This is an outstanding tv to say the least when it first came out. As a cautious buyer I almost always check Which?.co.uk to see which is the best product. They are not always right, but when this Tv was top of their charts i decided that it would be worth the price to buy one, and wow, what a great tv it is. The 1080p is a fairly visible difference compared to 720p quality and really helps to enjoy the viewing experience. Personally i like that Tv just works with no fuss without having to worry about not user friendly interfaces. As i am using virgin media, I haven't really seen what the freeview guide is like, but i did look at it once or twice when i bought it and it looked fairly average.
My only problem with the tv is that it pixelates (blurs when too much is happening at once) for example at the end of a saturday night tv show confetti falling down causes this or watching an action packed film with cars going at fast speeds. This does not happen often but it is slightly annoying when it does.
The only last thing to say is that even a 1080p Tv from a different company which is meant to be the same quality, usually is not. Panasonic in my view are definitely one of the best Tv makers in the country.
I've had this TV for a little over a year now and so far it's been very good. But this is the first large-ish LCD set I've owned, so make of that what you will (I initially felt like one of the apes looking at the black monolith at the start of 2001 A Space Odyssey...).
When I watched it alongside the banks of other TVs in John Lewis the picture quality was clearly better than the cheaper brands/models and I've not been disappointed. But I didn't see much evidence in favour of paying for a more expensive set. Often with these kinds of purchases it's just a case of the 'Emperor's New Clothes' anyway.
John Lewis provided excellent delivery and service - as I'm used to with them. Although I believe they no longer carry this model, at least I could not find it on their website.
The Thirty-two-inch screen seems ample for our relatively small living room (about 16 feet square). It provides enough detail to enjoy films on, without appearing too imposing and making it look like you live to watch television.
Sound quality seems very good to me, although perhaps those with a bigger room might benefit from putting sports commentary and films through their hi-fi speakers, or some other surround-sound wizardry.
As one of the other reviewers pointed out, the remote control is sluggish and for that reason frustrating. If you press the 'on' button and don't wait long enough before repeating the action you can end up switching the TV off again - if that makes sense. But since my girlfriend and I watch TV via a Virgin Media box most of the control will be done through a different remote anyway, which behaves normally.
But that is a small gripe when you get used to it. And I don't think it's a reason not to buy what is essentially a very easy to use product - and as you've probably gathered I'm no technical genius.
We bought this TV after our 12yr old tube went 'bang'.
For specs see the Panasonic Website.
So why bother with the Panasonic brand at all. Well they are the first TV manufacturer to include a FreeSat integrated tuner in the TV allowing you to view HD channels without subscribing to Sky HD or going out and buying a separate FreeSat box.
FreeSat HD was the reason we bought the TV and because we already had a satellite dish left over from when we were sky customers, we could receive the signals without forking out extra. So what's the advantage of having FreeSat apart from HD channels, well unlike DVB you can receive the signals in better quality as opposed to receiving a signal through a standard aerial. There is no fiddling with an aerial to get the best signal quality as it is all satellite, just point your dish towards the satellite and you're away (you may need to get one fitted though if Sky didn't do it for free ages ago).
Enough TV what about the other features? Well it has two standard SCART ports for your old games consoles (PS2 & Xbox) and old DVD/VHS players etc... Then we've got three (one on the side) HDMI ports for HD games consoles (PS3 & Xbox 360), Bluray players and DVD players with HDMI up scaling. There's VGA input for connecting your PC to your TV but it only supports up to 1366×768 (WXGA) resolution so the picture isn't great but if you have HD output on your graphics card you can use this to connect via HDMI or Component to your TV. There is a Component input also and a SDHC port for viewing your camera's photos. We've got a three pin standard def input (whatever it's called) for connecting a Wii or other such device using three inputs for video and stereo audio without using SCART. An Ethernet port is situated on the back but doesn't appear to do much as you can't connect to the internet through the TV. Um I think that's all of main spec things discussed.
So now to some great features like Viera link which enables you to link all of your other playback devices to one remote like your DVD recorder and Bluray.
Overall the picture's excellent and it does full HD so a great plus and it is quite cheap. So if you want the full HD experience coupled with free HD TV then this is the bad boy for you
We recently got this television from Comet to replace an old Toshiba 'fat' television, with a slightly bigger screen size of 32' compared to 26'. Here is what we have found:
-First of all, if you want to buy from Comet, go to the store and collect, do not get it delivered. They never stick to delivery times, and it is a horrible hassle having to re-arrange with no compensation. I think Comet are great in store, but not on delivery.
-This is a great quality television when using the HDMI. The picture is really smooth, crisp, and bright. The Sony Bravia is the one that everyone is pimping at the moment, but for a cheaper alternative I really like this one as the picture quality isn't hugely different. There is a little blurring when watching fast sports activities, but it is otherwise really good. And playing video games on this is a privilege.
-The remote control isn't the fastest and it can sometimes take a few presses of the button for anything to happen which is a shame.
-Design wise it looks pretty sleek, although maybe a little bulky down the bottom for the size.
-The sound is quite echo'y however, and I would recommend getting a decent sound system to go with it.
The only thing I will say about a 32' is that, for most people, it will be plenty big enough. 32' is fine. But if you have ever watched TV on a regular basis on a bigger screen (in my last house we had a 42'), 32' suddenly looks very small. So just something to think about.
But as a television I have had no bad experiences with this one, and if you can get a good price I would recommend it.
Really like this TV, have bought it recently and very impressed. The design looks really cool and it draws attention to itself. It is a flat screen, as I have come to accept from my TVs now, long gone are the days when I would settle for a bulky TV that you have to re-arange half the room to accomodate for, and so I made the change from plasma to LCD. Which brings be on to this TV.
Pretty, good, the screen size is 32in, still a bedroom TV in my opinion, but a respectable size. It also has HD as well as 10,000:1 High Contrast with Intelligent Scene Controller (which means that dark scenes are shown impressively more clearer than most TVs), both of which make the picture quality clearer. What I found impressive about this TV is that the picture quality is not diminished by sitting at an angle to it, You can be a few degrees less that horizontal to it and still see the same picture as someone facing directly towards it. This is because it has a 178° Wide Viewing Angle.
Pretty good. The sound is loud and realistic. The TV comes with V-Audio surround with BBE ViVA HD3D Sound (not quite sure what that is but if it helps).
Ease of instalation
A bit difficult in places, but quite easy to manage, I didn't have any real problems.
Pretty clear and simple. It is also quite good to hold and isn't too bulky or anything.. The buttons are well labeled and you don't find yourself thinking 'well what does that do?'
One day someone will explain to me what this strange booklet that comes with electrical stuff is...
Value for money
A bit pricy for a 32in, there are some cheaper ones about, but a high quality TV and worth the extra. Just be sure to shop around.
Images are beautiful even when viewers are sitting at an angle to the TV. The IPS Alpha panel has a wide viewing angle, so the images are crisp and clear even when viewed from an angle. The same high-quality images can be enjoyed from any place in the living room.
You can enjoy the beautiful cinematic reproduction of movie images. The images that are recorded onto movie film at 24 frames per second (fps) are reproduced at two times that speed by 24p Playback. This achieves film-like reproduction than with the 2:3 processing method.
In addition to brilliant picture quality, VIERA models offer the easy operation made possible by VIERA Link and the SD card slot. VIERA Link lets you operate other connected Panasonic AV components using only the VIERA TV's remote control unit. The majority of the VIERA line-up is equipped with a slot for large-capacity SDHC cards. You can view a slideshow of your photos on VIERA's big beautiful screen just by simply remove the SD memory card from your digital still camera, and slip it in to the slot.