Panasonic TH-L32X15D 32″ Wide LCD Television

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    Dear friend,




    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Dr. Jagdish,

      The Panasonic TV features really tiny speakers which are mounted in bottom firing position. If the audio is even slightly bassy, the speakers flutter quite horribly. Unfortunately, this is by design and no amount of speaker replacement will fix it. While for day-to-day viewing, this is acceptable, for enjoying movies and music the sound quality falls woefully short.

      TVs like Onida & LG (Jazz) feature large speakers for much higher quality audio, but I recommend that users desirous of high quality sound opt to connect home-theatre/2.1 speaker systems instead.

      You can buy quality 2.1 speaker systems in the market for around 1,500/- only. You should connect these speakers to the audio connectors (red-white) of AV-Out connectors (at back of TV). Whenever you feel the need to enjoy loud & punchy sound, switch on the external speakers.



    Dear friend

    thank u for your satisfactory advice. i am already using sony home theater there is no sound problme with them. suppose dealer offer to change company then it is advisable to take sony brevia if yes then which series is advisable in 32 inch

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Dr. Jagdish,

      You have a wonderful friend in your dealer. Most dealers will completely wash their hands off their customers the moment the customer walks off the store with the product.

      If the dealer has proposed a Sony Bravia model as replacement, it is likely to cost you a few thousands in upgrade price since Sony TVs tend to be more expensive.

      In my testing, I found that Sony TVs did not score well either on the image front, the audio front or feature-set front. TV’s from LG & Samsung scored the best.

      I cannot recommend a specific model of Sony LCD Tv since there are too many confusing models, but I can give a few hints that you can use while selecting the appropriate model for you.

      Look for:

      Display speed: Ask the dealer to change the channel to CNBC-Awaz/CNBC-TV18. Look at the bottom of the image for the scrolling news. CNBC channels display this information at such high speed that most LCD TVs present a blurry text. CRT & Plasma TVs suffer less. The LCD TV with the sharpest text wins this match.

      Color Gamma: Ask the dealer to change the channel to Nate-Geo/Discovery/Animal-Planet. Look for scenes with Sky. Most TVs have difficulty in producing blue skies, particularly if the video was shot on a bright day and the sky is pale-blue. On most TVs the sky gets washed out and appears white. The TV with the best sky wins this match.

      Color Saturation: Ask the dealer to switch to a Saas-Bahu channel. Look for skin tones of the women. Most TVs over-emphasize the red and Indian women look as pink as Russians in a sauna. The TV with the normal skin-tone wins this match.

      Color Contrast: Ask the dealer to play a DVD movie. In any scene that contains bright images, look for dark areas. Most TVs use ‘Dynamic Contrast’ which hides the actual black-levels that the TV can produce. In bright scenes, dark areas often appear as ‘Grey’ instead of black. The TV with the darkest grey wins this match.

      Note: For the purpose of testing, please ensure that the dealer is using a Set-top box(Tata Sky/Airtel/Reliance Big-TV) for playing broadcast content and a DVD-Player is connected using Component/HDMI cable for playing movies. DVD player connected to TV using Composite connector (single Yellow cable) will not do. Also ensure that the TVs are placed side by side to make it easier for you to compare the images simultaneously and sound has been muted on each TV to prevent distraction.

      Hope this helps,
      – Rajib


    Dear frined,

    Thank u for your kind support and valuable advice, i will take your advice in future also when ever any electronic item.

    I am radiologist. in surat ( gujarat) i have x-ray , sonography and CT scan center in surat.

    thanks once again

    keep in touch

    many many thanks

    Dr. jagdish vaghasia

  4. Jagdish Solanki says:

    Dear Mr.Rajb, I am speechless…amazing..extra-ordinary…simply the best described..I have never came through such technical descriprtion..many many thanks

  5. Priya Sahas says:

    Mr. Rajib,

    Great insight for novices like me to know everything about LCD TVs. Thanks a ton for the information and waiting to know more!


