Yet more good news finds the 20W330DB doing a fine job of suppressing the noise inherent to many standard definition broadcasts, and showing HD devoid of the graininess with which it can appear on lesser TVs.
Aside from the black level and motion not being perfect, the only significant problem I could find with the 20W330DB’s pictures was that they didn’t look quite as sharp as I’d have liked with high definition. Obviously there’s a limit to how much you’re ever going to enjoy the ‘HD advantage’ on a screen as small as 20in, but I would have expected to see just a little more extra crispness and detail when switching between my HD and SD sources.
When it comes to sound, it’s fair to say that the vast majority of budget LCD TVs sound absolutely awful. So it’s nice – sort of – to find the 20W330DB bucking this trend by being only very, very average! What this means is that while there’s a little more bass in the soundstage than is usual at this sort of screen size and the speakers tend not to distort as badly as might be expected during action scenes, the maximum volume output is very limited, and dialogue can become easily overwhelmed.
Although inevitably the 20W330DB can’t break free of all the usual small, budget LCD TV shackles, it certainly outperforms its price point comfortably enough to make it a really great value second-room option.
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