LG 32LV2500 review

LG-32LV2500

An entry level LED HDTV from LG

The newest LG TV is an entry-level LED HDTV. It promises a lot of good features at a good price, but is it all true? We took this device for a spin and here is our test and review.
First off, the specifications for this TV are as follows: 30.6″ x 19.7″ x 1.6″ (without a stand)/30.6″ x 21.7″ x 9.2″ (with a stand), 11.8 kg without a stand/13.6 kg with a stand, 32″ screen size (31.5″ when measured diagonally), full HD 1366 x 768 (720p class) backlight LED display, widescreen 16:9, viewing angle (178° x 178°), 3 HDMI/ component video/audio / RF / D-Sub 15pin (PC) / PC audio / USB, headphone / digital optical audio outputs, Dolby Digital decoder, Infinite Sound surround system, Clear Voice, 5 sound modes, auto volume leveler, built-in 10W x 2 speakers, 20° table-top swivel stand included, VESA 200mm x 200mm wall-mount compatible, one remote control (unified remote control included), 2.000.000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, Smart Energy Saving technology, Intelligent Sensor, ATSC / NTSC / Clear QAM and Simplink (HDMI-CEC).

Bland design

LG-32LV2500Among its features are: batteries, cleaning cloth, manual, on-screen languages (four: English, Spanish, French and Korean), auto tuning, channel add/delete, auto/manual clock, on/off timer, auto off/auto sleep and Closed Captioning.
In terms of design, the latest LG 32LV2500 is bland; the product comes in one color, namely glossy black and is an ungainly device. The transparent fringe is colored in tones of sepia, as are the LED power symbol (that sits in right corner of the TV), the base of the stand’s stem and the front of the said stand. The back includes a cable for cable tying and the ports are all placed in a square indentation that can be found in the bottom right section. All these are sheathed in black metal. The sides of the 32LV2500 model house the secondary ports, since the main controls are situated on the front. The aforementioned ports sit on the left side of the screen; they also include a port used for the A/V.

Touch sensitive technology

The stand of this TV is curved, glossy and also black, with a strange looking silver stem. The stand and the mount have sepia-toned accents. The stand is solid-looking and it can swivel to accommodate new connections that the user may want to add.
The TV comes with controls that are touch-sensitive. Our test showed that the latter are hard to find if the device sits in a dark room; also, they didn’t offer us any tactile feedback in low light. This and the fact that the border and the LED power symbol feature the sepia tone don’t make the LG 32LV2500 a very appealing TV.

Good levels of black

But, on the plus side, the remote control has a nice feel to it: we were especially impressed by the directional pad with its clicking feedback and buttons; the latter are made of rubber and displayed in an easy to use and to remember pattern. This remote is not a universal one, unfortunately; on the other hand, you can use it if you want to control attached devices supporting HDMI-CEC.
The black and contrast levels are great: the screen offers deep, rich blacks and fabulous details. But when we tested for this review the peak brightness, results were not that good: there was not enough brightness with this screen. The uniformity depends on the angle you view the image from: from up close, there were some parts of the screen that displayed different brightness; around the screen’s edges we noticed some dimming.

Medium sound quality

The audio quality is not that great, even when turning the volume up or accessing the surround system mode. The menu looks somewhat overwhelming.
The Intelligent Sensor optimizes the picture to the lighting and color conditions in your room automatically, while the Picture Wizard II enables the TV to self-calibrate with on-screen reference points.

Review conclusions

Overall, the new LG 32LV2500 may be a nice addition to your household, but there are much better products out there.

Technical specifications

Frequency50 Hertz
DVD playerNot
RMS Power20
Screen Format16:09
Screen Size32
Vertical Resolution768
Horizontal Resolution1366
SpeakersYes
USBYes
Screen TypeLCD
Annual energy consumption0
Internet accessNot
Brightness0
Viewing Angle in Degrees0
Contrast Ratio (X / 1)1000000
Hard Drive Capacity0
Screen Size81
EthernetNot
Digital Image Processing0
HD ready (High Definition TV Compatible)Yes
Memory StickNot
SD cardNot
YPbPr (Component Video)Yes
HDMIYes
Audio / Video Front or SideYes
Weight in kg0
Normal consumption in Watts97
Depth in cm0
Height in cm0 cm
Length in cm0
Reference Furniture Optional-1
Electronic Program Guide (EPG)Not
Scaler0
Number of socket (s) SCART0
Support TableYes
HeadphoneYes
Response Time in ms0
DVINot
PAP (Picture and Picture)Not
PAT (Picture and Text)Not
Number of Slots PCMCIA0
Cable TunerNot
TunerNot
Satellite TunerNot
HDTVNot
Number of HDMI Inputs3
Full HDNot
PIP (Picture in Picture)Not
Power Consumption Standby in Watts0.99
VGA / D-Sub InterfaceYes
S-VideoNot
Compatible VESA StandardVesa 200 x 200
DLNANot
Media PlayerNot
Streaming Via Home NetworkNot
CI +Not
LED technologyLed Edge
3D technologyNot