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Also alarming is just how soft the LD2667D's pictures look. This is particularly the case, of course, with standard definition sources, as an obvious lack of sophistication in the TV's scaling systems becomes glaringly apparent. Stuff shot in controlled lighting environments, such as a news studio broadcast, can look OK. But anything shot more naturally tends to look painfully short of sharpness and detail. Not helping in this respect is the (probably inevitable) presence of motion blur, where the screen's clearly uninspiring response time - with no support from 100Hz - means that images struggle to keep up with fast-moving objects.
To be fair, the Goodmans isn't a really bad offender in this respect. Indeed, it's no worse and possibly even slightly better than the Toshiba 26AV505DB. But at least the Toshiba has a stab at adding a touch more fine detail when rescaling standard definition.
Sadly, the soft character of the LD2667D's pictures extends through to its HD performance, too. For there were numerous occasions during my time with the TV when I felt that an HD source I was watching actually looked more like a standard def DVD. In this respect, the Toshiba model I keep mentioning is clearly superior.
Yet another thing that ‘dates' the LD2667D's performance is its colours. For they just don't look particularly vibrant or natural, thanks in particular to an orangey undertone to many skin tones, and some pretty pasty greens.
There are a couple of things the LD2667D does decently enough. One is brightness, as the image is driven out of the screen with much more aggression than is typical of the budget TV sector. The other is video noise, as the set suffers less overtly than many, much more expensive TVs with such nasties as grain or MPEG blocking when watching Freeview. Though I guess at least some of this can be explained by the image softness I mentioned earlier…
The LD2667D's sound continues the underwhelming theme. The mid-range sounds swallowed, meaning vocals regularly appear on the verge of distorting, and a very restrictive frequency range finds treble effects and rumbling bass in equally short supply. The best thing you can say is that the TV can go louder without becoming really harsh than some other budget sets my ears have had the misfortune to come across.
I genuinely hate to say this, but the Goodmans LD2667D rather confirms my suspicions that the traditional budget brands are really struggling to be necessary any more. For where in the past the sort of deeply average performance delivered by the LD2667D could be tolerated on account of it costing loads less than big-name TVs, a saving of just £10 over a vastly superior big-brand TV like the Toshiba 26AV505 just isn't enough. Not by a long chalk.
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