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Panasonic TC-L42U25 42-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LCD HDTV

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: TC-L42U25
  • 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: 151 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00391XGDA
  • Item model number: TC-L42U25
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,582 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 1, 2010
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Product Description


Offering advanced LCD technology for high picture quality, Panasonic's 42-inch VIERA TC-L42U25 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 U25 series model provides 1080p resolution, 120Hz Motion Picture Pro 4 for crisp, focused images during fast-moving scenes, and a 20,000:1 contrast ratio.

This and other models in the U25 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

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




Key Specifications

  • Series: U25
  • Screen type: LCD (EEFL 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; 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 with audio input
  • Composite A/V: 2 (1 side); each with audio input
  • PC input (15-pin, D-Sub): 1
  • Digital audio output: 1


  • TV with stand: 40.2 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 U25 series LCD HDTV, removable stand, remote control (with batteries), operating instructions

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

Product Description

Panasonic TC-L42U25 42-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LCD HDTV

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It is better than the one I paid twice more money. The images are so sharp and clear. Love it. Read more ›
We think that this tv is a great deal. The hd picture is great and the standard picture is better than expected. There was no trouble with the color as other stated in… Read more ›
I still get smoother motion with my 60hrz samsung than the 120hrz panasonic. Picture is excellent. sound is good. tv is very user friendly. Read more ›
I was able to snag this TV on sale and it was really worth it. The picture quality is great! I'm satisfied with my purchase. Read more ›
I love my TV.... just wish I had made my mind up when it was the Gold deal of the day.... anyway... this is my first HDTV and I love it... the picture is fantastic...… Read more ›
You can not beat this TV. Picture is flawless and the sound for not being hooked up to my sound system is really good. For the price this is a cant miss purchase. Read more ›
It is our first HDTV and we are really enjoying the picture quality. The price was great on Amazon. We did a lot of comparison shopping and Amazon had the best price. Read more ›
This is a nice TV. Amazon had good price and return policy of all the stores I checked. I noticed that brightness flicks once in a while but other than that, it's very nice. Read more ›
Consumer Reports gave this HDTV a good rating, so we trusted them and purchased it. We have not been disappointed - it is a great HDTV for a good price. We are very pleased… Read more ›
Nice HDTV, 1080, 120, at a great price. I have not seen a better price anywhere! Read more ›
this checkout was fast and smooth. plus i had the tv delivered in two days, even though i used regular shipping with free shipping which again lowered my overall price. tha… Read more ›
Again, maybe it's just a setting or something? Otherwise, so far it is a great TV, and again, I got it at a great price on Amazon, with free shipping. Read more ›
It is on at least 10 hous every day. Sound is great and 120hz is great for sports. Read more ›
Overall I am happy with this TV. The quality of the picture and the sound is very good but not as good as the Sony Bravia I have. However, Sony is more expensive too. Read more ›
I have a great Logitech 5.1 speaker system that only takes an analog input. It isn't true surround sound but does a good job. I was bummed to find that it won't work. Read more ›
This Tv is almost perfect in all ways except the speakers produce this muffled sound that isnt very good compared to other panasonics I own. Read more ›
The Gaming is great and it has a number of picture…I do not know if the sound quality is the greatest, I wish it was better, but nothing a decent sound system can't handle. Read more ›
Just got the tv and the picture isn't the best. Sound isn't the best either. It could be because i'm comparing it to my Samsung ToC and have high expectations. Read more ›
