“ Panasonic TX 32LE7FA - 30" VIERA LCD TV - widescreen - 720p - HD ready - black „
The TX-32LED7FA was bought from a local supplier who did the initial setting up and tuning in for me. It is proving fairly reliable and the picture quality is good. It's easy to use via the remote control. Start up takes a few seconds for the red light to go on, and a few seconds more for the green light which brings up the channels. Sometimes the green light doesn't come on and I have to switch off at the mains and start again. I always switch the TV off at the wall socket when not in use as these LCD TVs use a lot of electricity when left on standby and, according to the specification, this model uses 1 watt.
Changing channels is easy and so is normal volume control- but see next paragraph. Otherwise, getting to grips with the intricacies of the remote control was a steep learning curve. Since buying the TV I've changed to cable and have learned how to re-name and re-order the channels to my preferences.
The big criticism of the TV is the sound system. It is very poor. The speakers are set to either side of the screen and direct sound sideways so that when you sit in front of the screen you have to turn the sound up to hear well, but at the corners of the room it is blaring out. This is not good for getting on with the neighbours. My solution is to permanently connect my stereo sound system to the TV via the audio out connections and have placed my stereo speakers centrally under the TV screen. The downside of this is that I can no longer control the TV volume from the remote control.
The instruction book says how to connect various external devices but does not include how to connect to a PC or laptop. This is possible, however, using the AV3 connection which is also used for connecting a DVD player, camcorder, set top box and game equipment (none of which I use). The onscreen menu did not make it clear how to access AV3 only AV1 and AV2 and I had to find a techie person to talk me through this (concealed options requiring a right click). The TV does not have a VGA input so I have had to go SVideo to SVideo and use a separate cable for the sound. This is not ideal.