Another rather unexpected bonus with the 42SX is the fact that it ships with a free upscaling DVD player. The Evesham DVD1000 is a thoroughly decent upscaling (to 1080i) DVD player that would normally cost you £70, so it’s definitely a welcome addition to the 42SX package.
Elsewhere we find a film mode, multi-strength noise reduction options, a bass expansion circuit, and key claimed stats of 1000:1 for the screen’s contrast ratio, 500cd/m2 brightness output, good 8ms response time, and a native resolution of 1,366 x 768. Finally, folk thinking of hanging this Alqemi on the wall will be pleased to note that the necessary mounting kit is included in the box – something that’s certainly not true of many other large LCD/plasma TVs out there.
First impressions of the Alqemi 42SX’s pictures are pretty good. Kicking off with a simple standard definition feed of Sky News, tried through both an external Sky receiver and the built-in Freeview tuner, the Alqemi’s most notable strength is the vitality of its colours. They look richer and brighter than those of most budget LCD efforts, and in being so instantly catch your eye and deliver a sense of real solidity to what you’re watching.
Also surprising by budget LCD standards is how well motion holds up, irrespective of whether you’re watching standard or high definition. Even a full-tilt Giles Barnes during Derby County’s stunning televised rout of Colchester United failed to blur or smear. Come on you Rams…