The home for all these mostly impressively high-tech shenanigans looks seriously tasty. In its standard form the 32LDY1 boasts a really opulent and metallic looking burnished aluminium bezel, given added drama by some tastefully curved corners. What’s more, the sheer metallic look isn’t spoiled by the set’s speakers, since these are intriguing-looking pole-shaped affairs tucked out of sight on the TV’s rear. As if all this wasn’t enough, you can even adorn the TV in interchangeable red, blue, white or black frames if the simple aluminium approach doesn’t float your boat.
Connectivity is decent rather than spectacular, as we find highlights of single HDMI and component video options, a PC input, three Scarts and a CAM slot for adding subscription services to the digital tuner.
If at this point you’re dreaming of being able to record stuff from high quality external sources to the TV’s HDD though, forget it. For unsurprisingly recording from the component, PC and HDMI jacks is completely blocked.
When it comes to key screen specifications, the 32LDY1 enjoys a 1,366 x 768 native resolution which, in conjunction with its connectivity, makes it fully HD Ready. It also boasts slightly higher than normal claimed contrast ratio and brightness figures of 1000:1 and 550cd/m2 respectively.
Picture tweaks available from the functional onscreen menus, meanwhile, include dynamic skin tone correction and noise reduction. And for audio the main point of interest is a selection of pseudo surround modes.
The 32LDY1’s impressively varied functionality is happily not let down by a poor picture performance – though at the same time pictures certainly couldn’t be described as outstandingly good.
Starting with its best points, the picture enjoys a really aggressive approach to colours, which explode off the screen with fulsome saturations backed up by an unusually potent backlight. Needless to say this effect is particularly gratifying with colourful Xbox 360 HD fodder like Kameo or Test Drive Unlimited, but it also juices up bright scenes in movies too.