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Hannspree SV42LMNB review

Budget specialist's debut 42-inch LED offers value rather than class-topping performance

Hannspree sv42lmnb

First impressions of the Hannspree's pictures aren't great. The screen displayed noticeable light pooling (from the LED backlighting system) in each of the four corners – it was as if an X-Men logo was trying to bust through from behind. To be fair to Hannspree, this is something from which sets even from higher-end brands such as Samsung suffer, but it does mean that your viewing pleasure, particularly with movies, will be spoiled somewhat by inconsistent black levels.

Standard-def Freeview material from the TV's own tuner has its own problems, with images coming across as two-dimensional, soft and blighted by blocking and mosquito noise. Calling on the noise reduction filter didn't improve the latter much, but switching off 'Flesh Tone', however, quickly makes actors look less like radioactive waxworks and more like people.

Some of these picture issues are more noticeable because of the screen size and the poor quality of many Freeview broadcasts, but some blame has to lie with Hannspree, as other sets manage to get much more agreeable pictures out of the digital terrestrial platform. It makes the lack of a Freeview HD tuner even more of downer.

The SV42LMNB's performance steps up with hi-def Blu-ray material. Switching from Freeview material to Avatar is akin to waking up after laser eye surgery, with the 1,920 x 1,080-pixel panel delivering sharp, colourful pictures with plenty of contrast. Fine details, like facial stubble, are impeccably picked out and the range between dark blacks and peak whites goes some way to justifying Hannspree's hyperbolic 4,750,000: contrast ratio claim.

However, the light pooling issue mentioned earlier limits the immersive effect of which this TV would otherwise be capable of achieving. In the outer space shots in Avatar's opening chapter, it's almost impossible not to notice that some bits of the inky black universe look brighter than others, while in more brightly lit indoor scenes, corners of the image appear to lack contrast.

Using a disc of dedicated test patterns further exposes the picture flaws of the SV42LMNB. While there's good colour gradation in green, yellow, magenta and cyan, blues and especially reds show a serious lack of subtlety – which is one of the causes of the flat-looking SD pics. Greyscaling, however, is much more consistent.

Other patterns reveal the set's motion-handling to be quite poor, with a drop in detail during horizontal and vertical pans. There's little judder, just an unappealing blurriness. Activating the 100Hz mode helps alleviate the problem, but you have to then accept the somewhat artificial looking images being crafted by Hannspree's picture processing as well as occasional artefacting when the silicon can't keep up.

The SV42LMNB also fails some blocking tests spectacularly; anyone into long, uninterrupted footage of running water should prepare for disappointment.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilySV
Brand NameHannspree
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Analog TunerSECAM, PAL, NTSC
USBYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Operating Power Consumption120 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio4,750,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.3
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand705.80 mm
Width with Stand1021.10 mm
Depth with Stand270 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height648.8 mm
Width1021.1 mm
Depth46.4 mm
Brightness450 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemVirtual Surround
Product SeriesSV
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesSleep Timer, Teletext
ManufacturerHannspree, Inc
Product ModelSV42LMNB
Product NameSV42LMNB 42" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberSV42LMNB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hannspree.com/eu/en/
Marketing Information

Enjoy Unparalleled Visual Effects That Suit Your Own Personal Taste Hannspree announces the launch of its latest energy-efficient, aesthetic SV Series Widescreen LED TVs! These TVs are exquisitely designed with an aesthetic flair, and the exterior made from crystal-like materials and a unique base made from reinforced glass.

Package Contents
  • SV42LMNB LED-LCD TV
  • User Manual
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • Power Cord
Response Time6.50 ms
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty2 Year
Weight (Approximate)19 kg