In this article I talk about Smart TV Panasonic Viera 40″ – TC-40DS600B, I've acquired recently to put in my Office (home office).
Since he was planning the furniture of the House, designed for the Office a countertop in the TV could stand in the corner, so that when I'm working I can see her just looking slightly to the side, because I like to work with the TV on at some news, sports, etc.
Above the bench there is a wall cabinet, that leaves a usable space of little more than 60 cm above the countertop, enough for my monitor to 24 inch (Dell U2410) and eventually to a larger monitor in the future. Also fits the Cabinet Cooler Master HAF X, that is rather tall and Full Tower. Por fim, It was also enough for an LCD TV 32 inches, how I planned to have in the future at the time was planning the furniture.
The first TV to inhabit the Office turned out to be a Philips CRT TV 20 inches, I've had. This was in 2013 and the plan was to replace it in the future for LCD TV 32 inches. At the time my preference would be for a Smart TV Sony Bravia Full HD 32 inches. Until the network was already ready for it. My experience with Sony was good, Since I already had a CRT TV and four brand LCD TVs, that never gave problem.
But time passed, There were always other priorities on the list of purchases, and so the CRT TV was getting after. Because she wasn't good enough for the Office, Since most of the time I was looking at the monitor and only listening to TV. I bought a digital TV receiver for it, fiz to slave point of Sky using baluns and network cable.
Finally I ended up buying a Master System II as my childhood, and the CRT TV is the only one that allows me to use the Pistola Light Phaser, I saved from my childhood. A Light Phaser does not work with the technology of LCD TVs. It made me decide that would give up TV not CRT and so the purchase was further delayed.
While I expected, TV manufacturers simply ended up with all models of LCD TV 32 inches Full HD. I can't understand why such a decision. It is true that the difference between 1080 p and 720 p is barely noticeable on a screen 32 inches when we are away, but in my case the distance between me and the TV is just over one meter, so the difference becomes noticeable. Abroad you can still find TVs of 32 inches and 1080 p, but in Brazil they disappeared completely.
When I was getting the Olympics decided it was finally time to buy LCD TV Office, not least because digital TV receiver behaves very badly with sports, choking on frame rate, and apparently there is no pay digital TV receiver. This is another market that the major manufacturers not interested.
Was about to conforming to buy a 720 p TV even, but I decided to take a look at some models 40 inches. I realized that, Unlike models of 2013, the TVs of 2016 the edges are much more thin. Some models are with less than 60 cm tall, even with the feet. I was determined: the way was by 40 inches.
Choice of brand and model
Then began the search for models. The requirements were: be Full HD, have less than 60 cm tall with your feet, and be Smart (with Netflix and the like). My favorite brand so far, Sony, failed to meet the requirements. The only model available seems to be the KDL-40R355B, It's not Smart. Furthermore, Another Sony TV would bring me an additional problem: use a remote control transmitter to be able to change the channels on the Sky, It works very well, but also just broadcasting the signal from the TV remote. If they are different brands TVs OK, But if they are the same brand TVs, turn on the TV the slave point ends up calling or hanging up along the main point TV. The same applies to the other functions of the remote control. This is a problem I have with the TV room, It also has one point and is the same brand that the TV in the room (both are Sony Bravia).
The next brand to be dropped was the LG, because they stopped making TVs 40 inches. The models of 2016 now has 43 inches. As 3 thumbs up could have been a way to differentiate from the competition, but in my case it was a deal breaker, as time passes the 60 cm and she simply doesn't fit into the unit. Samsung Remained, Philips and Panasonic. Samsung is not a brand I enjoy, I've had problems with monitors and mobile phones brand. So ruled out.
Finally, consider the Philips, She has a 4 k TV from 40 inches with Full HD TV. A Philips Series 3000 (40PUG6300) It seemed rather tempting. But a quick search at reviews shows many dissatisfied buyers. The 4 k is restricted to 30 Hz. She simply does not support the HDMI standard 2.0. That's right, Philips had the indecency launched a 4 k TV without HDMI support 2.0. Even Netflix on the TV only supports Full HD. Ultimately, the 4 k this TV are just to deceive the heedless, without any practical use. Discarded!
There remained the Panasonic. And that's the Smart TV Panasonic Viera 40″ – TC-40DS600B caught my eye. A little more expensive than the other, more difficult to be found, a few reviews on the Internet. She's not exactly a very popular TV. But the brand Panasonic inspires me a certain confidence, She has a great reputation in North America. And she meets all the requirements: has just 57 cm tall, including the feet, it is Smart, and Full HD. In my research I've found nothing that desabonasse, so I opted for it.
Was still at the stage of dating, When the day 11/08 the Columbus did a promotion. In 11/08 It is celebrated the “Day of television”. Apparently the date is celebrated since 1958, but I only heard of it this year. What matters is that when buying a TV in Columbus, just that day, win a popcorn machine. A Cadence More Pop Popcorn Machine costs about R$ 90,00. It seemed like a good promotion and was the incentive to purchase. The price was the same as the store came practicing in recent months and the smallest of the Internet, so it was a real promotion. I will speak of Cadence More Pop Popcorn Machine next article.
Almost a month later found the same TV with a slightly lower price in Efacil. I took advantage of the occasion to test the Price protection Platinum Visa card, I captured the screen advertising and opened the claim. A few days later I got the answer that my claim was approved and I received some $ 9,17. They've gone a 10 days and still have not received, but the deadline is 10 days, so I'm still waiting.
The TV arrived after a week, not give 19/08. It didn't exactly see the Olympics in her, but no problem. I opened the box, I took the TV and made mounting and installation on your own without too much difficulty.
The Smart TV Panasonic Viera 40″ – TC-40DS600B
By specifying, the TV consumes up to 67W and is bivolt. Moreover, on the label it says “Voltage” to the dismay of purists.
