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Panasonic TC-L42U22 42-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV


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  • 42-inch LCD HDTV with full 1080p HD resolution; IPS panel for excellent viewing from almost any angle
  • 20,000:1 contrast ratio; 24P Playback function for superb imagery from 24-frame movies on DVD
  • VIERA Image Viewer for JPEG image slideshows directly from an SD memory card
  • Inputs: 3 HDMI, 1 component, 2 composite, 1 PC, 1 digital audio output
  • Includes removable stand; measures 40.2 x 26.8 x 12.2 inches with stand
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: TC-L42U22
  • Display Technology: LCD
  • Display Size: 42 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 40.2 x 12.2 x 26.8 inches ; 45.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 56 pounds
  • Shipping: This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
  • ASIN: B0038KLCQ0
  • Item model number: TC-L42U22
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,756 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 15, 2010
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Product Description

Product Description

Panasonic TC-L42U22 42-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV

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Offering advanced LCD technology for the highest possible picture quality, Panasonic's 42-inch VIERA TC-L42U22 LCD HDTV features 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 U22 series model provides 1080p resolution, 24P Playback function for superb imagery from 24-frame movies on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, and a 20,000:1 contrast ratio.

This and other models in the U22 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.

Key Features

In Plane Switching (IPS): The latest iteration of Panasonics IPS LCD panel features excellent light transmittance and a wide viewing angle. The wide 178-degree viewing angle--both horizontally and vertically--ensures clear images even when viewed from an angle. And the panel backlight's wide transmission aperture enhances the contrast between light and dark, improving motion-image response.

 

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 U22 series LCD HDTV.

 

 



With the VIERA Image Viewer, you can view a slideshow of JPEG photos stored on your camera's SD memory card.

Key Specifications

  • Series: U22
  • Screen type: LCD (CCFL backlight)
  • Screen size: 42 inches
  • Filter: Fine Black Panel
  • Native resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Contrast ratio: 20,000:1
  • Viewing angle: 178 degrees
  • Receiving system: ATSC/QAM/NTSC
  • HDTV display capability: 1080p, 1080i, 720p
  • 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; 720p -- Full, H-Fill, Just, 4:3, Zoom
  • Optional wall-mounting bracket: TY-WK3L2RW
  • Multi-lingual menu: English/Spanish/French
  • Energy Star qualified: Yes

Connections

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

Dimensions

  • TV with stand: 40.2 x 26.8 x 12.2 inches (WxHxD); 45.2 pounds
  • TV without stand: 40.2 x 25.1 x 4.2 inches (WxHxD); 39.7 pounds
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What's in the Box

Panasonic U22 series LCD 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?

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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

Customer Reviews

Great picture quality and sound.
VIVINE
I had a couple of very frustrating days fighting this thinking it was the dish receiver flaking out.
R. Newel
This TV had the best picture quality of all comparable TVs (42" LCD 1080p HDTVs).
AS

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

132 of 136 people found the following review helpful By J. Lee on July 25, 2010
Overall:
I've had this set for a few months now. Despite the little criticisms I have, I think this set is an excellent value and the picture is breathtaking with a 1080p source or even 1080i over-the-air.

Picture:
It's a great display and I have no complaint at all with the picture. It has presets for adjusting the picture and that is a nice feature; I use 'cinema' most of the time.

Chassis:
The chassis is a very elegant piano black and looks nice when it is off. This is actually kind of important when you get a TV this large!

Sound:
The speakers are not great, but they are adequate. They are in the back so you (at least I) need to turn them up more than you would for front facing ones.

Inputs / Outputs:
This is where the 'not legacy friendly' gripe I have shows up, and costs Panasonic a star. The only audio _output_ is a digital optical output. If you have a stereo with a corresponding digital optical input, you're all set. However, I'm willing to bet many if not most homes don't have such an input. This means that you must use the so-so speakers when you use the antenna or an HDMI source that doesn't have an analog audio output (including perhaps some digital cable boxes). It isn't too big a deal for me since movie watching is usually via a DVD player and I run its (analog) audio output through my stereo and it sounds great. However, it would have been EASY for Panasonic to have a legacy analog audio output. On the input side, there is no S-video input. I get why they didn't put this in; S-video is on its way out. However, I have a legacy video camera with S-video output and it would've been nice to use it.

