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Panasonic Viera TX-32LXD85 32in LCD TV
The latest in what's becoming a quite dizzying storm of new Panasonic TVs is upon us - meaning the first thing we have to clear up about the 32in TX-32LXD85 LCD model is exactly where it fits in Panasonic's range.
The most important point is that the second 'X' in its name signifies that it's got an HD Ready resolution of 1,366 x 768 rather than the 1,920 x 1,080 full HD pixel count of the Panasonic 32LZD85. This fact alone is enough to place it at the bottom of the current Panny flat TV tree, although there are other differences too.
Before covering those, though, we should stress that the 32LXD85's relatively low status in the range is reflected in its price, as it can be yours for just over £600 - around £160 cheaper than the 32LZD85 at the time of writing.
Anyway, back to things the 32LXD85 lacks versus the LZD85; kicking off with Panasonic's Motion Focus Technology for making moving objects look sharper. Plus, surprisingly, there's no support for the x.v. Colour format and no specialist 24p Film mode for improving the fluidity of playback of 1080p/24 sources from Blu-ray players. Please note, though, that this does not mean the TV can't actually accept 24p feeds - it can.
One thing the 32LXD85 happily has in common with the 32LZD85 is 100Hz processing, to make motion in the picture look sharper and smoother. If this turns out as successful a 100Hz system as that witnessed on the 32LZD85 - and we have no reason to expect that it won't be - then the set's picture quality will be off to a very good start.
The 32LXD85 is also on a par with Panasonic's costlier model in terms of connectivity. Which is to say that you get a healthy three HDMI inputs, a component video input, a 15-pin D-Sub for PC connectivity, a couple of SCARTs (both able to receive RGB signals), S-Video and composite video inputs, and even an SD card slot you can use for playing digital stills directly from SD camera cards. Please note, though, that this SD card slot will not also play the AVCHD video format handled by one or two of Panasonic's SD card-sporting TVs (including the brand's upcoming freesat models).
Inevitably the 32LXD85 shares the digital tuner found across the entire Panasonic flat TV range now, complete with the brand's well-presented electronic programme guide system.