After doing extensive research, I settled upon this Panasonic 42" S2 model, and I am extremely disappointed. I bought it for it's "anti-reflective filter", which cuts the glare on the screen. Unfortunately, that same anti-reflective feature also decreases picture clarity, and has a negative impact on picture quality. In short, the picture looks flat and dull. Instead, I would recommend Panasonic's 42" U2 model, which is basically the same as the S2 (1080p), but has an ultra-clear screen, and superb picture clarity. The U2 model does not get much press, as everyone seems to think that the S2 is inherently better....but it's not. The U2 line is Pansonic's entry level 1080p line, and is also deemed a "best buy" according to Consumer Reports. If budget is important, I must add that the C2 line, which is Panasonic's lowest level plasma, is superb. It's only 720p, but at 42", you cannot tell. While the C2 and U2 models do not have anti-reflective filters, I can attest that it's not a problem...it's really a non-issue. So if 1080p is important to you, get the U2 line. But if money is more important, the C2 line is also a great choice.
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