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  • THX Certified 41.6-inch plasma HDTV panel with full 1080p HD resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Full HD 3D sends a separate 1920 x 1080 full-HD image to each eye, for sharp, crisp 3D images
  • Infinite Black Panel includes new filter technology for deep blacks and vivid images with minimal reflection
  • Enjoy VIERA Cast Internet TV services such as Netflix and Skype with wired (included) or wireless LAN connection
  • 3 HDMI, 2 composite with audio, 2 component with audio, 1 analog audio, and 1 PC input; USB and LAN ports
  • 3 HDMI, 2 composite with audio, 2 component with audio, 1 analog audio, and 1 PC input; USB and LAN ports
  • Enjoy VIERA Cast Internet TV services such as Netflix and Skype with wired (included) or wireless LAN connection
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: TC-P42GT25
  • Display Technology: Plasma
  • Display Size: 42 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 40.6 x 3.5 x 27.3 inches ; 45 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 189 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0040Q4TLQ
  • Item model number: TC-P42GT25
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,001 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 16, 2010
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3D Technology Checklist

This product is 3D-related. To help you get a great 3D experience, use our checklist below to ensure that you have everything you need. If you have any questions or want to learn more about 3D, we invite you to visit 3D 101--our center for everything 3D. To get started with 3D, please ensure that you have:

A Display

The first--and most important--item you'll need is a 3D-ready display--whether it be a 3D HDTV, 3D projector, or 3D computer monitor. These displays usually have a higher processing power than older models as they need to display one image for each eye to create a 3D effect.

A Source

While your display is ready for 3D playback, you still need a device to read 3D content (i.e., a movie or a show). This source can be a cable box with a subscription to a 3D channel, a 3D Blu-ray Disc player, or a PlayStation 3.

Content

In order to watch 3D, you will need to get some 3D content. This 3D content will come from the source mentioned above in the form of a 3D program, movie, or game. Please ensure that your 3D movies are in the Blu-ray 3D format, as this new format will provide the best 3D experience.

3D Glasses

All 3D HDTVs on the market require Active Shutter glasses to create the 3D effect. You will need to buy one pair of glasses for each viewer. Also make sure that the Active Shutter glasses you buy are compatible with your display--for example, buy the glasses from the same brand as your 3D HDTV.

HDMI Cable

To connect your source (such as a 3D Blu-ray Disc player) to your display, you'll need a hgh-speed HDMI cable. Cables with this designation--with bandwidth speeds up to 10.2 Gbps (gigabits per second)--will be able to carry the 3D signal without any loss of quality.
If you want to get more information about 3D, shop our 3D products, watch videos, or interact with other customers, visit 3D 101, our customer center about everything 3D.





Step into the 3D World. Panasonic's 41.6-inch VIERA TC-P42GT25 Full HD 3D Plasma TV creates an all-new viewing experience by putting you right inside the action. With brand new 3D technologies for serious realism, VIERA Cast for accessing Internet content, THX certification, a wealth of analog and digital inputs and outputs, and plenty more, it's the key to experiencing true theater in your own home.

VIERA TC-P42GT25
Brand new 3D technologies, VIERA Cast, THX certification, a wealth of and outputs, and plenty more. Click here for a larger image
Frame Sequential Technology: Full HD Signals for Each Eye

The method used to send left-eye and right-eye 3D images viewers is key to the 3D image quality, and Full HD 3D uses what's called Frame Sequential technology. The GT25 series plasma display panel allows images for each eye to be alternately reproduced at the rate of 60 frames per second (fps), making a total fps for both eyes. Viewers watch the images through high-precision 3D Eyewear (not included), which open and close the left and right shutters in synchronization with the alternating images. As a result, a separate 1920 x 1080 full-HD image is sent to each eye. This addresses the image quality problems and blurring that were common to earlier 3D systems, and creates sharp, crisp 3D images.

The Frame Sequential Technology requires images to be displayed at 1/120 of a second--twice as fast as ordinary full-HD images. If the luminescence time for each frame were simply shortened, the screen brightness would be lowered. To solve this problem, panasonic shortened the luminescence time and raised the luminescence intensity, to keep things bright and detailed.

