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It’s no accident that LG and Samsung are responsible for more than their fair share of the TVs we’ve covered so far at TrustedReviews. The two Korean giants are exceptionally prolific by AV standards, rolling out new LCD and plasma ranges almost faster than we can keep up with them (and supplying panels to many other AV brands while they’re at it). So if there’s one thing we should definitely be able to expect from LG’s latest 37in LCD offering - that it’s fully loaded with the latest features we now expect of an LCD TV circa August 2006.
It’s certainly got the sort of looks necessary to make it in today’s ultra-competitive environment. In fact, with its ultra-robust build quality, matt black colour scheme and cool silver strip it’s more or less a ringer for some of Sony’s recent Bravia sets – and that’s about as big a compliment as we can give!
There’s an early disappointment with the TV’s connections, though, as we discover only one HDMI socket. Admittedly this socket, in conjunction with a single component video input, ensures the TV satisfies the connectivity portion of the key ‘HD Ready’ specification. But we’re really starting to expect to see two HDMIs these days. After all, the Sky HD box is already here demanding one HDMI, and the PS3 and Blu-ray/HD-DVD decks are only just round the corner demanding at least one more. Especially as the analogue HD component video jack should, of course, be occupied by an Xbox 360!
Other connections shape up OK, though, with highlights being three SCARTs, a D-Sub PC jack, and two key supports for what’s clearly a built-in digital TV tuner: a CAM slot for adding subscription digital services, and a digital audio output through which you can enjoy Dolby Digital 5.1 audio streams should Freeview get round to broadcasting any.
As you’d expect these days, the 37LC2D also backs up the digital tuner with full compatibility with the Freeview 7-day electronic programme guide – and in fact presents its listings information unusually well.