32X2 32"
TC-L22X2 22"
TC-L37C22 37"
TC-L32C22 32"
VIERA Cast

-- -- -- -- -- --
VIERA Image Viewer
(AVCHD/MPEG2/JPEG/MP3 playback)

(AVCHD/MPEG2/JPEG/MP3 playback)

(JPEG)

(JPEG)

(JPEG)

(JPEG)

(JPEG)

(JPEG)

(JPEG)
VIERA Link
webcam capable

webcam capable

webcam capable
NeoPDP Panel -- -- -- -- -- -- --
THX Display -- -- -- -- -- --
Contrast Ratio Infinite Black Pro / 5,000,000:1 Native Infinite Black / 5,000,000:1 Native Infinite Black / 5,000,000:1 Native Dynamic: 2,000,000:1 Dynamic: 2,000,000:1 Dynamic: 2,000,000:1 Dynamic: 20,000:1 Dynamic: 20,000:1
22": 15,000:1
Dynamic: 18,000:1
Moving Picture Resolution 1080 lines 1080 lines 1080 lines 1080 lines 900 lines 720 lines -- -- --
Anti-Reflective Filter -- -- -- -- --
Display Capabilities 1080p, 1080i,
720p, 480p
1080p, 1080i,
720p, 480p
1080p, 1080i,
720p, 480p
1080p, 1080i,
720p, 480p
1080p, 1080i,
720p, 480p
720p, 480p 1080p, 1080i,
720p, 480p
720p, 480p 720p, 480p
600Hz Sub-field Drive -- -- --
Game Mode -- -- --
Speakers 3; 30W total 2; 20W total 2; 20W total 2; 20W total 2; 20W total 2; 20W total 2; 20W total 2; 20W total
22": 6W
2; 20W total
Surround Sound
HDMI input 4 (1 side) 3 (1 side) 3 (1 side) 3 (1 side) 3 (1 side) 2 3 (1 side) 3 (1 side)
22": 1
2
Component input (Y, PB, PR) 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1
Composite input 2 (1 side) 2 (1 side) 2 (1 side) 2 (1 side) 2 (1 side) 2 (1 side) 2 (1 side) 2 (1 side)
22": 1
2
PC input 1 (side) 1 (side) 1 (side) -- -- -- 1 1 1
USB 2 2 2 -- -- -- -- -- --
Ethernet LAN input 1 1 1 -- -- -- -- -- --
Digital Audio output 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
iPod Universal Dock -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Energy Star
Series: VT25 Plasma GT25 Plasma G25 Plasma S2 Plasma U2 Plasma C2 Plasma U22 LCD X2 LCD C22 LCD


Which Size HDTV is Right for My Room?

HDTV Size chart
With standard-definition TVs, the rule used to be that viewers would feel comfortable watching a set from a distance of 3 to 6 times the screen size in inches. With HDTV, the resolution is so much better that you can sit closer to a larger TV without noticing the pixels. So with HDTVs, the rule tends to be you can sit anywhere from 1.5 to 3 times the screen size (in inches) for the best experience.

If you know the size of the room you have already, where you want to sit, and where your new HDTV should go once you get it, you can figure out the size HDTV you should get.

  • Minimum size = Viewing distance/3
  • Maximum size=Viewing distance/1.5

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  1. Beware the blinking red light. Review by B. Otter "otterdisaster"
    Value

    I bought this model, and after 16 months it will not turn on...Just out of warranty. Quick research online revealed a very high rate of power supply or board failure in this model. So whatever you think you are saving by purchasing this television plan on an additional several hundred dollars for replacement parts and repair. Panasonic's customer service was terrible, and generally unhelpful. I think I'll avoid the Panasonic brand form here on out. (Posted on 3/29/2012)

  2. Excellent choice in first HDTV Review by W. Langston
    Value

    We have had this plasma Panasonic for 16 months now, with it being our first HDTV. While I had an idea of what I was missing with HD, I saw no reason to get rid of our 36 Toshiba tube. Well, finally the day came when even gently tapping the back would not bring the tube back to life. Like most, I normally enjoy the "hunt" more than the "after purchase." Well, with no family room TV, there was just not a lot of time for hunting. After two weeks of going without a TV in our family room, we settled on the Panny 42 Plasma, which we grabbed for $449...had a $50 off coupon from HH Greg. Similar from LG and Samsung were $50 - 100 higher...we just could not "see" the same percentage change in picture quality. (42" is the largest that would fit in the current arrangement)
    Needless to say, we have all been more than pleased. After about 3 months, I realized I could no longer watch a football/basketball game on std. def. I'm serious here, for I can no longer read the score or make out the jersey numbers. I think my vision has become reliant upon HD and will simply no longer focus on standard. (I may be reaching here, for I have no evidence to support such.)
    The viewing setup was easy, and I have not spent any time with the Viera interface. Given I have no experience with any other HD TV from Panasonic or any other manufacturer, I cannot offer any comparisons. The room where we use the Panny is fairly dark, and the plasma works well in this room. I subsequently purchased a BR player. All in all, this was the perfect choice for our first step into the world of high definition. (Posted on 3/17/2012)

  3. Great for watching TV, not so much for movies or gaming Review by J. Garner
    Value

    I bought this to put up in my office's breakroom after test-driving it in a store. The picture is great, Panasonic has the best plasma sets on the market right now. Blacks are very dark, whites are bright, and the colors are fantastic. Motion is smooth and flicker-free. Even the menus get bonus points here, for being intuitive and easy to navigate. I wound up buying two more for the office, we liked this one so much.

    For a plasma, this set is pretty lightweight. I was able to wall-mount all three of them without any help. The connections on the back are placed so they won't interfere with even a close mount. It's not as thin as many other TVs, being a plasma, but if you're after a sleek look you're not looking at this TV anyway. Once it's up the viewing angle is excellent. You can see the picture from anywhere except from behind.

    The downside? It's 720p. This won't interfere with most TV watching, even in HD, but if you're wanting to hook up an XBox 360 or a PS3, you're going to notice a downgrade in picture quality. Blu-Ray movies won't live up to their potential, either. But at this price point, a 42" TV is simply not going to offer 1080p.

    One other potential drawback: the box this ships in is HUGE. It's easily twice the size of the TV itself, in all three dimensions. It could be tricky to get up a set of stairs, and there's also going to be a lot of cardboard to dispose of afterwards. It's all to protect the fragile TV, but be aware of what's going to come to your door. (Posted on 10/13/2011)

  4. Great Tv for the Price Review by B. Maynard
    Value

    I bought this tv for less than $500. I did not want to spend a lot of money on a tv but wanted high def. This tv was almost perfect for what I needed. The picture is very good and the thin stylish black body is handsome. However I wanted a headphone jack to plug in headphones so I could listen to the tv while wife was doing something else in the room. I was able to convert from rca cable to headphones, but I had to order a split rca side wire/to a headphone jack on the internet. I figured out how to do what I wanted to do, but would have been much simplier if a headphone jack had be on the tv.

    This is the only complaint I have with the tv. Otherwise a great tv for a good value. (Posted on 10/4/2011)

  5. EXCELLENT IN ALL RESPECTS Review by Thomas Hanson "YosarianCat22"
    Value

    I have had the same old TV for a long time. So old, it only had a single jack in the back. Can you imagine my utter amazement when I fired this baby up and put in my favorite DVD? I'm glad I was sitting down because I was knocked aback by the utter new world of viewing before me. Watching Life in the Undergrowth Starring David Attenborough (2006) Had always been a pleasure but now. . .I WAS THERE WITH HIM. I'm in Heaven

    Unit arrived in perfect shape, ON TIME, and without a single dent in the box.
    FIVE STAR RATING! (Posted on 8/23/2011)

  6. Good Price, Poor Quality Review by B. Hall
    Value

    My fiance purchased this TV at a good price, and initially we were fairly pleased. The Mhz, and motion quality were only average, and certainly never had that beautiful smooth motion most new TV's have. By this I mean how many newer TV's look so much smoother when there is movement in whatever you're watching, such as the camera panning across a location. This was disappointing, but nowhere near as disappointing as having the TV die after only 5 months of lite usage. Compound that with the fact that being 42" meant I had to carry it to the repair shop, only to find out that the needed parts were on back order. Clearly this means that the problem I experienced is widespread, especially considering they remained on back order for an entire month before Panasonic decided to just send me a new TV (which I'm still waiting on). It is highly unlikely I will ever purchase another Panasonic product after this experience. (Posted on 4/28/2011)

  7. First time plasma Review by Mark A. Farlow "chronoman"
    Value

    I have never owned a flat screen tv. I purchased this on the suggestion of a friend. A tremendous value and price. Love this addition to my home. (Posted on 4/4/2011)

  8. Best TV's around Review by sid
    Value

    I have 2 42 inch Panasonic 720P Viera Plasmas and one 50 inch. I have also owned 3 LG LCD's and a Samsung over the last 4 years. The Panasonic Plasmas are incredible. My dad and brother spent over a $1000 dollars on a Samsung 1080P that looks no better than the 720P Panasonic plasma. I watch a ton of sports and it is awesome compared to the 2 LCD tv's I have.
    This was the first TV I have bought online. I was a little hesitant at first just because of the shipping, but the TV arrived on time and in perfect condition. The price is incredible and so is the picture. (Posted on 3/25/2011)

  9. Can't Go Wrong With This Set Review by EricSilver
    Value

    Without question, the Panasonic 42" plasma was the best $399 I've spent in recent memory. The Best Buy sale last Friday was either a 1-day thing, or a mistake, because the prices were marked back up to $499 when I revisited the website -- and were never marked down at all in the store.