  6. Jaideep says:

    My name is jaideep and am from Chennai.
    Really Really good. Am a layman when it comes to LCD TV’s , but your info – pro’s and con’s , wow FANTASTIC. It would great if you would continue to do reviews for many common but nessesary electronic goods that are bought by people , cause yours was THE BEST that i’ve read .
    Just Keep up your very proffesional work.
    Thank you.

  7. Abhishek Nagpal says:

    Dear Mr Rajib,

    Thanks for the wonderful insight. Just wanted to know what is your take on Onida Diamond 32″

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Abhishek,
      I had initially decided to purchase the Onida Diamond. Later the vibrancy of images in Panasonic made me change my mind and now I regret my decision.
      If you are considering the Onida, I wholeheartedly recommend it.

  8. Abhishek Nagpal says:

    Thanks Rajib, will go for it then and keep you updated with my experience as well.

  9. Anand M says:

    Thanks for such a superb info i m thankful to u…but after reading to the whole matter i wuld still prefer panasonic brand as its offering a gud picture quality compared to all other brands n tht to a gud reasonable price…now its offering 3yrs of warranty for the complete set…which is the best…see if 1 set is having problem 2early u cannot judge the whole brand….the only problem u found ws with sound of the tv…i wuld say purchase a 2.1ch h/t n gt a gud sound…we do nt hear full sound on tv for the whole dy smetime in a day we hear…so the sound in 32s10 is quite gud…for the bass n all rather prefer a gud h/t to gt full theatre experience…i purchased a 32s10 just a week back…n m most happy with it than any other brand lcd tvs…thank u…

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Anand,

      Congratulations on your purchase!

      My problem with Panasonic is not with it’s poor sound as much as it is with it’s poor display.

      At-least the set I have (which Panasonic has failed to rectify till now) features an overdose of red color. The red dresses worn by Indian women looks fluoroscent. Tomatoes are so red that all I can see on the TV are red blobs. I suggest that you try and download the test pattern images from my other article (10 tips to select LCD TV) and test your TV. If your TV has a color problem, please bring it to notice of Panasonic immediately.


  10. Anand m says:

    thanks for the reply rajib…k…culd u just post the url here so tht i can download n test it…n also hw shuld i test it lt me know in detail….

  11. Niklesh says:

    Hi Rajib,

    I am searching good 32 inch LCD since last two month, i was almost became zero on Panasonic x15 and then i saw your review. you made me think twise to go for it or not. I read review on as well, but they have not reported this kind of problem. Now it seems Onida diamond would be next choice for me. Would it possible for you to give your rivew comment for that as well.

  12. Aditya says:

    Hi Rajiv,
    Great to read your review. I was planning to buy a 32″ or 40″ but was always confused with blurring problem when CNBC channel was set. The image problem and pixel defect which will get noticed only after one has purchased and used the Tv for a few weeks, puts a buyer in a very tricky situation. Would you say that one should continue with old crt for some more time ( I have SONY 29″ which seems to be reasonably good)?


    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Aditya,

      Viewing technology in India is outpacing the broadcast technology rapidly. For people who regularly watch DVD movies, want to connect computer/media players to TV – the LCD TV is the way to go.
      For those whose TV watching is limited to Broadcast channels, a CRT TV continues to be a good solution unless you want a larger size screen or want to save some space in the room.


  13. Hiren Pancholi says:

    Dear Rajib da,

    Haier is a Chinese TV, as mentioned by u, while showroom people misleading that to be a German company manufacturing at Ranjangaon, near Pune.
    Do you have any review of it’s 32 inch TV.

  14. Hiren Pancholi says:

    Dear Rajib Da,

    My budget for 32″ TV is 25000 +- 2000/ what do you suggest best.

