Sony KDL-32WD603 £300

For pic­ture qual­ity, there was only one win­ner

What Hi-Fi (UK) - - 32-inch Televisions -

The three TVS on test here (one with a Full HD res­o­lu­tion, two HD Ready) all fea­ture screen tech­nol­ogy more than a decade old, but it doesn’t stop LG, Pana­sonic and Sony from de­liv­er­ing pleas­ing pic­ture qual­ity.

They haven’t scrimped on the lat­est fea­tures ei­ther. Built-in wi-fi, mul­ti­ple HDMI in­puts, catch-up TV ser­vices, Net­flix and, in LG’S case, the new­est WEBOS 3.0 in­ter­face are all present.

But each has its foibles: the LG’S user in­ter­face has lag is­sues, the Pana­sonic’s black depth is never sat­is­fac­tory and the Sony’s sound is rel­a­tively weak.

Im­mer­sive pic­ture

Luck­ily, pic­ture per­for­mance saves the day for all three TVS. The Pana­sonic may not have the deep­est blacks or the most ex­cit­ing con­trast, but it doesn’t put a foot wrong when it comes to colour bal­ance. It’s an en­joy­able screen with an easy to use in­ter­face – def­i­nitely one to con­sider.

The LG 32LH604V’S crisp Full HD dis­play, glossy con­trast and vivid pic­ture will ap­peal to those look­ing for a bar­gain. Its lush blacks go deeper than the others. It’s just a shame that the usu­ally sleek WEBOS in­ter­face is frus­trat­ingly slow. If you can live with the slug­gish­ness, then the LG will re­ward you with a rich and ex­cit­ing screen per­for­mance.

Un­til you see the Sony KDL32WD603, that is. You’d ex­pect the LG’S Full HD screen to have a de­tail ad­van­tage over the Sony’s HD Ready res­o­lu­tion, and it does – just not to an ex­tent that jus­ti­fies an ex­tra £50. And the Sony han­dles it­self bet­ter. Its colours look more re­al­is­tic and the sim­ple in­ter­face works smoothly.

Where the Pana­sonic isn’t quite as forth­com­ing with de­tail and the LG comes across as a tad too ex­u­ber­ant, the Sony man­ages to dig out de­tail while also de­liv­er­ing a nat­u­ral colour pal­ette and inky, solid blacks.

It’s a won­der­fully im­mer­sive pic­ture for a 32in TV, and we can imagine liv­ing with it with­out ever hav­ing any re­grets. It de­serves a place in your home.

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