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Panasonic VIERA TC-L42E5 42-Inch 1080p LED-LCD TV

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  • IPS Full HD LED Panel
  • Online Movies; Wi-Fi Ready
  • Medial Player (SD and USB)
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 99.8 x 5.3 x 60.5 cm ; 14 Kg
  • Shipping Weight: 20 Kg
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: TC-L42E5
  • Date first available at March 21 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,901 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

Product Description

The Panasonic VIERA E5 Series has a new IPS LED panel for superior and clearer images. With VIERA's wide 178 viewing angle, you see clear, vibrant images from every seat in the room. The backlight features a wide transmission aperture that enhances contrast between light and dark and improves response to provide smoother motion images. In addition to the advantageous high-speed response of the IPS Panel, blurring has been thoroughly reduced by a newly developed 8-phase backlight scanning technology. Even scenes with super-fast movement can be viewed with smooth images and no flicker.

Features Media Flick - Enjoy photos, music and movies on VIERA and Smartphone anytime. Online Movies - Simply press the INTERNET button on the remote control to directly access a variety of VOD services. Enjoy online movies and TV programs with ease. DLNA - A DLNA-compatible VIERA makes network connection super easy. It makes content easy to share by linking equipment over a home network. Enjoy photos, movies, music and more in the living room, bedroom, or any room in the house. WiFi Ready - It is easy to connect to the internet or a home network by using the Wireless LAN Adapter. Media Player - Simply insert an SD Memory Card or USB memory stick into the slot to enjoy previously saved photos, video clips and music Specifications Screen Size Diagonal - 42.0-inches Panel - IPS LED LCD Filter - Clear Panel Panel Drive - 180 Backlight scanning Number of Pixels - 2,073,600 (1,920 x 1080) Viewing Angle - 178 degrees HDTV Display Capability (1080p, 1080i, 720p) - Yes Aspect Control - 4 - 3, Zoom, Full, Just, H-fill Advanced Features - 24p Playback, Intelligent Scene Controller, Vivid Color Creation, Online Movies, WiFi Ready, DLNA, Viera Link Audio - Full-range x 2 Speakers, 20W Total Receiving System - ATSC / QAM / NTSC Jacks - 4 x HDMI with ARC, Analog Audio Jack, 1 x RCA Comp

From the Manufacturer

The E5 series feature an IPS LED panel, 1080p resolution, Online Movies, as well VIERA Link.

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


The E5 features VIERA Link, a technology that allows a consumer to operate all VIERA Link compatible AV components using only the TV’S remote control. In addition to operating a VIERA HDTV, video source, and home theater receiver can be connected to a VIERA HDTV and controlled via VIERA Link remote. Users can then watch their child, pet and/or property by installing the camera and networking to the VIERA HDTV via Ethernet cable.

Online Movies

Simply press the INTERNET button on the remote control to directly access a variety of VOD services. Enjoy online movies and TV programs with ease. *Some content may only be available for specific countries and may be presented in specific languages

High Performance HDTV: A Suite of Technologies

DLNA/Wi-Fi Ready
Connect this DLNA-compatible VIERA HDTV and DLNA-compatible AV equipment to your home network, and you can watch movies, listen to music, and view photos from any room in the house. VIERA HDTV's Wi-Fi capability gives you even more layout flexibility. The E5 series is Wi-Fi ready and requires a separate wireless LAN adaptor. * Wireless LAN adaptor not included with purchase.

The IPS LED panel delivers a wide viewing angle with almost no picture degradation at off angle viewing. Get high contrast performance fast response time with the E5 series IPS LED Clear panel.

Environmentally Friendly

Panasonic is committed to producing HDTVs that are mindful of the environment. The new and improved high efficient LED/LCD panels reduce targeted power consumption up to 25% over the 2011 models. The E5 series is Energy Star certified and has a long-life panel.

