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LG 37LH30 LCD HDTV Review

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Viewing Effects

Viewing Effects Summary
{{article.attachments['LG-37LH30-vanity.jpg']}} • Poor viewing angle. • Some reflectance issues. • A few video processing options.
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Viewing Angle*(3.84)*


The LG 37LH30 didn't have the grestest viewing angle. If you're 29º off-center, your contrast ratio will drop by half. This means the TV has a total viewing angle of 58º, which is about 20º more shallow than our current average.

Viewing Angle
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The reason viewing angle is important is because our eyes are very sensitive to contrast. When contrast ratio suffers, so does picture quality.

 

Reflectance*(6.5)*


External light sources often wreak havoc on your TV screen. Screens prone to reflection can be unwatchable in certain setups. The 37LH30 did all right on this test, but still had some issues. While it diffused the light well, the resulting glow washed out a large chunk of the screen. If the light is on an angle, however, the reflection won't be too distracting.

 

Video Processing*(2.50)*


The 37LH55 had a few video processing features, some of which caused a visible effect, some of which didn't do anything noteworthy. We're also at a bit of a loss about what they were supposed to do, since the screen doesn't have any explanatory pop-ups and the manual is mum on the subject.

Setting Claimed Function Our Impression
Dynamic Contrast N/A Dynamically adjusts contrast, so whites get blown out and darks get lumped together into black blobs. 
Dynamic Color N/A  Dynamically adjusts color to ensure something is getting oversaturated.
Noise Reduction N/A Significantly reduces noise.
Eye Care N/A This didn't seem to do anything, not even something involving eyes.
Edge Enhancer N/A We didn't see any significant changes. 
OPC N/A Makes some whites slightly darker sometimes. 
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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 LG 37LH55
  14. Vs JVC LT32J300
  15. VS Samsung LN32B360
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
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