Panasonic Viera TX-L32S10 review

A basic spec and low price make for a decent, cheap 32-inch LCD TV

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Although the TX-L32S10B can handle 24p playback from Blu-ray, our Oscar-winning test disc Gandhi does include some irritating judder. It's mainly a problem during slow camera pans across the middle distance, though there's a jumpiness to moving close-up shots, too.

We also noticed some blur and resolution loss as the population tries to flee the Amritsar massacre show, and without 100Hz processing the TX-L32S10B is helpless to prevent it. Otherwise, the Amritsar scene shows some good work, with strong colours and well-defined edges, though it's not the most detailed image available at this size.

Although there is the unusual slight bias in the colour palette towards red, it's barley noticeable and doesn't hugely detract from an overall realistic reproduction of flesh tones. Banding is also banned from proceedings, with a smooth gradation of colours helping to create a HD picture that's always watchable.

Its slight lack of sharpness is also evident on another Ben Kingsley movie, Transsiberian on Blu-ray; its fast action, snowy scenes prove a showcase for both the TX-L32S10B's bright peak whites and cinematic handling of mixed-contrast scenes, though once again some blur takes the edge off the finished image.

Weak contrast levels

However, the TX-L32S10B's lack of contrast is its main weakness, with a tinge of blue creeping into dark areas, but that doesn't affect a generally impressive realism to images. Though not as convincing as on higher-end sets in the Viera range, dark areas and colours don't fade much at all if you watch from the wings rather than head-on.

That said, there is a bluish tinge to dark areas if you watch from the extremities. That may affect gamers, though for anyone with a Xbox 360 or PS3, the TX-L32S10B does seem a good choice. Paired with its Full HD resolution, that wide viewing angle makes it a genuine candidate for gaming nights.

Used with Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 on Xbox 360 the TX-L32S10B creates a smooth and colourful image, but again there's a jot less visible detail and contrast than on rival sets.

Standard definition on the TX-L32S10B does suffer from some serious scaling issues. Top Gear on BBC2, direct from the TV's built-in Freeview tuner, reveals lots of artefacting around the presenters in the studio, with ill-defined edges and blocky backgrounds. The panel's brightness keeps Freeview looking vibrant, but overall, we've seen a lot better attempts.

Underwhelming performance

More SD images from our Planet Earth test DVD equals more pictures that underwhelm. Fed from a DVD player via HDMI, the TV's own scaler doesn't do a great job, failing at upscaling to any useful degree, though aside from sharpness the varied pictures are watchable.

A mixed bag of pictures, perhaps, but actually the TX-L32S10B's performance is just above our expectations. Full HD sets regularly have problems with SD sources, and in the absence of Panasonic's very latest picture processing circuitry, that remains the case here.

Black levels are also lower than we'd like, but alongside strong colours and a wide viewing angle, it's the TX-L32S10B's lack of motion blurring that leaves us with a favourable view of this entry-level LCD TV.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-T
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyViera S10
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178
Vertical Viewing Angle178
Analog TunerPAL, SECAM, NTSC
HDMIYes
RMS Output Power20 W
VGAYes
S-VideoYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby, Surround Sound
Product SeriesS10
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Auto Program
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-L32S10
Product NameViera TX-L32S10 32" LCD TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXL-32S10B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

The TX-L32S10 has a wide 178 viewing angle which ensures clear images even when viewed from an angle. The back light's wide transmission aperture enhances the contrast between light and dark, and improves motion-image response. *Measured at an angle where the contrast ratio is 10:1 or higher.