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Viera TC-P42X5 42" 720p Plasma TV - 16:9 - HDTV - 600 Hz
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- 42 in. VIERA Plasma HDTV
- 720p resolution
- ATSC tuner
- 16 9 widescreen
- 600Hz sub-field drive
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- Brand Name: Panasonic
- Model Number: TCP42X5
- Display Technology: Plasma
- Display Size: 41.9 inches
- Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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I have no hesitation recommending this TV to anyone looking for a reasonably priced 42" TV with a very good picture quality and better than average sound. Considering that this is a plasma be sure that your room is not to bright or that you can control the amount of light entering your room. I really think that CNET should reconsider their rating on this TV.
I've taken time to carefully setup this TV and recommend the following settings for those who purchase this TV and would like to try these settings.
Picture Menu: Cinema, 99, 41, 54, 0, 31, Normal, off, off, off
P.S. I own a Samsung (PN50B650)50" plasma that I'm very pleased with. This Panasonic for it's price is a better value and just as pleasing to watch.
I initially wanted a 1080p model with a 42 inch screen.
Unfortunately, Panasonic discontinued the 42 inch plasma sets with 1080p in 2012 and only produced them with 720p.
I read one review that stated that if you are watching a 42 inch screen from a distance of 8 ft. that the human eye
cannot distinguish between 720p and 1080p.
Based on our experience, I would agree with that. We are COMPLETELY satisfied with the picture we get with this TV.
We have it hooked up to a Panasonic DMP-BDT220 Blu-ray player and love both the DVD quality as well as the ability to
stream Netflix through the Blu-ray player.
In addition, we are using a roof top antenna and not cable and still get excellent TV reception over the Panasonic plasma TV.
Here is a copy of the review I had written about the antenna and pre-amp we are using.
We live 60 miles east of NYC. Reception has been a problem using only an antenna.
I just installed a Winegard HD7698P HDTV High Band VHF-UHF Antenna with a Channel Master CM-7778 Titan Medium-Gain Mast Mounted Preamplifier.
Signal strength was 34% before installation of this Preamp and Antenna; it has now increased to 52%.
Stations that we receive come in sharper. However, I still cannot get CBS or NBC.
Update: Recently we purchased a Panasonic TC-P42X5 plasma TV to replace an old analog set that we had been using with a
digital converter box. Apparently the digital receiver in the new TV is much stronger than the digital converter box, because TV reception from our roof top Winegard HD7698P Antenna is much better now. Signal strength has increased from 52%
to 85% (and above) which has pulled in more channels including CBS, Fox, and Channel 9.
I asked if there was a factory hard reset for the power circuit, meaning a breaker to reset rather than a fuse, that may have protected the board components. I was told to hold down two button on the remote and look for a menu to appear. When I asked if the screen needed to be receiving power to display the menu, he actually said yes!! Unbelievable. I asked for an online schematic, they can't direct me to one. I'm done with Panasonic.
The back is now off the TV and I'm winging it. If any of you happen to have access to a schematic for this model paper weight, I would greatly appreciate you sharing the knowledge. Panasonic either can't or won't.
If you're smart, you'll avoid this company's products for the quality of service alone, not to mention the true cost of owning their TV's. I have two other sets with over 10 years of running perfectly. Good luck
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son actually gave me this TV and I will never have another Panasonic TV after this one! Like the other reviewers, when the TV is unplugged (mine was not on at the time) it will... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Chele Murphy
I have owned mine for over 3 years and it has a pretty good, but dim, picture. Skin tones look really good. The audio is terrible because of the tiny speakers. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Robert L. Smith
My experience is identical to one other reviewer - bought the TV two years ago [Nov 2012, it's now Nov 2014]. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jacob Lee Kulp
I have not enjoyed watching tv this much in such a very long time. This is one of the best purchases I have made in the last ten years. I love it.Published on June 5, 2014 by Angel
This TV has beautiful color. It is the best TV I have ever had. It has no negatives. I recommend it.Published on June 4, 2014 by Pixie's Mom
Purchased this Panasonic BLUNDER back on the 4th of July of 2012...yep 2012.
Approximately 1 year and 6 months later the power supply starting acting weird, sometimes it would... Read more
Setup and control navigation was very easy out of the box. Picture quality at angles was surprisingly good as I use it in a conference room with a videoconference unit...Published on September 21, 2013 by C Barry Semple
I purchased the Panasonic TC-P42X5 at Walmart for $480, including tax, 8 months ago.
The back of the TV is made mostly out of metal, and the front... Read more