The LG 32LB9D has the distinction of passing all our tests with no major problems. When it comes to image quality, design and versatility this television is certainly at the top of its game. However, since this unit is quite old by LCD standards, there are other units on the market that now exceed it when it comes to feature set. That's not to say that you should discount what it has to offer by any means. In fact, considering its range of connection options and overall excellence, it's still a great option.
The feature count is where the panel is beaten by its similarly-priced competitors. The LG has an integrated HD tuner and basic tools like noise reduction and black enhancement but these kind of features have now become commonplace. That being said, perhaps good image quality is the only thing it needs, especially when you consider how poorly the "extra" features have been implemented in other units we have reviewed.
The high definition gaming and film tests were handled well with no excessive motion judder or major image quality issues. We found no pixelation or undue aliasing on edges and the level of detail was excellent.
In standard definition, we found some interpolation artefacts when viewing DVDs but this wasn't terribly noticeable from a comfortable viewing distance. There were also some minor de-interlacing problems but again, you'd have to be close to the unit to notice.
The sound quality was excellent at mid-volume but tended to get distorted at high volume. However, the volume level where this became a problem was rather loud and probably won't be commonly used by most people.
PC connectivity was excellent with clear and crisp desktop icons and flawless results in our "DisplayMate Video Edition" tests. The only complaint we would have is that the unit didn't automatically detect the resolution of the incoming signal and need to be selected manually.