LG 32LH5000 review

The 32LH5000 is another worthy LCD television to emerge from the sometimes fractious LG stable Tested at £500.00

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Our Verdict

£500 very well spent, the 32LH5000 is another step towards LG ubiquity

For

  • Good looks, fine finish
  • extensive spec
  • sturdy TV reception
  • accomplished images from all sources

Against

  • Sound is the usual dog’s dinner
  • some more expensive rivals offer even more detail and insight

LG has been building something of a head of steam with its current LCD TVs range, most recently scoring the full five with the 42in version of this LH5000.

“If it can only put a consistent run of screens together, LG can enjoy the cachet of a Sony, a Panasonic or a Samsung” is an opinion regularly overheard around the What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision executive water-cooler.

That's easier said than done, of course, as Sony, Panasonic and Samsung will testify.

Well-specified, fine performer
As far as the 32LH5000 goes, though, it's another LCD TV to be added to the ‘positive' column of LG's balance sheet.

Handsome and amply specified (1920 x 1080 resolution, four HDMI inputs, 100Hz motion processing, USB 2.0 socket for MP3, JPEG and DivX playback, for example), it's got a stack of showroom appeal.

The onboard tuners deliver stable, high-contrast images that handle the trials of rapid motion, dark or complex scenes, and broadcasts of questionable quality with equanimity.

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There's some coarseness to edges and some noise in wide-open scenes, but that's always the case when watching daytime TV. Colours are nicely judged, and contrasts are particularly impressive.

Standard-definition stuff via DVD is upscaled confidently, contrast staying enjoyable even if the LG isn't the last word in outright black depth.

There's plenty of detail on display, motion is described with great security, skin-tones (and the rest of the colour palette) are neutral and natural.

1080p images look good
As you might expect, 1080p/24fps images (in this case the ultra-vivid Watchmen) look best of all.

The 100Hz TruMotion option gives tremendously smooth on-screen movement, edges are stable and the colour range is, again, beautifully judged.

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There's convincing three-dimensionality to images, and an intimacy to skin-textures that lesser screens can't replicate, although this LCD can be a tad short on subtlety sometimes.

‘Invisible' speakers help the looks, but the sound they make does no one any favours – sibilant and small-scale may be the TV norm, but that doesn't make it any more agreeable.

In all other respects, though, this is another in the burgeoning line of fine LG TVs.

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Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Brand NameLG
Product TypeLCD TV
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Manufacturer Part Number32LH5000
Product NameLG 32LH5000
Product Model32LH5000

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
VGAYes
USBYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports4

Technical Information

FeaturesTeletext, Auto-off, Channel Labeling
Aspect Ratio16:9
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")

Energy and Performance

Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080

Power Description

Input Voltage110 V AC, 220 V AC

Audio

RMS Output Power20 W
Sound SystemSurround Sound

Video

Digital TunerDVB-T
Scan Format1080p

Physical Characteristics

Weight Approximate11.40 kg
ColourBlue, Black

Miscellaneous

Environmentally FriendlyYes
Environmental CertificationRoHS