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LG 32LH20 LCD HDTV Review

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Vs Samsung LN32B360

Vs Samsung LN32B360 Summary
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Value Comparison Summary


Both the LG 32LH20 and the Samsung LN32B360 retail for around $500 and are 32-inch with 720p resolution. So any difference in value is derived from their performance. In this area they are both quite evenly matched. The Samsung LN32B360 offers significantly better contrast ratio, but the LG's performance in this area is not poor. The 32LH20, by contrast, offers slightly better color performance, but the difference is slight. We'd lean towards the Samsung model as the better value here, but only by a hair and both are quite capable 32-inch HDTVs.

  Comparison Specifications
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  LG 32LH20 Samsung LN32B360
Size 32' 32'
Price $500 $500
Type LCD LCD
Format 720p 720p

Blacks & Whites


This is the major area where the Samsung LN32B360 performs significantly better than the LG 32LH20, with both deeper blacks, brighter whites and a consequently wider contrast ratio. That said the 32LH20's performance in this area is quite adequate, so this is a difference between a good television and a better one, rather than a poor one and a good one.

Blacks & Whites Comparison Chart
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LG 32LH20 Score: Black Level: 7.27 Peak Brightness: 8.34 Contrast: 7.36 Samsung LN32B360 Score: Black Level: 8.23 Peak Brightness: 9.32 Contrast: 8.89

 

Color Accuracy


Both televisions provided solid color temperature and accurate reds, greens and blues, however the LG 32LH20 had a slight edge in both these areas. In addition the 32LH20 performed significantly better in matching the industry standard color gamut than the Samsung LN32B360.

Color Temperature Comparison
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LG 32LH20 Score: 9.50
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Samsung LN32B360 Score: 8.67

 

RGB Comparison

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LG 32LH20 Score: 8.49

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Samsung LN32B360 Score: 7.65

 

Color Gamut Comparison
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LG 32LH20 Score: 7.63
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Samsung LN32B360 Score: 4.49

 

Motion


Neither of these televisions offer higher refresh rates for improved motion, but both did an adequate job with motion blur. The LG 32LH20, however, showed significantly more artifacts with moving objects.

  Motion Scores
  LG 32LH20 Samsung LN32B360
Motion Smoothness 5.38 6.00
Motion Artifacting 4.63 5.50

 

Viewing Effects


Both televisions have very poor viewing angles, with the LG 32LH20 slightly worse than the Samsung LN32B360.

Viewing Angle Comparison
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LG 32LH20 Score: 2.86 Samsung LN32B360 Score: 3.26

 

Connectivity


The two televisions have very similar connectivity options. They both have 2 HDMI inputs and one each component and composite video inputs. Neither has an S-Video port and both have a VGA input and digital audio out. The Samsung LN32B360 does slightly best the LG 32LH20 by adding a dedicated analog audio input for the HDMI inputs and an analog audio out.

  Connectivity Comparison
  LG 32LH20 Samsung LN32B360
HDMI 2 2
Component 1 1
Composite 1 1
S-Video 0 0
VGA 1 1
Analog Audio In 2 3
Digital Audio Out 1 1
Analog Audio Out 0 1

 

Other Comparisons


There are no other significant differences between the two televisions.

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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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