Panasonic TX-L42ETW60 in the Test

Innovative and at the same time conservative: How you can describe Panasonic’s TVs. Just in the middle class, the concept of thoughtful extras in pretty robes – and it proved as high-quality.

Already the Panasonic TX-L42ETW5 predecessor was neat points in our tests, but as it stands now, was still air for up. Especially in terms of image quality in the dark room – and that despite adverse conditions.

The most striking innovation is the complete redesign of the user interface, which characterized the entire line up of course. In the here tested model, Panasonic is confined to the individualization of the home screens, by contrast, offers the top model voice and face recognition, where the TV-control adjusts the family member that just watches TV.

The Church in the village remains in the Middle-class TV TX-L42ETW60 . Also the long-awaited tuner of dual, stream at the same time, record and watch TV, is subject to the reference class.

Panasonic TX-L42ETW60: facilities

Here is the Four-way simple tunerthat is especially convenient in the satellite field. He adds support for single cable systems (Unicable), logically sort the found programs and refresh the channel list without deleting them. As for AV inputs, one is quite well served with three HDMI jacks . There is an RGB-Scart adapter, the YUV component input was carried out together with audio jacks in RCA .

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As usual now, is not VGA and S-video. An SD card slot for photos from a digicam or AVCHD movies from the camcorder is much more practical. Meanwhile, networking plays the main role in the modern source selection so that the Wi-Fi integrated in the ETW60 (2.4 + 5 GHz) and network Jack are more sought after. Our attempts to get videos with Miracast or WiDi on the Panasonic, but failed. The tape via DLNA Push worked for this absolutely smoothly.

One of the two USB Sockets should be reserved for a disk that Panasonic’s recording features for TimeShift and archive of broadcasts are among the more sophisticated variants. Alone the HD program packages plus and sky refused to hard disk temporarily be stored. A pity, because the Panasonic acts as a DLNA server.

His shots and hard disk media can be viewed through any DLNA client (TVs, tablets, Media Player, PlayStation etc.). That Panasonic TVs VIERA link to control particularly intelligent other HDMI devices now of course, you want to be appreciated but.

The new home screens (my home screen) work well, quickly and limit the abundance of apps on the actually desirable. Who just want to watch TV, be defined as full startup screen the TV picture. Panasonic is here not as playful as Samsung, brings important information but more to the point.

Panasonic TX-L42ETW60: image quality

The mentioned handicap for a picture perfect is in the used Panel from LG. The IPS display is equipped with Backlight LEDs just to the left of the screen to save power. However, Panasonic manages to make the few lights flashing and dimming in vertical stripes. So, 600 Hz are bls from the 100 Hertz motion compensation. This a fabulous contrast lithographic printing is produced by the adaptive control depending on the outside light and image content, which is maintained over a wide viewing angle.

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The depth of black is very impressive and reminiscent of Panasonic’s plasma-screen TVs, although seemingly flood some dark content. Alone the lightweight mirrors the disc affects the impression. 1080 p direct and a new image processing , the ETW60 this looks still considerably sharper and complexer than its predecessors.

The mixture of professional tools for extensive calibration and image improvers (Adaptive gamma, black Expander, noise filter) can be a great picture conjure up savvy users from any source. From any source? Almost, because we found a bug that had an impact when playing forbidden love on ARD HD (satellite).

Here, frames during decoding are omitted, resulting in massive stuttering. Panasonic is working on a solution via firmware update. Even if motion smoothing is not quite so fluid worked like in the expensive 200-Hz Samsung, is the overall clean, razor-sharp, extremely brilliant and especially much more natural and more pleasant than on previous Panasonic LCD TVs.