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LG 32LH20 LCD HDTV Review

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Viewing Effects

Viewing Effects Summary
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• Reflective display|

• Tested using DisplayMate software

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Viewing Angle*(2.86)*


The LG 32LH20's viewing angle is poor, very poor. We saw the contrast ratio of the screen fall below 50% at an angle of only 14 degrees from center, for a total viewing angle of 28 degrees. This means that if you're not sitting directly in front of the screen you won't be getting a very good viewing experience. This means the LG 32LH20 is not a good choice for a large room where people will be viewing the television from a variety of different angles. Below you see a comparison of the LG 32LH20 with some other HDTVs. You can see that the 32LH20 is the worst performer amongst the lot, and none of these other televisions have what we would call impressive viewing angles as it is.

Viewing Angle
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Reflectance*(4.0)*


The LG 32LH20's display is very reflective. We were able to make out the entire dot pattern of our test light when it was shone on the screen. We did not see a lot of diffusion and this means lights that aren't placed properly will be very distracting when viewing content on the television.

 

Video Processing*(3.5)*


As with all televisions the LG 32LH20 offers several different video processing features that are meant to improve picture quality in certain situations. In this section we look at each of those while watching low quality broadcast television and try to ascertain whether there is any visible impact.

Setting Claimed Function Our Impression
Dynamic Contrast Adjusts the contrast to keep it at the best level according to the brightness of the screen. The picture is improved by making bright parts brighter and dark parts darker. Visible effect on contrast in the scene.
Noise Reduction Reduces screen noise without compromising video quality. Small reduction in visible noise.
Gamma You can adjust brightness of dark area and middle gray level area of the picture. Visible effect on brightness of scene.
Black Level Set black level of the screen to proper level. Visible effect on brightness of dark areas.
Edge Enhancer Show clearer and distinctive yet natural edges in of the video. No obvious effect.

 

Compare the LG 32LH20 to other HDTVs
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Samsung LN32B360 32' Sony KDL-32L5000 32' LG 37LH55 37'
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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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