Once you’ve basked for a while in the 32DH510E’s various strengths, though, your eyes will start to spot that all isn’t quite as hunky dory as it initially seems. Colours, for instance – unusually for such a bright screen – aren’t particularly dynamic, resulting in some noticeably muted tones and a rather uneven look to colours even within the same frame. The 32LE210E’s colours are noticeably more dramatic – though at least the 32DH510E doesn’t look overcooked in the colour department like the 32LE210E can at times.
The 32DH510E’s decent HD performance, meanwhile, isn’t matched by its standard definition pictures, which suffer with more colour inconsistencies, and also look rather noisy. This noise even includes more motion blur than we detected with HD. Skin tones on the 32DH510E lack a little definition too, leaving them looking rather plasticky at times.
Perhaps our biggest problem with the 32DH510E, though, is its black level response. For it’s simply not very good, leaving dark scenes looking rather grey and flat, with a shortage of shadow detail rounding out the damage. As a result, dark scenes seem to belong to a totally different TV to the generally likeable bright scenes, producing a sense of disjointedness that makes it hard to get truly immersed in what you’re watching.
The 32DH510E’s sound quality, meanwhile, is marginally superior to that of the 32LE210E. It sounds a touch less thin, and delivers a touch more bass. But it’s still hardly up to the challenge of sounding even remotely convincing with anything beyond the most sonically simple daytime TV shows.
The 32DH510E’s uninspiring on-paper spec initially makes Sharp’s 32LE210E look worth the £80 or so extra it costs, especially as the latter’s LED screen is a better performer overall. However, the simple fact is that neither screen is really anything special. So with that in mind, maybe the cheaper 32DH510E is the one to go for on simple value grounds if, say, you’re really taken with both sets’ surprising USB recording functionality. If it was us, though, we probably wouldn’t bother with either TV, and look elsewhere instead…