TV Review: Panasonic VIERA TC-P42G25 42-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV
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- THX Certified Display
- Viera Image Viewer for Image and AVCHD playback
Excellent TV from Panasonic
|Review Date: April 25, 2010|
|Reviewer: D. Meyer, Chicago|
|I bought this plasma from a local electronics store [...]. This is the second flat screen I have purchased in as many days. |
I first bought a Samsung LN40C650 LCD but returned it the next day because of a few issues that I couldn't get past. It had very light vertical banding in some spots (It's possible that I just got a bad one on this count), the image washed out when viewing from anywhere other than straight on, and I didn't like the way the tv dealt with motion (whether the auto-motion was turned on or not). Also, the colors didn't seem very natural although it's possible that after adjustment this would have improved.
So I decided to try the Panasonic TC-P42G25, a Plasma tv, which supposedly has none of these issues (but maybe its own inherent issue, read on). I brought it home, unboxed it, attached the stand and hooked everything up. I was able to accomplish this myself but I would recommend getting some help to do this step. The stand does swivel which is a nice feature to have. I turned it on and after a short setup wizard everything was ready to go. I live in Chicago and the tv had no problem finding all the digital channels from my indoor/outdoor antenna which you can see here - [...]
At first this tv looks a bit dim, but this is because by default the tv is set to standard brightness mode which is the least vibrant of the settings. I flipped through some of the other picture modes and THX seems to be bright and accurate, though I decided to leave it in standard mode for the first few days during the plasma "break in" period.
I popped the dvd Ashes of American Flags (concert film, rock band Wilco) into a bluray player that I borrowed from someone. This film has a lot dark areas in the concert scenes which allowed me to check out the black levels. The tv automatically recognized that I was playing something and switched the source to receive video from the bluray player.
If I had to describe the picture quality on this tv in one word it would be "amazing". Screen uniformity is perfect, no light or dark places anywhere. Colors appear natural and realistic to me. The black levels are very deep on this tv when you dim the lights a bit or close the shades in the room. Motion appears fine to me (I found the motion looked better with the blur reduction in settings turned off).
The default setting for this tv is to have C.A.T.S. turned on in the settings. This adjusts the brightness of the picture depending on how much ambient light is in the room. Some people may like this feature but I turned it off.
The sound is good for normal tv viewing. It sounded better to me when I turned on bass boost in the sound settings; It is possible to adjust the treble and bass also.
One issue that this tv has (as well as Plasma's in general from what I've read) that LCD's don't is that the black levels don't look their best in a brightly lit room. This is not a problem for me as I prefer watching in a dim, but not pitch black, environment. To my eyes the black levels look deeper than I've ever seen on an LCD.
I have not tried the network feature on this tv yet. An earlier reviewer said some of the network features may not be available yet. It won't really matter to me if this is still the case. I just want a flatscreen that does what it is supposed to do, and does it very well; This plasma delivers that.
This is a polished product from Panasonic. Please Panasonic, don't ever stop making Plasma's!
****Quick update**** 4/26. When I said that the TV automatically switched the source to receive video from the bluray player, It may have done this because the bluray player that I borrowed also happened to be a Panasonic product. As to whether or not it will automatically switch the source for another brand of bluray player, you'll have to find that out for yourself.
|Review Date: April 29, 2010|
|Reviewer: Steve, Seattle, WA|
|Although I have been working in the AV industry for many years I have been holding back - seen a lot of feature hype and hoopla go by but this is the first flat screen plasma I liked with a price that was reasonable. |
For a couple of years now I have been looking for an HDTV with wide viewing angels - worked well in dark or well lit room without too much reflection - rich accurate color reproduction - Works well with games or sports motion - works well with over the air/cable SD signals or SD DVD play back - ease of use - easy break in - Minimal chance of image retention - Multiple input/outputs - reasonable price.
We have had our 42G25 now for several weeks and have been very pleased with our choice - did have to buy the component cables for our Wii which improved the picture quality fairly well for an SD video game. We also purchased a Panasonic Bluray player with the TV it works nicely with SD or Bluray playback - The TV's THX certified picture setting is very pleasing and color accurate for movies - I use the Custom setting for over the air and cable TV watching with a few minor adjustment tweaks I got excellent results. Both the TV and player have internet abilities - I have used utube so far works fine. Also I was easily able to updated the firmware for both TV and player. Bought a Mini DVI to HDMI adapter to use my 2 yr. old MacBook computer works fine @ 1920x1080p resolution streaming Hulu etc. There is an RGB port on the TV but only lower resolutions work - since RGB is limited anyway I would use the HDMI port if your computer is 1080p capable. The sound is a little on the tinny side for me but my wife doesn't seem to mind it personally I usually use the AV amplifier when watching TV or Movies. The TV remote is easy to use and lights up. The BR player remote is also easy use but does not light up not sure I get that - it makes it very awkward to use in the dark. So I just put everything on our Sony universal 2100 remote and the wife was happy controlling all sources with one touch screen remote that lights up.
One last thing - I'm keeping an eye on the alleged "rising black levels" but I have not notice anything yet. I'll repost if anything comes up. However I do recommend this TV to all it's a good value, sharp accurate picture and a great product.
|Review Date: April 19, 2010|
|Reviewer: P. struble,|
|Arrived in just a few days Trucking company called and made delivery appointment at my convenience the next AM|
Great TV - but Skype / Netflix / Twitter not available yet....
|Review Date: April 21, 2010|
|Reviewer: Jyotika Lamba, NJ, USA|
|Got the TV yesterday. Bought this one from Vann's. They delivered the TV a day late. |
I went by the instructions provided and let the tv lay around to warm up to room temperature for about 4 hours.
Started her up; connected it to the LAN cable first cos I was excited to watch Netflix and Skype on it. The main reason I bought this TV was because it was the next gen release of the famous G10 series TV's with THX. The TV started up and asked me "A software update is available, proceed?" I never had my TV ask me that before :o)
15 minutes later.....Started the VieraCast feature (this is where all the widgets for Youtube, Netflix, Skype, Fox Sports, Pandora, Twitter reside...) and guess what ?
Skype - Coming Soon....
Twitter - Coming Soon....
Fox Sports - Coming Soon...
Netflix - Wait... where did it go?? Huh? Spoke the the Panasonic CSR and they told me Netflix will be available by late summer. So what does that make Netflix? Coming Soon.....
1)Youtube Videos - Available and working. Saw a couple of videos too.
2)Amazon Video on Demand - Working - starts buffering sometimes and not as smooth in delivery as Netflix. Quality is good though. If you register with Amazon before May 31st - u get a 5$ credit. So I signed up and watched a free movie - 2012 on HD.
3)Weather Update - Nice, works.
The TV is by far the best I've seen. No doubt about it. I've been patiently researching the Panasonic P42G10 for over 6 months before they launched this and I pounced right on the new release for the price. Absolutley no regrets on picture quality, looks and product capability.
Im giving this 4 Stars cos Panasonic claimed they have features that work.... they dont. Well, not yet they dont. They are "Coming Soon".....
So until the next round of software updates. I guess I'll just connect my laptop and watch netflix.
Will update more soon.
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|Review Date: May 18, 2010|
|Reviewer: Rev Kurt, New York USA|
|The new Panasonic plasma set is an amazing step up in picture quality and varieties of options available in use, settings, and convenience if one can master all the instructions. As an old guy this was not easy. I only hope the performance continues without malfunctions developing.|
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