Panasonic TX-L32ET5B review

Panasonic's first passive 3D TV proves a surprising 32-inch hit

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Panasonic TX L32ET5B review

Generally speaking, images on the Panasonic TX-L32ET5B are top-rate. Starting with the basics, Freeview and Freeview HD broadcasts are eminently watchable and require very little processing or adjustment.

Switching between Normal and Cinema modes is usually all that's required to produce clear images with accurate colours and strong levels of contrast.

Even ropey old transmissions of Minder on ITV4 are up to snuff, and fast-moving footage such as Champions League footy and HD movies hold together nicely, with negligible levels of judder.

You can eliminate judder entirely by switching IFC to max, but this introduces unwanted side-effects of occasional haloing and makes filmic material look like it was shot on a video camcorder. IFC's medium or low setting is a good compromise for watching sport, but it's best left off when watching movies.

Panasonic TX L32ET5B review

Switch to a 1080p/24 Blu-ray and IFC is automatically disabled in favour of 24p Smooth Film mode, which has very much the same effect. At least it can be adjusted to minimum, or turned off.

Overall, though, Blu-rays look stunning on the Panasonic TX-L32ET5B, aided in no small part by an exceptionally good black level and crucially, even levels of brightness. Avatar, for example, is richly rendered, falling just shy of the clarity we've seen on bigger screens.

There's no pooling of light when watching dark scenes, since Panasonic has made a sterling effort of implementing a consistently even backlight. This means you're at liberty to crank up the brightness without fear of overdoing selected parts of the image.

Panasonic TX L32ET5B review

Watching 3D images on the Panasonic TX-L32ET5B is surprisingly impressive. The TV makes a decent fist of converting daytime 2D broadcasts to 3D, and bespoke 3D material such as Monsters Vs Aliens Blu-ray undoubtably benefits from a near-absence of crosstalk.

And the loss of resolution doesn't seem too terrible, given the other convenience benefits of passive specs.

Off-axis 2D viewing with the Panasonic TX-L32ET5B is excellent, with no deterioration in image quality as you move to the side, even from very acute viewing angles.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyViera ET5
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Memory Card ReaderYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerPAL
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)11.50 kg
Operating Power Consumption82 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand519 mm
Width with Stand764 mm
Depth with Stand230 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyPolarized
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year59 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate300 Hz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height473 mm
Width764 mm
Depth52 mm
Sound SystemVirtual Surround, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, DTS
Product SeriesET5
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology, Web Browser, Picture and Text (PAT), Teletext
Product ModelTX-L32ET5B
Product NameTX-L32ET5B 32" Smart Viera LED TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXL32ET5B
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

32" Smart Viera LED TV - A Smart Experience with Easy 3D
A polarizing film on the display surface displays the left and right images for each of the odd-numbered and even-numbered horizontal scanning lines. When viewed through polarizing eyewear, different images are shown to the left and right eyes, resulting in the perception of 3D images. This method reduces the vertical resolution to one-half, but it is an easy way to view 3D images using light, economical eyewear. Great for watching with a group of people.

Package Contents
  • TX-L32ET5B 32" Smart Viera LED TV
  • 4 x 3D Glasses
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)9.50 kg