Delivery was fast and considering how big this is, was perfectly fine when UPS delivered it, no…Ok, so the black isn't as rich as a plasma but the picture is still amazing. Read more ›
Picture Quality is amazing when you are using…The black level is fantastic in a dark room you cant tell where the TV ends and the screen begins (watching something in 4:3. Read more ›
It can swivel from side to side on the wall, since I purchased a wall mount to do that. The color is fantastic. Read more ›
I read a review that focused on setting the picture. I thought the picture and colors were great and needed no adjustment. Read more ›
I have owned this TV for about a month and just love it. The colors are very clear and vibrant and the speaker sound is great all by itself. Since we owned a surround sound… Read more ›
The price compared to other T.Vs is great too. I had bit of an issue with color in the beginning but that's because I've had bad ligting in my room. I spent about 15 min… Read more ›
Have hdmi hooked up to directv and it looks fantastic. The 120hz refresh rate is very good for a television in this price range and is in my opinion an excellent bargain. De… Read more ›
The image on the screen is wonderful, and you can fine tune the settings for your specific room. As my TV room has windows facing the screen, I can increase the brightness… Read more ›
The picture is amazing, good colors, very bright, and very tunable depending on your taste. The 120hz refresh rate is very cool, but it does stutter every couple of minutes. y… Read more ›
As far as any flashlighting or clouding, I do not have of it. The screen itself is perfect. It seems to do very well with motion. Read more ›
2. Absolutely no clouding or back light uniformity issues that SO MANY other LCD and LED TV's have. The screen is perfect from this standpoint. Read more ›
We caught this on a 24 hour deal…Awesome TV, low glare versus most in its category- this is truly a HUGE difference versus friends TV's even in my electronics knowledge. Read more ›
The only complaint I would have is the ambient light sensor dims a bit too much in low light conditions, but there may be a…The remote works great with my Sony BluRay. S… Read more ›
User interface is great. Easy set up, however it does take a bit of tweaking and work to get the color settings right. Read more ›
I also have a playstation 3 slim. This TV controls the playstation better than the sony model did, and the remote is much nicer. HD motion looks great too. Read more ›
In good part, I decided to go with the Panasonic over the Sony, just because one…The Panasonic remote is solid feeling and NOT CHEAP feeling like another SONY remote. Read more ›
It has a great picture, same features and very nice sound for built in speakers. The remote is very solid (compared to the Hitachi's that felt very cheap). I am very… Read more ›
The IPS panel improves viewing angles greatly. The set has a adequate number of inputs/outputs and a more than decent remote. Sound is OK but of course will not compare to… Read more ›
The audio is more than capable. The ease of setup is quick. The video quality is comparable to any 1080p 120Hz LCD out there. Read more ›
The TV is awesome and the price I paid at Amazon is still unbeatable. Picture quality is great and set up is easy. I was in the market for a 37" TV but the one day price… Read more ›
When it's turned off it looks like a great piece of furniture and does not look cheap at all. Super easy to setup, delivery guys were great and helped set it up for me. I… Read more ›
The Panasonic TC-L42U25 is a great buy for us. It is easy to set up and, after adjusting, has a great picture and good sound. It is a great size for our viewing area. Read more ›
The TV is beautiful! The picture is awesome and it was easy to set up. I had no problem connecting all our components. Read more ›
The picture is great, easy set up. I have a doctor buddy who has 6 of them, so I went with his opinion and I am very happy so far. Read more ›
It took us about two minutes to set the picture quality we both agreed on. The Panasonic default settings were good enough for us, and we put the remote in the drawer. We… Read more ›
I've read that other folks had issues with settings, I didn't have any problems. The box arrived in pristine condition (thanks FedEx) and setup was easy for me. Read more ›
This unit really fills the bill. It has the full modern complement of inputs, solid picture and good energy efficiency. It is not one of the latest generations of "LED… Read more ›