  15. GuruPrakash says:

    Dear Mr.Rajib

    Thanks for your valuable advice. I am planning a 32″ LCD with 750P and 100 Hertz . Which one do you recommend ?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Mr. Guru Prakash,

      I regret I cannot advise you on which make-model of LCD to select for your family. It’s going to be an year since I bought my LCD and a lot of models with new features have been introduced since then. Prices too have fallen by at-least 25%.

      I suggest that you select a brand like LG / Samsung / Panasonic which offer excellent visuals. The LG TVs are also most feature rich, reasonably priced and offer excellent computer connectivity.
      I also like the Onida Diamond TV and wish it was priced more competitively. The Videocon TV had good colors but the brand itself is not known for high reliability.


  16. Vik says:

    Awsome review buddy :). I am zeroing in on Pany 32 X15 or
    LG 32 LH60YR. I was more inclined towards Panasonic was because of the 3 yr warranty, but as you rightly suggested it might actually be misleading. I better check with the Pany dealer once. So how is your TV performing now ? Any idea about LG LH60YR. I saw some great reviews online but will have a look at it in the showroom before taking the final call.


    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Vik,

      My Panasonic TV is much better now that I tweaked the color settings using a calibration DVD.
      You are right about checking up the TVs for yourself in a showroom before taking the call. No amount of online reviews can decide which TV will appeal to you the most.

      Good luck!

  17. Rahul says:

    Hi Rajib,

    I want to replace my BPL 25 CRT TV and visiting show-rooms(Croma, Vijay Sales, Care etc) and surfing many sites. But I could not decide any of LCD TVs since two months. Today, I finally selected Panasonic 32X15 at Vijay Sales and found your review. So, now It is again confusing for me. I am using TV for only TATASKY channels and DVD players. I am always finding my CRT better than any LCD TVs and so could not decided and again in same stage. If u comment on LG 32LH60 then it will help me to final it.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Rahul,

      It appears to me that many CRTs actually have much superior image quality. But this appearance is also limited to watching normal Cable/Satellite TV.

      The moment you connect equipment like Hhigh-Definition Set-top box / Laptop Computer / Media Player box / BlueRay players etc., the outdated CRT technology shows it’s limitations.

      I am not familiar with the specific LG TV model you are referring to, but in general I found the picture quality on the LG TV to be very accurate – not at all gimmicky/artificial like it is on Panasonic and Samsung TVs.


  18. Rahul says:

    Dear Rajib, Thanks a lot. I will continue with CRT TV till my actual requirement of LCD TV. I will use this money to buy a Laptop. Please give 10 tips to buy a new Laptop.


  19. Unni says:

    Hi Rajib,
    An excellent review that detailed everything that many of us may not really think of and the salesperson can put in wrong implications with..!!

    Well, do you still give out advices? 🙂 I am in the initial stages of getting a LCD TV and my first stop was ADHISHWARS, Domlur, Bangalore. The sales guy was an incredible guy, explained different models of different companies… He wasn’t very keen to explain on LG and Samsung. And his lineage was with Panasonic and he was comparing it with Sony LCDs. As you said he too mentioned the Brand name price tag of Sony and was promoting Panasonic like anything.. Do you have any updates on you Tv or the new batch of the same model..?

    A couple of things he had come up with, but can u assure if they are correct as per your knowledge
    1. The IPS technology is better than one used in Sony.
    2. Sony has a liquid flowing feel to the BG objects (whic was evident in the demo), but is it just bcoz the Panasonic demo CD was better?
    3. He told the 3 year warranty includes the Panel as well. that is even for “Breakage” of the screen.. Hard to believe…

    The next visit to Domlur GIRIAS was not much of use, as none of the sales guys were good at communication.. He took me to LG, Sony section and just kept telling with LG (hitting the screen frequently to bring a flash like screen) if something happens to screen we need to change everything, where as Sony, we can manage to chnage the panel alone… Any pointers on that?

