Next, the impression of sharpness we’ve just noted owes at least a nod to some surprisingly crisp motion handling which ensures the image suffers less resolution loss than anticipated over Bond and his quarry’s pumping arms and legs. Even the fast camera pans used in this sequence are handled very nicely.
Third on our hit list is the brightness of the picture, which radiates forth with an intensity that again belies the CE47LD51’s relatively meagre price. Fourth, connected to this brightness are some pleasingly intense, rich colours which, while not always entirely natural in tone (skin tones look a bit over-ripe, for instance), are at least accurate enough not to distract you from the film.
Finally, HD pictures are surprisingly free of noise such as dot crawl or grain. If the CE47LD51 was as good with dark scenes as it is with bright HD ones, we’d be looking at one of the bargains of the decade. But sadly it isn’t.
Head for a dark moment in Casino Royale such as the night-time scene outside the casino where Bond has to be revived by Vesper, and immediately the feared problem of greyed-over blacks rears its ugly head. It’s not shockingly bad or anything, but it’s certainly severe enough to rob dark scenes of any great sense of depth, as well as making colours during dark scenes sometimes look a bit odd to say the least.
To make matters worse, the CE47LD51 isn’t very accomplished at portraying subtle colour shades or shadow details, which makes dark areas look even more ‘crushed’ and hollow.
Although not as bad as some full HD LCD TVs when it comes to showing standard definition, meanwhile, the CE47LD51 is also not particularly great. And it’s actually barely average in the audio department, with a lack of bass, dynamic range and raw power all leaving it sounding decidedly thin and feeble. Furthermore, not surprisingly with the basic sonic elements so lacking, the CE47LD51’s pseudo surround mode is laughably bad.
Unlike most really affordable LCD TVs, the CE47LD51 is at least capable of producing a truly excellent picture when the content of the source suits it. But perhaps inevitably these impressive moments are joined by just as many average ones, making it hard to really recommend the set to anyone other than the most die-hard of ‘must-get-the-biggest-screen-I-can-for-my-money’ obsessives.
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