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Panasonic Viera TX-L32DT30B - Features and 3D Revelations

John Archer

By John Archer

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Summary

Our Score:

8

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Looking at these in turn, the Ethernet jack provides access to your networked DLNA computer, potential interactive services from the integrated Freeview HD And Freesat HD tuners, and Panasonic’s new Viera Connect ‘smart TV’ service. The USBs can play back a good selection of video, photo and music files from USB storage devices; make the TV Wi-Fi ready via an optional USB dongle, or even record stuff from the digital tuners to a wide selection of powered USB HDDs. And the SD slot can also be used for playing back multimedia files direct from SD storage cards.

We covered the new Viera Connect service in our review of the L32E30B recently, so we won’t go into full detail on it again here. Suffice to say its highlights include a new Apps marketplace, the addition of the BBC iPlayer to the solid service set carried by Panasonic with its previous Viera Cast system, and a new level of interactivity that will include gaming options and health and safety utilities. In fact, Panasonic is intending to sell joysticks, weighing scales, heart rate monitors and even treadmill hardware accessories for - and through - the new Viera Connect service.

The L32DT30 carries the endorsement of the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF), which gives you a couple of ISF presets and, once you’ve selected the ISF option, access to a reasonably comprehensive colour management system and gamma controls.

It’s worth noting, perhaps, that the L32DT30 doesn’t join some of Panasonic’s 3D plasma TVs in having THX certification.

The L32DT30’s 3D stuff does include, though, 2D to 3D conversion, and an auto-detect mode for spotting side-by-side sources like Sky’s 3D broadcasts. The set has a built-in active 3D transmitter, but we were slightly disappointed given that it’s hardly cheap by 32in standards to find that it doesn’t ship with any 3D glasses. So you’ll have to add £100 a pop for any pairs of 3D glasses you need.

With this in mind, the L32DT30’s 3D performance had better be worth it. And actually, it is.

For as we can tell almost immediately, the L32DT30 suffers less with crosstalk than any other LCD TV we’ve seen. In fact, there’s scarcely any at all, which pretty much by default makes the L32DT30’s 3D pictures the best we’ve seen from an active 3D LCD screen. It doesn’t exactly damage our already positive feelings towards the L32DT30’s 3D images, either, that they enjoy a surprising amount of brightness, sharpness and colour richness. Dark areas lack some shadow detail versus Samsung’s latest 3D images, but then the Samsung’s have more crosstalk.

Actually, our only real concern about the L32DT30’s 3D images is a simple matter of scale. For we just couldn’t get as involved in the L32DT30’s 32in 3D worlds as completely as we usually do with much bigger 3D screens.

Enigma

April 1, 2011, 5:55 am

I am NO longer going to believe 8/10 scores for Sound Quality - especially on April 1st. Ever since I noted some months ago that in this day-and-age SQ scores should not be 7/10 or below I am NOW beginning to see 8/10!!! NO NO NO NOT true scores.

Why the hell the 2D pic quality is 8/10 and while 3D score is 10/10?

Oh wait a minute this is some kind of a lame April Fools joke Review like the one about the ZX!! Also the ridiculous price is dead give away and the smallish bezel/screen frame for a Pani also is a dead give away.

Very funny. I give you 1/10 for an April Fools joke! ;-))

PS3½

April 1, 2011, 1:00 pm

Does less crosstalk make viewing on this set easier on the eye? I'm thinking of buying the 37in version.

betelgeus

April 2, 2011, 8:01 am

its quite east to break down enigma ,they are saying you cannot get a better 3d picture at the same price point on any telly regardless of dimensions also if you put all tellys at this price point into a test this scores higher than most but is not the highest,therefore value couldd be as high as 9.5 except you can buy something with slightl less pq yet double the size for the same price.

ConfitDuck

April 3, 2011, 2:35 pm

There's no mention at all in the review about the quality of the SD picture from the built in tuner. All this focus on 3D features for the tiny proportion of people who have 3D sources and nothing on what to many more people will be of major importance. For the record I've had a good look at this model in John Lewis and the Freeview picture was decidedly below par.

vivster

April 3, 2011, 10:33 pm

Supplier - Woolworths? Happy April's Fool TR ;-)

gdawg304

June 6, 2011, 8:31 pm

I was just scouting round for reviews of 32" TVs for my bedroom and this one sounds good. However, I clicked on all three of your 'Best Price' links which suggest it can be have for £514-£540 and they all go to TX-L32E30, not the DT30 which is apparently in the £800-£1000 region....error on your price comparison pages?

Ed

June 6, 2011, 8:47 pm

Not too sure. Just tried it now and it worked fine.

gdawg304

June 17, 2011, 5:40 pm

Really odd Ed, I just tried again myself and all the links are still pointing to the E30 for ~£500 - £650 ("Best Price £509 at Amazon")....price "As Reviewed" was £879 which seems more like it. Just even tried on my iPhone and still comes up with the E30 prices!

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