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Panasonic TC-L42D2 42-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LED HDTV with iPod Dock

  • Panasonic IPS LED Panel for uncompromising picture quality
  • 120 Hz Motion Picture Pro 4
  • Universal Dock for iPod
  • ENERGY STAR Qualified
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model Number: TC-L42D2
  • Display Technology: LED-lit
  • Display Size: 42 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Product Description

Product Description

Panasonic TC-L42D2 42-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LED HDTV with iPod dock


Offering excellent picture performance, Panasonic's 42-inch VIERA TC-L42D2 LED-LCD HDTV provides 1080p high-definition imagery and includes a Universal Dock for Apple iPod, which enables you to control and play music and video directly from your iPod or iPhone through your VIERA HDTV. This D2 series model also features 24P Playback function for superb imagery from 24-frame movies on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, Game Mode for faster image response while playing immersive 3D games, a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and an improved panel with In Plane Switching (IPS) for an ultra-wide viewing angle and higher moving picture resolution that results in clear, bright images.

This and other models in the D2 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.

Saving energy never looked better. VIERA D2 Series LED HDTVs offer an IPS - LED LCD panel, which include new technology that achieves the highest levels of brightness and energy-saving efficiency ever in a VIERA LCD HDTV.

Key Features

Game Mode: With Game Mode, quicker image response increases the enjoyment of video games when a game console is connected to the TV. What's more, VIERA produces the dark images in video games more clearly. This mode works with the anti-image retention (wobbling) function, too.


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).


iPod Entertainment Kit: With the included Universal Dock for iPod, you can control playback of the music and video stored on your Apple iPod or iPhone directly through your VIERA HDTV via the remote control and intuitive onscreen menu system (see more about iPod/iPhone compatibility).


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.

Key Specifications

  • Series: D2
  • Screen type: LED
  • Screen size: 42 inches
  • Filter: Clear Panel
  • Native resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Contrast ratio: 2,000,000:1
  • Viewing angle: 178 degrees
  • Receiving system: ATSC/QAM/NTSC
  • HDTV display capability: 1080p
  • EDTV display capability: 480p
  • Speakers: 2 full range, 20W total power; surround sound capabilities
  • Image viewer: JPEG compatibility
  • Aspect control: 480i/p -- Full, Just, 4:3, Zoom; 1080ip -- Full, H-Fill, Just, 4:3, Zoom
  • Optional wall-mounting bracket: TY-WK3L2RW
  • Multi-lingual menu: English/Spanish/French
  • Energy Star qualified: Yes


  • HDMI: 3 (1 side)
  • Component (Y, PB, PR): 1
  • Composite A/V: 2 (1 side); each with audio input
  • PC input (15-pin, D-Sub): 1
  • Digital audio output: 1


  • TV with stand: 40.7 x 27.5 x 13.0 inches (WxHxD); 47.4 pounds
  • TV without stand: 40.7 x 25.8 x 1.5 inches (WxHxD); 40.8 pounds
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What's in the Box

Panasonic D2 series LED-LCD HDTV, removable stand, remote control (with batteries), operating instructions

Which Size HDTV is Right for My Room?

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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

Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NamePanasonic
Item Weight47.4 pounds
Product Dimensions40.7 x 13 x 27.5 inches
Item model numberTC-L42D2
Color Nameblack
Specification Metenergy_star
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #190,367 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight58.1 pounds
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Date First AvailableFebruary 15, 2010
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Isaac Barley on October 2, 2010
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I bought this TV 4 weeks ago and wanted to wait to write a review. The picture quality is excellent if you adjust the settings. No blooming with the back lit led either. The non-HD picture is acceptable but really varies by the channel. It is in a relatively bright room and the glare in negligible. The speakers are a bit hollow sounding at higher levels, but fine for every day use and not really that big of a deal if you have a home theater set up. No TV's today have that great of sound in all truth. Ask yourself, "Are you buying the TV for the picture or sound?" I have the setting on "Custom" at Back light 75, Contrast 95, Brightness 80, Color 61, Tint +2, Sharpness 95, Color Temp Warm, A.I. Picture On, Motion Picture Pro Strong, Black Level Dark. The iPod feature is pretty cool too. The person who posted with 1 star obviously doesn't know that all LED TV's are LCD with LED lighting as a compliment. Reading the manufacturer's web site will clearly explain the technology.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brandon s on October 5, 2010
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Bought this tv a couple weeks ago from amazon. It arrived before the eta and was packaged nicely. The picture quality is amazing. Took some tweaking to get the settings right but once I did it was perfect. The hd channels are so crisp and colors so bright it's ridiculous. Got a LG blu ray player and could not be happier with the picture quality even from standard definition television shows. And the DVD upconversion is nice but I think the tv is doing a lot of the job. My only complaint is no analog audio out. Only digital audio out so I had to order a digital to analog audio convertor so I can plug my new tv into my old RCA speaker setup. Would be 5 stars but had to get the audio convertor. Based on picture alone though 5 stars easy.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 9, 2010
I've had mine for a couple of days and have tested it with cable hi-def, Blu-Ray, standard DVD, WII, Digital still and video cams, computer, etc. I would rate it high in every respect. The iPod dock is a nice touch, but only have an iPad so can't use the dock. One of the first things I look for is the viewing angle and found the picture to be perfectly visible from an extreme side angle. For the price I don't think this Panasonic can be beat. (That's after comparing with similarly priced Sony and Samsung.) I heartily recommend this TV.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By chmod on November 20, 2010
I've owned a Panasonic 58" plasma for two years. I love it. It is also a kiln in terms of generating heat.

When upgrading our recently graduated daughter's set, I looked very carefully for that elusive picture quality/power consumption ratio.

I'm pretty sure I found it in this new generation set. First off, she loves the FULL iPod integration. Nice touch, and very handy for the portable music generation people. Then, the image quality is very, very good. I am not prepared to say it is as good as the best plasma in terms of "feel" and naturalness. But, I am completely prepared to say it is a perfectly acceptable alternative given how LITTLE power this thing uses. After two hours of "set up and fiddling", there was almost NO noticeable heat being emitted from the device. At some point it may be like admitting you don't need a V8 anymore, even though it'll get to 60 faster than a V6.

OK, off the soap box. This is well constructed set. The screen swivels - nice touch. Even though this one has a much wider viewing angle than many LCDs I've seen, it still fades just a touch off axis too much. With the swivel that issue is moot.

The backlighting is very even - much more than the other LCDs I auditioned. I presume this is the hybrid LED-LCD stuff in action. But no hot spots under normal viewing and that's a nice change

I wish they had made the speakers front facing. As it is they (I think) point down. They're fine, but can sound muffled if you put stuff in front of the set or boomy if you don't.

I think i set it up properly, in terms of the myriad color, etc settings. Better than average black levels, nice punch, seems to have fast pixels. Handles Blue Ray beautifully.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Acton man on November 4, 2010
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This Panasonic 42" LED TV is awesome. It has a beautiful picture and makes watching football games almost like being there. We have had other Panasonic products and have found them to be extremely reliable and this TV is no different. Out of the box everything was easy to set up and understand from the remote controller to the plug ins in the back of the set. There were few adjustments to be made and the set up menu was a breeze to complete. I did kind of want an ethernet plug in the back of the TV and this one doesn't have it but the same access can be gained through a bluray DVD player. We are delighted with our purchase and would highly recommend this TV for others. We have not used the ipod dock yet but that is an interesting added feature. One negative would be that this set only has 3 HDMI plugs in back/side and other TV's have 4. The more HDMI plugs you have the better off you are when it comes to putting the set together with multiple components. One problem we have found in having a Panasonic TV, bluray DVD and regular DVD player all on the same TV stand is that the one remote turns everything off together and some of the other functions on the remote also are applied to all three components. That was annoying and we had to unplug one of the DVD's so we wouldn't go crazy. That's the only negative we can find.
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