Goodmans LD2667D 26in LCD TV - Goodmans LD2667D

John Archer

By John Archer

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

5

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.

Verdict

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.

basicasic

February 16, 2009, 9:41 pm

@ ian - I think you hit the nail on the head here. For most people 'good enough' is all they're after and budget sets fit the bill. They watch the programmes rather than study the picture.





And those that do splash out on a decent 'brand' rarely know what they are watching. Before I bought my TV I was at a friend's house with a newish 40" Sony TV and he thought he was watching HD when he wasn't, presenters were a lovely glowing orange color and the brightness was at retina burning levels. And he loved it.

GherkingTR

February 17, 2009, 2:29 am

@basicasic - Haha! Those last two sentences are priceless! Sums up consumer mentality. My neighbour got a cheapo LCD panel TV with a TN panel, and the thing is unwatchable unless you're sitting straight on. Blacks are grey, and the thing looks as high-tech and visually appealing as a plastic milk bottle. LCD TV tech may be affordable, but at what cost?


Modern CRT TVs were simple to set up, problems only came when we switched to widescreen broadcasting and half the population were sometimes watching stretched images without even knowing/caring about it. Now we've added HD and different HDMI standards etc. into the mix, and sudddenly people need their techie friend to point out how badly set up their TV is. Oh dear...

Frankf9d

February 18, 2009, 5:08 am

"but I sometimes wonder if TR reviewers are too much more demanding than the average consumer".Qte Ian.





Thank God they are ! precisely the reason for reading reviews at sites like TR, there were issues that related to the usability of this TV and the not inconsiderable matter that for ten quid or so, the consumer/viewer can find much better value, I really could not give a toss what the Tesco purchaser does, as long as he doesn't write the reviews or ask Panasonic to market groceries.





I am absolutely baffled why anyone reads this sites' content, then quieries why a writer reviews a product in a thorough manner, a bit like boarding a bus and then asking the driver to go somewhere different to the advertised route.





There are no doubt many circumstances where a cheapie of something is usful as a bridge until what we want becomes available, nothing wrong with something to tide one over but the point here is that for ten quid more you can get something that is far better.


Just what anyone should want in a review.

stranded

February 18, 2009, 8:10 am

"the traditional budget brands are really struggling to be necessary any more".


Always agreed with this. Any kind of cheap product should be avoided. This doesn't mean that expensive ones are always good, usually they are crap too.


I have seen many cases like yours too, basicasic. No cure.

TechVegan

February 18, 2009, 8:50 pm

@basicasic: Yes, I know EXACTLY what you mean. It's that kind of voluntary self-inflicted torture through... a lack of knowledge that we're trying to eliminate at TR.





@GherkinG: Indeed. Good old CRT, RIP. Our lives were easier, but our eyes and backs sorer, and our consoles looked so much worse than high-res PC games. I think the gain's been worth the pain, though it does leave many people at a loss.





@Frank: Couldn't have said it better myself, mate.

TheWatchman

July 4, 2009, 11:50 pm

Hi I am looking at buying a 26 lcd for around £250-£300 for use with my XBOX 360, I read your article and I'm now stuck between this and the toshiba, one question I have regarding both is that alot of xbox 360 games require a television that requires 60hz picture frequency support, I was hoping you could tell me if either or both of those do or don't, thankyou

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