    If you are considering this set *do not* rely on the degraded signal quality in Best Buy stores as a measure of picture quality. I was prepared to accept minor flaws but when I hooked it up at home the picture was absolutely flawless -- near-photographic with hi-definition content (dvd/blu-ray) and standard definition DirectTV signals were excellent in terms of quality, but a bit stretched to fill the screen. (I can't comment on hi-def TV signals just yet because my DirecTV technician got stuck in some snow this past weekend and had to cancel. I'll try to follow-up on that next week after he arrives. )

    If you are buying a set smaller than 50", save yourself a few hundred dollars and go with 720p because there is nothing to gain by going to 1080p on a screen that size.
    I recognized this immediately when playing DVD (up-converted) and blu-ray movies. There is absolutely no discernable difference between the two formats on a 42" screen; their respective quality is equally spectacular. (Reference discs: The Dark Knight blu-ray; Pirates of the Caribbean dvd; Total Recall dvd; Battlestar Galactica: The Plan dvd). What *does* matter, however, is the original aspect ratio ("OAR") of the disc or broadcast you are watching.

    One would expect a blu-ray movie to fill a HDTV screen from edge to edge. It will -- but only if it was originally filmed in a 16:9 (1.78:1 or 1.85:1) aspect ratio. Anything higher than that (2.35:1 or 2.40:1) will be letterboxed. Anything lower, i.e., 4:3 (1.33:1 ) will have bars on the sides. When watching Dark Knight on blu-ray the picture actually switched from full screen to letterboxed in different scenes because of the different aspect ratios in which it was originally filmed. When buying recorded discs, check the back of the box for the aspect ratio. If it says 16:9 or 1.85 or 1.78 it will fill the screen edge to edge. Otherwise, it won't. Also, if it says "formatted for widescreen" don't assume it is 16:9. I have several discs that say that but are actually 2.35/2.40:1 and display in letterboxes.

    I will go as far to say if you have a screen smaller than 50" it makes no sense to buy bluray discs at all since the discernable quality will be the same as up-converted dvds. Do, however, get a good blu-ray player (to up-convert dvds), which leads to my second victory: A "bare bones" LG BD530.

    I wanted a player that would simply play my discs with no fuss. The BD503 delivers that in spades. DVDs spin up and start playing -- bypassing the menus -- in about 8 seconds. Blu-ray discs, at least the one I have (Dark Knight), spin up just as quickly to the warning screen, then take another 5-6 seconds to load before running the movie. Pretty darned impressive compared to the agonizing wait times I read about in reviews of other players.

    As a bonus, the LG BD530 will play movies, music and pictures from a USB memory stick or USB-connected hard drive. Just plug it in to the USB port on the front of the player and make your selection from a simple, attractive menu (kudos to LG for designing that). Since this is a powered USB port it will also charge your iPod but, unfortunately, cannot read the contents). In addition, the BD530 has an Ethernet port for connecting to YouTube and other internet content. I could not test this because my network cable was just a bit too short to reach the player, but I will try again with a longer cable. If the trend continues as it has, I do not anticipate any problems going online. Be sure to around; I paid just $79.87 for mine at HHGregg and it is about twice the price elsewhere.

    Getting back to the TV, there is a lot of talk about plasma screen brightness and reflections. Since the screen is glass, and sits in front of a dark background, it will reflect like a mirror when the TV is turned off. When turned on, it will reflect objects in front of the screen *only* if they are brightly illuminated, i.e., by sunlight shining on them. My TV is in my living room adjacent to a sliding glass door and window-wall that gets direct sunlight. My solution was to simply turn the blinds so they direct light towards the TV wall and away from the wall behind me, eliminating any noticeable reflections. I get to enjoy both a bright picture, and daylight, and not have to sit in the dark like a vampire. In total darkness, the picture is even more stunning.

    Where plasmas excel is in their ability to display extremes of contrast - specifically, deep blacks. Turn up the brightness on your TV until the blacks start to turn gray. Notice the effect on other colors, and how it washes out fine detail and mutes colors. That is what LCD viewers must contend with, whereas plasma folks generally do not.

    The contrast and colors on the Panasonic screen are outstanding - particularly skin tones and textures. Every color gradient, pore, pimple and hair follicle is visible, and the skin has a healthy glow. On every LCD set I saw, with the exception of one (Toshiba 40") skin tones and textures were washed out, as if someone applied a Photoshop blur tool and erased all the fine detail, leaving behind a flat, ashen, lifeless image. If photograph-like accuracy is important to you, then plasma is the only way to go.

    As for the image burn-in fears, dispense with them. The TV has a "pixel orbiter" technology that automatically rotates pixels to prevent static image burn-in, as well as a sweeping white bar tool that you an initiate manually. And, for the record, my sister has an LCD TV with ghost images burned in, a problem LCDs are not supposed to have. Hmmmm....

    Finally, setup was effortless. I screwed two metal rods into the TV's base, lowered the screen onto those rods, then secured it in place with some additional screws. Took about 3 minutes.
    The only challenge in this whole experience was getting it into and out of the back seat of my car, and that was not a very big challenge at all.

    For the money I spent -- approx $500 which included the TV, blu-ray player, an hdmi cable, a blu-ray disc and, most important, Total Satisfaction, I feel I got a terrific bargain. (Posted on 1/31/2011)

  10. great TV Review by M. J Krankka "Whovian"
    Value

    Wonderful TV. Got this TV or my bedroom over a month ago.And so far have been very pleased. Have The Panasonic in my bedroom. The picture is nice and crisp. Movies look great on it. I have watched Blu-Ray and HD DVD discs on it. The picture was nice and crisp.
    Cant comment on the sound as I have a Vizio soundbar in my bedroom. I have my Blu-Ray player and HD DVD player hooked into the soundbar. (Posted on 1/27/2011)

  11. Mmmmm...plasma Review by Andrew "berdwa"
    Value

    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003924U7A/ref=cm_cr_asin_lnk/183-7511527-3909905">Panasonic TC-P42C2 42-Inch 720p Plasma HDTV</a>
    I agonized over what kind of TV to buy and all the various specs and when it came down to it, this Plasma, despite being 720p, looked better and had much better viewing angles than the LCD 1080p hdtvs around it at ********* (where I purchased it for the same price here at Amazon). The sound is strong. It could be better with a surround system, but we may add that later. It displays regular channels in a watchable fashion and HD channels are stunning with Comcast Infinity service. We were in the market for $500 to $600 and the Panasonic brand sold us. At less than a 3% failure rate, I could bring myself to buy the Vizio at ****** as I did worry a bit about the Vizio pop. I'd read in other reviews that the 720p issue with plasmas wasn't something to worry about (they were right) and the 600hz for sports and action blows away anything offered in LCD (especially at this price point). I'm very happy with this purchase. It feels like a very smart buy and I couldn't be happier with it.

    If you're concerned about the lack of internet connectivity, the sales guy mentioned that it is another layer of complexity that can go wrong and most Blue-ray players come with internet connectivity now anyway and are a lot cheaper to replace. Something to chew on if that is a concern for you. (Posted on 1/25/2011)

  12. Best Plasma under $500 but know what to use this for Review by J. Doolin "Mr. Know-it-all"
    Value

    Note: I copy and pasted Opinunated's review and deleted some stuff and added my own views/opinions. I have done hundreds of hours of research and reading of reviews before I chose this tv. If you don't know anything about plasma vs. LCD and are trying to decide. Go to http://www.thebestplasmatv.com/, look in the middle column and click on Plasma Vs. LCD to teach yourself something.

