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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

Panasonic tx-l32dt30b

Sound

The decision to compromise the set's slimness with some proper speaker 'boxes' pays off handsomely, as the set delivers not only a more extensive audio range than the vast majority of slim 32-inch TVs but also a soundstage that spreads far and wide around your room without losing cohesion, power or clarity.

Value

There's no doubt that £1,100 is a hefty wad of cash to splurge on a 32-inch TV, so it's just as well that your money is buying you some genuinely innovative and 'next level' panel technology that gives rise to the finest LCD TV 3D performance yet.

That said, it still seems debatable if many punters will really be ready to spend so much to secure a 3D feature that perhaps feels a touch gimmicky at the 32-inch screen size - even if the 3D technology also improves Panasonic's 2D performance. With this in mind, larger DT30 models might find it easier to justify their costs.

Ease of use

The remote control for the TX-L32DT30B is pleasingly weighty and spacious affair and feels comfortable in the hand. Its button layout is generally decent, too, and it's great to find dedicated buttons for 3D and Viera Connect (still shown as Viera Cast on the relevant key).

The biggest gripe is the main menu button, which gets less prominence than it should.
The L32DT30's onscreen menus are thankfully better than the bland and at times rather tortuous efforts found on previous Panasonic TV generations. There are a few graphics on there now, and the main menus are translucent so you can still see the picture while you make your adjustments.

However, it's fair to say that Panasonic still has a way to go before it can rival the sophistication and appeal of some of its rivals, especially those from Korea.

The Viera Connect menu style feels rather cumbersome: it can't present you with direct access to many of your apps from one screen, potentially requiring you to burrow through lots of sub-menus.

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