Hannspree SJ42DMBB review

Nicely styled budget big screen let down by poor pictures and sound

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If the picture is lacklustre, the sound somehow manages to be even worse. An obvious hollowness makes speech fairly unpleasant to listen to, and there's little output at the frequency extremes. Hannspree has specified a graphic equaliser in the audio menu, but it makes little useful difference.

Adjusting the10kHz bar, which is the closest you get to a treble control, does little to restore sparkle. And the speaker drivers are so small that no amount of fiddling is going to give the SJ42DMBB a full-bodied bottom-end.

The sound system isn't particularly loud - but even with the volume maxed out, distortion isn't particularly problematic. Our sonic conclusion?

Here's a TV that's crying out for an external audio system - and presumably Hannspree realises this by running to the expense of that optical digital audio output. It's a pity that the SJ42DMBB doesn't have external speaker outlets – these used to be quite common, and in our experience it's the internal speakers, rather than the amplifiers or sources, that compromise sound quality.


The SJ42DMBB is inexpensive for a reasonably well-featured 42in TV with plenty of connections. Not so long ago, such TVs were perched very much at the esoteric end of the AV market. But much has changed, in a surprisingly-short space of time.

Today, the giants of the industry - companies like Panasonic and Samsung - are selling demonstrably-superior sets for little more than the SJ42DMBB's £400 asking price. If you can locate an 'end-of-line' bargain, you might even get even more TV for your money.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilySJ
Brand NameHannspree
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle176°
Vertical Viewing Angle176°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Analog TunerPAL, SECAM
VESA Mount Standard400 x 200
Operating Power Consumption150 W
Standby Power Consumption900 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand711.20 mm
Width with Stand1015.40 mm
Depth with Stand279 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Height655 mm
Width1015.4 mm
Depth95.6 mm
ColourGlossy Black
Brightness450 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital
Product SeriesSJ
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Favorite Channel Selection, Sleep Timer
ManufacturerHannspree, Inc
Product ModelSJ42DMBB
Product NameSJ42DMBB 42" LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberSJ42DMBB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hannspree.com/eu/en/
Marketing Information

If you have a preference for minimalistic styling, a taste for vogue and fashion and you appreciate outstanding technological products, Hannspree's SJ Series 42" LCD TV SJ42DMBB is for you. Styled as a portrait frame to achieve a concept of minimalism, the frontal frame and base of the display is completed with full black mirror finish. Coupled with silver chrome strip affixed to the lower edge to add a futuristic feel to the display, Hannspree has successfully created a LCD TV with a refined, minimalistic, yet elegant exterior. The curved contours of the frame further enhances the diffraction and changes of light to blend the TV perfectly as a component of your interior design.

Package Contents
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x Batteries
  • Power Cord
  • User's Manual
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Card
  • Cleaning Cloth
Response Time6.50 ms
Limited Warranty2 Year
Weight (Approximate)20.90 kg