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Panasonic TX32LXD700 Review
Although Panasonic are quick to state their opinion that Plasma is the only viable choice for large-screen HDTVs, the Japanese giant does, in fact, produce LCDs in the 32” and smaller sizes. The TX32LXD700 is Panasonic’s most highly-specified LCD-based HDTV, including a 720p-centric (it’s 1366x768, specifically) IPS Alpha panel, Panasonic’s “V-Real 2” video processing, and a feature called “100hz Motion Picture Pro” which promises to improve the perceived motion quality of images on-screen.
It’s been some time since I’ve investigated a Panasonic LCD TV, so was interesting in receiving their highest-end LCD to review. When the TX32LXD700 arrived, I was pleased to see that it comes already attached to the included tabletop stand, which the TV can swivel horizontally on should you want a better view of the action (although the panel’s unusually good viewing angle means this may actually be less necessary). The 32-inch panel is surrounded by a relatively thick bezel which features the currently popular gloss-black finish. As I wasn’t the first to get my hands on this particular review sample, I noticed that this said finish had collected some light scratches and fingermarks which were visible under certain lighting conditions, reminding me why I’m not at all fond of this current design trend. Two thin horizontal speaker columns are neatly packed in at the left and right of the frame.
Finally, the top of the TV has some touch-sensitive buttons to cycle through Picture options, as well as to switch between the TV and AV input modes. There’s also an On/Off button, should you wish to go green and avoid using the Standby mode.
The Panasonic TX32LXD700 features three HDMI inputs, which should satisfy almost every body’s needs. Each of them can accept video signals all the way up to 1080p (even if the panel in the TV can’t show 1080p’s worth of detail). One of them is located on the front under a flap, which is handy for anyone with HDMI-enabled camcorders or other equipment that’s not permanently connected, but might be an aesthetic annoyance for anyone not wishing to have a permanently-connected cable attached to the front of the unit (some other manufacturers tend to compromise by adding the 3rd HDMI input to the side).
Side Connections: composite, S-video & headphone
Additionally, there’s 2 RGB-enabled SCART terminals (one of which can also accept S-Video format signals), one Component input which accepts HD video up to 1080i resolution, a VGA/PC input which allows 1:1 mapping, and a side mounted Composite/S-Video pair, which are grouped beside a headphone jack.
Rear: 2 x HDMI, component, VGA, 2 x Scarts, analogue & digital audio out
The back panel also features Audio outputs, should you be wanting to hook up an additional sound system: both the traditional Analogue Stereo L/R phono/RCA jacks, and a Digital Optical output, which outputs all sound fed in to the TV (not only the output of the Digital tuner, as is common on some other models).