Crosstalk Reduction Technology: Clear 3D Display with Minimal Afterimage

As mentioned above, the Frame Sequential technology shortens the luminescence time for each frame. If the pixel afterglow remains unchanged, the previous image will remain as an afterimage when the next image is produced. Newly developed fast-decay R and G phosphors reduce the afterimage time to 1/3, to ensure 3D images are displayed with no visible afterimage.

3D Eyewear: High-Precision Shutter Control Sends Clear Images to Each Eye

Highly precise control completely closes the shutters for both eyes at the instant that the images change for the left and right eyes. This masks unwanted afterimages to enable clear and comfortable 3D viewing. Eyewear sold separately.

Infinite Black Panel

A new panel and improvements to the cell discharge area dramatically increase contrast when viewing in brightly lit locations, as well as reducing the electrical pre-discharge that causes graying has greatly enhanced black gradation. As a result, deep, rich blacks are displayed in virtually any viewing area, from living rooms to bedrooms. Even in dark film scenes, fine textures such as on clothing, are clearly reproduced.

VIERA TC-P42GT25 3D
Add 3D eyewear for a full-HD 3D image that puts you right inside the action.
VIERA TC-P42GT25 Infinite Black Panel
With Panasonic's "Infinite Black Panel," deep, rich blacks are displayed in virtually any viewing area, from living rooms to bedrooms.
VIERA TC-P42GT25 VIERA CAST
Get a wealth of Internet-delivered content with VIERA Cast, from Netflix to Skype.
VIERA Cast: Great Web Entertainment, Home Video Conferencing, and More

The age of the Internet TV is well underway, and VIERA Cast's assorted online content keeps getting better. In addition to the popular content such as YouTube and Picasa Web Albums, it now offers Pandora Internet Radio, movies streamed from Netflix (paid service), exciting sports from FOX Sports, tweeting web communications with Twitter, and even home video and audio conferencing with Skype. It also provides USB terminals for a keyboard and Wireless LAN Adaptor. (No PC required; Skype function requires an optional communication camera TY-CC10.)

THX Certified Display: Real Film Experience

THX reproduces film images as the filmmakers intended them. The overall aim was to improve the experience of cinema-goers and faithfully recreate the audio and visual ambience that filmmakers intended. To receive THX certification, TVs undergo stringent tests to determine, for example, whether the exact same brightness and color are displayed at all screen locations, and whether black levels satisfy standard criteria. VIERA meets the high standards set by the THX Certified Display Program.

600Hz Sub-Field Drive: Crisp, Clear Moving Pictures

600Hz technology lets you view superb full-HD motion and still images with 1,080 lines of resolution. For even greater clarity with motion images, Panasonic uses its own unique image-analysis technology. This technology converts the motion in each scene into dots. And each frame is practically displayed for a shorter length of time than in previous systems, to reduce aftereffects.

VIERA Image Viewer: Easy Viewing of Full-HD Photos and Videos

It's easy to view full-HD images with the SD card slot. Watch and show your photos and motion images right after you take them. Simply insert an SD Memory Card into your VIERA HDTV to display photos and full-HD videos on the large screen. You can also choose from among 5 types of background music and 5 display effects. It's much more fun when you can view them on a large screen HDTV with family and friends.

VIERA Link: Operation With a Single Remote

For those who own multiple VIERA devices--VIERA Link allows interconnected operation of various AV devices using only the VIERA remote control, by simply connecting compatible devices to each other by an HDMI cable.

x.v.Color

x.v.Color is the new standard in high-definition color, which delivers up to 80 percent more color than standard HDTV for breathtaking realism and vivid, natural colors.

VIERA Tools

With the new VIERA Tools user interface, simply press a button on the remote control and icons such as the photos or movies from the menu screen. Now you can just select the one you want. This kind of easy operation means you have more fun and less hassle.

