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Panasonic TX37LZD85 Conclusion

by David Mackenzie
24 May 2008

Pros

  • Handles 1080p/24 video signal correctly without telecine judder
  • Low input lag (great for gamers)
  • Great viewing angle
  • Great panel uniformity (lack of clouding/ mura)
  • Great motion resolution
  • Great colour decoding accuracy
  • Clear and easily readable EPG
  • Substantial remote control

Cons

  • Forced edge enhancement lowers overall detail and creates halos, even on 1080p sources
  • Forced MPEG Noise Reduction on DVB input gives artificial appearance to digital broadcasts and lowers detail (but also reduces compression artefacts)
  • 100hz system can't be disabled, and can occasionally create interpolation artefacts
  • Forced temporal noise reduction can cause smearing in picture
  • No 3:2/ 2:2 cadence recovery ("Film Mode") at all
  • EPG has slight lag
  • No backlight control, so light output of panel cannot be tailored to individual preference
  • Remote must be aimed directly at infrared sensor

Conclusion

The Panasonic TX37LZD85 is a difficult LCD HDTV to review, because how much you like it will depend upon your tolerance to what are essentially inaccuracies in the pictures it produces. Panasonic's designers appear to be targeting customers who would be intimidated by a huge array of picture tweaks, who would feel more comfortable with a lower number of more familiar options, more reminiscent of the days of CRT displays. If you're one of these people and you want an HDTV which will let you view compression artefact-free Freeview pictures and photos without conventional LCD blur, and still give you the capability to watch HD broadcasts, then you may find that its limitations don't bother you.

But, if you resent processing going on behind your back and want an accurate picture to fully enjoy HDTV, then the Panasonic TX37LZD85 and the assumptions it makes on your behalf simply aren't for you. I've always felt the basics of HDTV are clear, accurate, detailed pictures, and many of this LCD television's features – forced edge enhancement, forced noise reduction, lack of manual backlight control, forced MPEG noise reduction on the digital tuner, and the inability to disable 100hz motion interpolation – work against these goals.

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