televisions

Panasonic TC-L37X2 LCD HDTV Review

37 in.

The TC-L37X2 is a flawed entry-level LCD from Panasonic.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

Black Level

The Panasonic TC-L37X2 did not impress us with its black level. As we've seen before, Panasonic is just not a leading LCD TV maker. They're strength is in plasma displays. You can see from the chart below how Sony and Samsung performed much better. More on how we test black level.

Black Level Chart

Peak Brightness

The peak brightness was pretty terrible, measuring only 167.34 cd/m2. Granted, you can get the peak brightness higher, but it comes at the cost of seriously compromised color performance (learn more). We consider color performance more important, and we're willing to take a hit on brightness. Or better yet, find a different TV. More on how we test peak brightness.

Peak Brightness Chart
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

Contrast

The Panasonic TC-L37X2 has a serious compromise. You can either leave the menu's contrast setting high, which helps the TV's contrast ratio but, again, kills color performance. Or you can lower contrast setting to rescue the color performance, but lose a lot of contrast ratio. There's always a little trade-off, but a TV should never make you choose between two such extremes.

Contrast Ratio with High Contrast Setting

Panasonic-TC-L37X2-contrast.jpg

Below is the contrast ratio with the contrast set to 90, rather than 68. It hurts contrast ratio quite a bit, but helps immensely with color performance. More on how we test contrast.

Contrast Chart

Tunnel Contrast

The Panasonic TC-L37X2 had no problems maintaining a consistent black level, regardless of how much or how little black was on the screen. More on how we test tunnel contrast.

Tunnel Contrast Chart

White Falloff

The Panasonic TC-L37X2 also had no problems with maintaining a consistent peak brightness. More on how we test white falloff.

White Falloff Chart

Uniformity

The Panasonic TC-L37X2 definitely showed some issues with screen uniformity. On an all-black screen, the corners and edges of the screen were much brighter, a typical problem on LCD displays. On an all-white screen, the corners and edges darkened. More on how we test white falloff.

Greyscale Gamma

The greyscale gamma looks at how well a TV transitions from black to white. The chart below tells you a lot about the performance. Ideally, we want a smooth line. The bumps that you see below are indications that the TV might be screwing up what should be a smooth, gradated transition. There's also the slope of the line to consider. An ideal slope is somewhere between 2.1 and 2.2. This Panasonic TC-L37X2's slope of 2.48 is a bit steeper, but not too bad compared to most TVs. More on how we test greyscale gamma.

Greyscale Gamma Chart
Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Multimedia & Internet
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Samsung PN42C450 Comparison
  14. LG 32LD450 Comparison
  15. Sony Bravia KDL-32EX700 Comparison
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
  18. Photo Gallery
  19. Ratings & Specs
Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

What's Your Take?

All Comments