2012 Panasonic VIERA LED HDTV Comparison Chart

HD Resolution
1080p Full HD 3D
3/1; 1/1
PC Input
1 PC
1 PC
1 PC
1 PC
Clear Panel
Clear Panel
Clear Panel
LCD Panel (32" Only)
178 Degree Viewing Angle
32" Only

HDMI 1.4 w/ Audio Return Channel
32" Only
Media Player (SD)
32" Only
USB Player
24" Only
DLNA Capability (via LAN)

Wi-Fi Capability
Built-in Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Ready
Wi-Fi Ready

Smartphone Remote Function*

VIERA Connect

Social Networking TV


Skype Communication*

3D Real Sound

2D-3D Conversion

Web Contents Smoother

Backlight Scanning

24p Cinematic Playback

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Customer Reviews

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SSL on Feb. 26 2013
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That unit is excellent, provided one spends countless hours to get the right custom settings (very low brightness, backlight setting to high). It's the best TV set I've tested thus far, but I'm very disappointed that an IPS panel would have such a bad viewing angle (unlike advertised), especially during daytime. Perhaps I got a lemon (a model with third-party panel, not from Panasonic)??

Will likely return this unit to and buy another TV set locally. I'm hoping to find a better version of this Panasonic TV set, perhaps with 120 Hz instead as I've noticed a lag when motion is too fast, such as watching eTalk's quick scene change, etc..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JAMAUX Julien on June 2 2013
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The image/color quality is quite good
But the sound is really poor

All the rest works seems to be working well
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get a sound bar for this gorgeous tv, had to hook up an old stereo system to get sufficient sound. Should have wireless built in? Will software updates be available to do flash etc? who knows?
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By nataliya on Aug. 3 2014
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Works very good
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 188 reviews
263 of 268 people found the following review helpful
Best In It's Class April 7 2012
By GGobblin - Published on
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Bought this from Amazon about a month ago. Did A LOT of online and in store research looking for a 32"-40" LED TV.
Looked at Vizio, Samsung, Sony, LG in addition to Panasonic.
After a month - I'm very satisfied with my selection.

If you have read the reviews on this model here on Amazon you will see overall very good comments.
Have seen some silly complaints about short power cord, and have seen some about the wifi adapter(I'm using ethernet cable). And some average comments on the sound, but the major points of the TV are Great.
There is one reviewer (C Reach) who claims to have gotten video settings online - THIS IS TOTAL BS. I HAVE SEARCHED AND SEARCHED - Does Not Exist.

Below you will find a Pros and Cons list and my picture and sound settings. My settings were done using my eyes and ears no calibration equipment.
Everyone's taste and environment are different, so these are what look good on mine. I will eventually test further with my calibration discs, but for those looking foe a good starting point from which to fine tune - this should help.

Non Gloss screen reduces glare
Amazing viewing angles
Good overall contrast and color quality
Low power consumption
Smart (Flat) input layout on back
Good assortment of connections* (*Component video needs to use the included adapter - no biggie)
Price / Performance Ratio is BEST in Class
DNLA and Internet Features
Build Quality
No Spotlighting from corners like the Samsung sets (That was a dealbreaker for me)
Easy Setup

Sound could be better - Sure, but is equal to or better than most in this class
Could have more extensive picture adjustment settings, but has enough to obtain a quality picture.
Remote should be Illuminated and have a dedicated Sleep button. (Many people will use this for a bedroom TV)
Some complained about power cord being short - But I had no problem with this at all. (It is detachable)

OVERALL I Give it a 8.8 out of 10.

Were set by eye averaging several different chanels and subject matter in a room with no light other than the TV.
You will probably want to fine tune based on taste and environment. Keep in mind this was done without calibration software, but I'm in the industry and have color experience. Hope it provides a good base...


TINT: -3
C.A.T.S: Off:


BASS: +5

HDMI 1 in: Digital
137 of 150 people found the following review helpful
*Not* WiFi-Ready--yet March 5 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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This TV provides an excellent picture, with a very wide viewing angle (for an LCD). However...

On page 63 of the manual, it says "The TV's internal software was designed to work with Panasonic's wireless adapter model DY-WL10." After trying three non-Panasonic wireless adapters just to see if they would work (they wouldn't), I purchased the Panasonic adapter, but, as the other reviewer discovered, the TV would not recognize the DY-WL10. Panasonic's Netconnect site covers only 2011 television models--nothing about 2012 models.

When I called Panasonic Support today, I was told that, no, the DY-WL10 isn't compatible with any of the 2012 Panasonic models. The model that the support rep recommended is the DY-WL5, which isn't available yet; I can't find it on Amazon, or even on Panasonic's own site. B&H Photo lists it for pre-order with a March 31st availability date. So, at least until that date, this TV cannot use a wireless connection.

Backup plan: I used a powerline ethernet adapter to connect the TV to my router. The TV recognized it easily, and it works fine in my house. But, as with all powerline products, your house's wiring must be pretty good for it to work well enough for video transfer.

