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Panasonic TX37LZD85 Review

by David Mackenzie
24 May 2008

Panasonic TX37LZD85

Although a strong believer in Plasma display technology, Panasonic has been paying increased attention to LCD in recent times. Utilising IPS Alpha (In-Plane Switching Alpha) panels from the facilities they jointly own with Hitachi and Toshiba, Panasonic has the capability to unleash some potentially impressive displays.

This 37" HDTV is fitted with a 1920x1080 screen from the said panel facility, with this "Full HD" resolution becoming standard on larger screen LCDs. This means that, all else being equal, this LCD TV has the potential to present you with maximum detail from 1080i sources like Sky HD and Freesat HD transmissions, and 1080p sources like Blu-ray Discs. In addition, it sports Panasonic's 100 Hz Motion Picture Pro technology, as well as a quoted dynamic contrast ratio of 10,000:1. We're about to find out if the Panasonic TX37LZD85's performance can live up to its impressive specification listing.

Design

The Panasonic TX37LZD85 is styled in a combination of gloss black and silver. In other words, it looks incredibly similar to a lot of other LCD televisions currently on shelves, which in itself is no bad thing. More distinctively, the bezel is thicker than average, and is complemented by a silver curved speaker bar, fitted at the bottom of the front section.

Feel around behind the frame on the right, and you'll find buttons to cycle through picture options, up and down buttons, and dedicated buttons to jump to both TV and AV modes. There's also a flap behind which an SD Card (Panasonic's favoured memory card format, and the industry standard) can be inserted, allowing you to view high-res photos on the HDTV.

The stand is sleek and matches the design of the LCD TV, in gloss black with a silver trim. The Panasonic TX37LZD85 came pre-attached to the stand, despite being a larger sized television, which was a nice convenience feature.

Connections

Connections

The Panasonic TX37LZD85's connectivity presents nothing out of the ordinary and should cover all user's needs. There's two SCART terminals, both of which can accept RGB video, and the second of which can also accept S-Video (that's in addition to RGB, not instead of).

Moving up, there's also Component video inputs which will be useful for anyone wanting to get the best results possible from an older progressive scan DVD player, older Xbox 360, or Nintendo Wii.

Side inputs

There's also two HDMI inputs on the back panel, too, as well as another nearby, on the recessed side panel. This is grouped beside a headphone input, and an S-Video/Composite/Stereo audio group of inputs, which will perhaps be useful for connecting a standard-def camcorder. There's also a PC input of the "VGA" type on the back panel.

 

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