    If your opinion on Panasonic is still withstanding, are you suggesting LG is the next best bet?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Unni,

      TVs featuring IPS technology definitely feature better viewing angles. The difference may not be so noticeable if TVs are being compared from straight-front.
      Differences in IPS technology may be subtle though. Frankly, for the kind of viewing we do and under standard lab conditions most TVs of comparable specs will come within hair’s breadth of each other.

      TVs featuring extended warranty is always a good option. A good alternative is either ‘purchase of extended warranty’ provided either by the manufacturer of stores like ‘Reliance Digital’ or ‘The Electronic Store’. Recently my TataSky set-top box went bust. Thankfully (against popular advice), I had initially paid Rs. 200/- for 2 years AMC and the under that scheme my set-top box was replaced for free.

      Breakages are always excluded. No insurance company in the world covers user-damage or wear-and-tear. In case of damage, in electronics, entire sub-sections are swapped out and replaced with new. The same holds good for LCD TVs. If the panel is damaged, you get a panel replacement. If the logic-board is damaged, you get a logic board replacement.

      As before I maintain that you must experience the product that you intend to buy and satisfy yourself that it is a good buy. After-all, buying a LCD TV includes lot more factors than just technical specs.


  20. Unni says:

    Thanks Ranjib, Happy to see that you still keep responding to an year old thread for each and every query, even if it sounds very amatuerish…

    Hats off to you on this attitude… Well, yours is the only review one can get for a Panasonic TV, thats quite an achievement i do say…

    Well, to get back on the query, I had gone for another round of see to feel study across ezone, Pai international and croma.. It seems except ezone (said they dont sell panasonic, even though i found a few sets there), Pai and croma now join adhiswars to boost panasonic… They say its true vlaue for money… Even i found that Panasonic really outscores Sony, LG or Samsung when it comes overall… Now question comes to the durability.. Only time tested answers can be counted now… Hows your TV doing now?

    When it come to be Panasonic, i have liked 2 models, L32X15 and L32X24, do you have any idea on the second mentioned one?

    Also which model do you advice to your friends now? Or after this buy, have you stopped giving advices (or they stopped taking advices from you?) 🙂

    Thanks again… And sorry to keep disturbing you…!!

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Unni,

      Some of these posts on my blog are quite popular. Who am I to dictate when a post is deemed too old to be comment-able.
      I personally own a Panasonic L32X15 and am ok with it’s performance. As a machine to watch broadcast channels on, it is ok. But the LG performs much better when it comes to computer connectivity.

      As with all readers of my blog, I advise you not on what to buy but how to buy.


  21. satish says:

    Dear Rajib,

    i must say that this is the best review i have ever read for any product. Very detailed….

    I am planning to buy a LCD but am confused between a 26 inch and 32 inch.

    Sony obvsly being over priced for its brand name and less features is out of my list.

    Yesterday i went to the showroom, the sales guy showed me many LCD’s… of which 3 i liked..

    LG 26 LU 11 @ 21 K HD ready
    Onida Diamond 32 Inch @ 30 K – HD
    Panasonic 32 inch @ 32 K – HD

    I personally liked LG as it had good features but the only disappointing thing was the Panel (front – Black and back -white)

    On the 32 inch front – Onida Diamond outscored because of :
    1. Looks
    2. Great Features
    3. Full HD at a cheap price
    4. USB Slot with all type of video support

    One more Brand which i have liked is Videocon (though i have not visited as yet but read on the net for its feature) i have to research more as i have not seen the picture quality and the features myself.

    What excites me for Videocon is that i will have one remote to operate both TV and DTH as it is inbuilt

    can you share your thoughts on Onida as it will be really helpful for me.



    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Satish,

      I was really excited with the Onida Diamond. I liked it’s styling, the sound, USB support and image quality. Also Onida products are known to be fairly reliable.
      I liked the image quality of Videocon, but videocon’s build quality has always been a suspect. I have come across reports where videocon LCDs have failed.
      Also don’t fall for the integrated DTH feature: it is limited to videocon’s DTH. It is not compatible with Tatasky/Airtel etc. (who make you pay for their own antenna and set-top box).