[Edit 03/08/2012] As a commenter pointed out, the appropriate wireless adapter for this TV (and I assume all 2012 Panasonic WiFi-ready models) is the DY-WL20, not the DY-WL5. Of course, I can't find that model for sale either as of this moment.
89 of 97 people found the following review helpful
Exceeded expectations. March 4 2012
By C. Reach - Published on
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Really great tv. Perfect size for my office/studio. Picture quality is excellent. I calibrated the tv using settings I found with a quick google search. Sound is ok, but as with most flat screens it lacks a really impressive on board audio set up. Xbox 360 games look incredible. I've been playing Skyrim and Battlefield 3 and am blown away by the picture. I fired up amazon prime (through Viera Cast) and watched Troll Hunter in HD. Again, beautiful picture (and awesome low budget Norweigian movie).

And now a more niche consideration. I am an illustrator by trade and use a Wacom tablet and photoshop in my day to day work. I purchased this tv with the intention of utilizing it as a third, large scale monitor for certain projects. A big reason I went for this particular tv is the LED screen. I find it is much easier on my eyes when I am painting on screen for hours on end.

So there you have it. Beautiful image quality, a decent service lineup (Netflix, Prime, etc.), customization, great aesthetics, light weight, and it won't make your eyes bleed when you are painting an event poster at 2 in the morning.

And yes, it says wi-fi ready but it needs an adapter. Otherwise it would say built in wi-fi. so the option is either buy a tv with built in (an extra $200-$2000) or buy an adapter ($60.. I agree it's a rip off. I ran a wire.). Same reason the E3 model had only 4 stars, from what I read in the reviews. So if you can get past that, this is a really excellent buy.
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Couldn's has asked for anything better!!! April 5 2012
By Ray - Published on
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I was initially inclined to buy a last year model tv, luckily I lag the TV purchasing process and came accross this puppy.

It had the key features I wanted: LED, 1080p, and the viewing angle, and most importantly to have the right dimensions as it was going to be mounted on the wall.

I was initially bummed out that it was "wi-fi ready" rather than "build-in wi-fi", nevertheless, that issue was easily solve as I boughta thePanasonic DMP-BDT320 blu ray player that has "build in WIFI."

The TV performs superb with the blu ray player and image is AMAZING! I havent even touch the color setting thus i know i am not getting the full deal yet.

I will be buying the 37" model in the near future for family.

Do me a favor, just buy the damn TV you wont regret it.

{AUDIO ISSUE that exist "supposely"(EDIT)}
AUDIO IN: Some of the reviews are innacurate about the RCA jacks. There is no direct RCA jack on the TV, HOWEVER, the TV comes with a special cable that once you plug it to the special jack it has, you will NOW have composite or RCA connections.This connection is for VIDEO/AUDIO in from another device.

AUDIO OUT: The TV does have a Digital Audio Out. If you want to hook up an older stero or other decive with Red/White RCA cable, you need to buy a "Digital Coax & Optical Toslink to R/L Stereo Audio Converter" which @ the low end should run you about mid $20, check the monoprice website (i buy all my video/audio needs from them).
86 of 100 people found the following review helpful
Picture Looks Washed Out May 5 2012
By Michael - Published on
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After spending several days looking at different TV's, we decided on this 42" Panasonic LED LCD. I am an electrical engineer and I understand the difference between an traditional LCD and an LED LCD. I liked the lower power usage and light weight of this TV. I have also had a Panasonic TV (tube type) for over 15 years and it still looks great. Consequently, I had a high degree of confidence with Panasonic. Unfortunately, the picture on this TV seems washed out. The darkest dark value is really grey. I tried changing the settings as much as possible and it never really made a difference that was acceptable. Also, I found we were pegging out the operating variables such as backlight, contrast, brightness, and others in trying to improve the picture. I tried many different combinations and we just could not improve the sense that the picture was washed out. Also, I have to wonder whether a TV is worth buying if you have to do so much adjustment to its default settings to get an acceptable picture. Unfortunately, this TV is going back to Amazon. I am glad we purchased it from Amazon directly so we got the 30 day return guarantee. We will return it immediately.

Update: We bought an LG 47" LED LCD TV after we returned this one. Beyond the fact that it is bigger than this TV, one thing to note is that the picture was much better--no washed out look to it. This was with the default settings, not after extensive adjustments as was needed with the Panasonic TV. We are very happy with the LG at this point.

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