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Sylvania LC321SSX LCD HDTV Review

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The Sylvania LC321SSX is an inexpensive TV, so you should expect some compromises.

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Motion Performance

Motion Smoothness (2.0)

The Sylvania LC321SSX is not much of a performer when it comes to motion. We saw a lot of strange aberrations, such as slanting lines that should be vertical, stairstepping, blinking, and more. And though it's not necessarily a characteristic of motion smoothness, per se, the picture was frequently marred by noise.

Motion Artifacting (2.0)

Some of the issues mentioned above are the classified as artifacting, like the blinking. We also saw false color trails in areas of high contrast, which are not unusual, but nonetheless unpleasant. More on how we test motion performance.

3:2 Pulldown & 24fps

The Sylvania LC321SSX, strangely enough, is not capable of displaying 3:2 pulldown and 24fps, because it can't support 1080p. That is just plain crazy, because it means that you won't be able to watch Blu-Ray movies without having your Blu-Ray player first downscaling the content. Boo! More on how we test 3:2 pulldown and 24fps.

Resolution Scaling

The Sylvania LC321SSX is a native 720p display, but chances are, a lot of the content that you're going to feed it are going to be in 480p, 1080i, and 1080p. Well... scratch that last one, because the LC321SSX cannot actually accommodate 1080p content, which is a bit pathetic for a TV manufactured in the last 12 months.

When you feed a TV a signal in something other than its native content, the TV has to scale that signal to fit the screen. Overall, the Sylvania LC321SSX is pretty good. More on how we test resolution scaling.

480p

When working with 480p content, we saw few problems with artifacting.

720p

Video in a 1080i signal lost the outermost 2% of the screen all around, which is called overscan. It's annoying if important information, like news tickers, is close to the edge of the screen, as it might be clipped off. Otherwise, we didn't see too many problems.

1080i

The Sylvania LC321SSX does not support 1080p content. That means no native Blu-Ray support, nor support for some video games, and some other content.

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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. Multimedia & Internet
  12. Power Consumption
  13. VIZIO VW32L Comparison
  14. Samsung LN32B460 Comparison
  15. LG 32LG70 Comparison
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
  18. Photo Gallery
  19. Ratings & Specs
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