    This is a pretty good buy for the money. I paid $420 (plus 5.6% tax) at a local big box store for this 2010 42" Panasonic Plasma (yes it was on sale).

    I own a 55" 1080p vizio LCD for my living room which has a ton of light. I am using this Panasonic tv in my basement which has a lot of windows as well, but I have blackout curtains for when I view. I am using this as an interim tv until I can afford to buy a 60" top of the line plasma for movies and gaming to replace it. I will move this panasonic into my dark bedroom. I believe this panasonic plasma should only be used for movies/gaming. You should not be buying this tv if your expectation is to be your main tv which is usually in a living room(if so, you have low expectations). I don't have any cable box hooked up (but i have cable in my house and I have the cable cord from the wall plugged directly into the tv).

    Setup: The setup was extremely easy and i did it with no other help (1 man job). It took a very long time for the tv tuner to find the stations (over 10 minutes), but it came back with tons of options in standard and HD signals. The menu options are awesome and very easy to use. I suggest using the favorites button option so you don't have to sort through all those stupid channels that you never watch and you can choose all the HD stations that work. You can store 30 channels.

    For a number of reasons I'd suggest you consider purchasing a plasma TV and if you can live without some bells and whistles, I'd recommend you purchase this exact model. This tv has no internet hookup/dongle even possible. You will need a Xbox360/PS3/or blu-ray player w/internet. This only has 2 HDMI cord inputs as well.

    1.) 720p versus 1080p: I agree that there isn't much of a difference, epecially while viewing at a distance (me at >14 ft currently), but THERE IS A DIFFERENCE in gaming/movies because these are in 1080p (Xbox360/PS3/blu-ray). If using this for HD cable the difference isn't really that noticeable because they don't usually broadcast >480 or 720. The picture is still good, but not stellar like a top of the line model w/1080p. I knew this when buying it, so should you.

    2.) Viewing angle - If you did your research you know that plasmas have a better viewing angle than LCD and this is no exception. This isn't a concern for my current placement of this tv.

    3.) Motion: This is what I noticed the most. Compared to my LCD 120 hz vizio upstairs, this panasonic has had NO noticeable motion blur. I watched the NFL playoffs on this and it was pretty damn good. The bottom line is that plasmas are better with motion handling.

    4.) Black levels. This is difficult to judge unless you have 2 TV sets next to each other, but again plasmas are known to have blacker blacks and this is no exception again (compared to my Vizio upstairs where the blacks look slightly faded/washed out).

    5.) Reflections (really bad): This panasonic reflects absolutely everything. All lights must be turned off. No ambient light can be present if it is in your viewing angle. This is my one real complaint about this panasonic plasma. This would be good in a basement or bedroom. The top of the line Plasmas have an anti-reflective coating on them, similar to what your eyeglasses have and this has drastically reduced reflections. This low-end panasonic does NOT have that anti-reflective coat.

    6.) Brightness: This isn't all that bright, but adjustments can be made to make it brighter or darker. I have researched that the first 100-200 hours should be viewed on a darker setting and then you can increase brightness after this "break-in period"
    I'd recommend an LCD if you are viewing your TV in a medium to bright room. LCDs are often brighter than plasmas. If you are worried about reflections then an LCD would be a better choice.

    While other Panasonics offer more bells and whistles and technically better performance, I really believe this model is the value leader in HDTVs - given its low price of less than $500.00. I really recommended this TV if it is selling below $500.00 (for the 42"). I am happy with this purchase and it works for what I intended it for (movies/gaming/occassional cable tv when my wife wants to watch a show on our upstairs tv that I don't care for)

    ****I bought my parents an LG 42" plasma last summer for $500 and it is easily comparable to this one with all the same pros and cons. Just mentioning this if you are brand loyal and wondering if there is a difference.****

    Pros: Price, easy setup, good sound, good picture (for the price), aestetically awesome, picture format can be changed to fill screen (i.e. zoom), ease of use/setting options/picture options, great for bedroom/basement, energystar certified

    Cons: Reflection/Reflection/Reflection!!, 2 HDMI inputs, no internet at all (must use gaming system/blu-ray player w/internet), can't use in areas with light (Posted on 1/24/2011)

  13. it's a good one Review by mjh
    Value

    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003924U7A/ref=cm_cr_asin_lnk/183-7511527-3909905">Panasonic TC-P42C2 42-Inch 720p Plasma HDTV</a>

    great bang for the buck! On the Fence for over a year on buying a new tv. Researched MANY different products and settled on this one. After finally talking myself into it, I have been nothing but pleased with this TV. I watch lots of sports, and there is no motion blur. The refresh rate is spot on. Picture is awesome. Im telling you. Save the money. Dont spend up and over 1000 dollars on a TV, when you can own this one for around 500. I got mine for 468 from wal-mart, but have seen it on amazon for 447. Its worth the money, I swear. (Posted on 1/2/2011)

  14. GREAT TV BUT FAILED AFTER ONE MONTH Review by LIONLADY
    Value

    This is a great Plasma TV for the price, picture, sound quality, and viewing angles. Unfortunately it turned itself off in the middle of a movie. I had to carry it in to the repair shop (being a 42 inch model this was not too easy) and he said he knew exactly what it is - the SC board. He is ordering the part and I hope to be back in service soon as it has a beautiful picture. In today's world with the way products are made always keeping an eye on cost, it is no wonder that these things happen. My 2001 Mitsubishi 65" has only had one failure in all these years. After waiting over a month for the part to come in which it never did, I contacted Panasonic and they were absolutely no help at all. I then contacted Amazon.com to get it returned and Amazon.com was great and immediately issued an RMA. I give it only one star due to very poor customer response from Panasonic. (Posted on 12/30/2010)

  15. Panasonic 42" plama Review by pattycakes
    Value

    We purchased the 42" Panasonic plasma tv for our guest room. This product is the real deal it is advertised as being able to do. We were particularly pleased with the tv sound system quality, not needing additional speakers. (Posted on 12/29/2010)

  16. 7 hours of excellent plasma.. then nothing. Review by Johnny S
    Value

    Purchased as a Christmas gift for the family. The TV was in use for only about 7 hours total, no more then 3 hours at time. While in the middle of a blu ray the TV went blank (no sound or picture). The red light started blinking six times. Now I have to drive 45 miles for repairs.

    UPDATE: It is now February 11th and I am still waiting for parts. Will update as soon TV is returned. BUYER BEWARE! (Posted on 12/28/2010)

  17. Great Value Review by R. Lipman
    Value

    I purchased the Costco version of this TV, directly from Costco. Price was more than $100 less than Amazon and a 2 year warranty was included.

    At our viewing distance (12-15ft) we can not see any pixelization, so the decision to buy 720p resolution vs 1080p resoultion was correct (at least for us). My son and I opened the box and had the TV temporarily installed on top of our existing cabinet within 20 min (currently looking for a new more suitable cabinet). Within 30 min we had finished preliniary set up and had identified all of our available channels. We have a basic cable subscription only, which includes HD sub channels for local content.

    I want to let the TV burn in for a few days before I start to tweak the visual settings. Out of the box, rendition of colors etc was not suitable. For the time being I am using the "Cinema" preset choice for picture settings. Better, but still too much red for example. Other than the need to adjust color settings, the picture clarity on HD images is stunning. Changing resolution and viewing formats is easy via the remote. I connected the digital audio output directly to a vacant digital audio input on my HT receiver. Through this arrangement, sonic quality is fine, with great clarity and plenty of volume.

    Next step is to connect a computer so we can stream video from the internet, via Hulu and Netflix. My computer graphics card does not have HDMI out, only DVI. I have purchased a DVI to HDMI cable and will run the audio directly from the computer to an unused input on the HT receiver. I am really looking forward to to exploring internet video on our new TV.

    I choose a plasma screen because of the format's generally better reproduction of color, deeper black levels and fewer motion related artifacts. While there are reletively few plasma screens available right now, I did compare this TV to comparable LCD and LED choices. No comparison at all to LCD- which I found to be inferior in just about every area. LED had some good attributes but was not quite as good as plasma to my eyes. LED did seem brigter, with black levels that were comparable to Plasma. My son thought LED images looked slightly artificial and afte he mentioned the issue, I found I agree with his opinion. I did detect some motion artifacts in the LED image, certainly more than plasma, but much improved over LCD.