The Next Level of Video Gaming

Take your team to the championship and your gaming to the next level. A specialized Game Mode helps ensure fluid and seamless gameplay by minimizing time lag when displaying game images. With Game Mode turned on, you get the motion resolution and enhanced details you need to win. And don't worry about racking up all those long hours playing; anti-image retention technology and a remarkable 100,000 hour panel life ensure that your VIERA HDTV will still run smoothly and beautifully long after you score the game-winning goal.

To learn more about Internet-ready HDTVs, visit Internet-Ready TV 101.

TC-P42GT25 Select Specifications

Video
Screen Size Diagonal: 41.6 Inches
Contrast Ratio: Infinite Black/5,000,000:1 Native
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Native Resolution (Number of Pixels): 2,073,600 (1,920 x 1,080)
Moving Picture Resolution: 1080 Lines
Shades of Gradation: 6,144 equivalent
Audio
Speakers: Full-range x 2 (L, R)
Number of Speakers: 2
Audio Output: 20 W (10% THD)
Surround Sound: Yes
Inputs & Jacks
Integrated ATSC Tuner: Yes
HDMI Input: 3 (1 side)
Composite Video Input: 2 (1 side)
Audio Input (for Video): 2 (1 side)
PC Input: D-sub 15-pin x 1
Component Video Inputs (Y, PB, PR): 2
Audio Input (for Component Video): 2
Digital Audio Output (Optical): 1
HDMI Input-Support Feature: Audio Return Channel (Input 1) / 3D Input (All)
Analog Audio Input ( for HDMI/DVI): Yes
USB: 2
LAN Port: 1
Weight and Dimensions
Dimensions (WxHxD): 25.8" x 40.6" x 3.5" (27.3" x 40.6" x 12.2" with stand)
Weight: 45.2 lbs. (51.8 lbs. with stand)

What's in the Box

Panasonic TC-P42GT25 Plasma Television, Remote Control With Two AA Batteries, AC Cord, Pedestal, Operating Instructions, VIERA Concierge and Quick Start Guide, Product Registration Card (U.S.A.)

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

Product Description

Panasonic's 41.6-inch VIERA TC-P42GT25 Full HD 3D Plasma TV creates an all-new viewing experience by putting you right inside the action. With brand new 3D technologies for serious realism, VIERA Cast for accessing Internet content, THX certification, a wealth of analog and digital inputs and outputs, and plenty more, it's the key to experiencing true theater in your own home.

