LG 32LH30 LED TV

February 20, 2010 by



LG-32LH30

LG produced an entry-level LCD TV that won the hearts of its fans as yet another user-friendly color ace with easy calibration for non-experts. It is the LG 32LH30.

Design
It may not sport the usual glossy black design that most HDTVs have in the market.  It has a very simple, straightforward LG look with a little twist, having the same glossy black frame on the top and sides, and the bottom frame being slightly thicker.  The bottom edge is also curved slightly and has a chrome-colored strip for the edge.  The LED power indicator disrupted the chrome strip a little on the right side and speakers are hidden at the bottom panel, completely out of view.  Purchase comes with a glossy black swivel stand. It measures 21.5” x 20.8” x 3.1” and weighs 24.3lbs without its stand.

LG has put some attention on its remote control, with a special energy-saving button nicely designed in green with the graphic leaf logo in white outlines. The remote control is black, with large words.

The typical life span of this LCD TV is said to be 60,000 hours. It has a dynamic contrast ratio of 50,000:1 and is Energy Star compliant. There are three HDMI v 1.3 ports, and its audio is two 10W speakers. The system also includes a component video input, two AV inputs with composite video, a RF input for antenna or cable, an RGB-style analog PC input and an optical digital audio output. However, there is no S-Video input available.

Setting up the LG 32LH30
The menu is quite extensive with a friendly user interface. There is easy access for aspect ratio, picture and sound modes within the quick menu, together with other common functions such as the timer.  There is a “simple manual” that provides basic setup and function information.

The presets for picture memory slots are independent of each other.  Users can easily calibrate and make adjustments even in the non-expert modes, and there are a total of three color temperature presets.  There can be adjustments to settings for noise reduction, contrast and color, gamma correction, a black level control, edge enhancement, a room-lighting sensor, wide and standard color spaces and an “eye care” setting that prevents the screen from being too bright.  This “eye care” function is disabled in Vivid and Cinema modes.

Expert Modes, innovative technology from Imaging Science Foundation, has additional controls including a 10-point white balance system.  The white balancing helps generate a more accurate grayscale.  There is also the option to calibrate color filters individually (red, blue and green) for color balance. 

Features
The LG 32LH30 is a 16:9 ratio tv. It supports up to 1080p content with a native display resolution of 1920 x 1080. There are six preset modes for aspect ratio correction and LG implemented an XD Engine into this system. It also supports 24p Real Cinema and the hidden speakers beaming from the bottom panel is supposed to be fine tuned by audio expert, Mr Mark Levinson. The invisible speakers are coupled with Clear Voice II that delivers crisp dialogue even with a noisy background. It also employs the SRS TruSurround XT technology, and customized audio mode for different functions. They include “Cinema”, “Sports” and “Games”. Under the AV Mode II, these three are presets to optimize the quality of picture and audio, easily accessible with one-touch button on the remote control.

Meanwhile, Picture Wizard helps for easy calibration of picture adjustments.  There are on-screen reference points for adjustments of the picture’s black levels, color, tint, sharpness, and backlight.  It is also ISFccc Ready for professional calibration.

LG also included common settings to aim for Energy Star 3.0 qualifications, plus additional and more aggressive Energy Saving settings.  The system reduces the backlight, and this lowers the wattage consumption, disabling the standard backlight control.

LG-32LH30

Performance
What’s missing on the feature of this LG is 120Hz with dejudder processing. However, this feature may not be prominent for this entry level model.  It actually does offer better picture adjusting controls compared to other entry-level HDTVs which is welcoming.

The expert mode is helpful to users, as it allows calibration to enhance the colors.  Once the adjustments are done, the colors turn out very well compared to other HDTVs available in the market.  Grayscale is also quite well balanced from dark to light although there are some fluctuations.  The color managements system helps improve on the colors without affecting the color decoding.  There is no visible ghosting problem or artefacts. 

The Picture Wizard default setting is already quite accurate.  A slight tweak makes the picture perfect, but users may also find it useful to create settings for alternate picture modes such as those in a brighter or darker room viewing. A warning to user is that the adjustment automatically saves itself in the Expert Mode 1, overwriting previous available color settings, and thus Expert Mode 2 should be chosen as the primary picture setting default.

Meanwhile, the audio is quite good with clear dialogues and some bass. The two 10W speaker does justice to this although it does not replace the need for a separate surround sound system for audiophiles.

The remote control is slightly misleading. Aside from not having a dedicated aspect ratio control button, the “Energy Saving” button actually calls up the quick menu, set to the energy saving position.  It is not going to automatically go into a dedicated energy saving function.

Pros and Cons
While the remote control has its restrictions, users will like the solid feel of rubber clicking. Color is rich and vivid, with deep blacks and plenty of shadow details. White is clear and users can be spoilt to choice of calibration and adjustments with a whole array of settings selection from the menu.

Conclusion
Overall, the LG 32LH30 is impressive as an entry-level HDTV. Users need to tweak the colors just a little to suit personal preference to make the system perfect. Videophiles will find that this system is worth more than it asks for.

 

The review above is applicable to 47LH30 for 47”, 42LH30 for 42”, 37LH30 for 37” and 32LH30 for 32”.

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Comments (6)

 

  1. Smith says:

    I’m very much into LG because it’s simple to set-up. I’ve also got an LG phone, an LG computer monitor, and if I could, I might have changed everything at home to LG. But of course that’s not going to happen because I’m not staying on my own, and I wont have that much money for it. But I do have money for a 32” LG in my bedroom.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Agree with user above about the easy set-up although I’m not a fanatic for LG stuff (I use a Nokia mobile :) )

    The menu options are very inspiring, and it looks really neat. It’s also got an IPS panel and the wizard is so easy to use. Quality-wise, the color is amazingly rich, and there’s no ghosting problem. I like it.

  3. Ted546 says:

    I wanted to buy a Samsung, but someone wrote online that buying them is like buying a lottery, we will never know if it works. So, I got me this LG instead, it’s not for some very serious use, just for me to watch some shows. So it’s good enough for me, I guess, and the price is reasonable. I’ve got a colleague who complained about LG colors, especially the red gamma, but I think that’s the traditional LCD problems. This one uses the LED technology, and the red is not glaring at me.

  4. Anonymous284 says:

    Oh terrible. I had to sit so straight because once I go off angle, the colors look funny. I can’t be swiveling the stand all the time. Okay, so that’s not enough to complain because that’s my own problem. But then when I hooked it up with a HDMI to my DVR, it was horrible! I remembered afterward reading that someone else has got the same problem, because the audio doesn’t sync! And until now I’ve been waiting for about 3 weeks without news from LG at all! What sort of a service is this?!

  5. Abby says:

    What S-IPS panel? I got it as a TFT panel. :(

  6. Anonymous10 says:

    LG’s said to have some software update to heal that HDMI sync problem.

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