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Panasonic TX-L32E6B review

Slim, fast and fat with features second-room connected TV

Picture quality

The Panasonic TX-L32E6B puts on quite some performance, with its pictures' colour, detail and upscaling all impressing us.

All LED-backlit TVs arrive to us in scorch-yer-eyes-out mode, but at least the Panasonic TX-L32E6B makes light work of calibration by providing two excellent picture presets; Cinema and True Cinema, adding a custom mode, too.

Panasonic TX L32E6B review

It's True Cinema that impressed us during our test Blu-ray disc Life of Pi, largely with its convincing black levels, scintillating colour (truly spot-on natural-looking tones), awesome Full HD detail and a smoothness to fast-moving scenes.

There is the odd blur to some sequences, and the sinking of the ship in the dingy Pacific night does reveal a slight bluish tone if you watch it in a blackout (as well as some evidence of slight LED leakage at the edges), but we're being picky by pointing these out; the Panasonic TX-L32E6B is an excellent performer with HD movies.

Panasonic TX L32E6B review

The TV's probably best watched with some ambient light on nearby, which constitutes normal viewing conditions in most living rooms.

Those same strengths apply to Freeview HD channels, too, with Blood Diamond on ITV 1 HD displaying tremendous close-up detail and more of that ballistic colour, both of which really open up sequences in the forests, with plenty of brightness on show.

Panasonic TX L32E6B review

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The Panasonic TX-L32E6B proves a decent upscaler of standard definition-sourced content, too. We did notice some jagged edges around some of the characters in Neighbours, but it was limited, just like our occasional spotting of digital blocking.

Otherwise, the Panasonic TX-L32E6B upscales standard definition fare well, with everything from YouTube videos to DVDs receiving a noise-free treatment that's very involving.

Sound

Considering that the Panasonic TX-L32E6B can have music streamed to it from smartphones, tablets and computers, it doesn't do a great job with them. Tunes are detailed, though biased towards the high frequency side, and bass levels can be nudged, but there's little mid-range to plug the gap.

It's actually all fine for daily digital TV duties and the odd movie, though dialogue in the latter can get lost. There are two cures to this issue.

Panasonic TX L32E6B review

The first is to use the Surround mode, which drags out some background detail and slightly lifts dialogue.

The second is to cut your losses and invest in a dedicated soundbar or similar, to make sure you get the best sound possible.

Value

The Panasonic TX-L32E6B is judged about right, price-wise. With a full price of £549.99 (around US$845 / AU$945) it is expensive for such a small TV - especially these days - though there are few other smarter choices in the 32-inch category.

If you're after a top-end smart TV for your bedroom, then the Panasonic TX-L32E6B has only a few Samsung and LG sets to compete with.

Panasonic TX L32E6B review

Neither rival brand has as good an app as Viera Remote 2 - especially its Swipe & Share 2.0 features - and it's also hard to beat the Panasonic TX-L32E6B's slender bezel and reliable, versatile picture quality.

Put simply, the Panasonic TX-L32E6B gives you a lot for your money.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyViera E6
EU Energy LabelA
Smart TVYes
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerPAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)9.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
Operating Power Consumption80 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand489 mm
Width with Stand724 mm
Depth with Stand207 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Energy Consumption per Year61 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height434 mm
Width724 mm
Depth53 mm
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product SeriesE6
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPicture and Text (PAT), Hotel Mode, Teletext, In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology, Web Browser
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-L32E6
Product NameViera TX-L32E6 LED-LCD TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTX-L32E6E
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

Panasonic brings you VIERA, a revolutionary line-up of 3DTV, Plasma, LED & LCD TV. The complete range of Viera TVs is fully compatible with the Going Digital Switchover.

SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)8.50 kg