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**************** UPDATE 15/06/01 ************ Since my very promising review I have found a problem with my TV when using the RGB connector. When you have very light colours on the screen (snow for example) you can see quite a lot of thin horizontal lines moving up and down the screen. Looking on deja I have found that lots of people have the same problems. I have had my tv for a couple of months now and have only just noticed it so chances are that many people will not know about this problem. I have had an engineer twice and he doesnt know how to solve the problem. Looking on the internet showed me that they is a setting in the service menu (DVCO) which can cure this problem in some cases. Unfortunately it didnt in my case! The next step is to get a new part for it. If that doesnt work then I will have to get a replacement. Such a shame because for two months I was very happy with this tv. If you havent come across this problem with you tv yet then dont try finding it as once you do, you will notice it all the time! ******** The Review ************************ I have had my 28 inch PANASONIC TX28DK1 TV for about 2 months now and I have been totally impressed. I did a little researching before buying it and managed to have a look at my friends one which was a bonus. The PANASONIC TX28DK1 has won many awards and can be hard to come by as they are very popular. When I recently purchased mine from John Lewis I had to wait over 4 weeks for delivery as Panasonic were having problems keeping up with demand. For an entry level widescreen television the TX28DK1 is very impressive. This is the basic Panasonic starter Widescreen Tv which has Nicam Stereo sound and does not have a flat screen. Panasonic have lots of different ranges which have slightly different specs. This TV is a grey set which goes well with the cabinet that is provided. Overall the picture quality is the same for all of them. The picture quality for
the TX28DK1 is superb. The colours are vivid and clear. The function to change viewing aspect is very easy to change and there are lots of different modes that you can select. The TV even has a Panasonic auto mode which allows the TV to select the best ratio for a particlar channel. It seems to work very well. The sound is pretty good as well. For anyone who is not really interested in state of the art sound quality the sound from this TV is perfectly acceptable. This TV comes with 2 (1 RGB) scart connections. This is probably the only downside because most of the new models now support two RGB scart connections. However I have my DVD player linked to the RGB connection and the picture is brilliant. The Tv comes with a grey cabinet with black shelves. It is a very tidy stand and adds to the over all look of the television. The remote control for this TV has also won rewards for it design. It is quite a large remote but there are plenty of options and the buttons are well laid out. For an entry level Tv the PANASONIC TX28DK1 is well worth looking at. For the price you get something which is much better than some of the other more expensive TVs. Look at any reviews of this TV and they will all tell you the same thing. An excellent TV and I certainly didnt regret purchasing it!
The Panasonic suits me just fine. The 28 inches of screen are fairly flat, and so picture definition is very good. Colours are also rich and nicely contrasting, but as with my previous Panasonic television, black often appears as dark green which can be a bit annoying. Sound quality is excellent however. Yes this is only Nicam stereo and not Pro-logic or Dolcy digital, but the speakers are highly powered and produce lovely bass sounds and a crisp upper range too. The few niggles are mainly directed at the remote control which is a bit heavy and clumsy for my liking, and does not take well to being dropped (which happens quite a lot in a busy family). Another gripe is at paying for a stand that I do not need, already having one; surely it could be an optional extra? All things considered the Panasonic is a good buy, but if its home cinema you want, perhaps look somewhere else.