Panasonic Viera TH-L42D25A LED LCD

The Panasonic Viera TH-L42D25A is a 42-inch LED LCD, which features access to IPTV, DLNA streaming and even Skype in the lounge room.


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Panasonic has unveiled its first LED-based LCD televisions and based on first impressions they are cracking. It won't be too long, we believe, until "LED" is simply called "LCD" again, but for now it's a small point of difference.

The range includes the 42-inch TH-L42D25A (AU$2499), 37-inch TH-L37D25A (AU$1999) and 32-inch TH-L32D25A (AU$1699). All feature 1080p resolution, 24p support, a dynamic contrast of 2,000,000:1 and three HDMI inputs.

The range is quite "connected" and now includes access to Panasonic's Viera Cast system with YouTube and Plus7 viewing, as well as DLNA support fro streaming content from other machines in your house. The TV also includes two USB ports for connecting peripherals such as Skype camera (available separately), wireless LAN dongle or a keyboard.

As these are "LED" models, Panasonic uses two sets of white LEDs in the top and bottom of the frame to illuminate the LCD screen using a plastic "light guide" to distribute the light evenly across it. The panel itself is an IPS model, which features a very wide viewing angle — one of the traditional weaknesses of LCD is that it has a shallow "sweet spot".

All three models are expected to hit stores in May 2010.



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The Good:Record to USB HDD, Skype, dlna, veiwing angle, USBMovies

The Bad:New anti-glare effects veiwing angle

Accurate colour for an LCD.
Motion is nice but not awesome.
In cinema mode its at its best with deep black (movies are a must in this picture mode).
Viera Cast still needs some work, Skype is an awesome edition though.
Like most Viera's its easy to use and easy set-up.
The D25 has a Matte LCD LED screen & what makes it stand out is its Blue crystal Border.
Wall mounting isn't a problem with all three sizes having the 200mm x 200mm VESA standard which is the same for most 32" TV's.
It would be nice to see the accessories like the remote to have things like the back-lit option on these deluxe panasonic TV's like they do in the US.
Sound is pretty nice for a TV but thats it.
The swivel is solid and doesn't rock like some TV's out there.




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    "Accurate colour for an LCD.
    Motion is nice but not awesome.
    In cinema mode its at its best with deep black (movies are a must in this picture mode).
    Viera Cast still needs some..."

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