Not much in technology really annoys me but the widespread practice of mounting TVs high up on walls, and, worse, above mantelpieces, drives me nuts. Do you high-up-television people love the office reception/Travelodge/dentist’s waiting room experience so much that you want to enjoy it at home too? Do you not notice that you are craning your neck to watch TV? Or that, unless the wiring is embedded in plaster, the aesthetic and ergonomic abomination you have created is rendered even more heinous by the clearly visible tangle of cables?
My hatred of this strange habit has led to my featuring a lot of elegantly stand-mounted TVs which can be seen at eye-level from a sofa. And no stand mount is as stylish as the motorised one that comes as an optional extra with the Loewe Bild 7 I featured last month – my pick for the best TV ever. I was tempted to splash out on the Bild 7 when the Technopolis household recently moved to a riverside loft apartment. But then the never-to-be underestimated Panasonic invented the DX802 and, after testing one for a few weeks, I bought it – in my new home it looked even better than the Loewe would have done. Which is why, dear viewers, the 50in version of the dramatically floor-standing Panasonic DX802 (a 58in is also available) will be in the background of many of my Howtospendit.com video reviews to come.
The DX802 is an exceptionally fine 4K TV with a super-simple operating system and a good (if not absolutely impeccable) soundbar included. I have chosen to stick with the official soundbar, with its two tweeters, four squawkers and six woofers, because it integrates seamlessly with the TV and looks so damned cool. Electronically, the TV has the fancy online garnish most now do – apps etc – all of which I regard these days as so much noise. I don’t believe anyone uses a tenth of the twiddles TVs come with. A couple of things from the lengthy specification do, however, stand out as useful: support for Amazon’s HDR (high dynamic range) content and for Netflix’s HDR streams. That’s good. But it’s the DX802’s furniture credential that is its USP and, while I concede it’s not everyone’s thing and wouldn’t work in every room, it’s incredibly comfortable to watch where we have it and is that rare bird, a big TV that’s as good-looking off as it is on.