LG 32LH5000 32in LCD TV - LG 32LH5000

John Archer

By John Archer



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I still detected a little blur with standard definition feeds from time to time, and just occasionally really fast HD action seems to flicker a touch with the TruMotion system active - especially if you're using the processing's 'High' setting. But overall the benefits of TruMotion clearly outweigh the negatives, even if there is still room for improvement. It's worth pointing out here that larger LH5000 models use 200Hz processing rather than the 32LH5000's 100Hz.

The 32LH5000's pictures are also likeably bright for a reasonably cheap 32in TV, and its Full HD resolution helps it produce colour blends with plenty of finesse.

I've become disappointingly accustomed to LG's current TVs being no great shakes in the audio department. But the 32LH5000 actually isn't bad. A surprisingly open, dynamic mid-range leads the way, but the set can also reproduce at least a solid amount of bass without distorting, even at pretty high volumes. Voices generally stay quite clear even during raucous action scenes too, though a bit of harshness can certainly set in when the going really gets tough.


The 32LH5000 carries some great features for its money - especially the DivX HD playback - and goes out of its way to be user-friendly and look great in your living room. The set has a game stab at seeing off some of LCD's traditional image flaws, too.

But ultimately its underwhelming black levels mean that rather than being a 'must buy', the 32LH5000 is merely an option to consider if you really can't afford the hundred pounds or so extra needed to bag a Sony 32W5500 or Samsung 32B650 instead.


July 16, 2009, 3:03 am

John, can you recommend me a 32" set with good black levels under £400?

I can shrug off fancy image processing or 1080p, but poor blacks are a significant eyesore.

Also, does anyone know why we still use interlaced/progressive video formats? Seems to be a throwback to the CRT days, where alternate fields were displayed to match the hertz rating of your country's mains electricity, eg. US: 60hz, so 30fps, UK: 50hz, so 25fps.

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