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Loewe Art 42 SL Full-HD+ 100 DR+ review:

Loewe Art 42 SL Full-HD+ 100 DR+

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Typical Price: $6,999.00
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The Good Solid, vibrant and stable 1080p picture quality. Excellent on-board audio and options.

The Bad The price. Limited HDMI connectivity.

The Bottom Line Not within everyone’s ballpark, the Loewe Art 42 SL is a pricey LCD TV, but if you can afford it, you won’t be disappointed. It's a stylish bit of kit with plenty of upgrade and customisable options.

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CNET Editors' Rating

8.0 Overall

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What did you spend your $900 "Ruddy money" on? Coincidently, plenty of flat panel LCD TVs appeared at exactly this price point and proved just the stimulus for many to go and spend some free cash. For this money you'd be able to buy a 37- or so inch screen from a brand you'd never heard of before, but as the old saying goes "you get what you pay for". So what if you fancy spending a bit more on a 42-inch LCD — say five or six grand? At this size and price, you'd expect something a bit special.

Design

Hailing from Germany, the land of engineering excellence, Loewe's not a brand that has ever done things by halves. This shows in the design of the Art SL, which aesthetically, as well as technically, has obviously been thought through. Modern, but understated, is the look and is available in either chrome silver or high gloss black. There are two screen sizes, 42 and 47 inches, plus the option of on-board twin tuners and a 250GB hard disk for recording HD or analog TV content. The version we looked at included the on-board recorder.

The panels employ 100Hz motion technology (like it or not) and can also handle a 24p signal from the likes of most Blu-ray player sources. Maximum screen resolution, is naturally, 1920x1080p, making this a Full HD display. HDMI inputs are a little light at three; we'd like to have seen more, plus there are single USB, Component Video, RGB and PC inputs. Controlling everything, the remote is a nice and weighty metallic device with a simple layout that proved easy to use.

The Loewe's been designed with the environment in mind and claims to be one of the "greenest" flat panels around. An "Eco-Standard" mode lets you control how much power it uses and an automatic light-dimming function uses up to 20 per cent less electrical power than when running normally. Power consumption drops to just 0.7 Watts when in standby as well.

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