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Panasonic Viera TC-37LZ800 LCD TV Review

by February 16, 2009
Panasonic TC-37LZ800

Panasonic TC-37LZ800

  • Product Name: Viera TC-37LZ800 LCD Television
  • Manufacturer: Panasonic
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStar
  • Review Date: February 16, 2009 10:35
  • MSRP: $ 1399
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Video

  • Screen Size:  37" Class (37.0" diagonal)
  • Display Resolution: 1080p
  • Contrast Ratio: Up to 10,000:1
  • Brightness (Panel Luminance): 500 cd/m2
  • Response Time: 6.7 msec
  • Viewing Angle: 178 degrees
  • Compatible Signal Formats: 1080p/1080i/720p/480p
  • Native Resolution (Number of Pixels): 2,073,600 (1,920 x 1,080)
  • Aspect Control: 480i/p: Full, Just, 4:3, Zoom
  • 1080i/p: Full, H-Fill, Just, 4:3, Zoom
  • Panel: IPS Alpha 1080p (WSXGA)
  • Screen Coating (Filter): Clear Panel
  • 24p Playback (2:3)
  • x.v.Color
  • Motion Adaptive 3D Y/C Digital Comb Filter
  • 3D Color Management (Vivid Mode)
  • Sub Pixel Control
  • Motion Picture Pro
  • Intelligent Scene Controller
  • Motion Focus Technology

Audio:

  • Speakers: Full-range x 2 (L, R)
  • Audio Output: 20 W (10% THD, (8 ohms, 80 Hz - 17 kHz)
  • BBE VIVA HD3D Sound

Inputs

  • Integrated ATSC/QAM/NTSC Tuner
  • SD Memory Card Slot (SDHC Compatible)
  • HDMI Input: 3 (1 side)
  • Composite Video Input: 2 (1 side)
  • S-Video Input: 1
  • Audio Input (for Video): 2 (1 side)
  • PC Input: 1
  • Component Video Inputs (Y, PB, PR): 2
  • Audio Input (for Component Video): 2
  • Audio Input (for Video/Component Video): 1
  • Analog Audio Output: 1
  • Digital Audio Output: 1 TOSlink (5.1 ch)
  • Headphone Jack
  • VIERA Link
  • Game Mode
  • Built-In Closed Caption Decoder
  • Timers: Sleep Off-Timers and Programmable Timer (5 programs)
  • Video Input Label
  • Video Picture Memory

Vitals

  • Menu Languages: English/Spanish/French
  • Power Supply: AC 120 V, 60Hz
  • Energy Star
  • V-Chip Program Lockout
  • Swivel Angle: +15 degrees
  • VESA Compatible
  • Optional Wall-mounting Bracket: TY-WK32LR2W
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 23.9'' x 36.7'' x 4.1'' (w/Stand: 25.6" x 36.7" x 11.6")
  • Weight: 48.8 lbs

Pros

  • Respectable picture quality out of the box
  • Fast channel changes
  • Digital only channel scanning

Cons

  • Uneven backlight
  • HDMI input positioning may interfere with mounts
  • No advanced user-level calibration options

Introduction

Panasonic's use of IPS (In-Plane Switching) in their LCD panels has been a favorite choice of ours for the simple reason that light output remains almost constant from all viewing angles. When you're not the only one watching TV in a room, this can be a big deal. The TC-37LZ800 uses a newer generation of this technology called IPS-Alpha which improves upon earlier designs. Panasonic is the #3 plasma display manufacturer in the world (beat out of the #1 spot just this year), but the company seems to have a very good understanding of what makes a great LCD television.
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Recent Forum Posts:

Nemo128 posts on February 19, 2009 12:30
I have the LZ85. It is a kick @$$ unit, no doubt, but my plasma trumps it in PQ. I also used the LZ800 for a while, and it's also not competing. But yeah, price does seperate them. =)
D-Jingle posts on February 17, 2009 15:02
Most bang for the Buck!

This LCD Panel is the best value around. The PQ is terrific. Compare with the best LCD's and not far off from Panasonic's state-of-the-art plasma's. These Panels are available today for less than $800 (internet, not at best buy or pc richard), and are a mad steal!
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