Pansonic Smart Viera 47 Inch – TX-L47WT50
Panasonic may be a long-time champion of plasma, but now it’s flying the LED flag with equal gusto. The Panasonic TX-L47WT50 sits at the top of its range – you can buy 42- and 55in models as well as this 47in version. See all TV reviews.
A smart looker, it packs serious picture-enhancing silicon, including a dual-core processor; the benefit of which is most evident when using the brand’s Viera Connect internet portal, home to the likes of iPlayer, YouTube, Dailymotion, Netflix and Fetch TV. The extra processing grunt allows multiple streaming services to stay live; the main screen image graphically peeling back to provide a fast track to your IPTV. Visit Sony BRAVIA KDL-55HX853 3D LED TV review.
Both Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners are built in. The latter is helpful should you have a spare Sky dish feed available, and limited terrestrial reception. The screen is built around an IPS Alpha panel, which theoretically means less colour and contrast loss when viewed from the side. Go to Group test: What’s the best TV?
The TX-L47WT50 has four HDMIs, Scart, component, PC VGA, an SD card slot and optical digital audio. You also get built-in Wi-Fi. There are three USB ports with the option to timeshift direct from the EPG to an external hard drive.
While the user interface is slick, with an engaging use of animated graphics, the Freeview EPG is extremely basic, with no thumbnail image of what you’re currently watching, nor ongoing audio.??Picture quality is excellent. The WT50’s Neo Black LED panel delivers convincing blacks, subtle gradations and vibrant hues. While standard-def channels look fine, it’s terrestrial HD that really sparkles. The TX-L47WT50 proves to be a good choice for both films and football. Motion resolution holds fast at 1080 lines (as long as the Intelligent Frame Creation mode is engaged), and shadow detail is preserved. Stereoscopic 3D images are bright and offer entertaining parallax effects.
However, crosstalk double imaging is sporadically problematic, as evidenced by the challenging Chinese lantern sequence in Tangled. The TV works with the latest breed of RF Shuttering 3D glasses: two pairs are supplied.
The TX-L47WT50’s audio quality is remarkably well balanced, given that the speakers aren’t particularly loud.
Video file playback from local USB is accomplished; the TX-L47WT50 plays AVI, WMV, MOV and MKV types without a problem. However, it loses the ability to play MKVs across your local network.