Summary

Our Score

8/10

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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.

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