LG 32LV550T review

Impressive mid-range TV with bags of features and enjoyably cinematic 2D performance

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LG 32lv550t


LG's recent TVs have tended to be rather underwhelming sonically and this theme continues with the 32LV550T. There's hardly any bass worthy of the name, and the mid-range can sound a little crowded during action scenes. The biggest problem, though, is an over-emphasis of treble sounds, which creates an imbalanced and rather harsh soundstage.


The 32LV550T represents excellent value for money. If you want proof of this, just consider what it offers compared with Panasonic's same-priced TX-L32E3B. There's full Smart TV, whereas the Panasonic offers no online features. The 32LV550T also enables you to stream in files form DLNA PCs - with Plex, if you wish - whereas the Panasonic carries no such multimedia support.

Next, while the Panasonic model does enable you to play photo, video and music files from SD cards, it doesn't offer any USB inputs, despite these likely being easier for most people to use.

Finally, while the TX-L32E3B's pictures are generally pretty good for £600, the 32LV550T's are better.

Ease of use

The set's superb onscreen menus make extensive – but never excessive – use of graphics to ensure things are legible from a distance and the overall structure is exemplary (once you've got your head round the fact that you have to engage an ISF preset to access the more sophisticated picture controls).

If extensive picture tweaks are beyond or beneath you, LG has helpfully included a Picture Wizard tool that enables you to adjust pictures with the help of some built-in test signals and guidance.

The 32LV550T's remote control is also very good, featuring an intuitive layout and tactile, responsive buttons.

The only ergonomic issues are that the Setup menu is found through the main Hub menu when perhaps it should have its own dedicated space and that the TV defaulted to Kyrgyzstan during its initial login to LG's online services, requiring manual selection of the UK before the BBC iPlayer became available.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyLV5
Brand NameLG
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)10.80 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 100
Operating Power Consumption58.21 W
Dynamic Contrast Ratio5,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand549 mm
Width with Stand776 mm
Depth with Stand240 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Component VideoYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyTruMotion 100Hz
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height485 mm
Width776 mm
Depth34.9 mm
ColourGlossy Black, Brown
Brightness400 cd/m²
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Surround Sound
Product SeriesLV5
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesChannel Labeling, Teletext, Web Browser
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model32LV550T
Product Name32LV550T LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number32LV550T
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

32" Full HD LED Smart TV with 500Hz (MCI) & freeview HD

The LV5 LED Smart TV series provides Full HD 1080p picture quality with an ultra slim design which is perfect for hanging on the wall. Also on-board is 500Hz (MCI) and a USB connection for access to your favourite pictures, music and videos. This TV will also save you money off your electricity bills with 40% power consumption saving vs. an LCD TV.

Weight (Approximate)8.80 kg