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Tesco Technika LCD32-209 32in LCD TV - Tesco Technika LCD32-209

John Archer

By John Archer



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The set's resolution is an HD Ready 1,366 x 768, and its claimed contrast ratio - for what it's worth - is 1,000:1. Given how low this looks versus the contrast figures of 30,000:1 or more now rife in the LCD world, I suspect (hope!) that it represents the screen's native measurement, rather than being calculated with the TV's dynamic backlight feature switched on. All of which really just goes to show how you should never rely on a manufacturer's quoted contrast ratio anyway. So let's move swiftly on to the main business of the day: the LCD32-209's AV performance.

Picture-wise, it's probably best summed up as surprisingly good in some areas, but pretty darned ropey in others.

Let's get the bad news out of the way first. Starting with the screen's fairly dismal motion handling. The amount of smearing and resolution loss on show whenever anything moves across or up and down the screen really is excessive, constantly distracting you from what you're watching. What's more, this sorry state of affairs applies to HD as well as standard definition material, as amply proved by watching merely a few minutes of the latest England/West Indies test match in HD on Sky. As Freddie Flintoff prowls back to his bowling mark, every feature of his face leaves a smeary trail behind as it bounces up and down in time with his strides. And fast camera pans following the ball get so mushy it's actually hard to see what's going on at all.

My other main problem with the LCD32-209's pictures is their colour tone with standard definition. Skin tones in particular tend to look quite strange all too often - either pasty or too pink. And other fairly neutral colours tend to look slightly muted, too. It's only with really rich standard def stuff, such as Sky News graphics, that the LCD32-209 delivers much of a colour punch.

My last issue with the LCD32-209 concerns its noise handling. For both standard and high definition sources tend to look rather ‘alive' with grain and/or MPEG blocking noise, even using the noise reduction system on the only setting we'd ever contemplate (low).


February 23, 2009, 6:05 pm

Although I don't own this specific TV, I've got another Technika LCD that exhibits pretty much the same negative points on the SD source. However, it's a 19" for the bedroom with built in freeview and DVD player, and for 𧵎, I wasn't going to argue with that. There's no way I'd have it as my "main" TV, but it certainly has a place in the house.


February 23, 2009, 10:00 pm

It's good to see TR review budget TVs because they're no longer confined to supermarkets but are sold in electonics retailers such as Dixons, etc.

While the TV here seems attractive. For 㿨-80 pounds more, you could probably get a Samsung one in the same size. While that might be a lot of money for some consumers, you are getting superior image quality from a recognised brand. In the long term, this probably represents better value. Do you agree?


February 24, 2009, 8:42 am

I agree. 280p to waste. This is lots of money to throw into any random product, you are not buying a cheap portable radio or phones.


February 24, 2009, 6:25 pm

Being a Tesco product, the price will be the same everywhere i.e. not discounted online - unless Tesco have a sale.

You'd be better off looking online - I saw a Sanyo 32" LCD for 𧷣 on ebuyer.com


February 24, 2009, 10:51 pm

I just had a good look online and for 㿞 extra, you can get the Samsung LE32A455 32" on play.com. There is absolutely no reason to go with this Tesco tv.

The Grinner

February 26, 2009, 7:17 pm

I agree with John that this is not a great TV but for the money its a good starter into flatscreen biggish TV land an I now have one as my main TV after experiencing bigger and more expensive models at friends' houses, it can hold its own for sound and sharpness and will suffice among us poorer folk trying to cheer our situation up in this recession for a year or two....a bigger and more common brand can then replace this budget item when we're more flush with money. Then I'll have a decent tv in my bedroom.......Caio... ps- I also wonder if Grundig actually have some connection to Technika since the 'shells' etc are identical....


June 2, 2009, 2:24 am

I bought one of these TVs last year and have been completely satisfied with its performance ever since it was switched on for the very first time.

I researched 32" flat screen televisions online for some time - comparing products from Argos, Comet, PC World, Currys - and other online websites.

I felt that Tesco were offering what I was looking for at a price I could afford - the mere fact that I received double Tesco points didn't have anything to do with it!! Especially as I can also shop online through the Nectar.com website for Nectar points.

All in all it is just what I want in a TV - unfortunately I cannot programme my Sky+ remote to work with it, despite Sky giving me several codes to try.

Perhaps this is something that Tesco can look into and put into the manual - as they have for the smaller television that I bought from them for my conservatory.


July 11, 2009, 1:19 pm

HI ALL....We bought the Technica KCD32-207 18 months ago and last week it just went dead

Tesco said they do not repair the Technica`s.....that cost of £399 was wasted

Will not buy this model again

Mike Bentley

July 30, 2009, 5:50 pm

Had similar problem with mine, again bought about 18 months ago. Began failing to start up from standby and steadily getting worse. Had same initial unhelpful response from Tesco, but found a link to a guardian article which may help Milo - http://www.guardian.co.uk/m...

