Panasonic TX-L32DT30B review

An active 3D LCD TV with impressive multimedia options, but is 32-inches too small?

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It's an unfortunate but unavoidable fact that the first thing that grabs your attention about the TX-L32DT30B is its price; spending more than a grand on a 32-inch TV just doesn't seem like something many people will do these days.

However, the TX-L32DT30B certainly does have plenty going on to help it justify its cost. Particularly noteworthy are its 3D playback - making it Panasonic's first active 3D LCD TV for the consumer market - and its multimedia tools, which include DLNA support, file playback from USB drives, recording of the digital tuners to powered USB HDDs, and most significantly of all, Panasonic's new Viera Connect online portal.

This new portal is definitely an improvement in content and interactivity terms from Panasonic's previous Viera Cast system, and will even allow you to buy hardware accessories like joysticks and fitness gear for use with upcoming Viera Connect apps.

Perhaps the single biggest justification for the TX-L32DT30B's price, though, comes from the genuine innovations Panasonic has delivered with its LCD panel design technology in a bid to reduce response times and thus boost 3D performance levels.

These innovations pay off handsomely, moreover, in helping the TX-L32DT30B produce the cleanest, most watchable 3D picture yet seen on an LCD TV - notwithstanding the fact that at 32-inch, 3D pictures inevitably aren't as immersive as they can be on bigger screens.

While perfectly respectable with 2D playback, though, it the TX-L32DT30B isn't quite as outstanding as it is in 3D mode.

We liked

The set's 3D performance is superb, as its new panel design improvements finally prove that LCD really can do 3D while suffering barely any crosstalk. It also sounds much more powerful than most skinny 32-inch TVs, and its design is a nice leap forward from previous Panasonic LCD models.

It also delivers a very natural and subtle colour palette, and its pictures are capable of looking very sharp.

We disliked

While you really need to use the set's motion processing, you're not given much control over this processing. Similarly, while most people will prefer pictures with the set's local dimming feature active, this causes an occasionally noticeable issue with chunks of backlight inconsistency.

Finally, it feels as if the onscreen menu system for Viera Connect might struggle to cope once huge numbers of apps start to come on line.

The set is pretty pricey for a 32-inch model, too, for all its innovations.

Final verdict

If you are after a 32-inch TV that delivers the last word in 3D LCD picture quality, the TX-L32DT30B is definitely the screen for you. The extensive technological innovations Panasonic has developed really pay off, finally removing crosstalk noise from the 3D LCD experience.

The set is nicely designed and well built, too and packs enough multimedia tools to satisfy even pretty devoted multimedia consumers.

There are many good things about the TX-L32DT30B's 2D performance as well, as you would expect considering its 3D-focussed technology is all about reducing LCD's response time issues. However, while its 2D pictures look mostly good, slight flaws in a couple of the set's 2D picture technologies stop the TX-L32DT30B from being able to bag a completely unqualified recommendation, especially with its price taken into account.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyViera DT30
3D Type3D
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Analog TunerPAL
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)13 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption118 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand502 mm
Width with Stand751 mm
Depth with Stand230 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate400 Hz
Height468 mm
Width751 mm
Depth72 mm
Sound SystemVirtual Surround, Surround Sound, DTS
Product SeriesDT30
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesChild Lock, Web Browser, Picture and Text (PAT), Teletext
Product ModelTX-L32DT30B
Product NameViera TX-L32DT30B LED-LCD TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXL32DT30B
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The viewing experience has never been so lifelike and compelling as it is with Panasonic's 3D technology. Compared to conventional panels, the IPS Alpha panel used for the 3D LED LCD TV has doubled the response speed for a more uniform and rapid response. Also, a newly developed and original high-speed drive system increases the drive speed to achieve the highest level of 3D LCD image quality and minimal crosstalk, thus delivering clear 3D images and ensuring comfortable viewing.

Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)10 kg