Review of Panasonic Viera TX-32LXD700 HD Digital LCD TV

The TX-32LXD700 is Panasonic’s 32-inch LCD flagship TV model (the model number is for the United Kingdom version of the TV; the United States’ version is TC-32LX700). It boasts Panasonic’s 100hz Motion Picture Pro for smoother motion and panning, 720p (1366×768) screen resolution, an 8500:1 contrast ratio and an SDHC slot for viewing pictures right from your high-capacity SD memory card. The TX-32LXD700 also has three HDMI inputs capable of receiving up to a 1080p signal, one component input, three composite and a VGA PC input. It has a digital audio output that passes HDMI audio through the TV to a receiver.

Review of Panasonic Viera TX-32LXD700 HD Digital LCD TV

The HDMI inputs are all Viera Link-capable. This feature allows you to connect other Panasonic Viera Link-capable components to the TV with an HDMI 1.3 cable, and access functions and features with only one remote.

Perks

The TX-32LXD700 really shines when it comes to color and contrast. The 8500:1 contrast ratio makes the blacks inky while retaining the details in dark scenes and shadows. The 100hz refresh rate keeps the motion smooth yet maintains very natural movement similar to a plasma TV. The TX-32LXD700 keeps image quality without loss or shimmering effects at just about any angle, an attribute normally not found on LCD TVs of this size.

Review of Panasonic Viera TX-32LXD700 HD Digital LCD TV

Sacrifices

While the TX-32LXD700 does a decent job at scaling 1080p signals, the display itself is not 1080p. With a hefty price tag and the “flagship” title, a native 1080p panel is not too much to ask.
Having only one component input can also create a bit of a headache when it comes to connectivity. Instead of two or three component inputs, we are left with three useless composite connections.

Bottom Line

In the small screen LCD HDTV market, this TV is one of the top contenders. The Panasonic TX-32LXD700 is one of the pricier TVs on the market, but its superior technology is worth the price.

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