5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Panasonic TX-L42ET5B 42-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 3D LED TV with Freeview HD - Black (New for 2012) (Electronics)
I was looking for a 40 to 42 inch 3D TV to replace my 5 year old 26 inch Sony Bravia LCD. Upon reading a number of reviews and trying hands on with Sony, Samsung (Active 3D) and LG, Panasonic (Passive 3D), I settled for this model.
I bought it with Currys along with a WP220 BD 3D player as a combo as they were giving 10 % cashback for a limited time on Quidco for all purchases and the price after cashback was the best price I could get.
I've paired these with Sony STRDN 1030 amplifier and Tannoy HTS 101 speakers, and they work together very well :).
The only problem I had with this TV is that my favourite action movies looked like TV episodes, i.e. picture widened and action scenes "slowed" down a bit and with too much of clarity lacking that grainy feeling of the cinema. I wasn't happy with this and after looking into available settings I figured out that the TV can tweak HDMI output and do an intelligent calibration for you. After switching off all these intelligent display settings, I got my chosen look and feel back. It looks like too much of engineering went into this in my opinion and when applied on Sky Movies HD, takes out the juice from the movie scenes by manipulating the original picture.
Since I don't use this display settings, I give it 5 stars as I don't find any flaw with this TV. Oh, the 3D is awesome. The 2D to 3D conversion does a fairly good job as well.