Panasonic TX-L37D25 review

  • £1100

One of the best-equipped sets for free HD is a top-notch performer

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Our Verdict

Excellent all-rounder, the overall quality of which more than outweighs its few minor foibles

For

  • Superb HD performance
  • Decent black levels and contrast
  • Impressive features

Against

  • Average motion handling
  • SD pictures aren't great

Now and then a TV comes along that makes everything else seem rather ordinary.

The TX-L37D25 is one of an exciting new breed from Panasonic that lays down a marker for spec and performance that many of its rivals will struggle to match.

Features

First, on a remarkably generous list of features is the edge-mounted LED backlighting system.

Panasonic is only a recent adopter of this technology (making its debut in the concurrent D28 series) and the slender panel depth it allows has permitted the manufacturer a rare flight of design fancy, in the form of a thin, but not radically narrow chassis, fronted by an attractively contoured, gunmetal grey fascia.

The other big news with the TX-L37D25 is that it houses both Freeview and Freesat HD tuners, which means that you can plug straight into subscription-free hi-def whether you've got an aerial or a dish on your roof.

This sort of spec immediately sets it ahead of most of the competition and that's before you've considered the Net Cast web capability, the myriad multimedia options lurking under the Tools button, the four HDMIs, and the latest generation of the company's own extremely powerful vreal Pro image engine, as well.

Connections are headed up by four HDMIs (only Philips currently goes one better) plus two USB ports, an SD card slot and an Ethernet connection, as well as the usual analogue and digital ins and outs, and an SD card slot.

Ease of use

Panasonic is yet to succumb to the otherwise near-universal craze for jazzy, graphic-led user interface and soldiers on with roughly the same text'n'tables system that has served it to solid, nonsense-free effect over the last few years.

When it works as well as this, though, there's no urgent need for any radical change. So we get the familiar blue, grey and yellow colour scheme and bold, plainly legible white text mixing with an architecture that has been laid down with Spock-like logic to ensure that each step of the installation and tweaking procedure is at no point bewildering or intimidating.

The remote is similarly utilitarian. Not for the space age, contoured slivers that accompany Philips or Sony-type sets, but rather a reassuringly chunky handset with everything where it should be and large, clearly marked buttons that operate precisely.

The rather rubbery keys are white and presumably won't stay that way for long (particularly if children's grimy digits come anywhere near them), but the zapper interacts in pleasingly straightforward fashion with the main menus.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-S, DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyViera D25
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size94 cm (37")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
EthernetYes
Analog TunerPAL
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)17.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
Operating Power Consumption147 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 Stand632 mm
Width with Stand917 mm
Depth with Stand287 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Height590 mm
Width917 mm
Depth77 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound
Product SeriesD25
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Picture and Text (PAT), Child Lock
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-L37D25B
Product NameViera TX-L37D25B 37" LED-LCD TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXL37D25BA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

The D25 Series includes a DVB-S tuner for Freesat HD and a DVB-T2 tuner for Freeview HD providing you with a convenient, subscription free way of watching HD contents like sport, as well as your favorite soaps, dramas and documentaries in full HD glory wherever you are in the UK.

SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)14.50 kg