LG 32LH7000 32in LCD TV - LG 32LH7000

John Archer

By John Archer

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Summary

Our Score:

8

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Hitting the 32LH7000's onscreen menus in a bid to sort the picture quality out reveals the now familiar LG onscreen menu system, with its attractive combination of large icons and clear text.

The menus are also impressively stocked with tweaks and options - so much so, in fact, that the Imaging Science Foundation has endorsed the TV, leading to two ISF setting modes among the TV's presets. If you feel so inclined - which you probably won't with a 32in TV, to be honest - you can thus pay an ISF engineer to come out and professionally calibrate the TV to suit your specific living room environment.

Among the most interesting of the tweaks contained within the menus are separate backlight and brightness adjustments, a multi-level dynamic contrast system, a dynamic colour booster, a multi-level noise reduction system, a multi-level gamma adjustment, a wide colour gamut setting, and potentially most significantly of all, a 100Hz system.

Given that 100Hz systems can sometimes generate processing side effects, it's nice to find that LG has provided low or high settings for its 100Hz feature - as well as the option to turn it off completely if you're really not happy with the way it works with any particular source.

Naturally I chose to calibrate the 32LH7000 using my own set of test signals and discs. But it's well worth adding here that LG has thoughtfully equipped the TV with a Picture Wizard tool, which allows even the most technophobic of users to improve the set's image quality by following a few simple built-in test signals and attendant explanations.

And so to the big question: did I manage to turn the sow's ear that is the 32LH7000's Vivid factory picture preset into the imaging equivalent of a silk purse?

Kind of. But man, was it hard work. And man, was I frustrated when my presumably slightly faulty review sample inexplicably kept automatically switching back to the horrible Vivid preset every few minutes…

Anyway, the main things I had to do in putting pictures on the right track were to choose a different, more pleasant picture preset starting point - I eventually settled on the 'Natural' mode - and then sharply reduced the set's backlight, contrast, brightness and sharpness settings, while also gently toning down the colour saturation levels.

I'd also strongly recommend that: the noise reduction circuitry is never set higher than 'Low', and is deactivated completely for HD and even DVD viewing; the gamma setting is never set higher than 'medium'; and the TruMotion 100Hz system is never set higher than 'Low'.

Ahmad Riyad

September 29, 2009, 12:45 pm

I've just got my 42", and it is very slim. Actually only the 42" and the 47" are slim, and I think the one pictured in the review is the 42" not the 32". Hope we could have a review of it here.

ilovethemonkeyhead

September 29, 2009, 1:56 pm

tv dimensions wrong in first paragraph

Jay Werfalli

September 29, 2009, 3:13 pm

@ilovethemonkeyhead: Is it wrong? I've just checked the specs in our feature table and on LG's site and both state a depth of 75mm - which is nearly twice as deep as 39.7mm. As for the photo, Ahmad, I think you might be correct - the side-on picture is from LG and it does look the same as the 42in model - I'll remove it now as it is misleading.

kwg uk

September 29, 2009, 6:07 pm

The illuminated power light 'circle' is very distracting when looking at the screen. I am only going to buy a 32" lcd to replace my CRT when they come fited with Freeview HD tuners.

ilovethemonkeyhead

September 29, 2009, 6:11 pm

my bad: "For starters, a big sticky sign plastered down one side of the TV when you first take it out of its box proudly proclaims, in large lettering, that the TV is 'Perfect Slim 39.7mm'. Ooh, that's pretty cool, I thought.





Only then in little letters underneath did I notice an apologetic explanation that the Perfect Slim design only applies to the 42in LH7000 set. The 32LH7000 is actually nearly twice as deep as 39.7mm. Er, oh. "





mmm... freeview HD...

J0hn D0e

September 30, 2009, 9:08 pm

Hello,





I have a LG 32LH7020 (is the same as 32LH7000 but with a black trim instead of a red one). I have a little problem ... when I change a TV channel there is a delay of about 2 seconds (between channels) that is really annoying. I've seen a 32LH3000 and the delay is not so noticeable. Does your TV (the one you tested) have the same delay?





My software version is VO3.12.00. Will it do any good to change the firmware to a new one?





Thank you

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