Loewe Individual Compose 40 White 40in LCD TV - Loewe Individual Compose 40

John Archer

By John Archer

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Summary

Our Score:

8

Having dwelt mostly on the White Compose 40's matching colour scheme, it's worth diverting momentarily to the actual build of the Compose 40 screen. For the way the gloss white edges to top and bottom contrast with the glass-fronted black down the sides and the lovely metal circle-enclosed infra-red receptor jutting out from the bottom edge make this one of the single most gorgeous and refined TV designs I've clapped eyes on.

With the basic elements of our review set's design covered, I can reveal that we're not done with the Compose 40's customisation options yet. For another reason we decided to re-examine a Compose 40 is the presence of a new MediaPlayer module option. This can be fitted inside your TV by your local Loewe dealer if you decide you want it and enables the Compose 40 to connect up with a PC for direct streaming of the hard disk's picture, music and video files.

This latest version of this retrofittable Media Player adds Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) file compatibility to previous Loewe Multimedia talents, for superior sound quality from ripped music sources.

And, while we're talking about the Media Player, I might as well say that I was very struck by the slickness of the onscreen PC file navigation system, and by the quality with which the set reproduces both video and, especially, audio files. In fact, the only negative thing about the Media Player is that unlike the one built into Loewe's Connect TV, it can only be hardwired to your PC/router. There's no wireless capability.

This isn't the only interesting thing built into the white Compose 40's gorgeous bodywork, either. For the svelte frame also plays host to a built-in hard disc recording system, offering 250GB of HDD space for recording from either the Freeview tuners (you get two) or some of the analogue inputs, copy protection permitting.

What's more, this latest 'DR+' recording system records the direct digital stream of Freeview broadcasts for completely lossless picture quality, rather than the messy, quality-damaging process of converting them to analogue and then reconverting them to digital as happened with earlier DR+ generations.

Wilfried

February 9, 2009, 5:34 pm

I personally think it is rather ugly. Even if I had some "disposable cash", I wouldn't go for this. I'd be more inclined into buying a bigger better set up. But that's just me.

jingyeow

February 9, 2009, 6:05 pm

Im not an enthusiast, but when looking at Loewe products compared to Sony widescreen tv's in a store once, the picture quality difference on the Loewe was astounding...but so too was the price.

ilovethemonkeyhead

February 10, 2009, 1:01 am

i want that sound system hanging on my imaginary wall in my imaginary shed with my imaginary 55 inch sony 55X4500 LED TV...





imaginary, of course

The Stick

February 10, 2009, 3:14 am

Hmm, nice TV


*reads price tag*


oh. I can always dream...

Anthony20f

February 16, 2009, 6:52 pm

It is frustrating that there are no comparable TVs (when it comes to design) on the market - because this costs way more than I want to spend for a picture that isn't the best. How about a bit of LED lighting at that price!?!





The manufacturers seem to be missing a trick - everyone talks up the technology - but to me, all that black plastic is an eyesore that is hard to get past. The Sony E series had potential until I saw the cheap plastic joins on the fascia. Then there are a few black aluminium framed models (if you want a big black thing in the lounge). Maybe that Philips LED model will be OK (if I ever see it in a shop).





Or is it just me ... do people really find all the other brands attractive??? As an example, LG's "design" involves adding even more plastic and putting in a big hole?????

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