One of many first out there fashions in Panasonic’s 2007 Viera TV vary, this 50-inch plasma display is available in slightly below the flagship TH-50PZ700 mannequin and might be discovered on-line for beneath £1,400.
Whereas it lacks the PZ700’s ‘Full HD’ 1,920×1,080-pixel decision, the TX70 is HD Prepared and might be paired up with a Blu-ray participant, HD DVD deck, HDTV service or next-generation video games console. It additionally comes with a built-in digital terrestrial tuner for Freeview standard-definition TV.
It is a 50-inch plasma TV, so unsurprisingly it is fairly massive — however not overly so. The body surrounding the display is slender, with the audio system sneakily included into it, so Panasonic has succeeded in trimming off a lot of the additional flab you see on many massive flat-screen TVs. Weight-wise, it is fantastic — not one thing you’d need to need to lug from room to room each day, however well-suited to wall-mounting.
The PX70’s seems to be beautiful, and even the pedestal stand feels solidly constructed
Like earlier Viera plasmas, the construct high quality is prime class. All the pieces feels utterly stable, together with the pedestal stand, and there is no signal of plasticky cheapness wherever on the surface. It is a handsome display, too — you may’t actually go unsuitable with black.
There are not any inputs on the entrance or aspect panel, which could annoy anybody who likes to repeatedly hook a camcorder as much as his or her telly to look at recordings. All the pieces is as an alternative situated across the again, the place you may discover a few HDMIs, two RGB-capable Scarts and element video and VGA inputs, plus the accompanying audio sockets.
The PX70 is pretty gentle on options, apart from the fundamentals you’d count on to see on any respectable plasma TV.
For starters, there’s little or no in the way in which of image tweaking choices — simply the flexibility to regulate color, distinction, brightness and sharpness, and a color administration and fundamental noise-reduction perform. Most plasma and LCD HDTVs embody particular person color temperature settings, a number of noise discount modes and extra, however you do not get that right here (whether or not most customers really want all that stuff is debatable, thoughts you).
The menu system you employ to regulate the settings is properly designed, with massive, crisp textual content and a easy format. The distant management may very well be a little bit extra responsive — we regularly needed to press buttons a number of occasions to get a response — however total it really works properly.
The digital and analogue tuners are brilliantly simple to arrange, as you may autotune each concurrently. Once more, issues are fairly fundamental with the digital Freeview tuner — the digital programme information provides solely per week’s value of knowledge — but it surely all works slickly sufficient. A typical interface slot on the again means you’ll develop the digital service sooner or later, if obligatory.
The digital tuner gives a good-quality image for a plasma TV. Watching BBC Breakfast, for example, you discover that it lacks crispness across the edges of objects, however on the identical time color gradations are easy, and distracting digital noise is stored at an appropriate degree.
Hooking up a Sky HD field, the outcomes are significantly better. Whereas the PX70’s 1,366×768-pixel decision means you may’t take full benefit of Sky HD’s 1080i decision (the TV downscales the image barely), there’s baggage of element in exhibits like Misplaced and films like Stroll The Line. We do not assume the HD image is as crisp as you’d see on a 1,920×1,080 decision LCD just like the Sony KDL-46X2000, although: it is a little bit softer and there is barely much less element.
Then again, the black ranges of this TV are glorious, that means that you simply get a convincing, extra cinematic distinction vary than most LCDs. Black areas of the image — the smoke ‘monster’ in Misplaced, for instance, or the deeper shadows within the background of a scene — truly look black relatively than darkish gray. Color replica can also be a powerful level, particularly with HD materials, with easy, gradual light-to-dark transitions relatively than ugly ‘contours’ of color.
The blur-free movement additionally fits video games completely — even the quickest titles just like the adrenaline-charged Motorstorm on PS3.
One situation with the display is its barely shiny floor, which displays a good bit of ambient gentle in a fairly well-lit room. This may make darker pictures barely vague if you happen to’re watching throughout the day — except you shut the curtains.
The built-in audio system carry out ably if not outstandingly, with an excellent steadiness between energy and readability.
Whereas we would have most popular this TV to have a 1,920×1,080 ‘Full HD’ decision in order that it might show a little bit extra element with HD sources, it is definitely one of the spectacular plasma TVs round. Very like the Pioneer PDP-5000EX, it creates a easy picture with convincing color replica and glorious blacks — and all for about £4,000 much less.
It is also impeccably designed, with excellent construct high quality, an excellent set of connections and styling that’ll slot in properly with most dwelling rooms. If you happen to’re in search of a high-quality flat-screen TV at an inexpensive worth, look no additional.
Edited by Jason Jenkins
Extra enhancing by Kate Macefield