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Panasonic TX-L32DT30B review

An active 3D LCD TV with impressive multimedia options, but is 32-inches too small?

Our Verdict

For

  • Class-leading 3D performance
  • Good build quality
  • Decent 2D performance
  • Impressive connectivity, multimedia and online features
  • Respectable audio quality

Against

  • Difficulties getting black levels and motion control right
  • Very expensive
  • Cumbersome Viera Connect interface

The Panasonic TX-L32DT30B is Panasonic's first LCD TV to carry active 3D playback. This is a significant development from a brand that's only previously only bestowed this honour upon its beloved plasma screens.

The TX-L32DT30B is also the smallest active 3D TV we've tested so far and is built around the brand's latest IPS Alpha panel technology.

The latter delivers the same ultra-wide viewing angles as other IPS displays, but as will become apparent later, Panasonic has improved almost every other aspect of its panel design to make the TX-L32DT30B capable of doing a better job with 3D footage.

Also underlining the TX-L32DT30B's uncompromising stance are its extensive multimedia functions, including DLNA PC compatibility and Panasonic's new, improved online platform, dubbed Viera Connect.

If the TX-L32DT30B's 3D capabilities don't interest you, you're looking at stepping down to Panasonic's E30 series, though bear in mind that this step down will also see you losing out on many of the other advantages of the DT30's panel design, including its 400Hz (200Hz plus scanning backlight) motion processing.

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 Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
EthernetYes
Analog TunerPAL
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)13 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption118 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand502 mm
Width with Stand751 mm
Depth with Stand230 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate400 Hz
Height468 mm
Width751 mm
Depth72 mm
Sound SystemVirtual Surround, Surround Sound, DTS
Product SeriesDT30
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesChild Lock, Web Browser, Picture and Text (PAT), Teletext
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-L32DT30B
Product NameViera TX-L32DT30B LED-LCD TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXL32DT30B
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)10 kg