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What’s more, these new colour subtleties remain in play during standard definition viewing, helping the 32R87BD become far more tolerant of such weaker source material than previous Samsung screens we’ve seen.
Going back to HD images, the 32R87BD delivers them with a pleasingly fine eye for tiny detailing and texturing, a fact which combines with some impressive suppression of video noise to produce exactly the sort of crispness and ‘snap’ that we always like to see while viewing HD material. It’s worth noting, too, that the DNIe system also helps the 32R87BD’s standard definition presentation look slightly sharper than most.
More good news comes with the TV’s black levels. The almost perpetual darkness of the Superman Returns HD DVD is delivered with deeper, richer and more detailed blacks than we’ve ever seen before on such an affordable TV. Sure, we’ve seen deeper black levels still on one or two more expensive TVs from the likes of Philips and Panasonic, but so relatively affordable is this Samsung that such comparisons aren’t really fair.
We do have a couple of late niggles with the 32R87BD that we’re duty-bound to report, though. One is that its viewing angle isn’t the greatest, so it might not suit a living room where some people have to watch from an extreme angle. The other is that its sonics are slightly weedy, failing to step up a gear in terms of volume and frequency response when a typical action movie soundtrack demands it.
With its motion, viewing angle and audio flaws the 32R87BD’s performance is clearly far from beyond reproach. But by the time you’ve added to the equation its mind-bogglingly cheap price, designer looks, exceptional connectivity and other picture strengths, you’re nonetheless looking at an all-round package that represents truly outstanding value for money.
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