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Humax LGB-22DYT 22in LCD TV - Humax LGB-22DYT

The second fairly fundamental weakness with the 22DYT's pictures concerns its colours. They don't look particularly rich or vibrant, for starters. But worse, they also look a bit washed out, with some skin tones in particular having a distinctly sickly pallor.

A lesser shortcoming but one still worth mentioning concerns the 22DYT's brightness. The TV's spec sheet claims an unusually low brightness output of just 300cd/m2 (versus more like 500cd/m2 for most LCD TVs), and this seems reflected in the way the picture struggles to make its presence felt in a bright room.

Turning now to the TV's good points, its picture is impressively sharp for such a little chap. So much so, in fact, that I could appreciate the difference between standard and high definition much more clearly than I expected.
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This is not meant to imply that the 22DYT's standard definition is unusually soft or fuzzy. On the contrary, it's actually very sharp and clean. I'm just saying that the TV has the ability to make HD look even better, despite the relative smallness of its screen!

The 22DYT is also respectable when it comes to black levels. Obviously there's some degree of cloudiness over dark scenes such as a night-time helicopter ride over Liberty City in Grand Theft Auto IV; I've yet to see a small LCD TV that hasn't suffered with this LCD trait to some extent. But it's by no means as distractingly bad as is common on screens smaller than 26in, and doesn't leave you with a sense that great chunks of Liberty City's impressive vistas are getting lost in the murk.

The 22DYT's last real picture talent is arguably the most surprising: its freedom from motion blur. Well, maybe ‘freedom' is overstating things a bit; there is certainly a trace of the familiar resolution loss as the red, white and blue Mini Coopers find their way out of Turin. But it's far, far less of an issue than I'd expect to see on such a small and affordable set.

The last thing to cover is whether or not the 22DYT's remarkably large set of speakers really make their size count. And the simple answer to that is yes, they do. The clarity, dynamic range and sheer power of the soundstage the 22DYT creates is startling, making it instantly, for my money, the finest sounding small TV I've ever heard. In fact, now I come to think of it the majority of big LCD TVs don't sound this good either!

Verdict

The Humax LGB-22DYT tries hard to please, and amid its almost eccentric approach there are a few things to admire. But the curious aspect ratio disrupts far too much of what you watch for comfort, the single HDMI is hardly enough even for second-room use, and the colour and brightness issues aren't going to go away either.

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