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Panasonic Viera TH-37PX600 37in Plasma TV - Panasonic Viera TH-37PX600

In keeping with every Panasonic TV these days, the 37PX600 carries a built-in digital tuner, complete with conditional access module slot for adding subscription channels, and a well-implemented 7-day electronic programme guide.

Perhaps the TV’s most significant feature, though, is its V-Real image processing. This apparently delivers a number of significant improvements over anything Panasonic’s done before, with key talents including processing of both 720p and 1080i sources in their native forms, a Digital Remastering circuit to add fine detail to standard definition pictures, sub-pixel control whereby the TV processes the red, green and blue elements of each pixel individually for greater precision, and a Gamma Control system driven by new 11.5-bit picture processing that apparently helps the TV achieve a claimed total of 29 billion colours. Strewth. We’re just glad we weren’t the Panasonic lab monkey who had to count them all…

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The TV also sports contrast management to ensure the set’s black levels and brightness are always optimised to suit the image content, and a new noise reduction system which supposedly spots potential troublesome areas and stamps out noise before it can even appear onscreen (rather than only reacting to it after it has appeared).

Then there’s the latest version of Panny’s justly famed Real Black Drive technology for improving the TV’s black levels by making them deeper (Panny quotes a contrast ratio figure of 10,000:1), and less troubled by grey dot crawl than most plasmas. Real Black Drive is supported on the latest Vieras by a new ‘Deep Black Filter’ too, which soaks up onscreen reflections.

Our last duty on the features front is to cover two more points where the 37PX600 differs from the PX60 range. First, the PX600 benefits from a more potent speaker system, which uses separate woofers and tweeters for greater clarity, and ups the power handling to 31W from the PX60’s 20W. Second, the PX600 carries a full picture in picture system.

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