The 37R87BD outperforms its price point when it comes to the picture’s sharpness and fine detailing too, doing full justice to the impressive amounts of fine detail Warner has managed to reproduce from what is, after all, a relatively old film by modern home cinema standards. Even better, the generally high level of detailing is achieved without attendant grain or the common tendency to over-stress harsh edges.
The 37R87BD’s standard definition pictures are relatively light on noise too, surviving being scaled up to the TV’s HD Ready resolution surprisingly well.
Really the only serious complaint I can muster about the picture quality, at least with its price in mind, is its motion handling. It’s not shockingly bad by any means, but there’s no getting round the fact that no matter how I adjusted the TV’s settings, I couldn’t ever quite get moving objects to look as crisp or noiseless as I’d like.
For instance, without the set’s Movie Plus mode engaged, objects definitely lose resolution as they pass across the screen. Yet when I call Movie Plus in, although motion looks crisper, moving objects also appear with a sort of flickering noise around their edges that’s often more distracting than the loss of resolution Movie Plus is designed to address!
Considering that the speakers in the 37R87BD’s frame are clearly subservient to the requirements of the TV’s extravagantly minimalistic design, they don’t sound too bad. Bass is decently abundant, and doesn’t sound too ‘poppy’, and the mid-range is clean and well-rounded if not quite powerful enough to really open up to meet a good action scene.
Despite its issues showing motion, the 37R87BD would be a solid LCD TV at any price. So at under £500, it’s got to be one of the bargains of the year.