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Panasonic TX-L32B6B review

 Review: November 2013  
 

Rating: 3 stars

In a nutshell: The TX-L32B6B is Panasonic's entry-level 32 inch TV, and is a good buy if money is tight. Whilst the picture and audio quality aren't the best, and there's no Smart TV, you do get a media player and overall the TV offers a lot for your money.



 

Design & looks

The TX-L32B6B is similar in style to the Panasonic TX-L32E6B, but with a glossy black finish. For a budget TV it isn't a bad looker, as long as your favourite colour is black!

Picture quality

The L32B6B uses an IPS Alpha LED display that is very energy efficient, with an A+ energy rating. This is capable of generating very bright images and it will perform best in brightly-lit rooms or for daytime watching. In darkened rooms, its lack of contrast becomes more apparent and there is some cloudiness in evidence from the LED backlighting.

We should also point out that this is not a Full 1080p HD screen, although it supports 720p HD. This makes images a little less sharper, although it's less noticeable on a 32 inch screen than on a larger one.

3D is not available on this TV.

Audio quality

This model has two full range speakers, with V Audio simulated surround sound. The total power of 5W x 2 is less than most other TVs and the lack of bass in particular means that the sound is generally underwhelming and can sound very tinny.

Smart TV

There is no Smart TV functionality on this TV. However, you can use it as a media player on your home network. This lets you access photos and music from connected PCs or laptops via an ethernet connection.

Connectivity

Connectivity is another area where cost savings have been made. There are just 2 HDMI ports plus a SCART connection for connecting older audiovisual devices. In addition you'll find a USB port, an AV connection, a digital audio output and an ethernet port.

Conclusion - one of the cheapest 32 inch TVs available

The L32B6B isn't the best TV around, but nobody expected it to be. Instead it's one of the cheapest. Have too many cost savings been made here? We don't think so. Admittedly the picture quality is below average and the audio is quite poor. You can forget about Smart TV, 3D and any extras, although perhaps surprisingly you do get the ability to connect to other devices and use the TV as a media player.

If money is tight, then the Panasonic isn't such a bad choice, especially for a small room. If you have a little more cash in your budget, then we'd recommend the Panasonic TX-L32E6B, which offers superior audio and picture quality and Smart TV too.


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Reviewed by DOMENICO from ITALIA on 12th Dec 2015
Discreet LED TV with IPS panel of the latest generation, competitive price and fabulous design. Excellent viewing from the sides but with lower contrast than panels of different constructive type. This TV has a built-in satellite receiver and you have to give credit to that LG was the first to install the TV small this useful accessory Only problem I found is that to switch from terrestrial to satellite, you have to make 6 rather complicated steps, when it would be enough to put a button on the remote to make things simple and functional.
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Reviewed by Mx5walker from Uk on 19th Feb 2014
Poor sound quality lets an other wise super tv down. But a sound bar turns it into an impressive tv for little money.
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Reviewed by Ron from England on 31st Jan 2014
I bought this TV as a replacement for an aging Toshiba that finally bit the biscuit. Although this is not the cheapest TV on the market, it does offer excellent value for money. Plenty of features for the money. In spite of the comments listed above concerning picture quality, if the TV is setup correctly you can enjoy amazing pictures. The same goes for the sound. Fiddle with the settings and you can get a reasonable sound from it. Overall, great value for money.
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Reviewed by Barry from England on 17th Jan 2014
Only had the TV on for an hour and need to experiment with the picture settings but the most dramatic quality of this TV is how it maintains picture quality over wide viewing angles. That's down to it having an IPS-alpha LCD panel. It's a huge improvement over our current Samsung in this respect and something we were particularly looking for. If viewing angles are a priority I very much doubt you will match this in any other budget TV. Sound quality is poor but then so are all TV's in this price range.
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