42" Class Viera® S2 Series 1080p Plasma


42" Class Viera® S2 Series 1080p Plasma
(41.6" Diagonal)

  • 1080 TV Lines Moving Picture Resolution
  • VIERA Image Viewer™ (Photo)
  • Clean Touch Bezel Design
  • ENERGY STAR Qualified

SpecificationsExpand All

    • Model Type
    • Series
    • Model Year
    • VIDEO
    • Screen Size
    • Contrast Ratio
    • Aspect Ratio
    • Native Resolution (Number of Pixels)
    • Moving Picture Resolution
    • Shades of Gradation
    • HDTV Display Capability (1080p, 1080i, 720p)
    • EDTV Display Capability (480p)
    • Aspect Control
    • Full HD 3D
    • AR (Anti-Reflective) Filter
    • 600Hz Sub-field Drive
    • 24p Cinematic Playback
    • 24p Playback(2:3)
    • Deep Color
    • x.v.Color
    • Studio Ref Mode
    • Pro Setting
    • THX Mode
    • ISFccc
    • 3D Color Management
    • Sub Pixel Control
    • Motion Pattern Noise Reduction
    • 600 Hz Sub-field Drive
    • AUDIO
    • Speakers
    • Number of Speakers
    • Audio Output
    • BBE® VIVA HD3D Sound
    • Surround Sound
    • Integrated ATSC Tuner
    • VIERA Image Viewer™
    • HDMI Input
    • Composite Video Input
    • Audio Input (for Video)
    • PC Input
    • Component Video Inputs (Y, PB, PR)
    • Audio Input (for Component Video)
    • RS232C
    • Digital Audio Output
    • HDMI Input-Support Feature
    • Analog Audio Input ( for HDMI/DVI)
    • USB
    • LAN Port
    • VIERA Link
    • VIERA Cast™ (IPTV)
    • VIERA® Tools
    • Game Mode
    • 3D Active Shutter Eyewear
    • Clean Touch Bezel
    • Pixel Orbiter (Anti-Image Retention)
    • Built-In Closed Caption Decoder
    • Off - Timers
    • Trilingual Menu
    • Power Supply
    • Rated Power Consumption
    • Standby Power Consumption
    • Energy Star
    • Receiving System
    • Operating Temperature
    • Safety Standard
    • Swivel Angle
    • Optional Wall-mounting Bracket
    • Dimensions (H x W x D) with Stand
    • Dimensions (H x W x D) without Stand
    • Weight (lbs.) w/Stand
    • Weight (lbs.) without Stand
    • Carton Dimensions
    • Gross Weight [lbs (kg)]


TC-P42S2 is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Premium TV Clarity is perfect. Plasma has a view that shows the black parts of a movie much better than non-plasma sets. Very impressed after owning it for over a year. Only small complaint is the sound quality is not as good as I'd like although very acceptable. The guy who said it had excellent sound quality in his review and said to not listen to our complaints has a home theater system installed so of course his sound quality would be much better. Duh
Date published: 2011-04-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from AFTER 1 YEAR IT STOPPED WORKING My husband and I bought this TV brand new, and have owned it for barely a year. It now doesn't work! It shut off by itself and now will not power back on. It only displays a black screen and the power light just blinks repeatedly. Research this issue on the Internet and you'll read what I'm speaking of. Of course it did this after the warranty was expired by FIVE DAYS. BUYER BEWARE, WE SPENT WAY TOO MUCH MONEY ON A TV THAT WILL COST US AS MUCH TO REPAIR AS WE PAID FOR IT! Very dissapointed.
Date published: 2011-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works Great Wanted to wait a little bit before I wrote a review of my Panasonic TC-P42S2 Plasma 42 inch TV. I word rate this TV at 4.5 out of 5 STARS. Pros: Picture, inputs, and price Cons: The sound speakers could be better. I have found that watching a HD TV program they are very good but watching a non HD recoded movie (DVD or VHS) they range from Average to Fair. With all the HD TV selections out in the market I am very glad to have brought model.
Date published: 2011-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than my expectations- A+ This television has amazing picture quality, smooth motion decoding and a bright screen that rivals all but the best LCD and LED displays. Though there could be more sound quality hooking up surround speakers adds that extra kick to an awesome experience. I have to say, the clear picture and amazing color distribution is phenom. Love it, would buy again- Value is def. there.
Date published: 2011-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best Picture..... The Quality of this product is great. The picture is so clear and detailed I can see the lines on the ice from ice skates. The only thing I wish is the remote could also control the cable box and the sound system instead of having to switch between remotes.......
Date published: 2010-12-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Panasonic TC-P42S2 Review Awesome Plasma HDTV. Picture quality is awesome, sound is great (don't believe negative reviews on sound). I use it with XBOX360 (w/Kinect), DVD player, Home theater surround sound system, I even hooked up my Desktop computer to this TV (using DVI to HDTV cable). This TV picked up more channels and has better reception than the Digital TV box I was using on my old CRT TV. Awesome value. The settings allow various picture modes from as bright as a LED LCD to power saving standard display.
Date published: 2010-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great TV and Great Value I bought this model about 3 months ago and have been very pleased overall. The color is phenomenal and the TV rocks hooked up to a blu-ray player. Only complaint is the sound quality is a little weak. However, this doesn't bother me becasue if you are looking to purchase a TV for home theatre use you are not going to be using the TV's speakers anyhow. For normal cable viewing the sound is just fine.
Date published: 2010-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this TV I love this TV!! The beveled edge is a really nice feature on this TV - it does not reflect or show fingerprints. I also like the screen on this TV. It has an anti-reflective screen which greatly enhances viewing.
Date published: 2010-04-14
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  • What should I do if my TV will not turn on and the power indicator LED is not flashing?
    Follow these troubleshooting steps:
    • Make sure your TV's power cord is plugged into an electrical outlet.
    • Make sure the electrical outlet the TV is plugged into has power by testing known working device in that outlet.
    • After verifying the TV is plugged into a working outlet, try pressing the [POWER] button on the TV instead of the TV remote.
    If the outlet is working and the TV will not turn on after pressing the [POWER] button on the TV, please consider having the unit serviced. Click here for Panasonic Service Locator.
  • What should I do if the front Power indicator LED light is blinking?
    1. Unplug the TV's power cord.
    2. Unplug all cables.
    3. Power the TV using a different power outlet (do not use a power strip or surge protector).

    If the problem persists, consider having the TV serviced. Click here for Panasonic Service Locator.

    Note: Count how many times the LED light blinks. This can help a technician troubleshoot the problem.
  • What should I do if I get audio but no picture from an external device connected to my TV?
    • Try unplugging the cable between the TV and the external device and reconnecting it firmly on both sides.
    • Try unplugging the power cord of the external device for 30 seconds.
    • Try connecting another external device to the same input using the same cable.
    • If the picture returns on the second device, you may need to contact the manufacturer of the first external device you had connected for further troubleshooting.
    • Try using a different cable between your device and the TV using the same input of your TV. If you get a picture and audio, you may need to replace your cable.
    • Try another input of the TV to verify if there is an issue with the TV input the external device was connected to.
  • What should I do if I have bars displaying on the TV screen?
    Change the format (aspect ratio) of the picture by pressing the [FORMAT] or [ASPECT] button on the TV's remote control. If you still have bars, check the aspect settings on your external video source, such as Cable/Satellite box, DVD/Blu-ray Disc player, etc. Note: Some content, such as film-based movies, are available in extra-wide format. Top and bottom bars are unavoidable.
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