Back in early April, we found Panasonic’s L32DT30 to be something of a revelation. For while we’d seen a few promising 3D LCD models, the L32DT30 was the first one that proved definitively to us that LCD can do pretty much as well with full HD active 3D pictures as plasma technology.
Yet we still couldn’t quite give the L32DT30 an overall score higher than an 8. First because 32in just didn’t seem big enough to make 3D look convincing, and second because its price (which was then £880) just seemed too high.
With a bit of luck, then, the L37DT30 will make it easier for us to show Panasonic’s really quite innovative new LCD panel technology the love it deserves. For as well as being a substantial 5in bigger, we’ve also found the L37DT30 selling for £20 less than the best price available on its smaller sibling at the time we reviewed that set.
The L37DT30’s extra size starts to make a positive impact before we’ve even turned it on. For it allows you to better appreciate the subtle elegance of the DT30 design, with its exceptionally well built and slim black bezel, offset very pleasantly by a silvery metallic trim.
The flagship (LCD) nature of the L37DT30 is apparent in its connections too. For as well as four HDMIs there’s an abundance of multimedia support including a trio of USBs (where we’d usually only optimistically expect to find two), a LAN port, a D-Sub PC port, and an SD card slot.
The LAN port can be used to jack the TV into your network for either accessing files stored on a DLNA PC, or else it can provide your portal into Panasonic’s new Viera Connect online platform. More on this later.
If all this talk of LAN connections sounds a bit old-fashioned, then you can make the TV wi-fi ready as well. But you’ll need a separate USB wi-fi dongle which sadly isn’t included as standard with the TV and will therefore cost you an extra £75 or so if you go for Panasonic’s official solution.
The SD card slot and USBs can, obviously, be used for direct playback of a completely workable if not exhaustive selection of multimedia file types, including video formats as well as photos and music. Plus the USBs can be used for recording from the digital tuners to correctly formatted USB HDDs.
The plural use of tuners back there was no mistake, for in keeping with all of Panasonic’s high-level TVs, the L37DT30 has a Freesat HD tuner as well as a Freeview HD one.