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Loewe Individual 40 Compose (Slim) review

John Archer




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Loewe Individual 40 Compose (Slim)
  • Loewe Individual 40 Compose (Slim)
  • Loewe Individual 40 Compose (Slim)
  • Loewe Individual 40 Compose (Slim)
  • Loewe Individual 40 Compose (Slim)
  • Loewe Individual 40 Compose (Slim)


Our Score:


Right, let’s deal immediately with the rather sizeable elephant squatting slap bang in the middle of the room. For yes: Loewe’s 40in Individual 40 Compose costs £3,550. As a starting price.

The model we tested also had attached to it Loewe’s matching Sound Projector 7.1 speaker bar, costing a further £1,450. And it sat gracefully on a delightful chrome floorstand costing another £545.

All of this will immediately price it beyond the wildest dreams of many of our readers. And it will likely also stir into a frenzy the portion of our readership that apparently flat denies the right of any product to be expensive.

But this is actually the last time we’re going to mention the set’s price in this review. For the bottom line is that the Individual 40 Compose is a uniquely stylish, fearsomely specified and above all startlingly good TV that wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t made for the ‘money’s no object’ crowd. It’s out to be a high-end BMW or even a Porsche for the TV world. And we personally don’t see anything wrong with that. On the contrary, it would surely be a very grey and boring old TV world if you didn’t have a brand or two wanting to deliver a completely different kind of TV experience.

The design of the Individual 40 Compose configuration we tested really is spectacular. Our model came dressed in high-gloss white, with the white finish running along the top and bottom edges of the screen’s bezel, and all over the TV’s ultra-slim rear. The 7.1-channel sound projector fixed beneath the screen also sports a white grille, with white trim and white rear. As for the pole-style floor stand, it’s a gleaming vision in chrome, and can hide all your cabling up its centre.

Then there are the shiny aluminium silver panels down the sides of both the TV and the sound projector. These are very pretty, but if they’re not to your tastes they can easily be swapped out for different panels in chrome, ribbed chrome, Chrome Microstructure, ebony, light oak, high gloss black... or pretty much any colour you fancy, actually.

The TV can come in Aluminium Black or Aluminium Silver finishes as well as the white, meanwhile. And it can be mounted on all manner of different stand options, including some genuine ‘furniture’ designs. And it can come with a series of different speaker options, including a slimmer speaker bar than the Sound Projector we’re testing, and full matching 5.1 systems. And you can even decide to some extent what level of internal specification and features you want your Individual 40 Compose to have.

Add to all this a super-slim, edge-LED driven screen profile and a build quality that really is second to none and the Individual 40 Compose represents 360-degree design at its best, with peerless bespoke flexibility thrown in for good measure.

You only have to start thinking about the enormous logistical effort required to support all the Individual 40 Compose’s various design and feature options to appreciate just why such products don’t come cheap. And yes, we know we weren’t going to mention price again. But, well...

The Loewe’s connections are inevitably complicated by the fact that it has to accommodate numerous audio and stand options, and even potential integration within a Loewe multi-room system. But focussing on the only stuff that really matters given that anyone buying a Loewe TV/AV system will have it installed for them, we find the Individual 40 Compose’s main chassis carrying a satisfying three HDMIs, an Ethernet port, two USBs, and a PC input.


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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