As we’ve somehow slipped into covering the 37LF66’s bad points first, we might as well carry on to the end with our final moan: a pretty uninspiring approach to standard definition. This sees the set exaggerating noise levels and making all but the highest quality of standard definition sources (that’s most Freeview channels out, then!) look a bit unnatural and forced.
For all its problems, though, the 37LF66 does have one ace up its sleeve that just about saves its blushes, and that’s its exceptional crispness with HD sources. Every last detail in those much-talked about facial features on the Xbox 360’s ”Mass Effect”, for instance, is rendered with blistering accuracy, and without a trace of the noise that so damages standard definition pictures.
With HD films rather than games, meanwhile, the impact of the LG’s sharpness is just as profound, with the added benefit that the set also seems to handle fast motion much better than anything else we can think of in the same price bracket. In other words, there’s surprisingly little of the blurring problem seen with many LCD TVs.
Provided it’s showing a bright, colourful scene from an HD source, the LG 37LF66 can deliver really outstanding pictures – and in this respect it definitely outguns most other budget LCD TVs. The only ‘little’ problem is that sadly we happen to live in a world where standard definition and darkness still have a rather significant part to play in our lives, meaning that for much of the time the pictures you’ll be watching on the 37LF66 really aren’t very special at all.