So far the CE47LD51 is doing a good job of both impressing us and making us forget that it’s a budget TV. But reality comes crashing in rather with the set’s claimed contrast ratio, which comes in at a relatively paltry (by today’s standards) 1000:1. As well as raising major concerns about the set’s contrast performance, this sort of figure also implies that unlike most big-screen LCD TVs around these days, the CE47LD51 doesn’t employ a dynamic backlight, whereby the brightness of the picture can be reduced when dark scenes are detected to produce better black levels.
More evidence of the CE47LD51’s budget nature starts to creep in with its features, too. Or rather the lack of them. All we could find that warrants even a passing mention during a trawl through the onscreen menus are a digital tuner with 7-day Electronic Programme Guide support, a 3D Panorama audio mode reckoned to deliver a pseudo surround audio presentation, and a standard noise reduction routine.
There don’t appear to be any of the fancily named picture processing systems that decorate practically every other big LCD TV in town, and nor is there 100Hz for improving LCD’s traditional problems with losing resolution when showing moving objects.
With by now no great expectations of finding much quality in the CE47LD51-B’s pictures, we fire up Casino Royale on Blu-ray and… have to admit to initially feeling pleasantly surprised by what the Sanyo delivers.
The free-running sequence near the film’s start, for instance, really looks very appealing, for no less than five key reasons. First and foremost, the HD picture really does look very crisp and detailed indeed for a set that apparently has no heavy-duty processing to help it look sharper. We’ve seen much more expensive 46-50in TVs deliver far less sharpness than this Sanyo.