Similarly, as Tom Cruise charges about a Berlin factory trying to rescue his old trainee in Mission: Impossible III, his pumping limbs look surprisingly crisp. Even better, the processing Panasonic has used to achieve its 100Hz effect seems to throw up no significant nasty side effects – something that cannot be said of the 100Hz-esque attempts of one or two new rivals, as we’ll be detailing in upcoming reviews…
Some of the 32LXD70’s extra motion clarity could also be down to the IPS Alpha panel at its heart. Certainly the panel design is responsible for the fact that unlike the vast majority of its rivals, Panasonic’s 32LXD70 can be watched from almost any angle without losing great dollops of colour or contrast.
Talking of contrast, here too the 32LXD70 improves greatly over Panny’s previous LCD efforts. With the auto backlight adjustment system in play, dark movie scenes like those that make up so much of Alien are far less troubled by LCD’s traditional greyness than usual, while also retaining enough shadow detail to encourage you to keep scanning dark backgrounds for signs of the troublesome xenomorph.
Colours are outstanding, too. The lush island habitat of Test Drive Unlimited simply blazes off the screen, but the set is also equally at home showing the eminently more natural colour tones of, say, Cash in the Attic…
The extra clarity afforded to the picture by the 100Hz system is built on by the 32LXD70’s impressive talent with showing fine detail, as, for instance, every leaf seems visible in the trees around Bond’s mountain recuperation home on the Casino Royale Blu-ray disc.
You don’t have to be watching high definition to appreciate everything the 32LXD70 has to offer, though. For in fact the twin benefits of its 100Hz engine and 1080p processing also have a hugely beneficial effect on its standard definition performance, which is as crisp and clean as we’ve ever seen from an LCD TV.
In a perfect world, the 32LXD70’s black levels might be a touch deeper still, its auto backlight adjustment would be fractionally more subtle or quick-reacting, and its speakers would deliver a bit more frequency range, especially at the bass end.
But in the real world where we all live and, more importantly, shop, the simple facts of the matter are that the 32LXD70 is not only Panasonic’s finest LCD TV yet, but one of the finest yet to appear from anyone.