The Panasonic Viera TH-L32X24 is just like any other HD-ready LCD TV. It has all the regular features that a 32-inch LCD is expected to have and they’ve also thrown in an SD card reader. So let’s see what this TV is all about.
Not great looking, but not bad either
Design and Features
The TH-L32X24 is pretty easy to set up. There’s a metal bracket that fits into a slot under the TV, which needs to be screwed in. Once that’s done, the bottom of the bracket can be screwed on to the main base. Once completely set up, the TV is pretty stable, and barely wobbles about.
This TV is not lush with features like most current LCD TVs, although it does have enough to not be an also-ran. The design is pretty ordinary and it’s an LCD screen, so thickness comes with the territory. The right side panel of the TV has big, easily accessible menu buttons, but you won’t really need to use these as the remote is pretty easy to operate. The back of the TV has the usual connections – 3 HDMI inputs, component and composite video input, etc. What’s weird is the inclusion of the SD card slot (which only plays images) and the exclusion of a USB port.
Look at me, I've got an SD card slot!
The TH-L32X24 has a few other functions such as the Viera Link, which basically links your TV and other Panasonic Viera components so that these can be controlled by a single remote. There’s also another button called Viera Tools, which offers access to functions like photo slideshow from the SD card, speaker selection, etc. I feel all this is just extra jazz, and need not be messed around with.
I first tested the TH-L32X24 with a test Blu-ray, and was quite impressed with the colour reproduction and black levels. There was a bit of ghosting and streaking, especially in fast moving scenes, but when I changed the Blu-ray player’s output to 720p, it made a little bit of difference. I also played Far Cry for a while and was pretty satisfied, as there was almost no lag with mouse movements and the detailing was also pretty nice.
Thick side view with chunky menu buttons
The audio section also has a few options, including a manual graphic EQ. But I seriously don’t know why they’ve given the option of an 8 KHz band, when this TV doesn’t even seem to reproduce a frequency that high. I kept adjusting it during various scenes, and it made absolutely no difference at all. Even otherwise, the audio is definitely a no go on this TV as it’s too soft and distorts at high volumes if you try and play around with the EQ settings.
Carrying out the DisplayMate test for this TV was quite a pain, as the computer I tested it on was acting strange. The screen wasn’t being detected properly by the onboard NVIDIA graphics card, so we couldn’t run all the tests successfully. However, whatever tests we did run yielded a result of 55% for the TH-L32X24, which is not a very good score. The colour intensity test was especially bad, as the last few colour bars just seemed to blend into each other without any separation at all. Even the vertical and horizontal colour registration tests were failed, as the green lines looked a lot thinner than the red and blue ones.
Look at me, I'm ordinary
Priced at Rs. 32,990, this is not a bad TV at all, even though the DisplayMate test says otherwise. However, it’s not a great TV either, as it lacks refinement and is a little too old-school for my liking. I give this TV 3 stars, as it’s has acceptable picture quality and good black levels. I’ve cut points for the bad audio, lack of features and lackluster design. This is a pretty good entry-level LCD TV, but there are other brands out there as well, so make sure you take a good look at those before you make your purchase.
|Type of Television||LCD|
|Resolution||1366 X 768|
|Number of Selectable Picture Modes||4|
|Picture In Picture||No|
|Selectable Sound Modes||3|
|Audio Output (PMPO)||10|
|Number of Speakers||2|
|Approximate Net Weight||11|
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Published Date: Jan 22, 2011 09:17 am | Updated Date: Jan 22, 2011 09:17 am