February 20, 2010 by Admin
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.
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 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.
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.
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
The review above is applicable to 47LH30 for 47”, 42LH30 for 42”, 37LH30 for 37” and 32LH30 for 32”.
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