One final feature of the 32LXD600 we must mention as it’s the last key distinction between it and the 32LXD60 is its audio system. The rather underpowered speakers of the 32LXD60 are here replaced by a new ‘Advanced Smart Sound Speaker System’, which uses separate twin passive radiator woofers to boost bass and reduce the lower-register burden on the main speakers.
Given that they use identical technology, it comes as precisely zero surprise to find the 32LXD600’s pictures every bit as excellent as those of the 32LXD60. Which means they particularly stand out from the 32in LCD crowd thanks to some mighty fine black levels. These impress on two levels. First, dark areas of the picture look genuinely black, rather than greyed over or blue in tone as is still fairly common with LCD. And second, dark areas possess plenty of the sort of subtle greyscaling that stops them looking empty and flat.
Colours are pretty much sensational too, again hitting the spot on two levels: their impressive richness and brightness, and the naturalism of their tones, even where skin tones are concerned.
The two strengths above make the 32LXD600 a particular friend of HD Xbox 360 games. But where the 32LXD600 really becomes special is in how adaptable it is to every other source, too. HD video feeds, for instance, look absolutely superb, as the colour and black level talents are joined by terrific sharpness and fine detail resolution – all accomplished with practically no video noise.
Perhaps most remarkable of all, though, is the way the 32LXD600 handles standard definition. DVDs and even ordinary digital tuner pictures all look absolutely excellent; sharp, free of motion blur, noiseless, and wonderfully natural in colour. Shaving a single mark off the picture score is some slight, occasional jerkiness during camera pans. But otherwise the 32LXD600’s pictures are pretty much spot on.
As, we’re happy to say, are its sonics. That ‘Smart’ speaker system completely transforms the 32LXD600’s audio from the thin, rather lifeless effort of the 32LXD60 into one of the most powerful, clear, bass-heavy and wide soundstages we’ve yet heard from a 32in TV.
The 32LXD600 really is a dazzling TV. It fixes pretty much all the shortcomings of the already very good 32LXD60, and does so for what in the circumstances is a surprisingly affordable price.
Panasonic already occupies the high ground in the plasma world. Now, with the 32LXD600, it’s taken up residence there in the LCD world too.