    Overall we are very happy with this TV. Panasonic reliability and a 2 year warranty give us peace of mind. (Posted on 12/26/2010)

  18. Not An Expert Review by Derwood
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    OK, so this is the first plasma tv that Ive ever owned. I took it out of the box and had it assembled quite easily. Turned it on and got it set up just as easy. Picture is incredible compared to the Phillips 37" that this one is replacing. The price was very good compared to what I found while shopping for tv`s with similar features. the sound from the built-in speakers leaves a little to be desired, but home theatre systems are pretty affordable these days I guess. Now just waiting for the cable guy to hook us up and we`ll be all set. Very pleased with this purchase. Would`ve gave it 5 stars if the speakers had been a little better. (Posted on 12/25/2010)

  19. Extremely pleased Review by Jeff D. Hagan
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    This TV was purchased to go in an entertainment center in our living room. So far, I am very pleased with the performance of this set. I researched 42" TV's extensively before settling on the Panasonic and LG. The Panny won out due to price and reputation.

    You will need to tweak your picture settings when you receive your TV for the best picture quality. I found the owner's thread at AVS Forums and played around with what different people suggested (Using Cinema, color temperature warm, etc.) Even though this TV is 720p, I have a tough time distinguishing picture quality with my 56" Samsung LED DLP 1080p television. On lower quality, standard def pictures the Panny wins. On sports and Directv about the same. However, on Blu Ray you will notice the improvement 1080p makes.

    Don't regret the purchase at all. You won't beat this TV at $440. I also bought my father in law a 46" ($499)that is just as impressive. Exactly the same. When the Samsung goes out I will go with the 65" Panny S2, another impressive television. (Posted on 12/20/2010)

  20. Good price and quality... Review by hawk
    Value

    Found this exact same t.v. on Walmart for $50 more than I found it on here. I've had the t.v. for almost a month and love it. (Posted on 12/14/2010)

  21. Great value Review by Christopher J. Spizzirri
    Value

    This is an outstanding value. I have no complaints, just an excellent 42" HDTV for a very good price. (Posted on 12/8/2010)

  22. Fantastic Value Review by I. Lowe "DJChicoRico"
    Value

    We love our new Panasonic TC P42C2 HDTV. I got it as a surprise for my 17 yr old daughter after our Vizio P42HDTV10A went poof after just 4 years! She loves Christmas and the Thanksgiving Day parade was the kick off of her Christmas ritual. The TV arrived on Wednesday before Thanksgiving - Thanks, Amazon!

    But, what really impressed us was the TV itself. It looks larger than our old 42 inch. The programmable input labels make it easier to select the device you want to connect. The image controls are also pretty cool. You can pick one of the preset modes or customize it to your liking. The TV is also about 30 lbs lighter than my old 42 inch. Sound quality isn't as good as the Vizio's. The speakers sound a little tinny. But overall, it is a really great TV for the price. (Posted on 12/7/2010)

  23. Great Television/Great Price Review by BrooklyNupe
    Value

    This is a great television. The channels in 720p and 8010p are GREAT. The only fall back about the television is the screen is reflective. But for the price, you really can't beat the overall value. Great purchase! (Posted on 12/5/2010)

  24. Unbelievable Amazon price. Review by cyclesport45
    Value

    I purchased this based on the positive reviews I read on Amazon. They're right. The picture is great. The TV works fine, I'm glad I got a plasma for our large living room. If you want to spend double or even triple what I paid for the latest and most advanced, go right ahead. I'm not so sure the picture quality will be very different. I'm pleased with this TV purchase, would do it again. (Posted on 12/4/2010)

  25. Great TV Review by B. Marsh
    Value

    This TV replaced my Samsung 32" 720p LCD tv which has an incredible picture which i moved to the bedroom. I purchased this for my rec room because I felt the 32" was just a tad small. I wont get into the inputs and technicals because people have already done that. When i first hooked up this TV i was in shock. The picture quality that everyone says is incredible was not incredible. After adjusting the settings I was still ready to send this TV back. Sitting in my recliner debating whether to return it or not an xbox commercial came on and showed the full potential of this TV. I do not know if the programs are not being sent in HD or if the size is the culprit but the picture quality is very good although it definitely is not as sharp as my Samsung. I played my Xbox and the picture was outstanding.

    For the price of this TV you cannot go wrong but it does have its drawbacks. If you do mostly gaming it would make an incredible tv. (Posted on 12/1/2010)

  26. Great TV Review by Josh Driskell
    Value

    Just got this tv, and I must say...I am impressed. This tv has a great picture, great sound and is really a great value. I would definitely recommend this tv over some of the other options available at this price point...you can't go wrong. (Posted on 11/26/2010)

  27. Great 42" Plasma For The Price Review by Sabrina Long
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    The tv is great for the price. I picked this up for $389 at Brandsmart. I was so mesmerized by the price that I did not do my homework. First of all this is a Plasma and not an LCD, so the video is not as bright and crisp. Second it does not have a vga port to connect my laptop. Third, it only has two HDMI ports. The last two can be resolved by purchasing additional add-on equipment which of course comes out to about the same price of purchasing an LCD 1080 40". Had I done my research I would have been a more informed buyer and probably would have not made the purchase or would have felt better after the fact. Its still a great tv though for the price, but I'm considering taking it back. (Posted on 11/26/2010)

  28. pretty awesome tv Review by Shihaisha "firerescuebatt07"
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    I wont go into super detail about the tvs specs. Others have done a great job on that. The tv is pretty nice, I sit about 8 feet from the tv and the tv is elevated about 2 feet above my bed and there picture and sound are very good. The tv was easy to set up, very solid tv. I love the tv hands down, I was on the fence about which tv to buy, and I searched for 18 days or so reading review after review and I kept coming back to the panasonic. it was a great deal for a fantastic tv. (Posted on 11/23/2010)

  29. TV Review by stephen smookler
    Value

    I PURCASED IT FOR MY 91 YEAR OLD MOM AND SHE LOVES IT. SHE SAYS SHE HASN'T EVER SEEN A TV WITH SUCH A CLEAR PICTURE. (Posted on 11/19/2010)

  30. great purchase Review by wendy p.
    Value

    This Panasonic tv is an awesome product. Not only was the price impressive but the picture quality is fantastic !!!!

    I would highly reccommend this exact product to everyone considering a 42 inch tv ; including those who don't know how to pick a quality tv. (Posted on 11/16/2010)

  31. 3 days of a nice picture and then... poof! Review by True
    Value

    Bought this three days ago and the sound was good, the picture was sweet and then, poof! We got the blinking light of death. Checked online and found that there were many others who were having this same problem with their panasonic plasmas (including some larger and smaller). I initially bought this after I researched what the best plasma screens were for the money (including Consumer Reports); I have to say, I'm more than a little disappointed in both Consumer Reports and the Panasonic brand names. There was a time when it used to mean something. I'll follow-up on this in a week or a few months to let you know how the replacement went. It is also very frustrating as we will have to travel 70 miles one way to replace it. Shouldn't Panasonic reimburse us for that as well? (Posted on 11/8/2010)

  32. Second Panasonic Plasma and Still Happy Review by Mark A. Hollosy "Hiking Fool"
    Value

    First off, I purchased from Amazon free shipping an no sales tax for $[...] Hard to get a decent 42" HD tv for under $[...], especially a plasma.

    On to the TV, the menu is simple, but gives you options where it counts: THE PICTURE. I use the Cinema view and adjusted slightly. I don't use the little speakers as I have a surround sound setup in the bedroom so I can't comment to the quality. The picture is clear and during sports you don't get any motion blur (I have dish network and they don't compress as much as typical cable companies). Picked up a tv mount from monoprice and tucked the wires into the wall.

    Panasonic's always up there if not the top dog of plasma's and they didn't disappoint with this tv. (Posted on 10/31/2010)

  33. EXCELLENT VALUE Review by Kennedy
    Value

    I can only recommend this Panasonic set. It's astounding for the price - its sound and picture are noticeably better than my 3 year old 37" Viera, which was of course 4 times the price back then!

