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Panasonic VIERA TC-L42U5 42-Inch 1080p Full HD LCD TV

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #17 in LCD HDTV


Pros: Sharp clear picture(when calibrated), plenty of customizable controls

Cons: Would be nice to be able to adjust RGB separate colors

For a low price and movie watching TV, this TV is great. I have it attached to my PS3 so that I can watch movies on it. I use it in a dark room with a 90 lumen light behind it so that I can watch without other lights. To get a great picture out of this TV you definately need to calibrate it either using free tools or purchased. I used DVE HD Basics blueray to calibrate and I get great results for movies. Its not the best I have seen but for the price I am pleased that I can calibrate it to suit my needs.

It would be nice if you could adjust separate RGB channels but you can get fairly good colors without it.

Here are my calibrated settings for watching movies in the dark(or a small amount of light). It uses about 55-58 watts of power with these settings.

Backlight: 35
Contrast: 60
Brightness: 55
Color: 35
Tint: +7
Sharpness: 15

Color temp: Normal
AI Picture: off
Video NR: off
Game Mode: off

Screen Size: Full
HD Size: 2
Panasonic VIERA TC-L42U5 42-Inch 1080p Full HD LCD TV

The TC-L42U5 (42-inch class) is one of two LCD HDTVs (cold cathode backlighting) in the 2012 collection. This TV is a 1080p model with three HDMI terminals, one USB port, a PC input, and features Game Mode.  A Full HD All-Round Performer Full HDTo display beautiful pictures on a large screen, the display panel must be able to render high-density images. The Full HD LCD panel with 1,920 x 1080 pixels. Panasonic's image stabilization and high-speed drive technology make it possible to reproduce HDTV broadcasts in their full, original resolution and produce fine image detail from other high-resolution sources. Game ModeGames are much more fun when there's no lag in operation. VIERA automatically chooses settings that provide the optimal image, so you get super-fast response and no delays. Even dark scenes with delicately rendered details are beautiful and easy to see. Media Player Simply insert an SD Memory Card or USB memory stick into the slot to enjoy previously saved photos, video clips, and music on VIERA's large screen. You can also add frames and other effects to your photos and videos, and create slide shows complete with background music. A wide variety of formats is supported, so you can listen to PC-based music files and web movies right on your TV. *Applicable formats vary depending on the model 2012 Panasonic VIERA LCD-LED HDTV Comparison Chart Series WT50 DT50 ET5 E50 E5 X5 U5 C5 Models: 47", 55" 47", 55" 42", 47", 55" 42", 47", 55" 32", 37", 42" 24", 32" 42" 32" HD Resolution 1080p Full HD 3D 1080p Full HD 3D 1080p Full HD 3D 1080p 1080p 720p/1080p 1080p 720p HDMI/USB Port 4/3 4/3 4/2 4/2 4/2 3/1; 1/1 3/1 2/1 PC Input 1 SD Slot/1 PC 1 SD Slot/1 PC 1 SD Slot/1 PC 1 SD Slot/1 PC 1 SD Slot/1 PC 1 SD Slot/1 PC 1 PC 1 PC IPS LED-LCD Panel Clear Panel Pro Clear Panel Pro Clear Panel Clear Panel Clear Panel LCD Panel LCD Panel LCD Panel 178 Degree Viewing Angle 32" Only VIERA Link HDMI 1.4 w/ Audio Return Channel 32" Only Media Player (SD, USB, DLNA) 32" Only DLNA Capability (via LAN) Wi-Fi Capability Built-in Wi-Fi Built-in Wi-Fi Built-in Wi-Fi Wi-Fi Ready Wi-Fi Ready Smartphone Remote Function* VIERA Connect Social Networking TV E-Help Skype Communication* 3D Real Sound 2D-3D Conversion w/ Face Detection Web Contents Smoother 1920 Backlight Scanning 24p Cinematic Playback ISFccc Pro Settings VIERA Touch Pad Controller Local Dimming Multitask Function 360 Backlight Scanning USB Player

FeatureFull HD LCD USB Player 3 HDMI 1 USB 1 PC Input
Item Height24.7 inches
Item Length39.9 inches
Item Width4 inches
Package Height8 inches
Package Length43.5 inches
Package Weight36.6 pounds
Package Width29.5 inches
ProductGroupHome Theater
TitlePanasonic VIERA TC-L42U5 42-Inch 1080p Full HD LCD TV
UPCList - UPCListElement885170076532
Item Weight32 pounds
CatalogNumberList - CatalogNumberListElementTC-L42U5
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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