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The 32LE600E uses white dimming rather than the much costlier RGB dimming sported by a handful of high-end LED TVs, meaning it won’t be able to produce as wide a colourscape. But as I’ve noted before, the performance level of white LEDs seems to my eyes more in keeping with the limitations of today’s video standards - even the HD ones. And anyway, white dimming seems a fair price to pay to get LED’s picture quality advantages so cheaply.
Most TVs these days claim some sort of planet-saving eco feature or other. But the 32LE600E’s LED nature gives these claims more genuine clout than usual, for it apparently uses 40 per cent less energy than a normal CCFL-lit LCD TV. This actually makes the set look even better value when you consider the reduction in electricity bills you should enjoy over time.
Regular readers will know that while Sharp’s new and affordable LED TV range have certainly delivered on much of the usual promise of LED technology, they haven’t completely won me over to their cause. And so I guess it’s no surprise to find that the 32LE600E doesn’t completely rock either. But at the same time, I would argue that it’s in some ways still the most attractive proposition I’ve seen from the range so far. The main reason for this is that the familiar LED strengths that have stood out on Sharp’s larger LED TVs look all the more striking here because of their 32in context.
For instance, while many 32in TVs seem to struggle for black level response versus their larger counterparts, the 32LE600E delivers dark picture areas that outclass those of any other 32in TV I can think of - even Samsung’s excellent 32B650. What’s more, it does this while creating only marginal traces of the haloing that was once such a factor with local dimming. In other words, the light ‘aura’ around bright objects set against dark backgrounds is generally well controlled, with only very subtle and occasional examples catching my attention.
The local dimming situation also helps the 32LE600E’s pictures retain a great sense of dynamism during dark scenes, as the TV is able to simultaneously show deep blacks and bright whites within the same frame in a way a standard LCD TV never could. Again, this asset of the 32LE600E’s pictures is particularly striking at the 32in level, where dark scenes tend not to be quite as dynamic looking as they can be on larger screens.
The 32LE600E’s LED lighting additionally helps it produce exceptionally vivid, vibrant colours - again in a way rarely if ever seen elsewhere in the straight LCD world. In fact, I had to rein the colour palette in quite drastically no matter which of the provided picture presets I used, otherwise skin tones had a tendency to look too rosy, while reds could become overpowering.