Sporting events look amazing and movies are much closer to seeing…I plug cheapy wireless headphones into my Fios box to use when I don't want to disturb others--works fine. Read more ›
But this most likely happens with any HD TV. The set is very light weight and the set has many nice features such as the SD card and multiple HDMI slots. This is a great tv… Read more ›
I couldn't be happier. Awesome detail, easy to use functions, lightweight and attractive. I'm glad I chose the 120hz. Read more ›
Highly reccommend, value and performance. Easy to use good for tv video netflix and gaming. Like the ease of use menu also have the panasonic dvd player. Read more ›
Great quality, easy to use, That is all, basically i am satisfied with this product , hope it will work in next three years Read more ›
I can easily spend 24-48hrs in front of it without moving. Many settings, easy to use, and the 120Hz refresh compares closely to my 240Hz 30-bit HD computer moniter. I… Read more ›
Doesnt have as much brightness as others in its price range. Remote feels fine in your hand, easy to navigate but isnt as responsive as Id like. Read more ›
I've had no problem with the sound even before surround sound was added. Setup took minutes, remote control is easy to use. Owner's manual is a great resource. Read more ›
-TV setup was slicker than slick and quicker than quick -Good remote -- solid, easy to use -Menus are easy to understand, easy to navigate, and intuitive Read more ›
A nice compliment. The stand is also sturdy and does not swivel but, the viewing angles are great thanks to the IPS Panel. So a swiveling stand is not needed. Read more ›
We are extremely happy with this TV. Picture quality is great and we have no issues with viewing angle (one of our concerns going in with an LCD). We also feel the size is… Read more ›
After a lot of research, I decided to get an ISP monitor for the good viewing angles and vibrant colors. Also, it had to be 120hz ; Don't listen to anyone that says 60hz… Read more ›
overall, very happy with this Panasonic LCD tv, easy to set up and the picture quality is excellent, viewing angle also very good, would definitely recommend this unit, and… Read more ›
Whether you sit 30 degrees from the direct front of the TV, or on the floor at a lower level from the TV. You still get great viewing angles. I think this is an important… Read more ›
As far as the IPS-panel goes, the color is fabulous. You want a great viewing angle?? Get this TV. Read more ›
1. After a little bit of adjustment in the color menu, this looks awesome... 2. Size is perfect for my room... 3. Enough inputs... (not tried VGA yet) and good quality Read more ›
Sound is so-so but I use my receiver (now I need a new receiver with…The size is perfect for our modest sized room (16x14) and glad I wasn't seduced by a bigger screen. Read more ›
Picture quality is great and we have no issues with viewing angle…We also feel the size is perfect: not too big, but plenty big to capture effect of movies and sports. C… Read more ›
It has all the inputs and outputs I've grown to expect, when I…Panasonic is a trusted company and when I get a good size bedroom tv I will likely buy from them again. Read more ›
Perso…If I were any closer I think I'd have to move my eyes around to really take in the entire picture, but for as small as a living room as I have, this is a perfect size. Read more ›
It is easy to set up and, after adjusting, has a great picture and good sound. It is a great size for our viewing area. It is easy to access Netflix and an occasional… Read more ›
Purchased in Jan ཇ for a great price, and it's been a solid boy. Decent for gaming (haven't done any hardcore stuff with it, just basic Wii games) and great for DVD's. I… Read more ›
120hz definately makes a big difference! This TV is great for gaming and a good response time. I use this tv as a computer monitor as well with an HDMI cable. Read more ›
Works great for kids gaming system. Super price. Read more ›
This is a very good quality television. I am not a gamer, so I dont know if it is good for gaming or not. The sound quality is not the best, but it is fine for me. Read more ›
5. EXCELLENT Blu-Ray Picture (Correctly handles 1080p 24hz Playback) 6. Minimal Input lag (Great for gaming) 7. Beautiful 1080p Picture Read more ›
This TV was everything we hoped it would be. Great for gaming, and TV/DVDs. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

