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Old 07-20-2007, 01:04 PM - Thread Starter
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I don't think there is an owner's thread yet for these models, though I do know there is a 32LX700 discussion going on a page or two back.

I ordered my 26LX70 for the bedroom today. Needed something for the bedroom, and most of the things I really wanted were too big according to the wife. Have looked at many different smaller panels, but Panasonic just looked the best in class (and I thought last year's looked the best in class, too).

Wanted to give a place for LX70 and LX700 owners to show setups, share settings and discuss the pros and cons of our user experiences.

Here's a link to the ongoing 32LX700 discussion for reference:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=828583

And here's a link to a user review of the 32LX70:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=877674
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Nice , glad there is a thread for these models now
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I have the 32LX70 model and love it. SD quality is good while HD is nothing short of breathtaking. What kind of settings are you guys running currently? I checked the LX700 thread and went off of that and have fiddled around with it but haven't found anything I really like yet.

My only real gripe about this TV is that if you put in an HDMI source and are outputting sound to your home theater system/receiver, it will only output in 2 channel sound. Why could they not have just passed the full source out through the optical output? So really, if you buy anything that utilizes HDMI, make sure it can output digital audio at the same time from that source to your receiver. I know some electronics are unable to do this.
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Old 07-30-2007, 02:24 PM - Thread Starter
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Alright, the TC-26LX70 arrived on Friday (exactly one day after my TH-50PZ750u arrived for the living room). Have to say that I really... REALLY like this little LCD. I find myself torn between watching TV in the living room on the new 1080p plasma and watching TV from the comfort of my bed on this little guy.

I haven't used any calibrating DVD's or anything, but I find that the "Standard" viewing presets with the brightness of the backlight turned down substantially looks excellent to me.

For now I only have the un-encrypted HD TWC pipes over the cable regardless. Moving to U-verse soon as I can convince those bastards at AT&T that I can get service (their tool says I can't, but their tool also says that every house around me can). Still, watched a little baseball on FOX HD, Discovery HD Theater, The Fifth Element on TNT HD and SNL on NBC HD. All were impressive on the little guy. For other content I have chosen to pair this thing with a Panasonic DVD-S53k for the time being. It's a little $100 1080p upconversion player. I know the Oppo's are the best, but this thing suits my needs and, actually, looks VERY good with the added benefit of working with Panasonic's EZ-Sync/HDAVI stuff (which the TC-26LX70 supports also). It significantly cleaned up The 40 Year Old Virgin, a movie that is VERY grainy. LOTR: The Two Towers looked great as well, and of course Pixar films look fantastic no matter what.

Upconversion of SD channels is at least as good as the plasma. Actually, I'm sure that Panasonic is using the same tuners/video processors on all their TV's. Blacks are not as black as the plasma, of course, but are very acceptable... Definitely comparable to the Sony/Samsung and Sharp offerings, and probably better if I bring down the brightness some more. Sound is typical of Japanese electronics. Mids sound awesome, but highs and especially lows are hollow. I won't knock it on sound, though, as this thing can get VERY loud and if I want a great sounding viewing experience I can always retire to the living room.

How pleased am I with this little guy? So pleased that I will probably order a second one when we get closer to Christmas. That way my wife can have one in the guest room (where she retreats to). It's nice to have such an awesome television for vegetating without worrying about IR and half-life like we do with the plasma. Plus the setup is much simpler for her to use than the full home theater regalia of our living room.

Here are some photos. In the dark it is hard to hold the camera still for long enough, so some of these are OK and some of them are just too damn blurry to make out any kind of PQ...











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I recently got this TV and would like to use the speakers on the TV as my center channel since I have 4 external speakers and a sub but no center at the moment. Is this TV capable of that? I know some are, hopefully this one is.
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I dont know if i should get this or the XBr4
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Does anyone have some settings for this?

Thanks!
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do you guys think that the 120hz is a notable difference over the other 60hz displays? Right now I'm looking at the panasonic LX700 but it costs a few hundreds more than the samsung 3242H which has the tearing problem. I'm not a very picky person when it comes to video and such so I don't know if it's worth it to get the 120hz just for the newer technology.

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You haven't seen 40 Year Old Virgin?!?! My face was sore from laughing so much during that movie. That's what that clip is from.
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Is anyone with the TC-32LX70 able to turn on the 3D Y/C filter? I'm curious as to why this option is grayed out in the Picture menu. I don't currently have any HDMI devices, but this option isn't available when watching TV, the component, or composite inputs. Maybe I shouldn't be concerned as I haven't seen much of an effect when using the other filtering options.

Overall I like the HD quality of this set. I'm happy that I haven't been able to find any stuck/dead pixels. However, I have a flashlight near the lower right corner of the screen. And strangely enough there's a spot about the size of a fist in the bottom middle of the screen where the picture looks darker than the rest of the screen in dark scenes (I don't even know the technical term for this). I'm hoping maybe those issues will improve in the next few weeks as I just bought the set on Sunday. I only notice them during dark scenes.