      The size of the TV is a factor of your old TV size and viewing distance. If your old TV was a 21″ CRT, you need a 26″ LCD to maintain the same viewing height. If the LCD is 26″, your optimal seating is 6 feet away.

      The 3 brands and models that you have selected are excellent choice – just remember to select the TV that is a good combination of image quality, features and price.


  22. Unni says:

    Hi Ranjib,
    Thanks for pointers.. Well I have gone ahead to get myself an X15… Nothing compared to it was giving me the good feel… Got a decent bargain @ Pais… Also looking to test it out in coming days…

    Happy Diwali….

  23. Linda Whitaker says:

    Hello, Ranjib, wonder if you’ve had a 67 yr old lady asking your advice? Well, there’s always a first time! I have been following this blog on a Panasonic 32″ TV since Nov 09 and still not been able to choose a new TV so I am wondering if you know whether the new Panasonic Viera Pure Line TVs are better models.

    Have Panasonic taken your advice and improved on the technology? I have been looking at the 37″ TX-L37D28BS and the 32″ one. They look amazing, super LED slim and chic – and seem to have it all – freeview and freesat built in, full HD (1920x1080p), PC input, wi-fi ready, motion focus technology, etc, etc.

    But, I checked the sound in the shop and it didn’t seem too good to me, bit tinny. Couldn’t even find the speakers! The shop Comet was offering the 37″ for £699 instead of £950 (internet deal) which is cheaper than the 32″ one going for £820. A 5 yr warranty would cost me £250 though so it evens out. My last LCD TV went bust after a couple of years and I paid a fortune for it so I’d need the warranty so that I’d get 5 yrs out of it for that price.

    Could you let me know what you think of these models – sorry to drag the blog on even longer. But suspect there still could be a few people out there wondering whether this model is up to scratch. Anything you explain to me – try to keep it simple, though I do have 2 sons to help me get through the jargon…. thanks.


    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Linda,

      Of all the TVs in the lineup, I picked the Panasonic for the image quality (rich blacks, vibrant colors, 100Hz display) and to be honest, if I hadn’t done a study by connecting it to a computer, I would have been very happy with the image quality. The computer study revealed that perhaps for my purposes, an LG would have been a better choice.

      While aesthetics and image quality in Panasonic TVs has improved a little, one thing that these TVs still have not come to grips with – is the sound quality. The sound coming from down-firing speakers (located at the bottom of the LCD panel), is very tinny and flutters crazily if heavy bass sounds are played. This you can circumvent by connecting the TV to a home-theatre system.

      Panasonic TVs in India are now covered by a 3 year warranty. If you have an option for extended warranty, I suggest you take it.

      w.r.t. specific models, I regret that since my TV purchase, I have not bothered to visit the stores and investigate newer LCD TVs in detail. The yardsticks for checking out the image quality of TV still remains the same though. Some of these are covered under an article titled ’10 tips for selecting LCD TV’ on my blog.


  24. Linda Whitaker says:

    Thanks Rajib. At least this has confirmed my opinion on the sound/speakers, etc. I will keep on searching…..

  25. thanu says:

    Nice review among the reviews I have gone through so far. Good thing is that even after an year, it is active. Few questions.
    1. Have you ever regretted/felt after purchasing LCD that picture quality and sturdiness in CRT was much better and should have continued with Philips CRT you had. (except the space issue).
    2. What is your opinion on Philips LCD, as it is fairily available in current LCD market.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Thanu,

      Today as I connected my laptop to the LCD TV using HDMI and watched the new episodes of Big Bang Theory and Royal Pains, I realized that this is something my CRT couldn’t have accomplished. All new content is in 16:9 HD format. India will arive there soon – one channel at a time 🙂


  26. thanu says:

    Thanks Rajib for the prompt response.

