Product Type: Panasonic CRT TV
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another goodie from Panasonic
Member Name: yeldarb
Date: 17/06/01, updated on 17/06/01 (659 review reads)
Advantages: Good, reliable brand, Dolby prologic
Disadvantages: Not 100% flat screen, but it's close enough, Sometimes doens't swap screenmodes when it should.
I'm a bit of a fan of Panasonic goods - amongst the Panasonic stuff I have is a TV, DVD, Video, and walkman.
So when I came to upgrade my old 4:3 TV to widescreen, it wasn't so much of a choice as to "which TV", but more of a choice of "which Panasonic".
After deciding how much I could spend, I plumped for the 28" DK2? Why? It's got Dolby Prologic surround sound, and it's silver. It's not a superflat screen, nor it is 100KHz, but it was flat enough.
Although I don't use the stand that comes with it, it's quite good looking, and with the big centre speaker will fit pretty well in most rooms (except mine obviously!)
Picutre quality is sharp, althouh I have a slight bit of blurring on the left hand top corner. Nothing that bothers me somewhat, but it's sometimes noticable on text.
Sound quality is superb. You can individually set the volume on all the speakers, so you can really pump up the rear speakers for some surround action.
The rear speakers themselves are small, but do the job admirably. They can be wall mounted and have a huge cable so they will strech anywhere in all but the biggest room.
The set gives you many options for sound, and you can set up a virtual surround system if you have videos/dvds that aren't in dolby.
A good test of the speakers is playing a CD though them - putting a CD in my DVD player, the sound quality is far better and richer than my mid range Sony hifi.
The remote is packed with buttons, and will control your Panasonic DVD and Video if you want. It doens't have many controls for them, but it saves having to find the remote if all you want to do is play a video.
There's a good onscreen display to, and it's easy to set the TV with an ID PIN, or name the channels.
There's two SCART sockets at the back, which is a shame as most people now will need 3 - DVD, SKY a
nd VCR. Ah well, as long as you can daisychain two of these devices like I do, then it's only a minor inconvience.
I'm very happy with this - if you can afford it then I'm sure that the TAU Screen verion (PK2?) is better, but if you're looking in the mid range (£500-600), you could do a lot worse.