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The irresistible rise of LCD has caused nothing short of a complete sea-change in the fortunes of Korean giant LG Electronics. Before LCD struck gold, LG was largely perceived in the UK as a second-tier budget brand that simply couldn’t compete with the big-boys like Sony and Panasonic. These days, thanks to its efforts with LCD, LG sells vast quantities of TVs in the UK and has earned a handy reputation for combining innovation and style with some very tidy pricing. So here’s hoping its new 32LX2R continues the trend.
It’s certainly a winner on the style front. Its glossy black and silver colour scheme might not exactly be original, but its combination of sumptuous curves, back-lit logos and reflective panels nonetheless make the set stand proud from the crowd. And more importantly, of course, the design adds a real touch of sophistication to your living room.
Connectivity is impressive for a 32in LCD TV costing just a grand. For starters there are not one but two digital video inputs: one HDMI and one DVI. With multiple HDMI/DVI-requiring devices incoming, such as Sky’s high definition receiver, Toshiba’s HD-DVD player and Sony’s PS3, having more than one digital video input on a TV is becoming increasingly desirable. Both the LG’s digital jacks can be set to take high definition video or PC feeds too, and they’re supported by component video inputs, a pair of SCARTs and all the other more basic video alternatives.
A search for features on the 32LX2R quickly uncovers a disappointment: there’s only a built-in analogue tuner, not a digital one. With this in mind it might have been nice if LG had provided a third SCART socket, since many buyers will have to use one of the two that are provided for attaching some sort of digital receiver. But we guess we won’t harp on about this too much given that the set carries one digital input more than the vast majority of its rivals.