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Panasonic TX-L39E6 - Contrast, Standard Definition and Verdict

John Archer

By John Archer



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Panasonic L39E6


Our Score:


Panasonic L39E6 - Contrast

Getting the deepest blacks and most natural colours out of the L39E6 does require the TV to take quite a hit in brightness terms, but this isn’t a heavy sacrifice to make for dark-room viewing in our opinion. Especially as even with the backlight levels really quite subdued the L39E6 still produces quite a decent amount of the shadow detail that adds life and authenticity to dark scene reproduction.

Panasonic L39E6

Overall, the key thing we like about the L39E6 is that unlike so many LCD TVs at its price level, its core panel design is sufficiently good to let people enjoy both really bright, colour-rich images and dark, contrast-fuelled images, depending on their tastes and/or moment to moment needs. Such flexibility remains quite rare in the relatively affordable TV world.

Panasonic L39E6 - Standard Definition

The L39E6 also impresses with its upscaling of standard definition sources, adding gentle amounts of detail while also, critically, managing to filter out source noise. At the very least, the processing doesn’t bring extra attention to source noise like lesser upscaling systems can. The colourscape with standard definition sources looks a bit more basic than it does with HD, but this is hardly unusual in the affordable LCD TV world.

Probably the biggest weaknesses of the L39E6’s pictures are a) that they don’t hold up over such wide viewing angles as those produced by Panasonic’s IPS screens, and b) that moving objects lose a bit of resolution as they pass across the screen. These really aren’t deal-breakers though, especially given the price of the L39E6. Indeed, the vast majority of film and TV lovers will be very satisfied with its overall handling of standard definition.

Panasonic L39E6

Gamers will be slightly less satisfied though, thanks to an average input lag measurement for the L39E6 of just over 60ms. This is, oddly, quite a bit higher than the figure recorded for the L42E6, and could slightly reduce your performance with time-sensitive games.

Turning finally to the L39E6‘s audio, surprisingly given the unfeasible slimness of the TV’s frame we found ourselves able to enjoy all regular TV shows without a trace of distortion or tininess, and even fairly heavy-duty sound mixes in action films are by no means unpleasant on the ears. The internal speakers of the L39E6 produce a passably open mid-range, reasonably well-rounded trebles and even a small amount of bass (though we certainly wouldn’t have minded a bit more low-frequency impact in an ideal world).


The L39E6’s new size point, good picture quality, reasonable price and outstanding smart interface combine to make it a seriously appealing option for anyone after a mid-sized, non-3D screen.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Design 9
  • Features 8
  • Image Quality 9
  • Sound Quality 7
  • Value 8

Howard Walker

July 4, 2013, 9:43 am

I wish that I could agree with the review. My TX-L39E6B has very poor sound, especially if the automatic sound adjusting mechanism is activated. I often have to adjust it so I ordered a Panasonic sound system ( £230+) to go with the television in the hope that it would improve things. That was 7 weeks ago and I am still waiting.

It has a browser that will not access most web site pages due to severe limitations in the browser app. When I phoned Panasonic uk, they said that this was what their customers wanted. The remote is unusable in smart mode (I had to buy a keyboard) and if I turn the mains off for any reason it forgets its Internet connection details and has to be set up again. Picture is usually fine. The home screen feature is a waste of time, and the apps on sale are of little use to me, but may be to others. The only useful feature is that it can play back items on a USB chip, and can also access my home network to play my record collections.

I have had Panasonic equipment prior to this, but never again.

Myfootballclub Myfc

August 2, 2013, 1:48 pm

I like very much this Panasonic but take care about your first phrase (39 inch is definitely a first)
From far as I know there are at least 2 models older than this Panasonic.I think there are from 2012.

Philips 39PFL3807
- http://www.p4c.philips.com/...

Samsung 39EH5003 - http://www.samsung.com/uk/s...

But this Panasonic is absolutely awesome, also is a Smart TV


January 20, 2014, 11:18 am

it cant record to usb. Why does the review say it can?


March 6, 2014, 6:19 pm

And you can't even set reminders via the EPG. A glaring omission really when all other brands do this with ease.

Alex Artemiev

March 26, 2014, 7:29 am

cons: input lag? no 3d? im console gamer for many years and i own this model 42 inch* for bout 3 month's, soo ive been looking for not expensive tv with low input lag, i dont need netflix lovefilm or hbo go,generally i dont use smart functiions everyday, just weather app and some news app, average input lag is 30 ms, on leo bodnar is 40/45 ms, my e6e got on leo 25 ms input lag, the only cons of this tv is very poor sound, image is perfect,esthetics of tv is also perfect, soo if ur'e looking for hdtv for gaming i couldnt recommend any better tv for this price. 9'5 out of 10

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