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Panasonic TX-50CX700B review

 Review: May 2015  
 

Last updated November 2015

Rating: 5 stars

In a nutshell: The Panasonic Viera TX-50CX700B is an affordable 50-inch UHD TV. Not only does it have a stunning design, but it also delivers exceptionally good picture quality with Panasonic's "Super Bright" technology giving bright, vivid images with deep blacks and plenty of shadow detail. Smart TV and connectivity options are excellent too.



 

Introduction

In 2014, Panasonic underwhelmed us, but 2015 is off to a much stronger start with this high-end 50 inch UHD TV that's available at a very fair price.

Design & looks

The Panasonic CX700 is a stunner. It has a very minimalist look, with an ultraslim silver bezel and a metal blade-style stand. It's one of the nicest-looking TVs on offer this year.

It's quite slim too, measuring 46mm in depth. Not only does that add to its style, but it's a help if you plan to wall-mount the screen. Yet despite its overall slimness, the TV feels sturdy and well-balanced.

The TV is A-rated for energy efficiency, with an average power consumption of 93W - UHD TVs use significantly more power than HD. A standard TV remote is included in the box.

Picture quality

50 inches is a superb size for a family TV - if you have the space and the budget - and if you are considering a TV this big, you should definitely be looking at a UHD (4K) TV like the CX700B.

Although there isn't a lot of UHD source material available at present - mostly just a few titles on Netflix and Amazon - the choice will steadily increase as more content is released in UHD, and especially once UHD Blu-Ray launches. When that time comes, you'll appreciate the super-sharp images available to you on this TV. In the meantime, the Panasonic does an excellent job of upscaling ordinary HD channels and Blu-Ray to the ultra high resolution screen. Low resolution channels perform less well, with no amount of clever video processing able to hide the noise and lack of detail on a screen of this size and such high resolution.

The CX700B has a superb screen that seems to get everything just right. The "Super Bright" VA panel produces images that are exceptionally bright and vivid, with extremely deep blacks. The screen incorporates some limited backlight dimming too, with 8 different zones. This has a limited effect, but even with the dimming switched off, dynamic contrast is excellent.

You can select from a range of 5 picture modes, with "True Cinema" giving very accurate colour reproduction. For gamers, input lag is about average for an LCD screen.

The screen is rated at 800Hz, and its motion control is excellent. Viewing angles are good too. In short, we can find nothing to complain about.

3D

The TV is 3D-capable, although no 3D glasses are included, so if you want to use this feature you'll need to buy some. 3D viewing is generally excellent on this screen, with little or no crosstalk visible.

Audio quality

Audio quality isn't as strong as picture quality, but that's to be expected from a slimline television at this price point. The CX700 is fitted with two full range speakers, with V Audio simulated surround sound. The total power is a modest 10W x 2.

This sound system is typical for a mid-range TV. It reproduces dialogue reasonably well, so day-to-day TV watching is quite acceptable, but it misses out on bass frequencies, so we'd recommend adding some kind of home cinema speakers if you want to enjoy this TV to the fullest.

Smart TV

For 2015, Panasonic has replaced its Smart TV system with a new Firefox-based operating system. A home screen provides a simple interface to access all the services and channels available. This system is new, and not all apps are yet available, but they will include Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube and Freeview Play (BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All 4 and Demand 5).

The remote control includes a handy Netflix button. A mobile app is available for iOS and Android.

The interface moves along nice and quick, with apps loading almost instantly, thanks to the TV's quad-core processor.

Connectivity

The TX50CX700B benefits from a good all-round array of connections. There are 3 HDMI ports, one of which is ARC-compatible, for connection to a home cinema system. There are 3 USBs. In addition, you'll find a good range of legacy AV connections - SCART, component, composite, and an optical audio output. Additionally, there's a headphone jack, a CI Plus interface and an SD memory card slot.

Internet connectivity is available via built-in Wi-Fi and ethernet. The TV is DLNA certified and can be used to display pictures and video on your home network. It also supports display mirroring of compatible smartphones and tablets. Panasonic's Viera remote app turns your smartphone or tablet into a TV remote controller with added functionality.

The TV has a built-in Freeview HD tuner with a 7-day Electronic Programme Guide.

Conclusion - a stunner

Panasonic has got 2015 off to a very good start with this affordable large-screen television. Although there are cheaper 50-inch TVs available, the Viera TX-50CX700B is one of the best for picture quality. Offering UHD (4K) levels of detail and superb brightness and contrast thanks to Panasonic's latest LCD-panel technology, this TV is one of the very best you can buy for £1,000. In combination with a stunning design, good connectivity and the new Smart TV system, we have no hesitation in awarding it 5 stars. In fact, we've chosen it as the Best 50-inch TV of 2015!

This model is exclusive to Currys / PC World. The similar Panasonic Viera TX-50CX680B is available from all retailers.


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Does this tv support HDR?

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No this set does not but the super bright panel makes up for it.

Is it true if you use a HDD recorder with this TV you get no sound?

Asked by Martin from UK on 14th May 2016
I've read a couple of reviews that say if you use a BT box or HDD recorder the recordings have no sound. It seems unbelievable to me in such an otherwise fantastic TV. I've not heard of it happening with any other TV. Can it be true?

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Reviewed by Todor from Haringey on 7th Nov 2015
This is The Best.
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Reviewed by Craig from The Moon on 14th Aug 2015
Bought this TV and i must say it's really impressed me. Netflix is so easy to access. I'm having too many late nights with this bad boy, love it. Only down side is that it doesn't come with 3D glasses, so i've had to mission to find some, but eventaully found some and can't wait to see how good it's looks.
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Reviewed by Michael from GB on 28th May 2015
Super TV. Bougt from Curry's at the weekend. Came with a free Panasonic sound bar worth 349.99, so unbeatable value.
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