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Wednesday, March 08, 2006


Apparently LG likes to make up lots of technical terms such as ‘OptiGrade’, ‘PurePalette’ and ‘VistaBright’, and then slap
them on the front of their TV sets. By and large you can
ignore this kind of unnecessary techno-babble from LG or any
other manufacturer.

The 32LX2R has, nevertheless, got what it takes to make it in the world of HDTV. HDMI, component and DVI sockets all support highdefinition inputs, and the high resolution (1366 x 768 pixels) means that, like the other sets in this test, the 32LX2R can display both the 720p and 1080i HD standards. There’s no input for connecting a PC via VGA, but the folks at LG have included a VGA-to- DVI adapter.

Non-HD sources are well catered for as well, with composite and S-video inputs, as well as a pair of Scart sockets, one of which is RGB-enabled.

Predictably, the set’s picture quality is at its best when a true HD source is used – in this case some high-quality 1080i/720p demonstration material provided by one of the manufacturers for use in our tests. Played over the component input, colours looked rich and the image was very realistic. We did, however, notice a very small amount of unwanted video noise in the HD image, which we didn’t find with any of the other sets on test.

Oddly, the HDMI input didn’t work at all, although a representative from LG told us that this was an incompatibility issue specific to the DVD player that we were using, and assured us that a firmware fix would be available by the time you read this. We were able to test our DVD player using an HDMI-to-DVI converter, however, and the picture was very good – lots of deep colours and no motion blur. The same couldn’t be said for performance of the same DVD over the RGB Scart connection, however.

Afew other niggles, including an analogue-only TV tuner and some strange grey bars instead of black bars when viewing in 4:3 mode, knock more points off the final score, which is a pity as the 32LX2R is an attractivelooking set at an equally attractive price.

[via: activehome]

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