42" Class Viera® U2 Series 1080p Plasma


42" Class Viera® U2 Series 1080p Plasma
(41.6" Diagonal)

  • 600Hz Sub-field Drive
  • VIERA Image Viewer™ (Photo)
  • VIERA Link™
  • 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)
    • 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)
    • Skype Ready
    • 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)]
    • Weight


TC-P42U2 is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 10-Year Review I purchased this TV 10 years ago. I'm still blown away by the picture quality and color accuracy. I always get compliments on the TV when showing it to friends. Although sleek, it's not afraid to have an easy-to-use power button on the front, which is VERY handy. Also, the picture can be tuned in a huge range of color and light, much more than a lot of brand new TVs. The specs for this TV in its price range at the time blew everything else away. The picture quality was the same as LEDs costing twice the price. My plasma has never given me any trouble, it has always been reliable. A couple of times I wished it had an RCA audio out, but I got by with using the fiber optic out. CINEMA MODE IS AWESOME!
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good for money. Picture great, sound very good. Only wish it had a place for my PC to hook up. Great TV for price easy to use.
Date published: 2011-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Swanky TV My wife bought me this tv for my birthday and it arrived yesterday. Setup was very easy. I connected our AT&T cable box via coax, and a Playstation 3 with the Move bundle via HDMI. I played a game on the PS3 and was extremely satisfied with the picture. Ok, so the sound is not amazing, but it's not as bad as many people say, especially for stock flat panel speakers. Didn't have the opportunity to check out HD broadcasts because we don't get HD channels with our U-Verse package. However, we watched a blu ray movie and the picture is beautiful. Very nice blacks, vivid colors, little if any bleeding, and very little visible pixelation. I am very satisfied with this tv. It is my first HD flat panel and I would recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2011-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cannot beat it...... I love this tv. It was inexpensive, has great quality, very easy to use & set up. It was a choice between this and another brand, and Im very satisfied with my choice. i also purchased the extended warranty from Panasonic & I am extremley satisfied with the service they have provided me.
Date published: 2011-01-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Panasonic TC-P42U2 Plasma TV Thought I was buying top of the line 1080P, but this one is clearly inferior to our 3 other Panasonic 50 inch Plasmas. So many model numbers it is confusing. This one looks like a 720P. Not very clear. Returning it.
Date published: 2010-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great TV, great purchase! We have had this TV for several months now and we love it! It has a great picture, bright colors, and attractive outer case. The menu is super easy to use and it was extremely easy to set up right out of the box! I'm sold on Panasonic and I would recommend this TV to family/friends in a heartbeat. Plus: the price is amazing for the value!
Date published: 2010-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plasma Tv I've been using this TV for a couple days...Now I already fell in love with that Plasma TV. The features are incredible and splendid. In My opinion THAT IS THE BEST PLASMA TV EVER....
Date published: 2010-06-15
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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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