There are plenty more features on the Individual 32 S, but it’s really high time we got into its performance – right after, that is, we’ve had a bitch about how tricky the TV is to use thanks to some cramped onscreen menus and a phenomenally fiddly remote control.
Just as well that the Individual’s performance is good enough to make us willing to grin and bear the remote. Pictures, for starters, are fabulously sharp and detailed. This obviously makes the set a particularly close friend of high definition, but it also does a better job of sharpening up standard definition than most rivals.
Colours are pretty tasty too. Earlier Loewe LCD TVs have shown a tendency to portray skin tones with more than hint of unnatural green to them. But the efforts of Image+ correct most, if not all of this problem, as well as helping colours elsewhere look rich and three-dimensional.
Dark areas of the picture look reasonably full of subtle detail and depth, meanwhile, and the picture is impressively short of most sorts of video noise, be it grain, dot crawl, or LCD’s common motion smearing problems.
A couple of issues pull the Individual’s picture up short of perfection, though. First and worst, although dark areas contain some decent sense of depth and shadow detail, they also look a little greyed over compared to some rivals. Second the picture can look a touch over-processed with weaker, standard definition sources.
Loewe sets generally impress sonically, and the Individual 32 S is no different. In fact, the amount of sheer power delivered by its speakers is outstanding, especially as it’s accompanied by deep bass, perky trebles and rich, clear dialogue without the slightest trace of distortion.
There’s no getting round the fact that the Individual 32 S is expensive for a 32in LCD TV. But then how many other TVs do you know that can accessorise their looks to suit your décor; have features galore; produce good pictures; and sound better than many a hi-fi we’ve come across? Thought so…