I don't know how easy it is to get a set with a uniform black picture as this is my first LCD TV purchase. I'm concerned I may exchange this for another set & get something with worse problems.
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I know it's not listed as such in the manual, but can anyone confirm that these units also have the QAM tuner?
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These units have a QAM tuner.
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I'm considering this as a replacement for a 2-day old Olevia 232V. I mainly am concerned about sound quality...how is the bass? Have you guys tried all the inputs? The Olevia has a beautiful picture, but the speakers and audio processor are junk with bad hissing/humming on multiple outputs. If the Panasonic has decent sound, I'll probably jump on it . Obviously the PQ is good with that insane 7000:1 contrast!
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The PQ is good but don't buy into the contrast ratio BS. The native CR is what to watch for (if you can find it in the literature). However it may be best to trust your eyes rather than the numbers because, from what I have read, the measurement of the native contrast ratio is not uniform between manufacturers. I know Panasonic advertises the CR of this set as "up to 7000:1" but that is the dynamic contrast ratio boosted through their software that adjusts the backlight, brightness and contrast on the fly. I find it quite annoying and have turned it off. Too bad there is not adjustments for this feature like Sharp has so that you can turn down the sensitivity. Instead, I significantly toned down the default torch mode and feel the CR is quite good.

I read somewhere that the native CR on this panel is 850:1. which is lower than some other brands. However, to my eyes it looks quite good and doesn't crush blacks like the Samsung and Sony panels to achieve their reported higher contrast ratios.

On your sound question, I am quite impressed with the built in speakers. They sound quite decent and certainly loud enough for my bedroom, even with my fan on high...
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Wow, we're not over-editing the posts here, are we?

I bought the TC-32LX70 today, and after a few hours setting everything up, I'm impressed. Whatever the true contrast ratio is, the overall PQ is at least as good as the Ovelia I returned, which was reported as 1600:1. The sound system has great bass. I did notice some distortion emanating as a bad vibration somewhere near the bottom rear of the panel. It mainly occurs during a spike of mid-bass during a commerical or intro theme. Sounds like a beat up car blasting hip-hop and vibrating the rusted out muffler. Anyone else notice this?
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Wow, we're not over-editing the posts here, are we?

I bought the TC-32LX70 today, and after a few hours setting everything up, I'm impressed. Whatever the true contrast ratio is, the overall PQ is at least as good as the Ovelia I returned, which was reported as 1600:1. The sound system has great bass. I did notice some distortion emanating as a bad vibration somewhere near the bottom rear of the panel. It mainly occurs during a spike of mid-bass during a commerical or intro theme. Sounds like a beat up car blasting hip-hop and vibrating the rusted out muffler. Anyone else notice this?

I have this issue with my 700
was going to exchange it tomorrow but I might have to return it if this is the case.
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I had my TC-32LX70 for 2 weeks now and I am impressed with this TV. This is my 1st LCD and was seriously considering a Sony, but it seems the Bravia LCD's have not yet equaled their WEGA predecessor in picture quality with SD broadcast TV. My area still lacks High Def TV broadcast so SD picture quality was a priority for me and so far, the Panasonic was the best I seen with SD picture quality.

Blu-Ray DVD is awesome as usual and upconverted regular DVD are detailed and sharp. Animations are vibrant and colors are just awesome they seem to pop in 3D. I can't get my 6 year-old away from the TV when his Cartoon shows are on.

Sound is okey, but it dosn't matter since I have it hooked up to external audio speakers. Remote is a good size, but could be more responsive. And I wish they had an enter button closer to the numbers when you input the channels. So far, I have no issues with it's picture quality or dead pixels.

One of my worries was the panel's response speed for viewing sports or action flicks. So far there is no issue with blurred scenes.
Another cool thing that impress me about LCD is that I have zero glare, nada, which is a big plus. The TV is close to big open windows and now I don't have to close my blinds to watch TV!
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Is anyone with the TC-32LX70 able to turn on the 3D Y/C filter?

Can somebody check this on their TV please?
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Can somebody check this on their TV please?

Mine defaulted to on during setup. I have cable hooked up directly from the wall and a DVD player coming in via component.
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Can somebody check this on their TV please?

Mine is on as well by default. I just have cable from the wall connected.
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Can somebody check this on their TV please?

mine is defaulted to on as well and all i have hooked up is cable in
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mine is defaulted to on as well and all i have hooked up is cable in

Strange... I might contact Panasonic to find out why mine is stuck off -- maybe it makes no difference but now I'm curious why I'm the only one seeing this. I was hooked up to rabbit ears & a PS2 via component (I need some upgrades!). However, I tried hooking it up to cable last night, and it was still stuck off. I get way better reception of locals with a small antenna because Cox has installed the cable in this house to cater to my cable modem & as a result my TV is getting 1/8 of the original signal.

