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Panasonic TX-50DX802B review

 Review: June 2016  
 

Rating: 5 stars

In a nutshell: The Panasonic Viera TX-50DX802B is a 3D UHD TV with stand-out looks. The Freestyle Design of the DX802 makes it into a work of art. At the same time, picture quality is as good as any 50-inch TV, with fluid motion, a huge dynamic range, HDR compatibility, and good viewing angles. The integrated soundbar gives it top audio performance, and it includes Freeview Play, Netflix 4K, Amazon 4K, YouTube, and twin Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners. Outstanding!

Best buy: Panasonic Viera TX-50DX802B from Currys (£949.00)



 

DX802B - a unique TV

The Panasonic TX-50DX802B really is as good as it looks. On a par with with Samsung's outstanding KS8000 TV, and better than anything we've seen this year from Sony or LG, this is arguably the best 50-inch TV of 2016.

Read our detailed 58-inch Panasonic DX802 review to find out why, and you might also want to check out our Panasonic DMP-UB900 UHD Blu-Ray player review, as the UB900 is the perfect partner to the DX802.


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Panasonic DX802 or Sony XD83?

Asked by Xavier from Ireland on 21st Sep 2016
Hi, due to size restrictions in my house, i cannot set up a bigger TV than 50". As all the main brands have the flagships and top spec TVs from 55" i thought the new Sony 49XD83 or the Panasonic 50DX802 where my best options.
Which one would you recommend? or is there any other 50" better than these in the market?
Thanks in advance.

Reply by Xavier from Ireland on 17th Oct 2016
Does anyone have a bit of advice with the question above? Much appreciated.

Reply by S21 from UK on 17th Oct 2016
We are reluctant to recommend one of Sony's 2016 range because of operating system glitches. The Panasonic on the other hand is an outstanding buy. Samsung's KS7000 and KS8000 are also excellent models.

Reply by Xavier from Ireland on 18th Oct 2016
Thanks for the reply.
I thought the Sony android bugs were cleaned and fixed with the new 2016 TVs! But if the TV still glitchy then the Panasonic might be the best option.
Thanks again for your feedback.

Is there a scart adaptor for this tv?

Asked by Geoff Cox from england on 20th Jul 2016

Reply by S21 from UK on 20th Jul 2016
Hi Geoff, there is no SCART, but there is a component video input.



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Reviewed by Rob Duff from UK on 13th Jul 2016
The TV is a warranty replacement for my Panasonic Plasma.

Hardware

It is very stylish, although flimsy compared to the Plasma. The stand looks good, but does not swivel or tilt & is also 118cm wide. It does not fit on my already wide 1 meter Plasma unit.

The TV cable is far shorter than the lead on my previous Plasma & is too short to wall mount. I have had to add an extension lead.

Panasonic provide wall brackets for the soundbar, but then provide only a 50cm connection lead with a unique connection that cannot be extended (Panasonic have confirmed this) and is thus unusable for wall mounting: What were they thinking?

Picture

95% of UK TV content is Standard Definition (576p or 480p), including local BBC News, Dave, Gold & DVDs. All of which are blurred & unwatchable. Motion, such as sport, is painful.

HD (720p/1080i), including Sky, Now TV, BBC/ITV HD, is watchable, but not as good as on the Plasma.

Full HD (1080p), Blu-Ray, is good. Blacks are black & the picture is brighter & more watchable in normal conditions, although not as good in dark movie conditions.

4K viewing is good, but I personally could not see any difference between 4k & 1080p at my standard viewing distance. We do not have access to 4k without paying extra - £19.99 for a film on Amazon – No Thanks.

Viewing angles are poor; especially the vertical viewing angle. I have a wall mount & thus can change the viewing angle, but when the whole family watches some get a poor angle & diminished view.

Sound

It sounds good through my Marantz SR7010 & Monito Audio Silver surround system with a REL S2 sub & MA Atmos ceiling speakers – But so it should.

I have not tested the sound bar as its power lead is too short for wall mounting.

Software

The Apps set up is very good. I like Firefox. The Apps are good, with the only thing missing is Now TV; which is quite a significant omission. It is better than on my previous Plasma, although I never used that as I always used a Roku 3 for catch up, Now TV, Amazon prime, etc.

I can now watch Amazon, you-tube, & catch up on the TV using ARC (HDMI that sends the TV’s sound back to my surround sound system). But as I watch Freesat & WD100 cables are not flexible, & thus usable with an opposable wall mount, most of my viewing will still be via my Humax & Roku 3.

Conclusion

This may be one of the best 4k TVs out there, but for standard TV viewing (DVD/576p/480p) the picture it is unusable, for HD ready (720p) it is poor compared to my previous Plasma, for 1080p it is comparable, other than the restricted viewing angles, & for the limited but expensive 4k viewing it is about the same.

If you have a good 720p (HD Ready) or 1080p (Full HD) TV keep it & do not waste money on a 4k TV.

If you must have a 4k TV, it is about as good as you can get unless you want to wall mount without using a surround system. For this reason I will give it 3 stars.

But for me, in view of the poor SD picture I am looking for a good used Plasma. Alas, as is everyone else, so they are very expensive.

Pros

 Good full hd (1080p) & 4k picture
 Pretty to look at
 Firefox is good

Cons

 Stand does not swivel or tilt & is 118cm wide
 Awful standard definition picture
 Only just ok hd (720p/1080i) picture
 Limited 4k content
 Poor viewing angles
 Short power lead - need extension to wall mount
 50cm sound bar lead is unusable for wall mount
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Reply by John from England on 29th Dec 2016
Just a warning about using an extention cable to power your TV I had a missing line of date appear on my samsung tv which may have been caused by using the detention or so I was told by the samsung customer service's.


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