Panasonic Viera TX-L32G10B - 32in Freesat LCD TV - Panasonic Viera TX-L32G10B

John Archer

By John Archer

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

User Score:

Surprisingly, though, the L32G10 doesn't make particularly great use of its 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution when showing high definition sources. Pictures just don't look quite as much of a step up from a good DVD picture as I would have expected, thanks to a slight lack of general crispness.

Easily the set's biggest flaw, though, is its underwhelming black level response. Dark scenes, and even dark parts of otherwise bright scenes, are all afflicted by some really easy to see grey clouding - a fact which means dark scenes look distractingly less dynamic on the L32G10 than bright ones, as well as lacking depth and general credibility.

It doesn't help dark scenes, either, that the dynamic contrast system the TV employs to try and boost its black level response during dark scenes feels over-aggressive, making its brightness adjustments so obvious at times that they can be really quite distracting. More is the pity, then, that you can't choose to deactivate the system if you're as troubled by it as I sometimes was.

Finally in the negative column, pictures generally aren't as bright as I would ideally like them to be. Moreover, while colour tones are mostly good, I did feel at times as if there was a touch more red around than there should be.

Sonically the L32G10 is on a par with the L37G10. Which is to say that it's a bit short of bass and can sound crowded in the mid-range during action scenes, but excels when it comes to eking out the treble detailing and effects placement that often brings a good sound mix to life.

Verdict

While the convenience of having Freesat and Freeview tuners built-in to a 32in TV is laudable, the L32G10's overall performance standards are nothing out of the ordinary, making the £700-plus price is a touch high. It's still a decent TV, but not one that will excite and delight.

ffrankmccaffery

April 28, 2009, 10:20 pm

why would you want the design of a tv to "engage" you? surely the subtler and less obtrusive the styling the better?

grouse

April 29, 2009, 1:51 am

where has value gone on the scores. or did this tv get 0. 𧽴 for a 32" is very steep in this day and age.

Andy Vandervell

April 29, 2009, 2:25 am

Ah, may bad. Was dazzled by the endless torrent of 7s. Yeah, 𧽴 is a lot, but you're paying for the Freesat tuner there really.

Geoff Richards

April 29, 2009, 5:08 am

@Grouse - these days there isn't really a straight Size vs Price progression as there might've been in the past. "𧽴 for a 32" is very steep in this day and age" is a perfectly natural reaction, but this is Full HD 1080p for starters. Also the in-built Freeset HD tuner will set you back 𧵎-ish as a set-top box (from memory).





I'm not defending this Panasonic per se - just pointing out that it's a member of the "Premium Small" sector ie 32" for people with small requirements, but premium spec, rather than the usual bargain basement (I saw a TV ad for Argos tonight that had 32" 720p LCD for 𧷣!!)

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