Panasonic TX-L37DT30B review

Excellent edge LED TV with BBC iPlayer plus built-in Freeview/Freesat HD tuners

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The TX-L37DT30B churns out some very respectable 3D images indeed. Some of Avatar's more frenetic scenes that juxtapose light and dark images – such as the dog attack on Jake right before he's rescued by Neytiri – do promote some ghosting and can be hard to watch.

Conversely, super-sharp shots seconds later of the self-illuminating flowers on the riverside contain some stunning depth and contrast. No flicker issues or tired eyes there, though that's in a blackout; crack open a window and the light can cause a more visible flicker as well as some nasty reflections.

The 2D image, meanwhile, is as good as, if not better than, any of its competitors. A blast of ProEvolution Soccer from an Xbox360 provides some evidence of accurate colours as well as some nifty upscaling; the deal is sealed by a DVD that's made to look not only near-HD, but almost as clean as a Blu-ray disc. Unlike with 3D, the small-ish size of the screen helps in this regard, but native scaling skills aren't in doubt.

Nor is its ability with fast-moving video. With 400Hz Intelligent Frame Creation engaged there is little loss of HD resolution compared to the eye-popping still image, which is hugely impressive, given LCD technology's innate weakness in this area.

Frame insertion technologies can create an artificial look and many a flicker and tear over quick movements, but chase sequences through the jungle of Pandora in Avatar retain a natural and vibrant feel. A rich coloured, contrast-heavy movie such as Avatar really benefits from the TX-L37DT30B's C.A.T.S. feature, though even on everyday Freeview channel it introduces a welcome cinematic balance.

This set's novel 2D-to-3D conversion doesn't compare well at all to a native 3D presentation, though an episode of Game of Thrones comes alive. Depth is created, but only between the foreground and the background, while these conversions tend to bear a very noticeable flicker. If the cameraman decides to indulge in some changes in depth of field in his 2D original, the converted 3D shot just looks plain confusing.

In general though, the TX-L37DT30B's pictures are stunning.

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 Size94 cm (37")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Analog TunerPAL
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)15.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption136 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand570 mm
Width with Stand874 mm
Depth with Stand260 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate400 Hz
Height536 mm
Width874 mm
Depth72 mm
Sound SystemVirtual Surround, Dolby Pulse, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS
Product SeriesDT30
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesChild Lock, Picture and Text (PAT), Teletext
Product ModelTX-L37DT30
Product NameViera TX-L37DT30 LED-LCD TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXL37DT30
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)12.50 kg