Don't Know Which HDTV To Buy? Try Our HDTV Selector Tool

Operating The Panasonic TX32LXD70

by Colin Tang
12 April 2007

The menu system is essentially `transplanted' from the recent TH42PX70 model we looked at, with all its shortcomings.

Main Menu

The Viera Main Menu subtly appears on the top left of the screen when summoned from the remote. Viera Link is the proprietary Panasonic inter-device operating system linking them from your single remote. Handy, but we're not THAT loyal to Panasonic.

Picture Menu
Picture Menu 1/2

The Panasonic TX32LXD70Buy this for £569.99 at Dixons
Use code '5TV' for £30.00 discount
has 4 viewing modes with memory for your settings but they are not independent for your inputs, which they should be. Unfortunately, the four modes have different basic settings and offsets and automatic 'enhancement'. For example, we discovered that maxing the contrast on the dynamic setting had approximately double luminance (cd/m2) of the same maxed out contrast bar in the standard setting. Also, dynamic setting has a S shaped gamma curve and dynamic backlight adjustment not present in auto or cinema mode. While I normally balk at attempts to force enhancement on end-users, Panasonic has been kind enough to leave the Cinema and auto mode relatively unscathed.

It is a shame that the glider bar has no numerical values to aid setting alteration. This was a similar issue with the TH42PX70. Furthermore you should be very careful when hovering near the Reset to Default, as it doesn't ask for confirmation before blasting your settings to oblivion.

P-NR is the internal noise reduction feature included in this panel, but for reasons we will explain later, it is totally unnecessary. Colour management creates `vivid' colours but you probably already guessed our recommendation. Well to be fair, it may have some application for SD material if you find the colours a bit too anaemic for your taste.

Setup Menu
Setup Menu

 

EPG
EPG

The Setup menu consists of a collection of miscellanous configuration options. We are missing the backlight control here, which would have allowed for deeper blacks while taking a brightness hit. The EPG, as you can see above is standard issue, but the text is sharp and clear.

Remote control   Remote control
I've seen this before...
 
It's got the curves...

The remote physically resembles the one from Panasonic plasma TH42PX70 but its on a smaller footprint. The rear of the remote is curved on both sides and so will help with grip whether you are right or left handed. The directional ring is oddly placed to far from the natural grasping position, so navigation can be a bit clumsy for some. Users may also feel a little snowed in by the blizzard of buttons that cover the whole faceplate. The buttons have a feedback that is typical of rubber based switches.

The remote's aspect button can engage up to 7 aspect ratio modes: Auto, 16:9, 14:9, 4:3, Zoom 1,2,3.

Up close, I detected a very high-pitched whine at the back of the Panasonic TX32LXD70Buy this for £569.99 at Dixons
Use code '5TV' for £30.00 discount
which persisted in standby mode, but this shouldn't present a problem for viewers as I did not notice it from 3 feet away in front of the TV even during silent scenes. If your ears are too sensitive to high-frequency noise, you can judiciously place sound absorbing materials (curtains, wall tapestries or even acoustic panels) behind the TX32LXD70 to reduce sound scatter and reflections off hard walls.


Back To: TX32LXD70 Review

Discuss this article at our new HDTVTest forum