With that subwoofer tucked away on its rear, the hope has to be that the LE42K0D7D achieves what so few slim TVs manage by delivering some sort of healthy bass level.

Sadly, however, while the subwoofer can generate a hint more oomph than you might normally hear from a flatscreen, it only kicks in under the most extreme circumstances and tends to sound rather dislocated from the rest of the soundstage when it does so.

The main reason for this, of course, is that the main speakers, with their pretty uninspiring 2 x 8W of claimed power, just don't have the dynamic range or breathing room to combine properly with the dedicated bass speaker.

In fact, the addition of the subwoofer ultimately just makes the soundstage appear a bit weird, as you've got over-stressed, harsh and dominant trebles at one end of the audio spectrum, occasional splurges of bass at the other, and a distinctly slender mid-range hanging loose somewhere in between.

Value

Initially, that sub-£800 tag seems attractive for a 42-inch TV with edge LED lighting, especially one that also boasts 100Hz processing and some credible multimedia facilities.

However, it doesn't take all that long living with the LE42K0D7D before a few cracks start to show. This puts some pressure on its price right away and this is made worse when you also factor in the lack of a Freeview HD tuner and the fact that you can get much-superior LED-lit sets such as the Philips 40PFL7605 and Sony KDL-40EX503 for around the same money.