    Like every other diligent buyer I read enough reviews to go blue in the face, and only became confused. As an entry level plasma, there were comparable LG and Samsung sets which looked better according to Consumer Reports - but unlike those guys, I couldn't directly compare the sets in optimum testing conditions. This one was immediately available at my local store, so I took it home with me, forgoing the TVs with little blue ticks.

    I have to say, as someone who spends all day looking at hi-def monitors for my work, I'm really impressed with this Panasonic set - it just produces fantastic pictures right out of the box. I bought it to play blu-rays and play video games on, for which it is excellent. I cannot comment on how it plays SD TV or how it streams HD TV, as I do not use this functionality - I only use it for playback.

    As an entry level set, it doesn't have as many connectivity options as you might like (only 2 hdmi ports), so check first what you need, and if you want to tweak your picture all day, the options on the C2 are limited. But if you want an inexpensive plasma TV to just plug in and use right out of the box, I can only say that this guy is dynamite. (Posted on 10/23/2010)

  34. A pretty cool tv for the $$ Review by R. Rowland "gadget dude"
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    Got this a couple weeks ago on an impulse buy. 42 inch for under $400--I was on it! This is my 5th HDTV. I've owned a HD projection set, an extremely heavy (but nice picture) HD CRT, and a couple LCD's. I think this is going to be my favorite. I don't have cable; I do over-the-air (OTA) and video streaming from my computer, Xbox 360, PS3/Blu-Ray etc. The tv holds the OTA channels steady & almost no picture dropouts unlike the other sets I had--used to drive me nuts constantly moving antennas around. I'm happy it has an optical output for my stereo so I can enjoy the 5.1 surround sound again (LCD's didn't have that feature). Yes, it isn't 1080p, but that doesn't really matter at this screen size. Fox and ABC OTA networks only push out 720P anyway. It doesn't have a matte screen so light reflections may be a concern for some. Only thing that is a minor nuisance is that it's a fingerprint/dust magnet and that it doesn't have a full EPG program guide-just the title of what show is currently on. My converter boxes and the other tv's gave a full set of program info, but that issue won't matter to you if you have cable or satellite. Good set for the price and only 235w power consumption so it won't beat your electric bill to death! (Posted on 10/21/2010)

  35. A Fantastic TV...Once You Adjust Its Settings Review by Strategos "The Guardian of Time"
    Value

    I've wanted an HDTV for a long time. When Flat Screen HDTVs were just starting to become more mainstream, I was, unfortunately, a newly graduated IT Student...and dead broke. After moving to the East Coast and back again, and owning two beautiful JVC CRT sets (a 27 inch and a 32 inch), I finally, finally, FINALLY managed to amass the capital needed to go flat and hi-def for real (thanks in part to a decent paying job and putting off buying a car when mine died for an entire year). Was it worth the wait all these years? Oh yeah!

    First of all, after a lot of thought and effort, I decided to go plasma instead of LCD for several reasons. First, you can buy a 42-inch plasma for about the price of a 32 inch LCD (give or take). Second, the stuttering of LCDs is noticeable and unpleasant to me, and plasmas handle motion with greater fluidity. Thirdly, the black levels of plasmas are better (though they do require lower light to look their best, which is no problem as I'm a low-light kind of guy who lives in the dark overcast Northern West Coast).

    I had initially tried to buy a Samsung from Amazon using their slightly-used-like-new Amazon Warehouse, but after more than a week the TV was delivered shattered. I returned it, sending an email to Amazon requesting they simply replace it rather than give me a refund...and my email was ignored. I was given a refund instead of the TV I had ordered. Starting to lose my patience, a friend from work helped me get a great store deal for this beauty. $450.00 with no tax (no sales tax in my state). Nice.

    When I took my TV home and unpacked it one of the first things I noticed is the fact that not only would it not fit in my parents' TV cabinet in the living room, but it wouldn't fit in my room either. I had to completely re-arrange my furniture to make room. When I first hooked it up to my ridiculous home setup (Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, Dreamcast, Saturn, VCR, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Computer) I was slightly disappointed to find that it only has two HDMI Inputs (if I buy a PS3 I may have to buy an HDMI switchbox). On the other hand, I was pleasantly surprised to find that you can hook analog sound input into the component in, and it will play through the TV while using the corresponding HDMI (you don't have to have an audio signal on the HDMI so you can use your computer's analog out and a DVI to HDMI adapter for PC output). The only real downside to this is that the edges of the PC video in are cropped. Oh well, it beats analog video input any day.

    The picture on this TV is absolutely outstanding, but you will want to adjust it to your liking in all probability. First of all, by default, like the iPod Touch, the screen dims with the ambient lighting. What this means is that when you have the room nice and dark as you should for optimal viewing, the screen will be so dark you can't see it. You will have to go into the menus and turn off C.A.T.S. if like me you can do without that "feature".

    Some people like to adjust the color temperature or fidelity to make the picture warmer, but personally I like white to look white, not pink. And while the cinema mode certainly is bright it makes image artifacting and pixelation stand out, so I prefer to leave colors and brightness on the standard settings.

    Personally, I like my image to appear softer as opposed to pixelated, so I set both MPEG and standard noise reduction to on, and set my Xbox 360 (which I use as a DVD player) to output 1080p signal. This results in the image being up-sampled and then down-sampled, smoothing edges and making DVDs have a more "film-like" appearance.

    With those settings changed, this display went from good to absolutely amazing. The richness of the colors, outstanding contrast, and overall image smoothness and clarity made video games look outstanding (I actually decided to keep a game I was going to trade in because it looked so much better on this TV), and animation is draw-dropping. Well-mastered DVDs look as good as they possibly can, and I can't wait to get a PS3 so I can try out the Blu Ray discs that are sitting on my shelf.

    The sound on the TV is actually very good for a TV once you break in the speakers, and the only real downsides to this TV overall are that it produces a lot of heat, it has bad glare in direct sunlight, and you might need to be a LITTLE more careful than with a CRT about screen burn-in (the TV has a mode to clear after-images, pixel shifting, and a screen-saver, but over the long-term it's probably best to try to wear the screen evenly by not over-doing 4:3 and content with black bars on the top and bottom).

    And last but not least, I love the aspect ratio abilities of this TV. The standard aspect ratio is academy flat which is perfect for wide-screen TV programs (including wide-screen anime), and if you want to watch 4:3 content stretched (as I very often do) there are two modes to do so. The justified mode condenses the center of the screen so that character in the center look less stretched. I watch pan-and-scan content and old anime in this aspect ratio and it looks outstanding.

    Flat-screen plasmas have been around a long time, but I am very glad I waited to get mine. The current generation handles wide-screen and regular content well, have a digital tuner built-in, and the contrast, color, and overall image fidelity are magnificent. The black levels will probably fade over time, but around the time this TV dies I will probably be getting a 3D TV that doesn't require glasses, or spending my time in the holodeck... Overall I could not be more pleased and would highly recommend this TV to anyone looking to go hi-def and flat. (Posted on 10/7/2010)

  36. Love it! Review by Wendy
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    We purchased this TV last weekend. We initially went into the store knowing a general idea of what we wanted, but not sure what we could get with our limited budget. We were very impressed with this TV in the store, and I'm glad to say that it has continued to impress at home. We also purchased a Panasonic Blu-Ray player at the same time. I absolutely love how easy it was to hook everything together. We basically took the TV out of the box, plugged it in, plugged in the blu-ray and Wii, and we were ready to go.

    I love the picture quality with the blu-ray and this television. My children played wii bowling a few nights ago, and it was a totally different experience than what we had on our 36" crt. At first I was worried because this television seemed so much smaller than our crt, but I realized it was because our old TV was so bulky. It fits in our room just perfectly.

    We have been thrilled with this purchase, which is a good thing because it is our Christmas present between my husband and I. We searched around for the best price, and the store we went to was willing to match the lowest price we found, so we paid $499 for this television. We love it! (Posted on 10/6/2010)

  37. Having Regrets - But Conflicted Review by John P. Sullivan
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    I saw this for less than four hundred dollars. Although I knew it wasn't 1080p, I had no idea it wasn't 1080i at least. The most you get is 720p, and it's a very soft, odd-looking version at that due to its 1024 vertical lines. The picture looks soft and the text is not crisp. It's bothersome. It's like a giant regular TV; any edges that move are a parade of fluttering pixels, fighting for their turn to display. This TV even makes 480 broadcasts look poorer - I'm not exaggerating. I was initially impressed with the color and smooth gradation but the image quality gets to me.

