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Panasonic TX-32LXD600 32in LCD TV - Panasonic TX-32LXD600

The HDMIs warrant closer attention, for they’re HDAVI compatible. Which is Panasonic’s fancy name for the fact that they permit enhanced communication with other Panasonic HDMI source equipment. So the TV could be used, say, to activate a few functions on a connected Panasonic DIGA DVD recorder.

Again, if we were to be churlish we might gripe that it would have been nice if this system worked too with gear from brands other than just Panasonic. But them’s the breaks, we guess. And at least Panasonic has delivered some level of HDMI intercommunication, which is more than can be said of any other brand we can think of.

Anyway, getting back to the matter in hand, the 32LXD600’s list of features beyond those already covered is just about long enough to satisfy. The set is HD Ready, of course, with a native resolution of 1,366 x 768 and compatibility with the 720p and 1080i (but not 1080p) HD formats joining the necessary HDMI and component connectivity.

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The digital tuner, meanwhile, is supported by an unusually well presented 7-day electronic programme guide, from which you can set recording events simply by selecting a desired programme from the listings.

Perhaps the set’s single biggest feature, though, given how well it worked on the 32LXD60, is its V-Real picture processing engine.

We won’t go into every element of V-Real in detail again as we did that in the 32LXD60 review, but essentially it incorporates: extra detailing for standard definition pictures; separate processing of the red, green and blue elements of each pixel for enhanced image definition; auto adjustment of the backlight brightness in response to the light levels of the picture content at any given time; an Active Contrast system that boosts the picture’s luminance output without negatively impacting black levels; and a new colour engine allegedly capable of delivering unprecedented greyscale and colour toning finesse.

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