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

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  • Panasonic IPS Panel for uncompromising picture quality
  • 120 Hz Motion Picture Pro 4
  • Viera Image Viewer for Picture viewing
  • ENERGY STAR Qualified
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model Number: TC-L42U25
  • Display Technology: LCD
  • Display Size: 42 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Product Description

Product Description

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

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?

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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

Product Dimensions 40.2 x 12.2 x 26.8 inches
Item Weight 45.2 pounds
Shipping Weight 57.1 pounds
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Item model number TC-L42U25
Customer Reviews
4.2 out of 5 stars 188 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #99,590 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
#1,179 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > Televisions > LED & LCD TVs
Date first available at April 1, 2010

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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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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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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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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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