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Very happy with this TV
on January 3, 2011
I've had the VIERA TC-P42GT25 for about a week now and so far I'm really happy with it.
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.
The out of the box settings for the picture weren't so great. The picture looked dark and grayish. Luckily, Panasonic has included a wide range of elements to tweak to get the picture to look exactly how the user wants it to look. Panasonic also includes a definition of each picture setting, so non-experts know what each setting does. I was able to customize the picture so it looks great to me. For people who don't like to do much tweaking, there are several presets such as THX, Vivid, and Game. However, I wasn't happy with any of the presets.
You can tweak the image for each component. For my Wii, I upped the contrast and made the picture quite vivid. For my PS3, I made the picture brighter, but toned down the contrast. The TV remembers the settings for each component, so you don't have to change the settings every time you switch to a different component.
I wasn't quite sure how well this TV would be able to handle gaming devices, but I am quite pleased with it so far. Wii games look great even though the Wii is only capable of doing either 480i or 480p. I have a cable that lets me get 480p from the Wii and games look bright and colorful without any dullness or the appearance of stretching. Of course, games look great on the PS3 too, but the PS3 was designed to handle up to 1080p.
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 displaying regular DVDs.
I have Comcast and HD programming looks great on this TV. Again, you the out of box settings are disappointing, but after tweaking it, the image looks great.
I haven't tried the 3D mode yet since I don't have the glasses. I might spring for the glasses in the future. I bought this TV primarily because of the good reviews regarding its 2D image. Also, it will be nice to have an option to watch movies in 3D later if I so choose. Considering this TV costs about the same as a non-3D plasma, I felt like I couldn't go wrong.
This is my 3rd Panasonic HD TV and I'm very happy with it. I have a 5-year-old Panasonic plasma and a 3-year-old Panasonic LCD that are still going strong. I hope to have such luck with the VIERA TC-P42GT25.
I recommend this TV to anyone who is looking for a reasonably priced plasma TV. The picture is stunning once you've tweaked the settings.