The 32LH5000 also goes the extra mile in helping you perfect your image with its Picture Wizard, whereby you can call up a series of special test signals that help you calibrate various elements of the picture to suit your viewing environment. Or, if you’d rather get an expert in, there are even a couple of picture presets that trained Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) agents can use to fine tune the TV’s images professionally.
Personally I’m not sure a 32in TV really justifies professional calibration. But the ISF modes are actually worth exploring yourself, for they bring extra colour management, white balance and edge enhancement features to the image adjustment party.
Once you’ve done the sensible thing and put its Picture Wizard tool to good use, the 32LH5000’s picture performance turns out to be decent for its money, without setting the world on fire.
Starting with its least impressive attributes, its black levels are noticeably inferior to those of other 32in TVs I’ve seen recently from Sony and Samsung. Night time scenes in excellent Clint Eastwood Blu-ray ”Gran Torino” certainly show fairly obvious signs of tell-tale greyness where the best rivals would present us with a much inkier, more convincing black colour. This remained the case no matter what picture presets we used – even the Cinema one.
As usual, the 32LH5000’s slightly murky black levels also make dark scenes look a little flatter and lower on shadow detail than I’d like them to. And it doesn’t help matters that black levels deteriorate quite dramatically if watched from any sort of angle.
The slightly grey look to dark scenes can leave some colours looking a touch muted too – though I should quickly counter this by saying that for the vast majority of the time the set’s colours are actually very believable and reasonably vibrant for such a cut-price screen.
My last little concern is that HD pictures don’t look quite as crisp as I’d like, meaning that the TV can’t deliver quite such an obvious demonstration of the difference between the DVD and Blu-ray versions of movies as some of its rivals.
On the upside, this slight lack of HD crispness isn’t down to LCD’s motion blur problem. For the TruMotion engine actually does a pretty nice job of reining in resolution loss when showing motion. And it makes motion and camera pans appear much more fluid too, even when showing 24p Blu-ray feeds.
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