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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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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model Number: TCP42X5
  • Display Technology: Plasma
  • Display Size: 41.9 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Product Description

Panasonic Viera TC-P42X5 42" 720p Plasma TV - 16:9 - HDTV - 600 Hz TC-P42X5 Plasma Displays & TVs

Product Information

Product Dimensions 9.1 x 39.7 x 25.9 inches
Item Weight 38.5 pounds
Shipping Weight 38.5 pounds
ASIN B007KD0KU0
Item model number TCP42X5
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3.0 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #218,831 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
#172 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > Televisions > Plasma TVs
Date first available at Amazon.com May 12, 2012

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By R. White on December 9, 2012
I've owned and sold 32, 42, 50 and 52 inch flat panel TVs over the last four years. Three Samsung's one LG and this Panasonic. Before purchasing this TV I compared this side by side with the competing Samsung 43" plasma. I made adjustments to these TVs for the best picture possible. The TVs had identical program material sent to them. The colors on the Samsung were a bit brighter especially the blue. But, this does not mean better. The colors on the Panasonic were more natural and had better color definition. The most noticeable difference was the image depth. Background images on the Samsung were a little out of focus compared to the Panasonic. The Panasonic with it's sharper more detailed background had a superior depth of field.

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.
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We purchased the Panasonic TC-P42X5 and love it!
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.
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I bought this Plasma TV in October of 2012. I always thought of Panasonic as one of the more reliable brands, no longer. The TV has completely dies, no power of any kind. Panasonic telephone support was terrible to say the least. I have an electronics background and had gone through a number of troubleshooting steps myself, without pulling the back off the TV. Support asked if I had checked the outlet, after I told them I had tried 3 different ones that were providing power to other devices. I replace the power cord with one that was powering a computer to see if it might be the cord. I was asked if I tried an alternate cord. Are they actually not listening and reading from a script??
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
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By Alex on October 9, 2012
I bought this tv as an Early birthday present to myself. Instillation was easy, I hooked it up to my Sony Blu-Ray player, Directv HD reciever and the images are sharp, crisp and clear.Watching Sports on this tv is jaw-dropping. I have it on set to 'Cinema' mode it's the best viewing experience. I am AMAZED how fantastic it is for such a terrific price. This is my second Panasonic HDTV and will continue to buy ONLY panasonic tv's.
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