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LG 32LG40 LCD HDTV Review

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The 32LG40 is a 32-inch set with a basic feature set and a built-in DVD player.

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Audio

Audio Summary
{{article.attachments['LG-32LG40-vanity.jpg']}} • Poor sound quality. • Surround sound feature has a small effect, but isn't very good. • Good maximum volume.
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Sound Quality*(3.0)*


The sound quality of the 32LG40 wasn't particularly good. The overall sound was very flat and somewhat muffled. Bassy explosions sounded weak. People's voices sounded slightly dampened and unclear. Bullet ricochets weren't crisp or clear. While the speakers aren't bad enough to make the average consumer go out and buy a set of auxiliary speakers, we would recommend factoring the purchase in to the 32LG40's price.

Surround Sound*(2.5)*


The surround sound only offers a marginal improvement over the 32LG40's normal playback. In our test scene that involved lots of action, we noticed that there was some weak right-to-left emphasis given to a screeching missile and a tank that rolled through the scene seemed to be a distinct entity. There was also a slightly improved depth of field. These improvements were all very, very minor, however, and in no way stack up to an actual surround sound system, even basic ones. 

Maximum Volume*(7.75)*


The 32LG40 was capable of outputting 77.5dB. This is slightly below our current average of about 82dB. It should be loud enough for most consumers, but if you've ever found yourself maxing out the volume on your current set, the 32LG40 will likely leave you wanting.

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Sections

  1. Tour & Design
  2. Calibration
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Remote Control
  8. Audio
  9. Connectivity
  10. Menus & Interface
  11. Formats & Media
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Conclusion & Comparisons
  14. Series Comparison
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