    This set's info menu shows the current program's title without a program description. It would be nice to know what's on next, but that's not happening here. It also displays the resolution of the signal coming in such as 1080p, 1080i, 720p, etc.. It's just a shame it's not capable of displaying the 1080i or higher resolutions.

    There's nothing beautiful about the images displayed by this set. This TV would be great for someone whose eyes aren't what they used to be, but for anybody wanting high def, this set may wow you for fifteen minutes, then disappoint you for having gone to the trouble of setting it up. I'll try to like it, but I'm really feeling like I'm missing out. My Blu-ray movies are nowhere near as compelling as they used to be. When you squish the other 342 vertical lines in with the already insufficient 1024, it really makes for a highly inferior viewing experience.

    I give it three stars because it's affordable, but I've come to this conclusion: I would rather have a small, high-quality picture than a large crappy one at the same price.

    FINAL EDIT: I've bumped it up one more star. For four hundred dollars it tends to keep me satisfied when I consider that truly breathtaking sets hit the thousand d6llar mark. If you're not going to get an outstanding set, then why spend mid-range money? I have not changed my mind about what it lacks in picture quality, but to be more fair based on the way I rate products, by the value for the money, I think this set deserves three stars. Watching action on a 42" screen is pretty cool even if it's not sharp and beautiful, and for the price the TC-P42C2 is a good value. (Posted on 10/5/2010)

  38. Steal of a Deal to upgrade to HD! Review by Dave F "SportsFan"
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    I have had this HDTV for almost 2 weeks now, and couldn't be more pleased with it. I was able to get it on sale for $400 plus tax. This HDTV replaced a 27' SDTV. I feel this is the perfect TV for anyone who is on a tight budget and looking to upgrade to HD without adding a home theater system. I have my HD cable box, and my upconverting DVD player connected via the 2 HDMI ports. I love the look of the plasma glass like picture versus the flat LCD picture. MLB and NFL really pop on this set compared to my 4 year old 46' Sony 720p LCD. I have not noticed any motion blur, and the blacks and dark scenes look great. The HD channels look great, the digital channels look good, and the SD channels look okay. This set offers options to fill or stretch the screen for non HD programs and SD channels. I haven't really fooled around with these options, as I now have about 100 HD channels. If a program comes on one of these HD channels that isn't HD, I just watch it with the bars on the side. The sound on the TV is good enought for me, I have not had to turn the volume higher than 30.

    This HDTV is in my living room, which is bright during the day. You will get reflections on the screen if you can't shut any blinds or curtains. At night I usually keep the light on in the corner on the side of the TV. Even with the blinds open during the day, or more lights on, you are still able to watch the TV with the reflections. The seating distance in my living room ranges from 6 feet on the sides and about 10 feet in front. The viewing angle from the side is very good, and much better than a LCD TV. If you can get a good price on the 50 inch model, I would go for it. I was happy to get the 42 inch model, as it fit in to my Jeep without a problem, and was not too heavy or big for one person to carry and unpack. The base stand that comes with this TV is very easy to put together. The remote control is good size and simple to use and the owner's manual is very helpful. The on screen set up of the TV only takes a few minutes after you have it connected to your HD source. There are enough options to fine tune the picture and sound. You can go to the AVS board to get more info on settings. This TV is very quiet and is not hot to the touch. The all black finish matches perfect with the black stand and HD box. (Posted on 10/3/2010)

  39. BEST 42" TV FOR THE PRICE! Review by F. W. George
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    Great TV for the money. Sound is excellent for a 42" TV in the $450 price range.
    Picture quality is extra good but I only have it hook to standard dish satellite (NO HD).
    This is a 720 which works great when receiving only 420 resolution (HDTV Display Capability 1080p, 1080i, 720p).
    This TV will handle HD signals but will not give you 100% of HD quality.
    You will have to have a 1080 TV setting beside of it to tell the difference in picture quality.
    This TV is replacing a 42" Sylvania (6842PEM) purchased 3 1/2 years ago that died an unexpected death
    (They say only the "Good Die Young" - This was not good for the price of $700 I paid for it).
    Buy a higher price TV with a 3 year extra warranty at an extra cost
    (read fine print 3 year = 1 year factory and 2 year extra warranty).
    If it dies trying to make it to its fourth birthday -
    which TV would you and your wallet be less unhappy with?
    TC-P42C - better performance and more features now $450.
    3 1/2 years ago $700.00 Sylvania 6842PEM (weighs 90 lbs of dead weight) verses 42" Class Viera C2 Series 720p Plasma
    at a weight of 57 lbs.
    Which one would you choose? (Posted on 9/30/2010)

  40. 1024x768 is not really HDTV Review by Unashamed Conservative Minority
    Value

    I just helped a girlfriend of mine pick up this TV and get it hooked up.

    The picture looks great. The TV looks good and seems sturdy. It picked up a lot of channels she didn't get with the old box. Over the air HD looked really good. The HDMI input from a computer worked well. It'll be a great purchase for her at $400.

    But, 720p HDTV resolution is 1280x720 (16:9), not 1024x768 (this is for 4:3 computer monitors). You're inevitably going to see some slight problems from merging/blending the pixels as there are not enough vertical lines of resolution to display the entire 720p signal. The TV processes 720p just fine. Still looks great. It should be noted that Panasonic's main competition, at least at the leading brick and mortar electronics giant, sells a 1,365 x 768 plasma for the same price. With it you might see more detail. But unless you're a videophile or something you might not even notice. But, consumers should be aware. It wasn't advertised in the store as being 1024x768.

    There are no RCA outs on this TV. They would have been helpful as her decades old receiver doesn't have any of the newer inputs.

    We even tried the SD card input. It was very slow at 12mp resolution. Perhaps it works well for some lower resolutions.

    Still a good purchase for $400. Judging on picture alone SHE still picked this one. (Posted on 9/26/2010)

  41. Great price, Great picture, Great Buy Review by Michael L. Cornelison
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    Bought this TV last year from Amazon and have been nothing but happy. The picture is AWESOME. After watching the Plasma screen for a year and seeing friends LCDs I am glad I went Plasma.

    Super for everyday watching. Great for gaming and Blue Ray.

    I will say that given the drop in prices over the last year I would go with the 1080 now.

    Was the first time buying something this big from Amazon but everything went smoothly. No hassle what soever. Buy this TV and buy it from Amazon. You won't be sorry. (Posted on 9/23/2010)

  42. Great Value Review by Kevin S. Robertson
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    I've had this unit for about three weeks, and i'm happy with the purchase. I decided to go with HDMI connections this time around, which is also proving to be a good move. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is the sound. I will eventually get an entry level surround receiver that has HDMI switching capabilities, and use a sound bar, as the stock speakers lack the punch I like when watching action movies. (Posted on 9/21/2010)

  43. You get exactly what you pay for... Review by HEF
    Value

    ... a great 720p plasma TV at an awesome price. I am not going to compare this to other 42" plasmas, because right now, Panasonic is one of the only companies still making a 720p model. Everything else I see online and at Best Buy is 1080p. So this TV sort of stands alone in that respect. Of course 1080p content is not going to look as good when comparing to a 1080p TV standing a few feet from each display. But honestly, if you are sitting more than 5 or 6 feet from this TV, you probably would not notice a difference between this set and a 1080p set showing 1080p content.

    For a 42" 720p plasma TV, I think this set is a great buy. I calibrated the TV, and think that blu-ray, SD and HD TV all look great on this set. I haven't seen any floating blacks, and haven't noticed any issues with color, having color temp set to Warm in Cinema mode. I've seen some people complain about a red push after calibration with the C2 series, but am quite happy with the display.

    Onto price... if you are in the market for a cheap, 720p TV, then run to a Boscov's store if you are interested in this TV. This set is going for $399 right now (21 SEP 2010) at Boscov's. I'm not sure if this TV is available on their online store, but they have plenty in stores. For locals, I got mine at the one in the Exton mall, and they had 40 in stock as of yesterday. At that price, this purchase is an absolute no-brainer. Hell, buy 2.

    One final item - I am having a problem getting this set to work with my FIOS set top box via HDMI hookup. It is a known issue and everyone blames each other, FIOS customers blame Verizon, FIOS blames Motorola, etc. After some research, I see that the problem has to do with an HDCP handshake. If you don't know what that is, it all boils down to using component cables instead of HDMI. What is the impact of that? You have 5 cables running to the TV instead of 1. That's it. Right now, FIOS only provides up to 1080i and component handles that just as well as HDMI. I have no trouble hooking up my 360 or blu-ray player via HDMI. I def would not let this hold you back from the purchase. (Posted on 9/20/2010)

  44. Amazed! Review by N. Igma "N. Igma"
    Value

    Let me start by saying that this is our first flat-screen/hdtv... We've had it for one week.
    With that said, I am simply amazed at the picture quality of this tv. I've been researching /shopping for quite some time, including consumer reports mag., the internet and side-by-side comparisons.