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After reading many reviews, we decided this TV was the best for the $$$. The picture quality is excellent and the Viera Cast aps (Netflix, Amazon, etc) are great! Read more ›
This TV is so amazing that it leaves me speechless. I went to CNET and got their custom setting for this model and the picture quality is amazing. You have to remember that… Read more ›
As for the 3D content, I watched Avatar in 3D as well…The image quality is good, but unfortunately I get a headache after about an hour of 3D content (not the TV's fault). Read more ›
I have had this TV for about three weeks. So, far, everything works great, and the picture is very good when using an HD signal. Read more ›
My son and I set up the package on the 25th and that night my wife and I watched a PBS christmas special. The picture was awesome and for about 6 days the tv worked fine. On… Read more ›
I did have some issues with the picture settings at first, but once I put it on the "Custom" setting and messed around with everything, the picture looked perfect. Just for… Read more ›
the panny is out-the-box pretty much well set-up. the THX mode is great to watch movies and i even found out the profesional settings to improved the picture (not a very… Read more ›
I began looking into LCD models which were cheaper but BestBuys selection in the 42" range was surprisingly limited. I eventually snapped out of it and saw this model on… Read more ›
The only negative would be the "tinny" sound of the internal speakers if I were not connected to a home theater sound…Picture quality and features are absolutely great. Read more ›
Picture quality is fabulous, setup was easy,…Internet and WIFI capability are nice, but I wonder why one wireless dongle can't support both the TV and the Blue Ray player. Read more ›
The 2D picture on this set rivals anything I have seen on any TV period. The 3D mode is an awesome bonus when you have the content to use it. Gaming, movies, netflix, 3D… Read more ›
I was against Plasma TVs, but for…Plasma pixels have a turn on/off feature that is much faster than LCD pixels so you don't get the interference and for 3D it is a must. Read more ›
First, the Panasonic Viera was rated as having the lowest rate of repair - that is, this appears to be…Second, the color is outstanding, regardless of the angle of view. Read more ›
I was thrilled when I turned on the set. The picture is crystal clear, and dark colors look excellent on this screen. HD looks awesome. Read more ›
I have pretty nasty IR from the weapon Icon(very deep black against bright environments) but although it lingers it's not noticeable in normal viewing and it fades so it's… Read more ›
In the best case there was little ghosting present. The images are crisp and the blacks are bezel black if you want them that way. The only small complaint is its lack of… Read more ›
You truly see black and black gradients clearly on this set. There is excellent color spectrum, without the banding I was used to with my LCD panel. The great thing about… Read more ›
The PQ on this tv is amazing. The THX preset gives such life-like color accuracy without any calibration. Blacks are not bevel black but they are really quite deep. Read more ›
There is no "ghosting" whatsoever with the Panasonic GT25 plasma. The refresh rate is an unbelievable 600hz compared to the best LED which is 240hz. But there is more to… Read more ›
I also am a gamer and have Wii, XBox 360 and Playstation 3 hooked up. The refresh rate is fast and graphics are smooth. I'm really satisfied with everything. Read more ›
I'm a former HT journalist, and for the price range I have not seen any display that rivals…Black level is amazing, detail is great, and 3D experience is fantastic as well. Read more ›
I'm very happy with my new TV, which has a lot of functions, a wonderful clarity and image quality, The TV gives me a unique 3D experience. I can connect to the internet… Read more ›
This is a truly great product - great picture clarity - great dimension - great 3D qualities. Jump on this one. Read more ›
The picture quality now reigns supreme in my household. The infinite black levels on this plasma adds to the rich color displayed. Read more ›
I compared two late model Samsung 46 and 53 inch LCDs -…Even the DirecTV menus were much sharper on the Samsungs but appeared blurry and out of focus on the Panasonic. Read more ›
The controls are easy enough to get a handle of. Some people griped about not having a quick 3D button to hit, but it's only 3 easy clicks away. Read more ›
The blue ray remote has a problem of controling the tv and not the blueray alone. The upgrading to HD direct tv installer could not make the sound bar function with only… Read more ›
The assembly was fairly easy (be sure to put…There's a quick set up menu for the features, including the picture settings, VieraCast, etc., and then you're ready to watch. Read more ›
The controls are easy enough to get a handle of. Some people griped about not having a quick 3D button to hit, but it's only 3 easy clicks away. Have used the VieraCast a… Read more ›
I really like the TV remote; it's backlit; it controls the Panasonic Blu-ray player; it has a nice feel and good sized buttons. My only complaint is again; it requires… Read more ›
