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Panasonic TX-L32D25B review

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

This is an extremely accomplished LCD screen, offerings excellent levels of detail, with an adequate black level and a surprisingly even backlight. The smallish screen size mitigates against deficiencies in low bitrate SD channels, and in equal measure there's some loss of impact with HD, but overall the balance is good.

Note that for all high-definition sources you should endeavour to switch out Overscan, via the setup menu: this prevents picture detail being lost behind the bezel.

Panasonic tx l32d25b

Panasonic's IFC (Intelligent Frame Creation) picture refresh mode can be configured to Off, Mid or Max. It plays a key role in the TVs ability to maintain motion resolution, and so is well worth experimenting with. Remember, all LCD screens worth their salt look pin-sharp with static material, but fine detail has a habit of melting away when things get jiggy.

A horizontally scrolling resolution pattern developed by the Advanced PDP Laboratory, moving at 6.5ppf (pixels per frame), confirms an above average (for LCD) motion resolution approaching 950 lines.

On a TV screen this small, you can't really ask for more. When the speed of the resolution chart increases, definition drops slightly. At 12.5ppf, clarity falls to approximately 800-850 lines. However, the image remains smooth with no picture tearing at all times.

Panasonic tx l32d25b

With 'real' video footage, specifically a revealing sequence from Disney's Sleeping Beauty, the image (still with IFC on Mid) is as smooth as a shot of Baileys, although the cantering figure of Prince Charming develops a smudgy predictive halo that makes him look like the bloke out of Misfits who can turn invisible. It therefore becomes a personal decision as to whether or not the mode is worth engaging.

Go easy with the Sharpness control: the image looks a tad unnatural and forced if the setting goes above two increments from zero. Skin tones take on a crusty texture when sharpness is cranked up. Reference quality video footage of a shadowy lit violin and saxophone looks extremely naturalistic, with fine wooden texture in the violin's veneer and a sumptuous glint on metalwork of the sax.

There are a wide number of presets available (in addition to the shop-centric Dynamic mode, is Normal, Cinema, True Cinema, Game and ISFccc Day/Night Pro modes. There is no THX preset.

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°
EthernetYes
Analog TunerPAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
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
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand564 mm
Width with Stand795 mm
Depth with Stand217 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
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
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-L32D25
Product NameViera TX-L32D25 32" LED-LCD TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXL32D25B
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.

Response Time2 ms
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)12 kg