Panasonic TX-L32D25B review

Excellent LED-backlit TV with dual free HD tuners and an IPS panel

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Setting up the TX L32D25 is painless; the stand can be assembled in just a couple of minutes (some flatscreens have pedestals that are only marginally less complicated to assemble than the Eiffel Tower) and has a nice 15 degree swivel.

Connectivity is good. On the left hand side of the screen is a USB input, CI slot, SD card reader, phono AV and HDMI inputs plus a headphone jack.

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Take a gander around the back of the set and you'll discover two Scart inputs, component AV and audio, a stereo phono audio and digital audio output, plus a trio of HDMI inputs (with an extra one on the side). There's also a VGA PC input. Finally, separating this model from the hoi polloi is the satellite connector for Freesat.

The primary HDMI connection is actually v1.4 compliant, and while in this instance there is no provision for 3D, the port does embrace ARC (Audio Return Channel). Essentially, this enables you to cut back on cable spaghetti by offering a return route for TV sound from the screen to an ARC-compatible amplifier or all-in-one sound system.

In short, ARC means you no longer have to run a digital optical lead from the TV. The additional HDMI input conforms to the HDMI v1.3 specification.

If you have a relatively simple entertainment system you might want to take advantage of the CEC link, dubbed VIERA Link. This enables a single branded zapper to control devices (TV, Bu-ray player, recorder etc).

The TV ships with a generic silver-grey Panasonic remote controller. This review sample looked in pretty good condition upon delivery, but the zapper felt worn out. The buttons and rockers clicked and creaked in a manner that did not inspire great confidence in its longevity.

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The screen's user interface is about as exciting as day old pizza or a particularly dull Open University programme. The TX-32D25 does occasionally get its glad rags on though; kick-up the Viera Tools bar and you get a horizontal strip offering access to network DLNA stores, as well as individual music, movie and photo modes, plus an invite to pause live TV.

The Freeview TV programme guide is provided by Gemstar and is a mean-spirited piece of work. The amount of space turned over to actual TV information is limited by Gemstar's insistence on hawking advertising space. Goodness knows how Panasonic got lumbered with this, but the result is one of the least likeable EPGs you'll find on the high street.

However, if you utilise the Freesat tuner, you get a different EPG (the standardised Freesat offering) that is far more accommodating.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-S2, DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyViera
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Analog TunerPAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)14 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption136 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio2,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand564 mm
Width with Stand795 mm
Depth with Stand217 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height521 mm
Width795 mm
Depth45 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound, DTS
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPicture and Text (PAT), Child Lock, Teletext
Product ModelTX-L32D25
Product NameViera TX-L32D25 32" LED-LCD TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXL32D25B
Manufacturer Website Address
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.

Response Time2 ms
Weight (Approximate)12 kg