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Panasonic TX-40DX700B review

 Review: May 2016  
 

Rating: 4 stars

In a nutshell: The Viera TX-40DX700B is Panasonic's top 40-inch TV for 2016, and the only one with HDR compatibility. Panasonic's Firefox Smart TV system is outstanding, offering a wide range of streaming and catch-up TV, including Freeview Play, Netflix 4K, Amazon Instant Video 4K and YouTube 4K.



 

Review

The Panasonic TX40DX700B is the follow-up to S21's choice of second-best 40-inch TV of 2015 - the Panasonic TX40CX700B. New for 2016 is High Dynamic Range (HDR), enabling the 40DX700B to process additional information encoded into HDR content, so that it can display the maximum amount of detail - especially highlights and shadow detail.

The 40DX700 is one of the most expensive 40-inch TVs available, and it looks very smart, with its slimline profile, narrow black and silver bezel, and silver detailing. Sadly, unlike the 50-inch version, it's silver legs can't be adjusted.

Picture quality for a 40-inch TV is very good. This is a UHD (4K) TV with pseudo-local dimming, enabling it to handle dark scenes much better than most rivals. But it's missing out on the Super Bright panel used in last year's CX700B, so it doesn't quite manage the same impressive daytime performance, and shadow detail is sometimes hidden, despite this being a HDR TV.

Colour accuracy is good however, and viewing angles are reasonably wide for an LED TV. Motion accuracy is good too.

3D fans should note that Panasonic has dropped support for this feature in its 40-inch models for 2016. If you want to enjoy 3D, you'll need to look at a larger screen.

Overall, we're satisfied with the picture quality of the DX700B, but certainly not blown away.

Audio quality is typical of a 40-inch TV. The stereo full-range speakers with VR-audio true surround are adequate, but if you want truly immersive sound, you'll want to invest in a soundbar, or home cinema kit.

One area that really does impress, however, is connectivity and Smart TV. The TV is fully equipped for 2016, with its Mozilla Firefox Smart TV system enabling streaming from Netflix 4K, Amazon Instant Video 4K and YouTube 4K. Freeview Play lets you access more than 60 TV channels and 12 HD channels, as well as catch-up services including BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and Demand 5.

The TV has all the connectivity you need too - 3 HDMI ports, two of which support the 4K HDCP2.2 standard, and one of which is Audio Return Channel (ARC) compatible, for connecting to a soundbar or home cinema system. Wi-Fi and ethernet are both supported, and you'll also find DLNA networking, smartphone mirroring, and 3 USB ports - one with USB 3.0 support.

In conclusion, this is a very well-specified and future-proof TV that includes everything you could want from a 40-inch TV in 2016 - except 3D capability. It's expensive, but worth it if you value the features available. Having said that, the picture quality isn't quite as good as we were hoping for after last year's strong performance from Panasonic. We think it's over-priced at launch too, and we're hoping for the price to fall to around £600 as winter comes.


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Lip sync problems with some recorded reports on news and other programmes. How do we fix it?

Asked by Jenny from Uk on 5th Feb 2017
Sound is behind picture- quite irritating.

40DX700B Panasonic program reminder?

Asked by Meade paul from UK on 31st Jan 2017
Hi I have a TX 40DX700B panasonic which I brought Jan 2017 cannot find the reminder setting for programs. I can watch or record future programs but cannot set up a reminder. Can this be true we had to use a kitchen timer last night to remind us to turn over surely it must have this most simple of things help please.

Can the legs be reversed to enable the set to sit on a 28" glass base also how deep are the legs from back to front?

Asked by marita from UK on 21st Dec 2016

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Reviewed by Tim H from UK on 6th Oct 2017
Awful TV - I had such high hopes for this, my first Panasonic TV but it's handling of HD motion is criminal. Blocking and artefacts continually. Star Wars Force Awakens opening scenes and the shuttle going across the screen judders ridiculously (played through a Panasonic UB700). The picture Sky Q 2TB box that played without any issues on our previous 2016 Sony HDTV is now reminiscent of an early YouTube video on motion shots. I have tried every setting, new HDMI cables, direct connection not via the Denon receiver but it's just not powerful enough to deal with motion a lot of the time. Very disappointed.
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