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TX32LXD70 Setup & Design

by Colin Tang
12 April 2007

Front   Back
You can just about make out the silver lining..
 
Back view...

Setting up the Panasonic TX32LXD70Buy this for £569.99 at Dixons
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is a breeze. Weighing a mere 17.5 kg, it is one of the lightest panel we have reviewed, thanks to its all plastic construction. I remember that we were ready to go in record time, under 3 minutes.

Once the panel was safely perched on our glass cabinet, we can't help but feel a little undewhelmed by the overall design and look of the panel. If you are looking for the gloss or metal finish of the more expensive Plasma cousins, you won't find it here. I felt that the 'fault' lay almost entirely on the cheap looking, silver plastic lining around the display frame. Our attention was needlessly drawn by contrast to this decor, which was in no way special. Furthermore, side profile was the widest yet we have seen. But fear not...like the proverbial ugly ducking, there are good things in store...

Bottom Sheet   Manual
Bottom sheet
 
Manual

The TV comes in standard accessories. The bottom sheet is attached to the bottom of the panel once the stand is removed for wall mounting. The manual covers the 26 and 32 inch panels and is relatively detailed for LCD TV virgins, although it can be cluttered on some pages.

Side

Top

Main connection panel

Side panel has headphones, Svideo, composite video and audio inputs

Above: Main controls topside; Below: Main connection panel

The unit comes in the expected assortment of connection options: 2 x HDMI, 1 Component Video, 2 x SCART, 1 S-Video and Composite inputs, together with relevant analogue audio in. The Panasonic TX32LXD70Buy this for £569.99 at Dixons
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has a pair of L/R analogue audio out and headphones but justifiably omits digital, subwoofer, and multimedia interface to remain price competitive.

HDMI connnections are capable of the following resolutions 480i/p, 576i/p 720p and 1080i/p at 50 or 60 Hz when appropriate. Component only does up to 1080i however.

PC VGA is best done at 1366x768, matching the native resolution of the panel. Using a combination of H, V, clock phase and tracking controls in the user menu, we can achieve 1:1 mapping on our Radeon 9600 powered HTPC. Interestingly there is a gamma control when PC connection is used (why don't they include this on other connections?!!). The Panny does not accept 1366x768 resolution from the HTPC via DVI/HDMI, so don't bother connecting this up.

Panasonic has digital and analogue tuners installed on this model and I am always impressed by the quick setup and scanning procedure.


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