The 32LV550T also impresses with the ‘snap’ of its HD pictures, which look detailed, sharp and clean. Not all 32in TVs can do HD full justice, but the 32LV550T is certainly one that can. Its talent for detail extends, moreover, to its colour reproduction, as it does a very tidy job of producing HD colour blends so that they look completely smooth rather than like a series of obvious gradation ‘steps’.
Colours are very vibrant too, driven out by a startling degree of brightness from that edge LED engine. However, neither the strong colour saturations nor the high degree of brightness cause any major issues with video noise. Indeed, there seems slightly less noise in the 32LV550T’s pictures than there we noted with the images from the 3D LG TVs we’ve seen this year.
Yet another strength of the 32LV550T’s images is that they handle motion very nicely indeed by the standards of sub-£500 32in TV market. There’s a touch of resolution loss, but it’s minor, and hardly ever slips into obvious smearing.
What’s more, even if something you’re watching does suffer more with resolution loss than you’re happy with, you can improve the problem via LG’s onboard TruMotion processing. Just bear in mind that you shouldn’t use this feature all the time, as it can cause a few distracting side effects.
After finding LG’s recent 3D TVs suffering with upsetting amounts of input lag, it’s a relief to be able to wrap up our positive impressions of the 32LV550T by saying that using its Game preset, we measured its input lag at a perfectly respectable 40ms. Other image presets ramp this up to more than 100ms, at which point your gaming skills become considerably compromised. But stick with the Game preset and you should be fine.
The first of our two main problems with the 32LV550T concerns its standard definition performance. After the crispness of the set’s HD pictures the relative softness of standard def images really is striking. Colours seem to lose a touch of their naturalism with standard def too – at least when the source quality is particularly low, as with some of the grungier Freeview channels.
The other area LG could do with working on for next time is audio quality. The 32LV550T sounds thin and underpowered when asked to deliver anything with much action or orchestral score to it, with bass continually being in short supply. Treble effects are quite well presented, but the lack of bass can make the treble presentation a little over-eager.
Even had it carried a price tag of £650 to £700 we’d have found much to admire about the 32LV550T. So given that we’ve found it selling for under £500, it’s fair to say that it’s another one of those classic budget heroes that have served LG so well over the past couple of years.
Score in detail
Image Quality 8
Sound Quality 6