    How about your opinion on Philips LCD?


    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Thanu,
      I very much wanted to buy a Philips Ambilights LCD TV for my home and was willing to break the bank over it. A demo unit I saw at eZone was great, but they did not have for sale. In fact, none of the LFRs (large format retailers) had it for sale.

      Philips may make innovative LCDs, but when was the last time you saw a Philips ad on TV? Dying company??


  27. Anand says:

    Can you suggest me that i should go for 42inch lcd or plasma??? which 1 shuld i prefer and of which brand, model, price, service of tht brand??? and whats your view on panasonic lcds??

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Anand,

      At 42″, you are better off going in for a LCD. Actually, 42″ is a borderline size where Plasma and LCD are equally available and affordable.
      Since LCD is a much more evolved technology, at 42″, your LCD is likely to be full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) display with much finer dot-pitch than a plasma, resulting in a smoother display.

      w.r.t. Make/Model, personal preferences matter and I suggest you check out a store near your place to compare colors/contrast/inputs of the TVs before making the decision.
      The Panasonic 32″ LCD I have has superb black levels. But I wish it had better contrast. It is hard to make out the finer shades of colors in a picture.


  28. thanu says:

    Dear Rajib,

    Thank you once again for the prompt response.

    I did not see any Philips ad on TV in recent past. I saw demo in NEXT showroom and few other showrooms in Mumbai. Impressed with picture quality and connectivity options. (3000 series and 5000 series). Since I am owning Philips DVD music system for last 8 years and faced no problem till date, thought of going for Philips brand.

    Panasonic, though good and value for money, due to less connectivity options, had a second thought. Philips though not a Japanese brand and had value for money when compared with Sony, thinking why not go for it.

    If it is a dying company in India/Globally, it is necessary to give a second thought. Thanks.


    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Thanu,

      Would I have gone in for a Philips if could? Yes. The problem is they were just not available. Had they been, I would have enquired about the location of their service center (which I always do before buying electronics) and gone for it.

      I bought the Panasonic LCD because of the plethora of connectivity options on it. My TV has 3 x HDMI, 3 x AV (Component, Composite, S-Video), PC (VGA), AV-Out and SD Card Reader.
      In fact, I am yet to utilize all the ports on the TV because I haven’t bought all the equipment that I intend to connect to it yet 🙂


  29. thanu says:

    Dear Rajib,

    Regarding service center for Philips, for my DVD, which I purchased before 8 years in Nashik, they(I believe they had come from Pune) had given nice demo and done some correction on their own (preventive before even facing any problem) to suit Indian condition and after that I had absolutely zero issue.

    Then I got transferred to Tirupur. There service center was available but their service was not as good as Pune people.

    Lastly, I got transferred to Mumbai, service center is available, but service is poor than Tirupur.

    I am not sure whether the service is getting worser due to time or due to region/locality.

    However, after surfing through various sites, I realise that after sales service part is very poor in any brand – Sony, Samsung, LG, Onida, Videocon, Sansui, Toshiba, Panasonic etc. In any case, I agree with you that it is must to check the service centre availability before making the purchase decision.

    Regarding Panansonic X15 series- LCD, contrast ratio they mention in their website is 1:20000 and I understand from amazon website for model X 15 B, it is 1:40000. I am yet to see demo. Do you have any idea on this ? Sorry for troubling you again.


    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Thanu,

      Claimed contrast ratios apart, real-life performance of the unit that you purchase will certainly be different than printed specs. It is better if you run some tests at the time of purchase. Home-theatre and LCD tests DVDs are available on the Internet. You can also use a computer to do the tests. Do not be pressured into buying a TV that does not deliver the goods as you expect it to. This will save you a lot of heart-burn later.


  30. thanu says:

    Dear Rajib,

    Thanks a lot. Your tips will definitely help in making the right purchase decision.


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