Thanks to everyone for taking the time to reply.
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Just got this set (TC-32LX70) over the weekend for a super price from CC, I have it connected to wall cable outlet without a cable box (Verizon FiOS, so I'm tuning unencrypted QAM SD and HD channels, quite a bunch here in Maryland). My build date is March 2007.

PQ for HD is excellent, SD is OK, some red push is evident. A little graininess, but not too evident unless you really look for it. Definitely very comparable to the other sets (Sony, LG, etc being discussed as potentials), but for a much lower price. I couldn't be happier.

There seems to be very little discussion about custom color settings for this set on avsforum...there are two quotes in various Panny threads I looked in.

Has anyone else run this thru' AVIA Home Essentials? What are your settings? Please publish this information with your experiences if you can share. Thanks for sharing!!!

Also.......anyone know how to apply the latest Panasonic firmware to this set? There is new firmware 1.11 dated 6/21/2007. This set does not have an SD card slot - so are we out of luck? The firmware seems to address some minor tuner issues...no PQ or other issues I'm aware of.
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Re: firmware upgrade - I figured it out. The LX70 has a SD card service slot at the back - popped in the firmware and finished the upgrade.
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Mpansare could u post a link to the firmware update? I bought the TC-32LX70 at a great price from cc a week ago. I am very pleased with the picture quality (wish I could turn the backlight down more when watching the tv in the dark). The viewing angle is good on this set as long as your eyes are somewhere between the hight of the screen (the color does not fade at all) it does get a little smokey (still watchable) looking if u stand above or sit below the screen.I did not get a chance to try my xbox 360 since it red ringed on me 5 mins after hooking it up (wonder if switching to Hidef was too much for my 360 to handle). I have been playing my old trusty nintendo gamecube through composite cables and the picture quality is just as good as it was on my sony tube tv (no motion blur), Fzero and Timesplitters 2 look good. Now if only i could get my 360 back before halo 3 comes out (shouldnt have sold my original xbox).
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I read in an earlier post in this thread that the native contrast ratio for the TC-32LX70 was 850:1. That is not true the native contrast ratio for this set is 1500:1. The dynamic contrast ratio is 7500:1, divide the dynamic contrast ratio by 5 to get the native. As far as sound goes on this set, I had to turn the bass down to -8 and the treble -5 because of some distortion on bass heavy audio. I find the sound quality to be good once this was done, i have my tv and progressive scan dvd player hooked up to a kenwood home theater sound system for when i watch movies or want to watch tv with an extra kick in the audio department.
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Sorry i made a mistake in my previous post, the TC-32LX70 has a dynamic contrast ratio of 7000:1 so the native contrast ratio is 1400:1. By the way dvds in progressive scan mode look awesome on this set (im using a 5 disc sony dvd player with component cables made by Monster).
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TC-32LX70

Circuit City offers a 3-Year Protection Plan for $129.99. Do you think it's worth it? Have you fellow TC-32LX70 owners been purchasing the protection plan?
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Mpansare could u post a link to the firmware update? I bought the TC-32LX70 at a great price from cc a week ago. I am very pleased with the picture quality (wish I could turn the backlight down more when watching the tv in the dark). The viewing angle is good on this set as long as your eyes are somewhere between the hight of the screen (the color does not fade at all) it does get a little smokey (still watchable) looking if u stand above or sit below the screen.I did not get a chance to try my xbox 360 since it red ringed on me 5 mins after hooking it up (wonder if switching to Hidef was too much for my 360 to handle). I have been playing my old trusty nintendo gamecube through composite cables and the picture quality is just as good as it was on my sony tube tv (no motion blur), Fzero and Timesplitters 2 look good. Now if only i could get my 360 back before halo 3 comes out (shouldnt have sold my original xbox).

Here is the Panasonic firmware download url. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU DOWNLOAD THE *CORRECT* FIRMWARE FOR YOUR SET. THERE ARE DIFFERENT PIECES OF FIRMWARE FOR DIFFERENT MODEL NUMBERS (PLASMA, LCD, AND DLP). GOOD LUCK!!!

http://www.pasctraining.panasonic.co...downloads1.asp
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TC-nnLX70
TC-nnLX700
nn designates different screen sizes

(Previous firmware version --) SDDL.SEC (5MB)
Digital Tuner Firmware


Caution: Other files with the same name may appear on this page, but are designed for different models. Problems and/or damage will occur if the firmware is used on the wrong model. 1.11 6/21/2007

Terrestrial HDTV Reception: Auto scan does not terminate when the broadcast station sends TVCT (Terrestrial Virtual Channel Table) with no data
QAM Reception: Programs with channel number "0-0" in the VCT (Virtual Channel Table) are not registered in the manual program list after auto-scan

Copy the file to an SD card
Insert the card into the SD-slot while the TV is on
Follow the instructions on the screen
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