Sony KDL-32WD603 £300
For picture quality, there was only one winner
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.
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.