Unfortunately, the picture isn't quite so good with Blu-ray HD video -- we found there was a great deal of softness in most images we checked. Freeview HD, oddly, looked slightly better. Movies like District 9 and Casino Royale all looked decent-enough from a distance but, close up, they looked muddy and indistinct. This might not bother some people, but we felt this TV wasn't getting the best out of 1080p video.
We were struck by the clarity of the TX-L37G20B's audio. With Freeview, and even down-mixed Blu-ray, speech was crystal-clear and dialogue was incredibly easy to understand. This is all too rare with flat-panel TVs, so we have to commend Panasonic.
When it comes to accessing high-definition content, you'll be hard-pressed to find a TV that's better-specified than the Panasonic Viera TX-L37G20B, thanks to its Freeview HD and freesat HD tuners. But, if you're a Blu-ray fan and want the best-possible picture quality from a TV, then we can't really recommend this set.
The TX-L37G20B's standard-definition performance is better, but this TV is just too expensive for our liking. To spend £950 on a 37-inch LCD TV that, in our opinion, under-performs compared to the company's similarly priced, 42-inch plasma models is insanity. Although we accept that 37 inches is a desirable TV size for many people, and some may not have room for a larger plasma set, it still seems a shame to pay roughly the same price for a smaller screen.
Edited by Charles Kloet