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Panasonic PT LC12 Series TV (40", 45")

alaTest has collected and analyzed 97 reviews of Panasonic PT LC12 Series TV (40", 45"). The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other TVs for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and sound. The usability and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas reviews are divided on the reliability. Many are less positive about the energy efficiency and durability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the Panasonic PT LC12 Series TV (40", 45") is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 56 user reviews of Panasonic PT LC12 Series TV (40", 45") from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other TVs on People really like the design and usability. The sound and price are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the energy efficiency.

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68% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic PT40LC12 40" 16:9 Widescreen Projection LCD DisplayPanasonic PT40LC12 40" 16:9 Widescreen Projection LCD Display

May, 2018

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happy after 2-3 years


great picture, no problems after 2+ years

speakers make it hard to install in bookcase

Dec, 2005

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LCD VS Plasma Hands Down No Burn In !!


24HR Run, DVI, Reliable, 1080P, Price

None, Glass Window Option For Screen N\A

Jan, 2004

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LCD Projection Is The Way To Go...


Excellent picture, light weight, slim profile

Not the greatest speakers

Aug, 2003

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King of the LCD Projector TV's


Outstanding Picture Quality and Low Weight

Sound is lacking Lamp may be expensive

May, 2003

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Toxic bulb when it brakes (and it does frequently)


Panasonic PT-45LC12 is a 45 inch HDTV-ready LCD rear projection TV set. These LCD rear projection sets used to be good alternatives to plasma TV sets when I bought this in 2003. Now plasma and LCD TVs are much cheaper of course and the best ...

Good picture, great resolution.

Gray blacks, limited bulb life (with mercury inside), thermal fuse problems in ballast, no HDMI.

Feb, 2009

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Buyer beware ... don't buy this!


I've had the PT-45LC12 for less than 5 years and I'm on my 3rd lamp ($300 each). I get about 1500-2000 hrs out of the lamp, and then I go back into my pocket to dish out another $300 for a new one. Panasonic claims 5000-10000 hrs of lamp life for the ...

very nice picture, light-weight, comparable to others in size and picture quality

I've dumped $1000 in maint. and repairs after paying $3000 for the tv ; unacceptable

Dec, 2007

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Beware of the bulb and ballast!


LCD rear projection TVs used to be good alternatives to plasma TV sets when I bought this in 2003. Now plasma TVs are much cheaper of course. The picture quality of this TV is very good and even stunning when you watch true (ie. over the air HDTV ...

Good picture, great resolution.

Gray black, limited bulb life, thermal fuse problems in ballast, no HDMI.

Dec, 2007

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The infamous lamp said to lasts UP TO 5000 hrs.


Yes, it burnt on me 3 years after purchasing the panasonic PT45LC12 rear projection TV. At that time I was very disappointed and bitterly swallowed the $300 loss. The lamp hrs counter later showed that I only got 2000 hrs or so of the expected (and...

Good picture quality. There are ways to prolong its life

Used to be very expensive. Does not last the advertised 5000 hrs

Dec, 2007

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Don't buy it


Nice picture, good sound.

Short projection lamp life, viewing angles (must watch it pretty much head on)

Apr, 2007

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Lamp doesn't last


I have the PT40LC12 and I am now on my 3rd lamp. I would guess that I have gotten no more than 1000 hours out of any of them. These are expensive lamps so it seriously raises the cost of ownership for this HDTV. And there's no warning that it's going...

Makes TV work well

Doesn't last very long; no warning

Feb, 2007

Product Specifications

PT-40LC12 is a 40" rear-projection LCD television. It combines a nifty design and a high functionality with the comfort you need. Motion-adaptive 3D Y/C comb filter improves 1-line dot interference storing each entire field in digital memory and performing addition/subtraction processing with adjacent lines in the next field. The 3D-Y/C filter not only eliminates hanging dots but also works on diagonal patterns to eliminate the color rainbow effect in closely spaced patterns. Enhanced progressive scan doubler improves interlaced/progressive conversion quality and the quality of diagonal lines in a moving picture. Video picture memory allows you to set and retain separate picture parameters (Standard, Cinema, Vivid) video input. For instance, you may set the DVD input for movie viewing by selecting Cinema.

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Speakers Included:2 speakers
Surround Mode: Yes

Dimensions & Weight



Type: None

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Product Line:Panasonic PT



Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Diagonal Size:45in
Diagonal Size (cm):114cm
Digital Television Certification:HDTV monitor
Display Format:720p
HDTV Ready: Yes
Image Aspect Ratio:16:9
Parental Channel Lock: Yes
Progressive Scan:Progressive scanning (line doubling)
Projection Display Technology:LCD
Resolution:1280 x 720
Type:Rear projection TV
Video Interface:Component / Composite / S-Video

TV Tuner

dbx Noise Reduction: Yes
Multi-channel Preview:Picture-and-picture (PAP) / Picture-in-picture (PIP)
Secondary Audio Program (SAP): Yes
TV Tuner Presence: Yes