90 of 98 people found the following review helpful By rb on November 6, 2010
first 1080p tv. bought from bestbuy so as expected we paid about $80 more from what is the listed price here on amazon. out of the box, tv looks ok. i've seen lots of tv's with prettier bezel than this from other brands. but not really a big deal. looking at it from the sides, its obvious that it is abit thicker (maybe 3in) than those upscale lcds or led-lcd's(note an LED tv is just a LCD tv but with a different back lighting). still its fine for me, i was like "does a TV 2in thicker make our living room that much crowded?" well no. so overall i was pleased with the tv's aesthetics.

this TV is heavy btw. i just use the tv stand provided. the tv stand doesnt swivel btw. and surprisingly you dont need a swivel stand on this tv. i will explain later. so we pluged all the cable connections. we turned on the tv. did the "first set-up"(if you made a mistakeor want to change something you can just comeback thru the tv menu).

so we finally saw how the tv's picture looks like in manufacturer setting. the way i could judge the manufacturers settings in general (vivid,normal,cinema,game,custom) i think it is somewhat between OK and terrible. its either too bright, too dark or just doesnt suit to your likes. you really need to take time and play with its settings for a long time.i just tweaked the "custom"picture and left everthing else as it is.

playing with its settings, i thought the settings menu is not as optionated(or finely detailed) as the other high-end tv's. but its fine with me. at least you can calibrate the options that really makes the difference.

so after hours of calibrating the tv, we finally got over it. and i liked what i saw. the tv's picture quality is very comparable to those priced way more than this.
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101 of 112 people found the following review helpful By JAMES E on July 25, 2010
I bought this TV 3 weeks ago. It was very easy to integrate it into an existing home theater set up. The picture was very dark from day 1. I found the filters in the Menu and turned them off and the picture improved nicely. But I found that everything on the screen was too green. No matter how much I fiddled with the available color menu I couldn't get the green out. I contacted [...] and chatted with one of their CSRs. He walked me through a reset of the TV that wasn't available in the Menu. It involved pushing the menu button on the remote while holding down the volume down button on the TV, then unplug the TV for a minute or so. This did reset the color in the TV and I now have a beautiful picture. A few days later the TV began shutting it self off every 3 hours. I haven't used any timers in the menu so I may have to contact Panasonic again. Panasonic was very helpful with my previous color problem so that is a great relief. I am wary of the software for this TV. I also found the Viera link through HDMI that controls linked items like a DVD player can be a problem as it can or will reset the linked item from what it was originally set to on the items remote control. I shut off the Viera link and the problem went away. I have always liked and bought Panasonic products for their reliability and quality but feel somewhat let down by the issues I have had so far.
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101 of 114 people found the following review helpful By JJ VINE VOICE on June 27, 2010
I got this to replace a similiar hitachi that I had for just a few days. The hitachi had backlighting issues where the top corners had the flashlight effect and it was very annoying during dark scenes. The hitachi did have a beautiful picture other than this one issue.

This Panny does not suffer from such problems. It has a great picture, same features and very nice sound for built in speakers.
The remote is very solid (compared to the Hitachi's that felt very cheap). I am very pleased with this purchase. While it's not an LED I was unable to see a difference at the stores when it was side by side, in fact, I was forcing myself to see a difference in the LED models but was unable too.

You can not go wrong with this TV. I am very picky about my electronics, especially video and this TV has a nice picture, no flaws, no bad pixels, no backlight bleeding etc. I was debating between this and the plasma's but personally I do not like the picture quality on a plasma. I know they are supposed to be superior but I find the quality to be softer than LCD. Also, on the plasma's, if you look closely you do see the screen door effect on the screen whereas the LCD's have a smooth, clear screen. This is jut my opinion and personally prefer LCD vs Plasma but Plasma has it's share of fans.

edit 7/30
I initially gave this 5 stars but after comparing it more and more to my other tv's and the one it replaced (Hitachi that had banding issues) the picture is a bit softer than my other HDTV's. Don't get me wrong, its clear but not as sharp as the other tv's no matter how much I played with the settings.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Bob B. on January 7, 2011
I actually purchased this @ Sears on 11/14/10. They were running their Friends and Family sale. I got it for $675 plus a rebate of $75 and a free Panasonic Home Theater System ($200 retail value-but like getting it for $100 if I had been able to take advantage of this deal @$500). I searched for about a month before making the purchase. What put me over the edge on this one was the Consumer Reports rating and the price/Home Theater bonus. I am extremely happy with the performance. I, like some other posters, had to spend some major time in getting the picture settings where I wanted them. Once that was accomplished I could not complain about anything. Picture quality is great, black level is wonderful. Crystal clear... everything. Perfect for sporting events, gaming and HD shows/movies. Even my Roku (Netflix) has improved picture quality. Rated everything a 5 except for 2 things. Inputs (would have been nice to have @ least 4 HDMI instead of the 3) but only because I have a DVR with a hard drive that burns DVD's as well as the one for the cable co., which only stores for viewing. I have to share the Netflix HDMI input with the PS3. Also response time I rated a 4. When first turning on or changing inputs there is a delay of about 10-15 seconds that I am not used to. Overall I am extremely pleased with my purchase. 94 rating.
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