Elsewhere a component video jack completes the connectivity part of the industry’s HD Ready specification, plus you get a PC port and an also quite stingy two Scarts.
The Modus L 42 is adequately rather than impressively stocked with features. Leading these out is a built-in digital tuner, which – unlike on a few previous Loewe digital TVs – is supported by 7-day electronic programme guide capability, right down to being able to filter the listings by programme type and set up timer events for recording just by pressing ‘enter’ over a desired programme you want the TV to switch to when the time comes.
The set also boasts Loewe’s Image+ picture processing engine, developed entirely in-house to improve the TV’s handling of contrast, colour tone, colour saturations, and fine detail levels, while simultaneously tackling video noise. Image+ has worked pretty well on Loewe’s LCD sets, so hopefully it will make the transition to plasma without things going awry.
Put to work on a wide variety of HD and standard def sources, the Modus L 42’s picture performance turns out to be an unexpectedly mixed bag. Starting with the good stuff, its black levels are mostly really impressive. The uniforms of the officers in SWAT (look, don’t blame us if the only decent quality Blu-ray transfer out so far happens to be a crap movie!) appear suitably black; the blackness of space around the Nostromo in Alien seems suitably inky; and even the darkest corners of, say, Splinter Cell: Double Agent from our Xbox 360 are easy to see your way through – something that can be said of precious few LCD TVs we’ve seen.
Also scoring highly on the Modus are its colours. These achieve that key combination of eye-catching vibrancy and predominantly natural tones – strengths which together mean the Modus’ colours are as adept at something bright and pure like Test Drive Unlimited on the Xbox 360 as they are with something subtle and dark like the Mines of Moria sequence in The Fellowship of The Ring.