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LG 32LH20 LCD HDTV Review

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Vs LG 37LH55

LG 37LH55 Summary
{{article.attachments['LG-32LH20-vanity.jpg']}} • LG 37LH55 is a larger and higher resolution HDTV • 32LH20 offers better contrast ratio and colors than 37LH55 • 32LH20 is the better value at about half the price for better performance
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Value Comparison Summary


Right off the bat the LG 37LH55 offers several obvious benefits over the LG 32LH20. First of all it's larger, 37-inches versus 32-inches. It also offers a higher resolution display, 1080p versus 720p, and it sports LG's 240Hz refresh rate, for significantly improved motion performance. Something we saw the proof of in our testing. The LG 32LH20 does offer several benefits over the 37LH55, however. The most significant of these is a much better black level, which translates to a contrast ratio almost twice that of the 37LH55. It also produced better colors. Given that the 37LH55 is more than twice the price of the 32LH20 at $1100, we lean towards the LG 32LH20 as the better value here. Especially when you consider that you can find televisions in the $1100 price range with significantly better overall performance than the LG 37LH55.

  Comparison Specifications
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  LG 32LH20 LG 37LH55
Size 32' 37'
Price $500 $1100
Type LCD LCD
Format 720p 1080p

Blacks & Whites


This is the area where the LG 32LH20 offers the most obvious benefit over the 37LH55. You can see below that the 32LH20's significantly better black level produces a contrast ratio almost twice that of the other model. This means you will get better detail in the darks and higher contrast across the board. This is a major benefit of the 32LH20 over the 37LH55.

Blacks & Whites Comparison Chart
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LG 32LH20 Score: Black Level: 7.27 Peak Brightness: 8.34 Contrast: 7.36 LG 37LH55 Score: Black Level: 5.47 Peak Brightness: 9.05 Contrast: 6.26

 

Color Accuracy


Another area where the LG 32LH20 performs better than the LG 37LH55 is in color accuracy. The 37LH55's performance wasn't poor, just average, but the 32LH20 offers excellent performance in this area. This means you will get more stable and accurate colors with the 32LH20 than you would have with the 37LH55.

Color Temperature Comparison
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LG 32LH20 Score: 9.50
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LG 37LH55 Score: 7.96

 

RGB Comparison

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LG 32LH20 Score: 8.49

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LG 37LH55 Score: 7.97

 

Color Gamut Comparison
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LG 32LH20 Score: 7.63
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LG 37LH55 Score: 6.11

 

Motion


Here you really see the impact of the LG 37LH55's 240Hz refresh rate as it produces significantly less motion blur than the LG 32LH20. It also did a much better job controlling motion artifacts, things that appear on your screen that should not be there.

  Motion Scores
  LG 32LH20 LG 37LH55
Motion Smoothness 5.38 7.25
Motion Artifacting 4.63 6.25

 

Viewing Effects


Neither television performed well in the viewing angle department, but the LG 32LH20 performed particularly poorly. Don't expect to get good picture quality out of either television from oblique angles, however.

Viewing Angle Comparison
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LG 32LH20 Score: 2.86 LG 37LH55 Score: 3.69

 

Connectivity


The LG 37LH55 offers significantly better connectivity options than the LG 32LH20, with more of everything and a USB port for viewing photos and listening to music to boot.

  Connectivity Comparison
  LG 32LH20 LG 37LH55
HDMI 2 4
Component 1 2
Composite 1 2
S-Video 0 0
VGA 1 1
Analog Audio In 2 4
Digital Audio Out 1 1
Analog Audio Out 0 0
USB 0 1

 

Other Comparisons


As we mention above the LG 37LH55 offers media capabilities via the built-in USB port that the LG 32LH20 does not.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Formats & Media
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Vs Samsung LN32B360
  14. Vs Sony KDL32L5000
  15. Vs LG 37LH55
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
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