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With four two-way, Mark Levinson-tuned ‘invisible' speakers and SRS TruSurround XT on hand to promise good audio, the only alarming absentee from the 37LG6000's spec sheet is 100Hz. Let's hope a pleasingly low claimed response time of 5ms means that I don't find myself missing 100Hz too badly.

Actually, I don't. For while motion isn't as clear as on the very best, 100Hz-sporting LCDs around, it's certainly much less prone to smearing and resolution loss than most non-100Hz LCD TVs - including the LE40A558 from arch-rival Samsung that we tested last week. What's more, I have to say that having had a few problems with the glitching of a few heavy duty image processing engines in recent times, I actually quite enjoyed the sheer simplicity of the 37LG6000's motion handling. At least there's no flickering/shimmering/haloing noise to distract you from what you're watching.

The 37LG6000 also does its best to keep you well and truly trapped within the world of whatever you're watching with its colour response, too. For in keeping with many other LG TVs, the 37LG6000's colour response is really quite extreme in terms of the vibrancy of its colour palette. The rich, pure tones of such animated fare as the Manga bits of Kill Bill simply blaze off the screen, making the real world seem hopelessly drab by comparison, while more naturalistic fare such as the skin tones during dark scenes like those in the ‘recuperation baths' in style-over-substance action thriller Wanted also look unusually solid and tangible, for want of a better word.

Unlike a number of other recent LG TVs, though, the rich colours are not achieved at the expense of consistently natural tones. In fact, the colour tones I witnessed on the 37LG6000 are the best I've seen on an LG TV since the brand's outstanding 47LG7000.

The set's Full HD resolution and 10-bit colour processing doubtless help its colour reproduction too, helping the TV deliver the sort of subtlety in colour blends and shifts that make HD pictures look suitably three-dimensional and free of ugly striping artefacts.

I noted earlier that the picture doesn't blur as much as I would have expected considering the 37LG6000 doesn't have 100Hz processing. And this fact serves it very well when it comes to producing a highly satisfying sense of the extra resolution and clarity delivered by a good HD Blu-ray or texture-rich HD console game like Gears of War 2.

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