I've used the SD card input and it is slick.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By R. Newel on August 19, 2010
I replaced a 6 year old plasma TV that went out. My TV screen faces multiple windows. With the plasma I had to cover the windows with towels during the day to avoid glare. With this TV any glare is barely noticeable and only when the screen is dark. I'm watching it right now (day time) with the windows uncovered.

I live at 5000 feet which caused the plasma to generate a lot of heat. That thing was hot! I could feel the heat radiating from it when I walked by. It did help heat my house in the winter, but probably caused the TV to give up the ghost. This Panasonic generates very little heat and is hardly even warm to the touch.

The only issue is one I discovered after installing this TV and apparently many LCD TV's have this issue. With the TV powered on my dish network remote would not operate the dish network receiver. After entering the proper code it did operate the TV fine but not the dish network receiver. I had to put the remote withing 2 inches of the dish IR port to get it to function. I had a couple of very frustrating days fighting this thinking it was the dish receiver flaking out. Then I did some research and discovered the interference issue with the LCD TV and various receivers. Different LCD TV's have different fixes. Some fixes I found are: turn CATS on or off on the TV, turn energy savings on or off or adjust back lighting. On this TV you adjust the back light on the TV. This TV adjust from 1 to 100. I found that adjusting it below 45 the dish remote inconsistently operated the dish receiver. At 42 or lower the dish remote refused to operate the dish receiver at all. I set the TV back light at 78 and the problem was solved. My research showed that this issue is not limited to any one manufacturer and indicates manufactures are aware of the issue.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 14, 2010
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This TV is fine. My biggest complaint is that the only sound output is through an optical cable. No RCAs, no headphone jack, no way out! I routed all my sounds out from cable, blue ray, DVR, and Wii to a switch with 4 inputs and one RCA or headphone jack for output for $30. I can connect it now to my home theater system. The images on the TV are crisp with no blur on fast action. Standard settings seem a little dark but it can be customized for every video input. Good overall set except for the sound. I had for about 2 months.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By VIVINE on July 9, 2010
I just got this TV for 2 weeks. Works great for gaming, Laptop/PC and HDTV. Great picture quality and sound. Very easy to set up! Sometimes, i use an HDMI cable to connect my laptop with the TV, it did a great job as a big size monitor!!!! I am very satisfied! Love it!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By AS on December 14, 2010
I did extensive research before buying this one, and after having it for 2 weeks, I'm glad I picked it!
This TV had the best picture quality of all comparable TVs (42" LCD 1080p HDTVs). I was comparing between Panasonic, LG, Samsung and Sony. I made multiple trips to several stores to check out this TV, specially when put next to other brands. Needless to say, all look good when watching HD content, but if you pay close attention, you can tell the difference. Colors in Panasonic looked the best to me - richer, and more natural.
The remote is fairly intuitive, and non-HD content looks good as well.

As for other features, they're pretty standard across all the brands within this price range ($500-600).

My general advice to folks buying HDTV for the first time:
When buying an HDTV, buy for (1) screen size and (2) picture quality - those two things you can't "upgrade" during the life of the TV. Other features, like watching internet content, browsing the web, etc, can be easily added through (fairly inexpensive) external devices (BlueRay player, media boxes). No point paying more to have those embedded in the TV. You cannot predict all the new features and technologies that will emerge over the life of your TV (hopefully at least 5 years), so you'll have to rely on add-on's anyway. Focus on getting the right screen size and the best picture quality. For judging picture quality, don't rely on online reviews, but go out and see for yourself in local stores. Check out several stores (3-4) so you can eliminate any element of randomness (e.g., incorrect TV setting in a store) from your observations.

Panasonic was the best screen size and picture quality for my budget, and so far I'm very happy with my choice!
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