The Individual 46 Compose 3D is also extremely multimedia savvy, offering playback of a bewilderingly large variety of photo, music and video file formats, and allowing you to stream in files from DLNA-enabled PCs. The set has built-in Wi-Fi if you’d rather use this than the TV’s LAN port.
Hooking the TV into your network also lets you access Loewe’s Media Net ‘smart TV’ functionality. Highlights of this include Napster’s music service, which is currently unique to Loewe, and a well-organised system for accessing the huge world of Internet radio.
Other services of interest include the Viewster, iConcerts, CineTrailer, Box Office 365, HiT Entertainment, Discovery Channel Videocast and Cartoon Network video platforms, the Picasa and MyAlbum.com photo sites, a weather site, and a variety of utility, game and ‘service’ apps - including pizza.co.uk...
While this is all OK as far as it goes, though, and the presentation of the service is excellent, the set could do with more high-profile video services such as LoveFilm and the BBC iPlayer. Especially as much of the video content currently provided is subscription only.
Other key findings on the Individual 46 Compose 3D’s huge spec sheet include a ‘400Hz’ processing engine, an impressive new Active Filter screen for reducing reflections and thus boosting contrast, and all sorts of optional video processing, including Loewe’s Image system, various motion settings, and plenty of noise reduction tools. Loewe doesn’t offer colour management or gamma fine-tuning, but Loewe claims each TV has been individually calibrated before leaving the factory.
The Individual 46 Compose 3D’s operating system is a bit fiddly, due to Loewe’s insistence on keeping all menus and submenus tucked close to the bottom of the screen. But the remote control is beautifully designed, with a swish metallic finish, and the onscreen menus are bolstered by the presence of an onscreen, interactive instructions manual.
Kicking off our tests with the Individual 46’s new 3D capabilities, first impressions are outstanding. For a start, 3D pictures lose less brightness and colour intensity via Loewe’s active shutter glasses than expected, meaning 3D images still enjoy considerable ‘pop’ and dynamism. They also look remarkably sharp and detailed if you’re watching a full-HD 3D Blu-ray, reminding us why active 3D was invented.
The single most startling thing about the Individual 46 Compose’s 3D images, though, is their exceptional sense of depth and stability. Indeed, we can’t think of another 3D TV that delivers a more palpable and accurate sense of 3D space.
After being seduced by the above 3D qualities, though, we did also detect a few issues - two related to 3D specifically, the others repeated in 2D mode.
The 3D ones find one or two green colour tones looking slightly off (presumably because the screen hasn’t been calibrated to colour correct for the impact of the active shutter glasses), and traces of the double-ghosting issue known as crosstalk.
Thankfully the colour concerns very rarely materialise, and the crosstalk is fairly minor since it only appears sporadically, and even when it does it takes the form of suppressed dark ‘shadows’ rather than the overt object repetition witnessed on screens where crosstalk is a real problem.
The other, general issues are some backlight inconsistency and, on our initial review sample, the very occasional appearance of a subtle vertical banding structure over mid-to-dark parts of the picture. Having investigated this issue, though, Loewe discovered that it was being caused by the panels used in the first Compose 3D sets; we have since being sent an updated model where this banding issue is no longer there.