Seems we have more rights than the bog-standard 12 month guarantee - pass the word on.

Peter Kinnaird

August 25, 2009, 2:20 pm

I got the 26 in version of this set from Tesco about 2 years ago...impulse purchase because seemed very cheap. Set performed well for about 14 months, then like other reviews here I had problems switching the set on...eventually packed up altogether. Tesco customer service would not repair but did send me a £100 refund...then got the on/off switch fixed by local TV repaireer for £50. Not sure how long it will last, but set performs well.

Brian Allen

September 14, 2009, 9:26 pm

I have had similar problems with an LDC37-207.This was purchased in December 2007 ans not used for six months after a short time in use. After January 2008 set started to lose the EPG and channel changing was slow and erratic. Tesco tried to blame my installation and aerial, but I had a new one fitted. Tesco denied responsibility and said set could not be repaired because they did not have any spares. Also refused to replace set because it was out of warranty. When I quoted the Sale of Goods Act 1997, they did offer me £250 but I refused and am taking them to the Small Claims Court. Wish me luck

Phil 5

October 8, 2009, 12:51 am

I bought the Technika 22''HD Ready LCD TV with built in freeview and DVD player(white)(13 Aug 09)......A really good price of £175.00 Today 7 Oct 09, its going back and im getting a refund ! Firstly whenever switching the set on, a high pitched irritating buzzing noise starts for a second or two. The teletext has disapeared, and the colours are never the same when watching other channels . Im constantly entering menu to change colour contrast etc,whenever I switch channels , and this set has a direct roof aerial straight in to the set. Coupled with that the picture is very poor,no sharp lines,colours fading in to others........Tomorrow im buying a Toshiba 22dv616db (white) lcd tv/dvd. Ive learnt a lesson here, '' you get what you pay for'' ! Technika ? No thanks,never again !

Frank Mears

July 4, 2010, 12:26 am

Have puchased sony hard drive recorder does anyone have the code number to link the sony handset to the tv which is a technika.code number not listed in instruction book.

Catrina McGuire

June 3, 2013, 8:56 pm

Bought 4 plasmas from tesco .never agin 3 small plasmas DVDs all broke .got one sent bk after a repair today .technika tv 4 th tv broke dvd again.and tonight kids one just broke again.never again will I buy again from them .all DVD bit broke .load of crap and a total disgrace


August 13, 2013, 5:44 pm

My advice any Tesco branded electricals aren't worth it. You may save a few pounds here and there but in the longer term, you will end up having to replace the item sooner rather than later. Classic example are these Technika Tv's. You'd expect a tv to last at least 5 years, wouldn't you? Well, lets say on average this Tesco's own brand will be lucky to last 2 years. In a nutshell the word begins with S and ends in T and thats Tesco's Technika brand.


August 26, 2013, 9:34 am

i bought the technika lcd 32/209x from tesco 3 years ago and its been fine.Ok only paid 250 for it but there are worst tvs out there for that price.The HD picture is great and so is the sound.Have read reports about this tv but i think you only get what you pay for.


November 1, 2013, 7:25 pm

brought this technika tv last mnth...took it back, pictures are bad and whenever i was watchin live football i was gettin constant faint horizontal lines goin across screen whenever there was fast movement...also colour isnt too good either...not very good, paid extra £30 and got toshiba one...no probs at all and picture is a lot sharper and better...no faint lines either...my advice is keep away from the technika tv...

Mary Duffy

November 15, 2013, 4:50 pm

I bought a 22" technika tv 6 months ago but it wont switch on, I have asked at the shop that I bought it (Tesco's) but they just gave me a phone number to ring. But they say they don't fix them anymore can I still take it back to Tescos as I paid £159 for it and hardly used it or have I been ripped off by Tesco's


October 21, 2014, 6:44 pm

I had this TV for about 2-3 years. It was awful. The picture was crap, one of the two HDMI ports broke and the TV was flimsy. The only good thing I can say about it was that the sound was decent.

I then happily got a 50" Smart TV just a few days ago and have just been wondering why I ever kept that piece of crap TV for so long. My new TV is beautiful, the colour, the picture, the style, the sound... It's perfect and only cost £600!

I'm positively glad I decided to buy a new TV and hope that whatever unlucky soul happens to purchase this thing (or receives this thing for Christmas) has a better experience than I did but we all know that's not going to happen.

I think that if you can't afford a large TV don't, just DON'T get a cheap unknown branded one. Get the known branded one that you can afford otherwise you're just going to get a horrible piece of crap.

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