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Panasonic TX-L37V20B review

LED TV with excellent HD credentials, but ultimately disappointing performance

Our Verdict

For

  • Attractive styling
  • Good sound for an LCD TV
  • Natural colour reproduction
  • Decent feature count

Against

  • Black levels not great
  • Some signs of motion blur
  • Rather expensive

Panasonic's edge-lit TX-L37V20B is one of its thinnest and most attractive LCDs to date. A metallic bezel and 45mm-deep cabinet house a fine feature count that includes both Freeview and Freesat HD tuners, plentiful multimedia options including HD video recording to USB and Panasonic's top-level picture processing suite. There's also a healthy suite of picture calibration tools, one area in which Panasonic has been rather miserly on previous LCD generations.

If £1k price tag is a bit steep for you, Panasonic has a range of 'designer' edge LED models, the D28 series, available in 37-inch, 32-inch, 22-chin and 19-inch flavours, with the 32-inch and smaller models also available in a variety of colours, including purple and white.

The more conventional D25 series still use edge LED lighting and include Panasonic's first 42-inch LCD TV.

You can make the most significant savings, though, by heading further down Panasonic's range to its CCFL-lit LCD TVs, as represented in decreasing order of features by the G20s (which have Freeview and Freesat HD dual tuners), the S20s (Freeview HD only) and finally the X20s, which don't have Freeview HD or any significant picture processing.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-S2, DVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyViera
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size94 cm (37")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
EthernetYes
Analog TunerPAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)17.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption147 W
Standby Power Consumption290 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio2,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand633 mm
Width with Stand919 mm
Depth with Stand287 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height591 mm
Width919 mm
Depth77 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, DTS, Surround Sound
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Child Lock, Picture and Text (PAT), Picture and Picture (PAP), Picture in Picture
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-L37V20
Product NameViera TX-L37V20 37" LED-LCD TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXL37V20B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

Panasonic brings you VIERA, a revolutionary line-up of 3DTV, Plasma, LED & LCD TV. The complete range of Viera TVs is fully compatible with the Going Digital Switchover.

SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)14.50 kg