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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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- Brand Name: Panasonic
- Model Number: TC-L42U25
- Display Technology: LCD
- Display Size: 42 inches
- Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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.
|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). |
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What's in the BoxPanasonic U25 series LCD HDTV, removable stand, remote control (with batteries), operating instructions
|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. |
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Lets be honest. The biggest issue that people need to be concerned about when making TV purchases needs to the the picture quality. Tones and colors that are natural, not too bright and accurately reproduced for the various sources such as DVD players etc. This HDTV does just that. The colors are 'natural' and definitely up there with the more expensive units. Before buying this, I did a little research and was dismayed at the dismal rating from CNET, yet Consumer Reports gave it a nice grade. (4.1/5). It is apparent that CNET may be out of touch with things because the PQ on this TV is great. Yes, the 'Darks' are not as dark as the bezel on the TV or on a $3000 Pioneer 'Kuro' plasma TV, but that doesn't necessarily make it bad.The black levels are acceptable in my opinion. If you are looking at reviews, keep your needs in mind, as a must have feature for one may not be that important to the other.
CNET also fails to take into consideration that this is one of the few TVs at this price point ($500 as of Jan 2011)that has an IPS(in plane switching) panel. 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 feature especially when you have company over for games or something.
Point #2. The 'viera link', similar to CEC, RIHD or a myriad of other industry names like Anynet for samsung and so on. I have an onkyo receiver with HDMI 1.3 inputs and outputs. Viera link is not just for 'Panasonic' branded devices. I spent a little time looking at my manual and successfully programmed in my TV to the receiver remote and can successfully control both the TV and receiver simultaneously. Importance? Let's say you are done watching a movie and need to go to bed. The viera link feature allows me to use the compatible device's remote (or the TV remote) to turn off the receiver, TV and dvd player with one button. The same goes for turning it on. . I know the harmony one does this, but given the option you obviously saves you $$. This for me if by far the most important discovery so far.
What else it does,
well, nothing fancy really. No LAN connection, no 'apps' that stream music, and no Netflix. No worry. I have a HDMI equipped laptop and the connection is seamless. I can watch hulu and ESPN3 on HD, with a widescreen aspect that looks great. You can also stream Amazon Video on demand, and I feel that this gives me greater power and flexibility with my sources than an internet equipped TV would. Next step,get a Netflix subscription.
Like any other TV this one has its own issues. First, the TV does not have analog audio inputs. This means that you cannot connect your 3.5mm headphones or devices. It also doesn't have RCA audio outputs as well. Your only option is through an optical cable or an HDMI cable. Not good for those with older devices like phonographs...(lol)
It has 3 HDMI inputs, one less than what I think is the industry standard. Not really a big deal, especially since my receiver has additional inputs, but if you done have a receiver, it is easy to see how quickly these can fill up. Cable box, Xbox, PS3, DVD player and laptop to name a few. Not a big deal. If its really that important, you could get a switcher, or use component cables.
Swivel. The TV does not swivel on its stand. Another 'standard' feature i feel most HDTVs should have. However, like I pointed out, this TV has an IPS screen which mitigates, to a large extent, the need for the swivel capability.
Overall, I am extremely happy about this purchase,especially being my first HDTV. The only reason I couldn't give the fifth star was becasue of the lask of analog audio outputs and the lack of a fourth HDMI input. Not deal breakers by any means but standard features none-the-less.
EDIT** Someone pointed out to me that the review on CNET is actually from a consumer and not an 'official CNET' review.
This is a much better deal and it has many more features (you can turn on and off the smooth motion). Picture quality is much better than similar featured Vizio's. Saw this TV on sale at Best Buy for $729.00.
Also, I use this TV as a TV/monitor and the Vizio had to be set in game mode or the mouse would lag, have no problems with this unit. I can set it in any mode with no problems and I use a HDMI connected not the VGA.
I don't like that the SPDIF out doesn't tranfer the sound as 5.1 unless I run it straight to the receiver.
Best of what's available on Amazon, Costco, and Sam's Club right now in the under $600 range for a 42" LCD with 120 htz.
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.
3. IPS panel, what more can one say, these are best LCD panels on the market which give you a better picture and much wider viewing angle without much loss of brightness or color.
4. IF YOU ARE USING FOR COMPUTER MONITOR KEEP THE FOLLOWING IN MIND: You will only be able to use this at 60hz, if you are buying this because you want to view 120hz for games or 3D, this is not the monitor for you. Whether you are using HDMI connection from your video card or the VGA cable, the MOTION PICTURE PRO 4 OPTION, which simulates 120hz, is grayed out, this is by design as this TV is not really meant to be a computer monitor. It does look pretty good when hooked up to HDMI and you get the full 1080P resolution. If you hook up the VGA cable, this TV maxes out at 1368x768 resolution, which is way too big for a 42 inch screen. So if your video card does not have HDMI out, forget about this as a viable option for a computer monitor. If you want a TV that will simulate 120hz as a computer monitor, the LG5300/5400 series is the only one I have seen that is capable of it using HDMI out. If you go for the LG TV, keep in mind that unless you get the 42 inch or higher set, you run the risk of not getting an IPS panel, it is a crap shoot that many have lost. The inferior VA panels are not up to par and have horrible off angle viewing. The LG's also have back lighting issues on all sets that I have seen, from LCD to LED.
If 120hz was available for computer monitor use this would be a 5 star rating. But for the price, it is an acceptable limitation. 120hz (non tv) monitors are now coming out, if you want a gaming panel this is the way to go, I believe they max out at 24 inches so far, but larger ones are surely on the way.
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE CLEARTYPE FONTS ENABLED WITH YOUR WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEM IF USING AS A PC MONITOR - it makes tremendous difference with the quality of the text.