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The fact that I had to tinker considerably with all of the TV’s picture presets is actually rather annoying. For while it’s fair enough to have one mode that pushes colour and brightness hard in order to stand out in a shop environment, it isn’t helpful at all for all the presets to appear to have been designed with showing off in mind.
It’s also true that, no matter how hard I tried, I never completely managed to stop skin tones from occasionally looking a little waxwork dummyesque, especially with standard definition sources.
Another issue that may affect some people with small living rooms or seating positions down the sides of their room is the 32LE600E’s very limited viewing angle. This finds contrast plummeting dramatically if you have to watch from any angle of around 35 degrees or more.
One further slight flaw is that HD pictures such as the recent emotionally charged Superbowl in HD on Sky don’t look quite as pin-sharp as they do on some rival 32in models. This is a marginal point; I’m certainly not suggesting that the 32LE600E’s pictures look actually soft or anything. But people who like their HD to be all crisp and harsh might not approve.
It doesn’t help the 32LE600E’s sharpness that the picture tends to lose clarity and even smear a touch at times when things get moving. It’s pretty much impossible for anything to cross the screen, or for the camera to pan, without obvious resolution being lost.
To be fair, the extent of the smearing isn’t shockingly bad, and over time you sort of start to acclimatise to it. But it’s still an impossible issue to ignore now that so many rival brands are doing such a good job of suppressing this inherent LCD problem.
Sonically, the 32LE600E is par for the 32in LCD TV course. And so it sounds absolutely fine with your typical daytime TV ‘chatshow’ fodder, but can sound a bit compressed, one-dimensional and flat when pushed harder by any good Hollywood action scene.
The 32LE600E does enough to remind us of why LED lighting is such a hot property right now - and is certainly likely to stand out on the crowded shelves of your local electrical store on account of its fearsomely intense colours, high brightness and deep, rich black levels. In fact, these strengths will very likely be enough in themselves to make many people who buy a 32LE600E happy punters. However, Sharp definitely needs to tackle some core response time problems before its affordable LED TVs can bag one of our Recommended badges.