Panasonic TC-L37X2 LCD HDTV Review
The TC-L37X2 is a flawed entry-level LCD from Panasonic.
Motion Smoothness (6.0)
The Panasonic TC-L37X2 did pretty well in our motion tests. Objects moving across the screen were not bogged down with any more judders and flickers that we see on most LCD TVs. Unfortunately, the X2 series does not have the same processing feature, Motion Picture Pro 4, that Panasonic offers on the D2 and other series. Those can be useful in smoothing out motion, though they frequently come at the cost of increased artifacting.
Motion Artifacting (5.0)
The Panasonic TC-L37X2 did not suffer from egregious artifacting, but there was noticeable color trailing and judders in moving objects. We also suspect that the TV's extremely high oversharpening (which cannot be turned off) contributed to some of these problems, because high-contrast patterns would create additional problems. More on how we test motion performance.
3:2 Pulldown & 24fps
The Panasonic TC-L37X2 showed no serious problems with native 24fps content, such as what you get from most Blu-Ray movies. In order to get the best performance, you must put the 3:2 pulldown setting in "auto" mode. If it's off, you're going to get a lot of stutter. More on how we test 3:2 pulldown and 24fps.
The Panasonic TC-P37X2 has a native 720p (1280 x 720p) resolution, but much of the content you throw at it will be of higher or lower resolutions. It's up to the TV's internal processing to rescale the image. Unfortunately, the TC-P37X2 does not appear to be very good at this task. It's hard to tell if it's actually a problem with the scaling, per se, because we saw a lot of the same problems in its native resolution. Anyway, the details are below. More on how we test resolution scaling.
The 480p content we tested lost 2% on all sides of the screen to overscan. There were also obvious Moire patterns that appeared when we displayed high-frequency, high-contrast patterns. This is very unusual, because 480p resolution should pose no problems for a decent HDTV.
The 1080i content we looked at also lost 2% all around to overscan and had huge problems with Moires in high-frequency patterns.
The 1080p content was just as bad as the 1080i.
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