    Set up was pretty simple. Up and viewing in about 30 min. Walk-through set-up tutorial. Turned it on. Panicked for 30 seconds while it powered up for the first time. The picture was great!
    Then I started fooling around with the MENU settings. I switched from Standard to Cinema in the Picture settings.... AMAZING! What a difference. This is a BEAUTIFUL, crisp, color-correct image that rivals any flat screen, 1080 0r 720, LCD or LED or plasma, that I've ever seen. The images, especially HD broadcasts, popped off the screen. Flesh tones on news talking-heads were perfect. Movies are like being at the theater. The blacks are BLACK. I don't see how it could be any better unless it was 3D. I tried a dvd... Put in Lawrence of Arabia-- Shock and Awe! I'm watching a college football game in HD right now. NO motion blur. NO streaks. The refresh rate is very fast. Rich colors. I am also very pleased with regular non-hd broadcast quality. Tons better than I anticipated. The remote is straight forward. Even the commercials look good.
    We don't have any glare problems. It might be due to the fact that the tv is still sitting on the floor until a suitable stand can be located. I love the polished glass screen. The picture is superb at almost any angle.
    The sound is great (after boosting bass and treble in the menu settings). Hooked up to our home theater system, surround sound shines. The levels change from station to station.
    I plugged my hdmi equipped laptop into the tv. Turned off the cable input. Input PC. You-Tube, Google Earth, HULU, Pandora were all very impressive on this set!
    HINTS:
    -Buy the HDMI cables from Amazon. At least 1/2 the price of anywhere else.
    -Check out this HDMI port hub that allows plugging in 2 more HDMI devices, and switches between them automatically, and is CHEAP ($20)! http://www.amazon.com/Mediabridge-Port-Smart-HDMI-Switch/dp/B002K9GCU6/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1283393882&sr=8-9
    -Switch to "Cinema" mode in the picture menu.
    -Adjust the audio in the menu.
    -Try playing with the "format" key on the remote to get the best aspect-ratio on regular broadcast, non-hd stations.
    - The DVD that comes w/ the unit provides tons of info that's absent in the printed owner's manual. (Posted on 9/9/2010)

  45. Excellent value Review by Curtis D "cd10"
    Value

    My criteria for buying a TV was to stay under $600 and a screen size of 42 inches. LED-LCD TV's are priced out of that range right now, so that left LCD's and plasma's. After looking at both technologies, I opted to go with plasma.
    LCD contrast ratio 150,000:1 vs. plasma 1 or 2 million to 1.
    LCD 60Hz to 120Hz refresh vs. 600Hz plasma
    LCD off angle viewing drop off vs. 180 degree viewing for plasma
    I have a Vizio 50 inch plasma that I purchased in 2006 that I have had zero problems with. (I paid $2700 YIKES)
    So given the fact that plasma technology has been around, and the other factors I listed above, I went with
    Panasonic plasma. At about 5 feet distance, I could not tell the difference between the 1080p or the 720p sets. The 720p set was about $150 cheaper, so I bought it and have been totally pleased so far. I am pretty picky about the
    picture and after some adjusting, the picture looks great! Plus, with the money I saved, I can buy a blu ray player
    that can stream web based content. The G25 model offers that capability, but then I would be close to $1000, out of my price range. (Posted on 8/30/2010)

  46. 720P TC P42 C2 Review by Garry from Atlanta
    Value

    This is my 4th Plasma in the family bought for my mom. My first one cost over $2500; this one was under $500.00. What an incredible value. I hooked it up to my TV antenna, and the HD pictures have been great. This TV rivals my $2500 TV bought a few years back. I also bought the Samsung 42" Plasma for my daughter for around the same price. I want to say that for the money, if you are trying to decide either way, I would let the bottom dollar be your draw your conclusion for they are both nice performers. Be careful while viewing them in stores. I feel the settings can be changed on the TV which can make you think one has a superior picture. Do yourself a favor and look at the same TV in 2 or more stores, and see if the picture don't look different. It might be my imagination, but I felt one store I visited purposely made the picture look bad so you would buy a more expensive TV, and used this as a leader. Don't be fooled. This inexpensive Panasonic looks fabulous in my mom's house. (Posted on 8/28/2010)

  47. Great HD on the Cheap! Review by Warren Bowery
    Value

    We have owned this TV for a couple of months now. Lots of research led me to the conclusion that a 720p set would be fine for our viewing habits. We bought this Panasonic because of its low price and positive reviews. It was easy to put the included stand on the TV, and within 20 minutes of getting it home we were enjoying a great HD picture. This Panasonic is our first HDTV and replaced a 26" traditional CRT TV.

    We opted for a plasma because we sometimes have guests who sit at an angle to the screen. With plasma, there is no color degradation when viewing off center... every seat is a good seat. Also, plasma does not show motion blur like LCD sets. This blur is noticeable when watching sports on just about every LCD I've seen, even those with 120Hz refresh rates. I have yet to experience this with our plasma TV. One drawback to the TC-P42C2 is that the screen is very reflective, but no more so than our old SD TV. Since the screen is so much bigger than what we were accustomed to the reflection issue was noticeable. The only adjustement we neded to make was to use the other table lamp in the family room when watching TV after dark.

    The picture is wonderful on HD sources, and is very good on SD programs as well. We have Dish Network and an off-the-air antenna. Broadcast HD looks awesome and Dish HD is excellent. While we are now getting used to watching HD, when we first got this TV we would watch reruns of the CSI shows just to see the cityscapes in HD. We still throw out a "Wow" now and then when a program has a panoramic nature scene. We are more than happy with this TV's picture.

    The sound from the TC-P42C2 is very good. I was originally concerned that having speakers that didn't face forward would affect sound quality, but I have found the sound to be quite good on this TV. On some shows I need to turn the volume up, but it varies according to the signal provided by the channel. For example, our local PBS channel has much more volume when watched off-the-air than when viewing on the Dish box. Overall, most of our viewing is done with the TV's volume in the 30-40 range.

    One drawback is that this TV only has 2 HDMI ports. We currently have our Dish DVR and our DVD home theater system (which upscales to 1080i)connected via HDMI. When we add a Blu-ray player, I will switch the home theater to the component inputs on the TV and connect the Blu-ray to the HDMI input. A third HDMI port would have been nice, but for this price point I really can't complain too much.

    The best thing about this TV is the bang for the buck. This Panasonic offers a lot of quality and features for not much cash. When someone comes over and sees this thing for the first time, they always comment about how good the picture is. When they ask how much we paid for it, they are shocked that a picture this good could cost just $500. We are very happy with our TC-P42C2. (Posted on 8/11/2010)

  48. Good but not great. Review by Leigh
    Value

    I bought this TV on sale at K-mart about a month ago. I have been quite pleased with the picture and sound. As of late, I have noticed a strange pixel blur on solid color back grounds. I have tried to change channels when I see it, to see if it is on all channels, but haven't noticed it on the other channel. So I'm not sure if it is in the signal (cable) or if it resets when the channel changes. I guess time will tell. Based on reviews and Panasonic's reputation I bought this product in the box without seeing it on display. After I bought it, I saw it on display at another store, along with several others. My husband was with me and noted it was the worst picture of the bunch. I am hoping it was just not adjusted correctly and that picture quality had not deteriorated due to the continuous use I'm sure it got as a store display. Before you buy it, look at it next to others, as you can buy similar sets in the same price range that you might like better.

    If the pixel issue gets worse I will update my review. (Posted on 8/2/2010)

  49. NOT A TRUE HDTV PANASONIC PLASMA Review by MrProTech
    Value

    This Model and its previous similar models after mid 2007 The HD channels looks Horrible i do believe that Panasonic is very well aware of it obviously...this unit is more like an EDTV Quality....if you put this model and its 06 models such as the TH-42PX60U you will see the big difference in HD picture Quality...think about it this model TH-42PX60U had an msrp around for $2500 and its this new model costs pretty much $529 every where..so do the Math $2500 Tv vs a $500 HDTV Panasonic Plasma....you would today's Standard 720 Plasma's will look much better?NO but if you the consumers have a chance to look at Panasonic's 3D Plasma TV's the standard HDTV pictures looks 25% better then its 06 Model and looks 90% Better then Today's model....Spend Few Bucks more get the Sony's LCD Tv's with either Bravia Engine 2 or 3 models which deliver the the most Natural HDTV Experience...Avoid all Samsung's and Low End Panasonics (Posted on 7/6/2010)

  50. Great value Review by Christian Manalansan
    Value

    Sometimes you want a TV that just works. For the size, this TV is great.

