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2.0 out of 5 stars Picture Looks Washed Out, May 5, 2012
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This review is from: Panasonic TC-L42E5 42-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED-LCD TV (Electronics)
After spending several days looking at different TV's, we decided on this 42" Panasonic LED LCD. I am an electrical engineer and I understand the difference between an traditional LCD and an LED LCD. I liked the lower power usage and light weight of this TV. I have also had a Panasonic TV (tube type) for over 15 years and it still looks great. Consequently, I had a high degree of confidence with Panasonic. Unfortunately, the picture on this TV seems washed out. The darkest dark value is really grey. I tried changing the settings as much as possible and it never really made a difference that was acceptable. Also, I found we were pegging out the operating variables such as backlight, contrast, brightness, and others in trying to improve the picture. I tried many different combinations and we just could not improve the sense that the picture was washed out. Also, I have to wonder whether a TV is worth buying if you have to do so much adjustment to its default settings to get an acceptable picture. Unfortunately, this TV is going back to Amazon. I am glad we purchased it from Amazon directly so we got the 30 day return guarantee. We will return it immediately.

Update: We bought an LG 47" LED LCD TV after we returned this one. Beyond the fact that it is bigger than this TV, one thing to note is that the picture was much better--no washed out look to it. This was with the default settings, not after extensive adjustments as was needed with the Panasonic TV. We are very happy with the LG at this point.
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Showing 1-7 of 7 posts in this discussion
Initial post: May 5, 2012 3:18:39 PM PDT
You must have gotten a defective tv. The colors on my 37" are beautiful, lifelike, vivid and accurate. Send your tv back and try again. I am so very satisfied with mine. Good luck!

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 5:20:26 PM PDT
tambien tengo un panasonic y se ve washed out cuando se usa el cable sin el hdmi o sea a la antigua de lo contrario si se ve negro intenso

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 5:58:14 PM PDT
GGobblin says:
Either you got a defective unit or you have no idea what you are doing ..
Panasonic tv is probably best in the 37" class
Picture has very good density and color accuracy (Yes, like any tv picture settings need adjusting)
If you are not adjusting your tv's color settings - you have no idea what proper color and density are.
Nobody should compare anything, or judge any set from the out of the box settings...

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 11:20:02 PM PST
R. Novak says:
LCD (LED or CCFL backlit) perform much better in brightly lit rooms. They do not work so well in dimly lit rims. Unless you are using an OLED or an LCD with individual per pixel backlighting type of display, getting CRT/Plasma black levels isn't going to happen

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 10:59:17 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 17, 2013 11:02:37 AM PDT
Alexey_Jones says:
I've had my 42" E5 for more than a year already. It has one of the best picture quality I've seen so far in LED's, and I've been looking at many TV's, doing lots of research even after the purchase. I love my TV and its quality.
And yes, adjusting the TV's color settings is a must. I have 3 different adjustments for different purposes. 1 when I use it as my laptop second monitor, 2 when I watch movies and 3 when I play games. And I usually adjust in a specific way for each game I play.

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 9:55:06 PM PST
truthsetter says:
So you are basing your conclusion on out of the box ? !

Unbelievable !

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2014 11:12:43 AM PDT
Earl Dunbar says:
He did a lot of tweaking of settings and couldn't get a satisfactory picture. This was stated in his review.
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