The first is SRS WOW, which I’ve never been a great fan of, but the BBE Digital sound mode was astoundingly good. Even with what are undoubtedly fairly bog standard speakers it created a clear and convincingly wide soundscape. Moreover, this was done without destroying the crispness and clarity of dialogue, as is often the case with virtual surround effects.
Setting up the TV was easy as one would expect these days. With the TV hooked up to an aerial it takes a minute or so to tune both the analogue and digital channels, and once done you’re pretty much ready to go. There’s the now obligatory 7-day EPG which, although fairly quick, isn’t the most intuitive. You can also set program reminders, while child lock and PIN settings add some protection against errant kiddies messing about with your fine-tuned settings.
The remote is a typically budget affair, but it’s by no means the worst budget remote I’ve come across – that award goes to Evesham’s own iPlayer.
As an overall package then the 32in Alqemi TX is a pretty good one. The price is attractive, the features and connectivity are excellent and it’s all bolstered by surprisingly good sound. The only areas that predictably disappoint are the design and general picture quality, though both can be tolerated for the price. The only other fly in the ointment is the fact Evesham has recently released another cheap 32in, the Alqemi S, which appears to provide a better looking design, slightly improved contrast ratio and only slightly less connectivity for around £50 less.
Having not seen the Alqemi S it’s impossible to recommend it, but its very existence puts the 32in Alqemi TX in a slightly awkward position. For all its benefits, given the choice between this 32in and another of similar specification but better looks, the better looking one would certainly have a good advantage. Considering this and how competitive the 32in LCD market is, it’s also worth shopping around extensively before coming to a decision.
There’s no doubting that, for the price, the Alqemi TX provides a great level of connectivity and features. Understandably the image quality takes a hit, but it’s not such a large one that it spoils one’s enjoyment. What does, however, is the decidedly generic look of the TV, and even at a price like this a little more panache could be afforded. If you can see past this, however, the Alqemi TX provides solid performance and good value for money.