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Loewe Individual 40 Compose (Slim) - Performance and Verdict

John Archer

By John Archer



  • Recommended by TR
Loewe Individual 40 Compose (Slim)


Our Score:


It’s also great to see the new Individual’s pictures looking much sharper than those of previous Loewe flat panels. The main reason for this is that motion blur is very well handled/suppressed, thanks to a combination of the screen’s native response time and the 400Hz processing engine.

Sometimes this processing can generate side effects, such as blurring around the edges of moving objects. So we wouldn’t recommend that you use it with all types of source material (it should definitely be avoided with console games, as it also makes pictures feel unacceptably laggy for gaming). But neither would we recommend that you just leave it turned off permanently, as it can be helpful for much of the time.

The latest Individual 40 also hits all the right notes with its colours, combining intense, vivid saturations with a more consistently natural tone than we’re used to seeing with Loewe flat TVs - or flat TVs generally, come to that. What’s more, these tones aren’t just great with high definition; they also retain most of their realism when you switch to standard definition.

Loewe’s upscaling engine for standard definition is impressive too, achieving decent additional sharpness and detail while also keeping a lid on noise levels. The only bumnote in the Individual’s processing suite, really, is its noise reduction system, which softens the picture too much for comfort.

If the Individual 40 Compose’s pictures are excellent, though, the audio from the Sound Projector’s 42 integrated ‘mini speakers’ is nothing short of spectacular. For starters, the sheer volume and dynamic range it can reproduce is so far ahead of the puny sound usually produced by flat TVs that it’s frankly hilarious. You can pump the volume way higher than your ears would realistically want you too without a trace of distortion or harshness setting in, and the bass levels the speaker can turn out had us looking behind the sofa for an extra subwoofer we thought the Loewe installer must have tucked away while we weren’t looking. (He hadn’t.)

Treble information is clear and accurately positioned in the soundstage without sounding sibilant, either, and last but by no means least, the sound projector even immerses you in a genuine all-round sound, despite there being no rear speakers.

To be clear about this, the Sound Projector’s surround sound performance doesn’t have the spatial accuracy you’d get with a proper, 5.1 speaker array. But there’s definitely a sense of at least ambient audio coming from behind you, and a far greater sense of being enveloped in the world of a film than you’d ever get with even a good set of normal TV speakers. In fact, we’ve heard separate, dedicated home cinema sound systems that don’t produce as satisfying a sound performance as Loewe’s Sound Projector.


Before we spent quality time with Loewe’s new Individual 40 Compose, we thought we knew what we were going to get. Namely a gorgeously designed slice of likeable if eccentric German AV, brimming with ideas but slightly off the pace in performance terms.

By the time our review was completed, though, our attraction to the set had run much, much deeper than merely falling for its exterior beauty. Loewe can now be placed among the AV ‘A list’ in performance terms too, and its approach to multimedia is both inspired and ahead of its time.

In short, we hate the Individual 40 Compose. For the addition of genuine AV performance quality to Loewe’s traditional luxurious, opulent, feature rich ethos has made us feel even more sick about not being wealthy than we were before. Grrr.


November 5, 2010, 7:44 pm

I think I have a spare kidney i don't need - couple that with whatever I can get for Mrs Castalan ... and maybe .. just maybe ;)


November 5, 2010, 9:26 pm

No real complaints from me. You said they were gonna sort out Freeview HD very soon which is more than Philips can promise. Absolutely gorgeous one-piece design. Cracking picture quality according to you guys. I suppose input lag is a concern but it makes up for that by being a TV that offers you solid sound (admittedly this goes way beyond, hence it'd be nice to see manufacturers just create CRT-volume speakers), so alas, a television that's actually a television and not just some jumped up PC monitor!

One question : does it come in 46 inches? Because, you know, obviously I can easily afford any version of this product - Big Fat Not!

Tim Sutton

November 5, 2010, 10:06 pm


I understand selling the spare kidney, but surely Mrs Castalan is 3D? This TV, nice as it is, would be a downgrade.


November 6, 2010, 2:30 am

I'm afraid, Mr Sutton, that you Just Don't Understand.


November 6, 2010, 3:19 pm

@Golden Guy.

I took a look at the Loewe website and it does come in larger sizes. You'll also be pleased to know that TR reviewed an, er, 'economy' specced model. There are some very entertaining ways to truly max out your and the wife's credit cards.

cristy hargreaves

November 10, 2010, 5:49 pm

The Individual Compose is available in 32/40/46 and 55" starting from £2695. Alternatively the Individual Selection (without glass filter screen) is the entry level alternative and shares most of the same features. Watch this space for the 3D-ready versions of Individual in Spring 2011 to rival Mrs Castalan!


November 11, 2010, 4:14 pm

I was in the market for one of these to connect to my NAS to play more stored DVD content, and for Freeview HD & FreeSat. As far as I know, the only other TV that can do this is a Panasonic. You'd think at this price point, the sales & support service would be good. After 6 phone calls to Germany (disconnected 4 times), I got asked to email my pre-sales questions. Was never replied to. Loewe UK telephone line doesn't give product information - you have to go to a dealer. At the flagship concession in Selfridges, the streaming demo didn't work ("something's up with the router, not the TV"). At Harrods they could only play avi clips from USB, couldn't specifically say that it would stream HD properly. At the Loewe "Gallerie", they didn't know either, but phoned someone who did. Some important things to note, if you're considering this TV:

1. Contrary to the review here, DLNA is NOT specifically supported - you need to install the rather bloated Twonky software.

2. Full HD is not supported by the hardware, only 720p

3. No support for mkv

4. Freeview HD will be a payable "upgrade" until February.

5. Despite there being another a "DVB-S upgrade" FreeSat also isn't supported (and won't be) "because of international regulations, we're a German company, you see". This means no FreeSat EPG

6. You can't upgrade the 250GB drive to use that as media storage.

7. You can buy a proprietary Loewe 500Gb external drive, but you can't record onto it

8. No optical audio in or out

9. Ethernet port is just 100Mbits!

10. Cannot use USB wifi adapator

With words like "fearsomely specified", "peerless bespoke flexibility", "bulging spec sheet" you'd expect that it would genuinely do things that few TVs can (but commonplace on any htpc). Much as I would like it to have been, this is not a replacement for my small, fanless HTPC.

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