Who’d have thought that one day a technology originally developed for CRT TVs (remember those?) would play a key role in the world of the flat TV? Nope, us neither. But that’s exactly what seems to be happening with 100Hz.
Originally 100Hz was developed to counter the flickering effect common with CRT TVs, using processing to double the usual 50Hz PAL image scanning rate. But now with flat TV – or, more specifically, LCD TV – it’s increasingly being used as a way to tackle motion blur, whereby objects smear and lose resolution as they move across the screen. The thinking (in oversimplified terms!) is that by doubling the number of frames that appear per second, you can put back in some of the resolution lost by LCD pixels struggling to react in time to changes in the image content.
If you’re wondering by now what the hell happened to the review of Panasonic’s new 32in LCD TV you thought you were supposed to be reading, don’t worry. We haven’t lost the plot. It’s just that the 32LXD70 is Panasonic’s first attempt at a 100Hz LCD TV, so we thought we’d kick off by ‘setting the scene’, as it were.
The home for this 100Hz debut is a very attractive one, combining a solid-feeling black bezel with some subtly understated silver trim around the outer edge – a major aesthetic improvement over the rather cheap silvery look of Panasonic’s previous LCD range.
Connections are up to the demands of today’s HD world, too, including as they do two HDMIs, a component video input, and a PC input. The RF input connects to a digital tuner, too, which is supported by a Common Interface slot for adding pay TV services to the core Freeview channel package.