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Panasonic began in 1918 in Osaka, Japan with the invention of a two-socket light bulb by Konosuke Matsushita. He sold these light bulbs from his own home. With ongoing inventions metting demands of consumers, the company grew and nowadays accounts for $51.7 billion net sales worldwide. For more info, check out the history page on their website, www.panasonic.co.uk. Interesting reading!! They are well known for their electronics although this is the first product I can recall owning by them.
***Features and Ease of Use***
V-real 2 : The name of technologies being developed by Panasonic - meaning exceptional processor (signals), driver (performance) and panel (high quality of image)
Max 100000:1 High Contrast : Contrast between brightest white and darkest black that can be produced.
3072 Graduation Steps : Smoothness of colour expression.
Lead-free display : Reduces impact of environment when disposing of, or recycling later on in the tvs life.
VIERA Link :The ability for the tv to communicate with other devices connected to it and set them up without having to do it yourself!
This is just a handful of the design features of this tv set but there are many more. At the end of the day this is an overview of the product and a review of how it works. I'm not retyping the manual!
The tv is easy to connect - the power cable goes into a socket that is situated upwards on the back of the set. Being stubborn, I didn't look at the manual as there was such a display of ports for aerials, scart leads etc...I assumed it would be easy to find. Both my aerial and power socket have ports that are situated on the overhang above this array of sockets - neatly hidden and probably designed to stop the cable from bending unnaturally or falling out. Once in you are ready to go.
The tv remote control is a bit daunting at first but it has to be remembered that this tv is capable of many things and these all have to be accommodated onto this one remote. The channels are automatically searched for and collated into the usual order - as this is all done automatically there is no hassle with manually searching for channels. You can type in an owner name and pin number for your tv, personalise it and choose automated picture settings for when the teacher is turned on.
I tend to watch the TV in DVB mode (Digital Video Broadcasting) where all the channels have been automatically found. The modes can be changed to analogue tv, the AV channels as well as PC link and other such options. You can view the channels via a TV guide button, much like you find in the grid format of Sky tv allowing you to view all channels, current programmes and upcoming programmes and events. One great feature is the ability to programme in advance anything you want to see, and the tv will switch to that channel when it is on. This is a feature I associate with purchasing a Sky or Virgin Media digi box, so I find it a bonus having a tv with these features as standards.
A feature I haven't been able to use (read the Alba DVD review!) due to the basic quality of my DVD player, is that if you have a player that records, you can programme just the tv, via the viera link to record those programmes once they come on. So although you can time your DVD player seperately, you don't need to as your TV is capable of overriding all of that and running the whole operation for you. You also have 100's of hours that the tv can be programmed to remember to record. I believe this feature really aids what can appear to be quite a complicated tv, to make your whole home entertainment system run smoothly and simply via one device as appose to having to ensure that every seperate device is programmed properly.
For what I use this tv i.e. watching programmes, playing on my Nintendo Wii etc...it works perfectly. The screen quality is flawless - it is exceptional - clear, crisp with no dead pixels. 37" is ample for watching movies and feeling like 'you're there'. as well as the volume bars not having to be more than half way across before you can hear it perfectly - a problem I have found with my other tv.
I think this is a great television set. My parents both envy me for having it as appose to the brands they went for and I can see why. The television offers so many features to make everything simpler. It is a complex television really - I mean when I first got in, it was given to me by the family on my Grandads passing as he was death. For 2 days before the manual came forward, there was a spoken narrative of what was going on. I thought I was hearing voices as the sound would phase out and the event narrative would suddenly come in. Obviously an excellent feature which my Grandad benefitted from but it wasn't overally simple without the manual to switch it off.
It has a beautifully, rich screen and as said previously, the volume is excellent - you can be half way across and hear it perfectly. You can also get that cinema surround sound by pumping it up and making the light fittings rumble. My bf thinks this is acceptable during football matches. The colours are exceptional - it really is a great screen and obviously 'high definition' which complements a large number of channels and programmes which are transferring to HD.
Everything works quickly and the menus are clean but unless you know what each word means, it's not going to be straightforward. It can be overcomplicated in that respect, but the viera link simplifies the process of adding external bits and pieces to your tv and the fact that you can arrange for all your favourite programmes to be recorded simply and easily by telling just the television set is a really great feature. It is easy to make minor changes to the set i.e. change the screen size, brightness etc...and to get to the function which automatically searches for new channels that haven't been picked up before. For the basic use of watching television, it is perfect with its tv guide built in to scroll through your favourite programmes.
I would highly recommend this tv set - 5/5