Humax LGB-32DST review: Humax LGB-32DST

The Good Amazingly cheap; pictures are generally better than we would have expected.

The Bad Colour banding; dark picture areas look hollow; auto backlight system's a mess; video noise in some digital broadcasts.

The Bottom Line If you're sitting on a healthy stash of cash and only want the very best the TV world has to offer, the Humax isn't for you. On the other hand, if you're feeling the credit crunch squeeze, the 32DST actually gives you some perfectly decent quality and a fair set of features for relative peanuts

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With a price tag of just £475, you don't have to be Einstein to figure out the main shelf appeal of Humax's LGB-32DST 32-inch TV. But is it just another budget TV or does it give you anything extra?

This TV's looks and connections fall for the most part in our weaknesses section, with the only upside being that the set does provide PC as well as TV connectivity despite its low price.

We guess the set's native 'HD Ready' resolution of 1,366x768 pixels and native -- as opposed to dynamic -- contrast ratio of 1,000:1 are both acceptable enough on a budget set. The only feature we felt genuinely impressed by was the facility to manually adjust the backlight. The automatic backlight system is, as we'll see, a nightmare.

Thankfully, the 32DST picks up its game with its picture performance, delivering a really nice, natural picture that puts most budget rivals to shame. For starters, HD images look surprisingly crisp and clear. During the battle sequences of Sky's HD broadcast of Braveheart, for instance, there's plenty of fine detailing on show in the fighters' faces and clothes, but also surprisingly little sign of LCD's motion blurring problem over all the flailing swords and flying limbs. The set's HD sharpness is also achieved without the accompaniment of grain or other noise types, helping pictures look nice and direct.

More good news finds dark Braveheart scenes like the sacking of York avoiding LCD's common greying problem, while colours look believable and reasonably vibrant, even where tricky skin tones are concerned.

Turning to a standard-definition DVD of Braveheart, the picture quality doesn't drop off as far as we would normally expect on a budget TV. The image still looks decently crisp, colour tones still look credible and motion artefacts only increase marginally.

A final strength of this Humax versus its budget rivals is the fact that you can watch it from quite a wide angle before the picture loses much colour or black level.