    Of course, dont expect many frills like full 1080 resolution or a wide array of inputs.

    However, if what you are looking for is excellent color quality for most basic shows think casual family gatherings, not home theater, then you cant beat the combination of price, display size, and a reputable brand name like Panasonic. (Posted on 6/12/2010)

  51. The Best Buy in High Definition TVs? Review by Opinunated
    Value

    What a great buy this HDTV is. I paid less than $500.00 (including shipping) for this 2010 42" Panasonic Plasma.

    I own a 58" 1080p Panasonic plasma which was top rated by CNET in 2008. In fact, CNET said it was the very best HDTV they had tested that year and awarded it Editors Choice

    I see little difference between this low priced 42" Panasonic and my $3000.00 top of the line 58" 1080p Panasonic. Are there differences? Yes, but they are fairly subtle.

    For a number of reasons I'd suggest you consider purchasing a plasma TV and if you can live without some bells and whistles, I'd recommend you purchase this exact model.

    1.) 720p versus 1080p: While this is a 720P HDTV - I don't feel it makes much difference compared to a 1080 set. While the public has focused their attention on the obvious numeric difference between 720 and 1080 and assumed the larger number was always better --- that --- in a practical sense --- is not always the case. With smaller TVs, the difference between 720p and 1080 can not be easily detected unless you sit on top of the TV. Professional reviewers, time after time, have said the very same thing. Because of public perception - 720p TVs are becoming a dying bred and offer a unique buying opportunity. 720p displays process 1080 signals without any problem just as a 1080 display processes 720p signals without any effort. People forget that most Xbox and Playstation games as well as ALL of the content on ABC, FOX, and ESPN are sent in 720p.

    2.) Viewing angle - EVERY LCD has a poorer picture when viewed off center. CNET, HD Guru, Displaymate, Consumer Reports, etc all note how picture quality deteriorates when an LCD is viewed from an angle. In some cases, just sitting one seat cushion away from the ideal sweet spot produces a much poorer picture on an LCD. In other cases the deterioration is more subtle. Plasmas have never had a problem with off center viewing. No matter where you sit, you will see the same picture on a plasma.

    3.) Motion: While this is another perimeter that has been given far too much importance in the specification wars - plasmas are inherently superior at displaying motion. LCDs at 120HZ or better are pretty good with motion but rarely the equal of ANY plasma. What is interesting to note is that reviewers say it is not likely anyone can see the difference in every day viewing (as opposed to test patterns). The bottom line is that plasmas are generally better with motion handling but even the worst LCD will likely look fine to most non-sports viewers.

    4.) Black levels. How black is black is the specification that plasma fans love to cite. The blacks of most plasmas are far darker than those of a typical LCD although local dimming LED/LCD sets are close if not equal. This C2 Panasonic is no exception and even in my bedroom, with all the lights out, the blacks are fairly dark (although not nearly as dark as my $3000 Panasonic). Panasonics, in the past, have been criticized because black levels increase over time, but in general, the blacks remain darker than LCDs even after they have risen. Whether the 2010 Panasonics even exhibit this problem is an open ended question.

    5.) Reflections: The C2 has a shiny glass screen behind which is a dark background. It reflects, quite well, any bright objects which are opposite to it. If you are viewing program material that is fairly dark in nature you'll be able to see those reflections. With brighter program material - these reflections won't be visible

    6.) Brightness: Plasmas are not overly bright - you might even call them dim when viewed in a room with moderate light. If you plan on viewing your TV in any room with a fair amount of ambient light then a plasma HDTV is not the best choice.

    I'd recommend an LCD if you are viewing your TV in a medium to bright room. LCDs are often far brighter than plasmas. If you are worried about reflections then an LCD with a matte screen would be a wise choice. Unfortunately matte screens are becoming increasingly rare on LCDs and have never been available on plasmas. Update (9/2/2010): CNET just published a reasonably favorable review of the Samsung LN46C630 - an LCD with a matte screen (but it costs $810.00 for a 40")

    While other Panasonics offer more bells and whistles and technically better performance, I really believe this model is the value leader in HDTVs - given its low price of less than $500.00 for a 42". If you are willing to spend about a hundred dollars more then look at the S2 series of Panasonics (latest 1080p Panasonic panel, more inputs and according to the manufacturer - a better anti-glare screen) or if you have even more money to spend - the G series. The VT25 series is the top of the line but prices start above $2,000.00

    I really recommended this TV if it is selling below $500.00 (for the 42"). It truly is a best buy. I'd also recommend the S2 Panasonic if its selling for not much more than the C2.

    Update: CNET just published a favorable review on the S2. At the right price, the S2 may be the better bargain and wiser purchase.

    Another Update / IMPORTANT: Consumers Reports (December 2010) rated this set (the C2) a Consumers Reports BEST BUY. It is certainly nice to have a major publication agree with my analysis. They rated the S2 series very slightly higher (as I did) but what is NEW is that they rated the Panasonic U2 plasma series even higher than the C2 or S2 series. No other publication has ever reviewed the U2 series. I'm not familiar with the U2 series myself but customers should give it a long and hard look. Amazon currently has the U2 series (42") at $500.00. While it is hard to loose with any Panasonic plasma but which series to buy really depends on pricing and that seems to change daily. I'd certainly pick the U2 series over the C2 or S2 if it was priced closely.

    Based on two recent but different reviews in Consumer Reports - the U2 series of Panasonic Plasmas - assuming they are priced right - has to be given priority! I keep updating this review and the latest information implies the U2 is better than either the C2 or S2 series but you will have to check current pricing to see which series is the the better buy. (Posted on 6/11/2010)

  52. Great TV for the price, but older models were better Review by R. Baird
    Value

    This is the 3rd 42" 720p panasonic TV I've owned. I bought this one to replace one that was fried in a freak electrical occurance at my house. The picture on these TVs is fantastic, and your really cannot beat the price to quality ratio anywhere. The only down side to this particular model is the lack of an anti-glare filter. This used to be STANDARD on even the lowest of models of these TVs. I didn't realize when buying it that it was gone, my fault. It really does make a difference. I'm really surprised that they took this "feature" away on this model. I still love the picture (when ambient light sources are off), but, if I now have to, I'll probably pay more to get one with an anti-reflective filter next time. (Posted on 6/7/2010)

  53. beautiful but quiet.. Review by K. Saxon
    Value

    I love the TV, the only flaw I find is the volume level. On one program on cable I literally have to turn the volume up to 100, the highest it goes, to be able to hear and would've liked to turn it up even more. Usually its not that bad, just seems odd. Lots of turning it up.. then turning it down.. then turning it back up. Looked in the volume options and there isn't anything in there to try to fix the problem. I could say that it may be the stations but other TVs in the house don't have the same issue. (Posted on 5/28/2010)

  54. Great value for your dollar Review by Grandma Jane "Janers"
    Value

    I received my new TV quickly. It arrived in perfect shape. Couldn't ask anymore for picture quality (Posted on 5/13/2010)

  55. Blind-Sided Review by John Carenco "grasshopper"
    Value

    This set has nice picture but one little hiccough that I believe is going to only get more pervasive these days, is that Panasonic saved themselves 50 cents & didn't provide those old fashioned RCA type output audio jacks. So if you don't already have the latest in sound systems you're going to have to replace it or find some kind of converter to hear this TV through your speakers. This adds up to more elecrical consumption or more E-Waste....Wish I'd been warned! (Posted on 5/9/2010)

  56. Awesome Service! Review by Joann Gallagher "Nashville Grandmother"
    Value

    Having decided to look on-line for "best buys" for a replacement TV, I found the exact same model, same price on Amazon.com. that was offered locally. The difference could not be ignored! I paid no shipping, no sales tax (which is 9.25% in my state), and got the "White Glove" treatment when it was delivered. What more could a 73-year old grandmother want than a deal like this one! Thank you so much! (Posted on 5/8/2010)


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