Panasonic TX-L37DT30B review

  • £1099

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

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Armed with two 10W speakers, the TX-L37DT30B seeks to succeed where so many have failed, but comes up short. The default music or speech presets are treble-heavy, while the step-up V-Audio proves the most powerful, adding a dollop of bass and placing dialogue noticeably at the front of the mix.

V-Audio ProSurround is less successful, appearing to widen the soundstage only very slightly; it's too subtle for movies. Overall though, the audio performance of the TX-L37DT30B isn't too bad.

Value

In the world of 3D where bigger is most definitely better, the TX-L37DT30B is a small TV, so although it may not always convince, there's no doubting the precise quality of its good value 3D images.

In terms of competitors it goes up against the likes of Sony's KDL-40EX724, Samsung's UE37D6530 and LG's 42LW550T – the latter of which is a passive 3D set.

Premium-priced it may be, but the TX-L37DT30B crams in so many easy to use features – the most useful three being BBC iPlayer, pause/rewind live TV and DivX playback – that it's hard to call this edge LED anything other than good value.

Ease of use

Viera Connect is built around a user interface that's impossible to fault. Which is more than can be said for the menu system of the TV itself, which – despite representing a marked improvement on desperately drab previous efforts – is still rather conservative.

Picture presets include two industry standards from the Imaging Science Foundation, ISF Day and ISF Night, as well as a True Cinema setting. Tweakers will welcome the presence of 'advanced' menus that give access to gamma levels, colour management and white balance. Also tucked away here is a choice between 'mid', 'max' and 'off' for the 400Hz IFC mode, though no dedicated 3D settings aside from auto-detection.

Panasonic's GuidePlus+ seven-day electronic programme guide for Freeview suffers from a squeezed design and kills dead the live channel being watched. Rivals such as Sony and Samsung are eons ahead in this regard. USB recording/pausing/rewinding proves fairly straightforward once the HDD or USB stick is formatted, though playback of digital files is less simple.

We managed to play DivX, DivX HD, MP4, MOV and WMV video, MP3 and WMA music, and JPEG photos. Not a bad haul, though it's a different experience on DLNA streaming. Hooked up to a iMac running TwonkyMedia we streamed DivX (AVI), AVCHD and MOV video, MP3 music and JPEG photos only. Why no DivX HD over the network?

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°
EthernetYes
Analog TunerPAL
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
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
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand570 mm
Width with Stand874 mm
Depth with Stand260 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
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
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-L37DT30
Product NameViera TX-L37DT30 LED-LCD TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXL37DT30
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
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.

SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)12.50 kg