I'm using external speakers so I don't really care Mounting was easy, about 20-30 min. Connections: Pretty much connects to anything, Laptop, 3 HDMI, USB - Certainly more… Read more ›
Like the Panasonic surround system I got to go…Yes, it's easy to set up right out of the box but this honey has a ton of features that I may or may not use down the road. Read more ›
My order of a new 42" Panasonic Plasma 3D television arrived when promised and in excellent condition. Very easy to assemble. I have not, as of yet, used the 3D feature. Read more ›
I have not…Plus, this unit is easy to set up and has many features and options to choose from to give you the desired picture, etc. according to your room's environment. Read more ›
I had looked at the panasonic's for a while. this tv was getting good reviews and when Amazon droped…It was easy to setup and this tv has a great picture when watching 2d. Read more ›
The set was very easy to set up, the unit connected to my wireless home network and cable provider without even a hiccup ... flawless! Locating and connecting to the 3D… Read more ›
For PC via HDMI, you'll have 1-1.5 inch…The VGA port can't support up to 1920*1080 resolution or more than 60Hz(even LCD can up to 85Hz or 100Hz and with cheap price). I… Read more ›
I was promised 24 months to pay and was given 6! I was not given the lowest price before my shipment arrived! I was given various information AND promises that were… Read more ›
I also noted a large amount of grain or noise in the picture. I guess you get what you pay for, but this plasma tv is not worth it no matter how low the price. Read more ›
I'm not going to go in to all the technical stuff since it is already…I just wanted to say that this is a great 3D TV at a great price, and that price keeps dropping. H… Read more ›
Quality here is great, and the price is fair. You'll pay close to the same for a 2D TV of this caliber. Read more ›
I figured that if I kept the TV for 2D use, sold the player and glasses on Amazon for a lower price than what they were selling for, I still would have ended up with a 3D… Read more ›
The sound is not great, but I didnt expect it (or need it) to be. For those planning to connect this to your own receiver, be aware that the TV has just an optical out. Read more ›
Great picture. Great sound. Read more ›
A big limitation is the sound. The built in speakers on many TVs don't provide very good sound, but the speakers on this are far worse than what other TVs give you. The… Read more ›
All the inputs are marked clearly and hook up to all my equipment was a…Once you power on the tv, the initial set up walks you through the basics like picture, sound, etc. Read more ›
The sound from the built-in speakers is pretty good for general TV viewing(you will advised to adjust the Bass and Treble setting here) but for movies and musical content… Read more ›
I hear it's pretty typical for HDTVs to have poor sound quality because they expect you to purchase surround sound, the settings take awhile to figure out (it's worth… Read more ›
Then you have to 're-boot' the glasses. The VIERA Web interface is easy to use but has very few 'channels'. The picture quality is good, but my LG TV cost hundreds of… Read more ›
Great tv, good image and easy to use. The only downside is no huluplus on vieracast if that functionality is important get the 2011 model with vieraconnect which will… Read more ›
The controls are logical and easy to use. The remote is comfortable, fully backlit with the press of a button, and laid out well. Read more ›
I find it to be…I've tried a number of movies and television programs; it's fun to use but after a few scenes, I find myself taking the glasses off and watching just in 2D. Read more ›
3D mode was very easy to use... I thought it would be a hassle to setup, but other than charging the glasses and turning them on, it wasn't any more of an issue than… Read more ›
3D works…Like the other reviewer, I also love how many ports the TV has, and combined with the easy to use on-screen input menu, it's the most convenient system I've had. Read more ›
Other features: I haven't used the 3D yet,…VieraCast has some good (but limited) options, specifically Netflix (which is easy to link to your account and use) and YouTube. Read more ›
Although I have updated to the WD Plus box for Netflix and whatnot, when I was using it the app menu is clunky, ugly, and doesn't have many good apps. I just wish everyone… Read more ›
Viera Cast offers Netflix, YouTube, Pandora and some others, but…I am a little disappointed because I love Hulu and can't enjoy my favorite TV shows on this wonderful TV! Read more ›
This TV was very easy to set up. Placing it on the stand was easy. The stand's footprint is small, so I was easily able to find a spot to place it. Read more ›
I haven't tried watching a blu-ray movie on this TV yet, but standard DVDs look nice. I'm not a huge movie fan, but to my eyes this TV and the PS3 do a fantastic job… Read more ›
Here comes the time to call customer support through Amazon (as we all know, their customer service is fantastic in most cases), I spoke with a representative who then had… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Chiappette on November 11, 2010
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There is just so much to love about this TV.

