Panasonic TX-32LXD70

14th Jun 2007 | 23:00

Panasonic TX-32LXD70

This is a superb TV that truly delivers

TechRadar rating:

5 stars

Panasonic TX-32LXD70 is packed with features and delivers a superb performance that is worth every penny spent

Like:

<p>Features</p><p>Colours</p><p>Looks</p>

Dislike:

<p>Black levels</p>

Everything about the 32LXD70 oozes quality, starting with its classy black looks. Then there are its comprehensive connections, with two 1080p-capable HDMIs, component video inputs, a PC jack, and a tuner input that receives Freeview broadcasts.

It's also got a strikingly long features list - including loads of stuff focused on boosting picture quality. For instance, processors on board can convert non-1080p sources into full HD for playback. Then there's Panasonic's new Motion Picture Pro 100Hz-style engine, which doubles the image refresh rate to tackle LCD's familiar problems with loss of resolution over moving objects.

Plus, you get what appears to be an unusually sophisticated and versatile dynamic backlight system, which dims the backlight output during dark scenes and helps the 32LXD70 claim a sky-high contrast ratio of 8500:1.

All the 32LXD70's clever-sounding features pay off handsomely in a truly mesmerising picture performance. It's particularly gratifying to see what a great job the 32LXD70 does of presenting all the lovely clarity and fine detail that makes HD so special - particularly as the HD image's extreme sharpness is delivered without a trace of video noise.

This isn't to say the 32LXD70 is just an HD machine, though; its image processing also knows how to work magic on standard-definition pictures to make them look reasonably crisp and clean. The 100Hz system helps the 32LXD70 reproduce an HD Premiership footie match with a level of clarity when showing moving players you just don't get with a 'normal' LCD contender.

And the Panasonic's colour management tools play a big part in reproducing some eye-catching colour tones on the shirts of the players, while also keeping a realistic grip on skin tones.

The picture holds onto its quality if viewed from a wide angle, too, and the set's sound is an improvement over its LXD60 predecessor. Other than perhaps wishing that black levels were slightly deeper still, there's really nothing bad to say about the 32LXD70 at all.

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