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The best Panasonic televisions sets are typically plasma and LED HDTVs boasting 1080p resolution even on their 40" to 42" displays.

Panasonic has been the most popular brand for Plasma TVs for quite a while now and their 42 plasmas are some of the best plasma TVs today, with cutting-edge technology for achieving deeper blacks and increased contrast for crisper picture, and better power efficiency.

Though Panasonic has not been touted for their LED HDTVs, they do have some pretty great options at the 42" display size. These TVs feature IPS and high backlight scanning for wide angle viewing and eliminating motion blur respectively.

At around the 40" screen size Panasonic offers pretty much every HDTV feature from 3D with Active shutter glasses, 3D with Polarized glasses and web browsers to go Smart. Below is our list of the best Panasonic 40" TVs rated by expert reviews and rankings.

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Panasonic TC-P ST60

Panasonic TC-P50ST60 50-Inch 1080p 600Hz 3D Smart Plasma HDTV


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Panasonic TC-P ST60
Panasonic TC-L E60
Panasonic TC-L ET60
Panasonic TC-P S60
Panasonic TC-L EM60
Panasonic TC-P50ST60 50-Inch 1080p 600Hz 3D Smart Plasma HDTV
Panasonic TC-L42E60 42-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV
Panasonic TC-L50ET60 50-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart 3D IPS LED HDTV
Panasonic TC-P50S60 50-Inch 1080p 600Hz Plasma HDTV
Panasonic TC-L50EM60 50-Inch 1080p LED HDTV
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Screen Size
50.0 inch
42.0 inch
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Contrast Ratio
1:5, 500, 000
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HDTV Television
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HDTV-Ready Television
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Flat Panel Type
Plasma TV
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  • The midlevel price and outstanding quality of the Panasonic TC-PST60 series make it our strongest TV recommendation ever.


  • The TC-P50ST60 is one of the best value TVs for this year. At $1100 it will be a great seller and the price may get a bit better before the year is over. It's got good 3D, great blacks, a simple but effective remote control, ample Smart TV features, and pretty good looks. Samsung PN51F5500 is one competitor, though I prefer the ST60. The Samsung UN50F6400 is an LED competitor.


  • All in all, I found the new look to strike a good balance, offering more options on the screen (so less navigation is required), but presenting everything a clean, logical way.


  • Charging the right price for a very good picture, Panasonic's E60 LED LCD is one of the best values available among midrange TVs.

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    The TC-L50E60 fits nicely into the E60 series. This 50 inch 1080p TV is a good candidate for those not interested in 3D playback. It's got a native 120Hz panel, so sports and fast action aren't going to be a problem. The Viera Connect suite is present with built in wifi. This solves any problems when it come to getting content on your TV. This TV gives a lot of bang for the buck.


  • Not everyone can afford a company's top-of-the-line flagship model, so it's nice that Panasonic offers the E60 series, with its wide array of big displays. If you have giant TVs on the brain, but your billfold needs a break, the 50-inch E60 (MSRP $1149.99) can be found online for $1,000. Picture quality like this doesn't exactly make my heart skip a beat, but on a 50-inch display with ample streaming options and a tame going-rate, this is a solid value.


  • The TC-L55ET60 may be slightly overpriced at nearly $1250 when compared to some other 3rd tier models, but the strong picture quality nearly justifies it. The strong 3D performance helps its case too. Those in search of a good TV for 3D content may be in luck. The similar Samsung UN50F6400 sells for a bit less with the same features. The LG 50LA6200 is the passive 3D competition for the ET60.


  • The Panasonic TC-PS60 plasma TV's low price, high-end picture quality, and bare-bones Smarts make it one of the best values we've ever seen.


  • The Panasonic TC-P60S60 (MSRP $1299) is one of the first (if not the first) 2013 series available on the consumer market. While Sharp is shipping a few of its new models, Panasonic's S60 series became available for pre-order first: The higher-end ST60 series won't hit our labs until next month. In a way, our pent-up excitement for the new tech expected this year became channeled into this first real taste of 2013. Our first impression? The S60 is going to be a tough act to follow.

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    The suggested retail price for the 60 inch S60 is set at a fantastic $1,299.99. Considering the amount of screen space and picture quality you get with this TV, the value is hard to beat.

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    The TC-L39EM60 differs from that one with the 240 backlight blinking feature. The media player on the EM60 also accepts a wider range of file formats. This TV is a great option for a second room or large bedroom. All of the 3D features and Smart TV features are missing on this one, so it may not be the best living room set. The 39EM60 stands to be one of the best budget models for the year.


  • With a fairly slim feature set and a budget feel to the overall design, we'd hoped to be knocked off our feet by the EM60's picture quality. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. Judder issues, inconsistent color, and poor sound gave a lackluster impression of Panasonic's working-class model. We think thrifty consumers will be more satisfied with the LG LN5300 or the Vizio E-420i-AO because, while the EM60 has its moments, this fierce market demands better.


Top 5 40 inch panasonic tv:

  1. Panasonic TC-P50ST60 50-Inch 1080p 600Hz 3D Smart Plasma HDTV
  2. Panasonic TC-L42E60 42-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV
  3. Panasonic TC-L50ET60 50-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart 3D IPS LED HDTV
  4. Panasonic TC-P50S60 50-Inch 1080p 600Hz Plasma HDTV
  5. Panasonic TC-L50EM60 50-Inch 1080p LED HDTV