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Technika LCD 32-270 - Picture Problems and a Sonic Conundrum

John Archer

By John Archer

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

6

The set also tends to slightly exaggerate the colour block noise that’s so common with low-quality standard def digital broadcasts, and doesn’t have enough raw video power to resolve colour blends with much finesse. This means colours can look slightly stripey or patchy, as the 32-270 fails to resolve enough tones to make colour blends look smooth.

It’s the motion blur that’s comfortably the 32-270’s biggest problem, though. For this causes almost any moving video to look slightly soft and unconvincing, and thus becomes a recurring barrier between you and full enjoyment of what you’re watching. It’s here that the lack of video processing noted earlier is at its most troublesome.

The blurring is particularly bad when you first turn the TV on from cold, but thankfully it becomes more tolerable after around half an hour.

Putting the 32-270’s black level response through its paces with a few tough dark scenes finds that it’s not as satisfying as we’d hoped it might be from our initial viewing. There’s plenty of the familiar low-contrast grey/green wash hanging over all really dark scenes, making them look less natural and flatter than bright scenes in the same film or TV show. It might have been helpful in this regard, if Technika had provided a backlight adjustment as well as the standard brightness one. But it hasn’t, so that’s that.

Sonically, the 32-270 is a bit peculiar, to be honest. For it runs completely counter to most flat TVs by being better when driven hard. With quiet scenes, the speakers sound thin and compressed, even suffering buzzy distortion with some male voices. This would usually be indicative of some seriously nasty sound problems when an action scene kicks in. But the 32-270 actually sounds better when pushed harder, as more bass kicks in and the dynamic range expands. Obviously the net result of all this, though, is an audio performance that can only be considered average at best.

Verdict

If you’re looking for a straightforward cheap as chips TV for occasional use in a bedroom or study, then the 32-270 will get the job done decently enough, we suppose. Anyone after a main living room TV or a TV for playing plenty of console games on, though, would be advised to try and spend a bit more on something with better contrast and motion capabilities.

Rok Krznar

March 15, 2011, 12:16 pm

"Particularly unspectacular is a quoted contrast ratio of just 3,000:1"
I have to stress that when talking about true native panel contrast ratios, even 1000:1 is impressive for LCD's. I have a Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP with a quoted contrast ratio of (just) 1000:1, and I have yet to see an LCD TV with native contrast that appears stronger.

Mik3yB

March 15, 2011, 1:40 pm

"should you add this TV to your trolley, or would you be off your trolley to buy one?"

Why did this make me chuckle?! *facepalm*

colin

March 15, 2011, 4:58 pm

today only lg32ld490 for £298.95 full hd with freeview hd usb playback of divx hd netcast not going to be perfect by any means but surely better value

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