The 32RV635DB also easily outguns your average cheap and cheerful set with its sharpness levels. I’ve already noted how this applies to standard definition thanks to Resolution+, but HD images, too, look startlingly crisp and detailed. And amazingly, this sharpness isn’t completely lost when things start moving around in the picture. In other words, while this television isn’t by any means entirely free from motion blur, its impact is far less distracting than is usually the case at the low end of the TV market.
More mostly good news concerns the 32RV635DB’s colours. Tones are generally credible, even during dark scenes, and there’s less evidence of striping over what should be smooth colour blends than is commonly the case with budget TVs. The 32RV635DB doesn’t manage to deliver the same sort of vibrancy post calibration as a good £500 or more TV might achieve, which can leave images looking a touch muted if viewed in a bright room. But if I had to choose between slightly muted naturalism and unrealistic over-aggression… well, I think you can tell by the way I phrased the question where my sympathies would lie.
Wrapping up the 32RV635DB’s budget-busting performance is its perfectly acceptable audio. I can’t quite persuade myself to get any more enthusiastic than that about a soundstage that doesn’t really have the power or range to open up to accommodate a healthy action sequence. That said, the 32RV635DB’s decent audio clarity with ‘normal’ TV fodder doesn’t go completely AWOL when a few explosions start going off, so it’s still a step up from the tinny, distorted nastiness commonly found below £400.
While the 32RV635DB is fractionally too workmanlike a performer to make it an unreserved recommendation, I can’t for the life of me think where else you could get the same level of performance for anywhere as little cash. So on that basis – its extreme talent relative to the rest of the entry-level 32in LCD world – I really have no choice but to slap a TrustedReviews Recommended badge on it!
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