Summary: Here are some personal Pros and Cons I've found Pros: -IPS is exactly what you'd expect. Crisp images from every viewing angle. Greatly impressed. -Sometimes I game (XBox 360) on this TV, and there is a noticeable, though very slight, lag due to the IPS technology (5ms is the quoted time). Most of the time it's not apparent, and changing the TV to Game Mode really helps reduce delay and remove artificial enhancements (i.e. "soap opera effect").
Summary: Nice TV, just have had for 1 day w/o probs. My only complaint is that there is only "1" Audio Output and it is Digital Audio. I've had to order an active adapter (Dig-to-RCA) and Optical cable to get my older sound system to work (another $23). Also a 'flunky' Components/PC cable (2 non-std mini-conns)comes with it, but a separate interface cable (RCA-to-3.5mm) is needed to hook PC audio up!
Summary: This is a good entry level TV. After some color calibration and adjustment the picture quality is very satisfying for and LED panel. The TV has good viewing angle and a nice array of ports. The sound is decent for a thin panel but nothing special. If you are looking to add a soundbar, be aware that the IR receiver is located at the center bottom of the TV set. It has only about a height clearance of about 2.5" (according to my measurements).
Pros: Outstanding picture quality in outdoor HD scenes providing nice black levels. Inspiring 1080p blu ray performance.
Cons: INCONSISTENT black levels during dark scenes, blacks can seem very dark grey at best but in outdoor scenes, I have no complaints at all. Picture quality is vibrant with well defined object lines, providing depth with near 3D like appearance.
Summary: Some people have expressed disappointment with product quality, but I have had no issues at all. I readily admit to not being an over the top person needing new electronics all the time as they are developed, but this is far superior to the older 22 inch HDTV I had had for a few years.
Summary: The picture is great. Unfortunately mine (used) was a bit more scratched and dented up than I expected and it was missing critical screws. I purchased the missing screws from a local hardware store. To my less than favorable review, the seller stated that they would have replaced the screws if I had notified them--but who had a week to wait to see if the darn thing would play. Talk about closing the barn door after the horse ran away.
Summary: Have had this television for a few months. Have really enjoyed it. The picture quality is exceptional, and there are many modes and various customizations you can play with. The modes seem to be right on the money for describing their best uses... Game mode for video games, Cinema mode for movies. It's fun to tweak on the fly and see what works best. I'm mostly writing to caution people about the wireless adapter.
Summary: I was ready to give this 5 stars, I originally ordered this when it was listed as a 120Hz but now that it's listed as a 60Hz I feel misled. The sound is okay, but a sound bar is highly recommended.
TC-L42E50 - C.A.T.S. works better in dark, otherwise switch it OFF
7 September 2012
Summary: Just in case someone too will find the picture dim straight out of box. I turned it on in sun-lit room and was starting to have second thoughts about the set... Turn OFF the C.A.T.S. ambient light sensor (Menu: Picture>C.A.T.S: OFF) It would allow you to have more breadth in properly tweaking the picture settings. However, once you like the picture, C.A.T.S. will make the blacks look "less glowing" in a dark-room (C.A.T.S. come out at night :)) So I use C.A.T.S.