My last TV was a 32 inch Magnavox LCD. Picture was exceptionally bright, but HD channels looked great connected via component cable. For some reason, HDMI would not work with my cable box and that TV. While picture was bright, darker colors left much to be desired.

I ordered this TV and got it in 2 days. I must say, I was pleasantly suprised by the freight carrier, Pilot. They actually arrived earlier than my stated time, ehich worked out well because I was home. The box had not a mark on it. When I get packages from UPS or FedEx, it looks like they've played soccer with the packages. The box was in excellent condition. The delivery guy carried it by himeself on his shoulder up to my apartment.

It took maybe about 1/2 hour to unpackage and set up, and connect my cables. Though it's suggested to do this with a helper, I was able to put together and lift myself. It was a bit on the heavy side, but it was not too difficult to do alone.

I was thrilled when I turned on the set. The picture is crystal clear, and dark colors look excellent on this screen. HD looks awesome.

Since I bought the package, I got the 2 pair of glasses, the 2 BluRay 3D discs and the 3D blu ray player. 3D on this set looks positively breathtaking. I have a number of 3D blu ray titles, and have been watching them on this screen. My cable company aslo has about 18 3D movies on demand, most free, in over-under format. They play fine on this TV through both component and HDMI.

There are lot of settings, and advanced settings.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By R. Yamada on December 23, 2010
My Experience

I have a THX, non-3D Panasonic plasma(2 years old); a Sony XBR non-LED LCD(4 years old); a low to mid-level Sony LCD (1 year old); Samsung's top of the line 3D plasma (current model), and several smaller Samsung LCDs (1-2 years old); and a couple of smaller Sharp LCDs (4-5 years old).

Comparing plasma to LCD, at least the older or non-LED/non-dimming, LCDs is like comparing apples to oranges. All of my LCDs have matte screens; they don't reflect much ambient light and work well in moderate to brightly lit rooms. The drawback is that the blacks just aren't very black. But to be honest, 95% of the time, I don't even notice. The non-3D plasma performs well in dark rooms; fantastic blacks and contrast but suffers from ambient light glare. If the scene is dark, the screen turns into a mirror. I use settings found on various sites for specific models (CNET, AVS Forums, etc.). The only deal breakers I've experienced are light bleeding/flash lighting; where I exchanged my low-mid level Sony for another and I wasn't too happy about the reflections on my previous Panasonic plasma screen.

VIERA TC-P42GT25 Performance

I'm happy to report that the Panasonic GT's new anti-reflective coating is outstanding! It's still not as good as a matte LCD screen but it's definitely acceptable if you watch TV in a moderately bright room. The reflections are less than what I experience with my Sony notebook screens. The glare from the frame/bezel on the other hand is worse than average because of the rounded contours. While on the bezel, note that it is bronze, not black. I like it but some may not.
The 2D picture is excellent. The darks are dark and the contrast is amazing.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Misty GK on November 17, 2010
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I've had this TV just a little over a week, and I couldn't be happier. I'm definitely not an expert, but the picture clarity/quality looks amazing to me. 3D works well. Like the other reviewer, I also love how many ports the TV has, and combined with the easy to use on-screen input menu, it's the most convenient system I've had.

If you order this TV with the 3D package and Blu-ray Player, make sure to buy the HDMI cable at the same time. The 3D won't work without it, and the Blu-ray player comes with the RCA cables only.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Wayne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 19, 2010
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It was just a few years ago that HDTV was considered new and we had a transition from an older format with a lower quality picture. Now we have another technological leap and it can make a phenomenal difference. Unfortunately, there's so little 3D content out there that it's a fair question whether now is the time to buy a 3D set at all. But there's more to a 3D TV than 3D content.

For starters, this TV has great 2D picture quality. It does not outperform all other TVs in all categories, but if you want a good quality 2D TV, you won't be disappointed. The newest LED TVs have brighter pictures and higher contrast ratios, but plasma technology allows for fluidity necessary for convincing 3D. I compared this side by side with my Sony Bravia KDL52-XBR5, which was arguably one of the best sets out there five years ago, and aside from what gets lost from the smaller picture size, I was able to see details and subtleties that were missing from what is still considered a great picture on the Sony LCD.

The 3D picture is outstanding with actual 3D content, and more of a gimmick with 2D-3D simulation. Still, the 2D-3D was better than I expected, but I would not yet run out and get five pairs of glasses to use it. As more 3D content becomes available, the 3D feature will become more useful. Unfortunately, the TV does not come with glasses as part of the package, and if you have more than a couple of people in your household, two pairs of glasses means watching in 2D or in shifts.

If 3D content is not there yet, then why consider a 3D set now? There are several reasons. First of all, there are promotions. They change frequently, but a good promotion can make this more than competitive with a lesser quality 2D TV.
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