On the back we have all connections, There's nothing in the thin sides. There are two HDMI inputs, one of them with ARC, optical digital audio output, a component video input (It also works with composite video) and stereo audio, Ethernet input, audio output, and antenna and cable entries. All these connections are turned back, What can get in the way a little bit for those who want to put the TV on the wall, which is not my case. On the side are a composite video and stereo audio and a USB input.
Negative is the fact that they are only 2 HDMI inputs. Panasonic could have been more generous and offered at least four entries, as on my Sony Bravia to 2012. I've taken up two HDMI inputs, with the slave point of Sky and with a Chromecast 2, of which I will speak later and in an upcoming article, respectively.
The remote control is quite complete, has media controls, hours, SAP, adjust aspect ratio, button to directly access the Netflix, to access the applications, etc. It works with two AA-size batteries, accompanying. Comparing again with the Sony Bravia, at least in the model 2012, the hours is hidden in the menus. Point for the Panasonic.
Tuning the channels is fast, but I noticed something I didn't like it much. Some digital channels are somewhat intermittent in my region. In Sony TVs there is an option “Add digital channels”, adding new channels without deleting the existing. In Panasonic Viera you need to redo the tuning, and if any channel is off the air at the time of demand, It ends up being deleted.
The TV has a beautiful splash screen configurable where you can put some widgets, as calendar, Watch, weather forecast, Agenda (sincronizável with Google Calendar), among others. The Internet connection can be wireless or Ethernet cable (WiFi). The software came in version 7.002 and I didn't need to upgrade.
Among the applications, In addition to the essential Netflix, There are also several other. The Globosat Play. With him I could, for example, Watch all 16 Stv channels that were going through the Olympics, with excellent sound and picture quality (Depending on your Internet connection, clear). Of course I could also see them directly on Sky and with lower latency, but the advantage is that you can watch a different channel from being watched in the main point, which is not possible with a slave. This came in handy when my wife was watching any sports on TV in the living room and I wanted to see another in the Office.
Not tested even put videos on a pendrive, but with the TV Media Player could directly access the my network sharing The Synology Diskstation. I tested several of the videos I captured of my VHS using the Diamond VC500. A positive point is that the Panasonic Viera recognizes the aspect (4:3 or 16:9) the videos automatically, something that Sony Bravia does not. But the negative aspect is that she doesn't deinterlaces interlaced videos, something that Sony Bravia does very well. Thus, the interlaced videos wind up getting ugly and bad to watch.
Netflix also worked well and brought a pleasant surprise. You can view the time information, resolution, etc. as in the application of the Playstation 3 and the Playstation 4, something that is not possible on Sony Bravia. This feature is useful for Diagnostics. When my Netflix does not reach 1080 p resolution, I know there's something wrong with my connection.
From the image menu there are the traditional backlight settings, contrast, brightness, color, Matiz, sharpness, color temperature, etc. There is also an option of intense color and a light-adaptive control, that apparently acts as a dynamic contrast. There is also a light sensor, that adjusts the image according to the brightness of the scene. Finally there is noise and noise reduction MPEG.
There are also some presets, “Dynamic”, “Normal”, “Cinema”, “True Cinema”, and “Personalize”. Interestingly there is no way “Game”, but as I'm not using this TV for gaming didn't bother to measure latency.
There are also audio presets “Standard”, “Music”, “Dialogue” and “User”. There are serious adjustments, acute, balance sheet, surround, automatic gain control, among others. The SPDIF audio output you can select between AUTO and PCM.
On the remote control for a button “Ultra Vivid” that leaves the colors very much alive, with settings for Football, Novel and drawings. Gives a beautiful impact and draws attention, but it's not something I go use the day to day. For those who like exaggerated contrast and saturation is a full plate, but I like to see a more realistic image.
Slave point of Sky
For the slave point of Sky could not use more Baluns, How was on CRT TV, because I wanted the slave point was with Full HD resolution. So, the Baluns get the CRT TV and I started using my Set HDMI Extender over network cable, that worked perfectly.
A very negative point Panasonic Viera is she proved unable to decode Dolby Digital audio coming through the HDMI input. Both Dolby Digital 2.0 as Dolby Digital 5.1 are not recognized and the TV's changes. This is quite inconvenient with the Sky, because multiple channels offer Dolby Digital sound. Of course I can configure the Sky decoder to send only stereo PCM sound on output, but the main point I have the Receiver Yamaha, that decodes Dolby Digital and makes good use of the 5.1 channels. So, I'm having to switch between PCM and Dolby Digital when using the slave point or the main point, respectively.
Again for comparison, Sony Bravia receives and decodes perfectly both Dolby Digital 2.0 as Dolby Digital 5.1. It's a shame that Panasonic has not followed the same path. Acquire a external decoder to try to solve this problem, but I'm still awaiting your arrival.
The fate of the CRT TV
As I mentioned, give up the CRT TV was totally out of the question. So I tried to find a place for her. Brought home a drawer that I had left in my parents ' House and I put it on it. The Master System II is plugged in it, ready to be played, with Pistola Light Phaser and the Master Everdrive with all games. I left her the digital TV receiver and the balun to continue watching the Sky.
Thinking about all the pros and cons, I can say that I am pleased with the Smart TV Panasonic Viera 40″ – TC-40DS600B. Given the current options, If I had to buy again, She would again be my choice. I'm glad I didn't open the 1080 p. And even with the Chromecast 2 Neither would have a Smart TV, because she still does some tasks better than the Chromecast 2. For those who have enough space, might be worth checking out the models of 43 inches from LG. I'm curious to see how they do with the Dolby Digital sound and with interlaced video, a pity that the height of them have eliminated them from my choices.