LG Electronics is one of the manufacturers of HDTVs. The LG 32CS460 720p LCD TV is one of them. Using the advanced Thin Film Transistor (TFT) Active Matrix technology, this TV can display near-realistic image quality. It also includes popular features used by other LG HDTV brands. So we started researching this product and get all the important details we can find. First, let us check the specs and features of this TV.
LG 32CS460 Specs
- Full 720p HD resolution
- Picture Wizard II
- Smart Energy Saving
- Clear Voice II
- 2 HDMI/HDCP inputs
- Single USB 2.0 port
- SIMPLINK – HDMI CEC LG connectivity
- Virtual Surround
As stated above, this LG TV has some interesting features of other HDTVs. Televisions before impressed their audience with awesome picture quality. It only stops there and that’s why picture quality is the measurement of a TV’s superior performance. But the arrival of HDTVs changed this.
Though picture quality is still the measurement of an HDTV’s performance, there now are other factors that become part of the judging criteria. These are the special features, connections and other enhancements. Below are the CS460’s features, connections and enhancements.
Blacker and Slimmer LG Design
The LG 32CS460 HDTV has a 31.5 inch display panel when measured diagonally. So the screen size is in the median — not too small, not too big. Since we already have HDTVs going over 60 inches and others for less than 20 inches, the 30-inch and 40-inch models are rightfully sandwiched in the middle; though 40 inches is considered bigger by some. Anyway, this TV’s width is 31.3”.
With the stand secured on the set, its height and depth are 22.2” and 8.2” respectively. It weighs 19.8 lbs. Taking out the stand; the height and depth are now at 19.8” and 2.9”.
Black is the color of this LG TV, just like its LG 32LM6200 cousin — although the 32CS460 is not as slim as its cousin.
From the top of the bezel frame, down to the base of the stand the black color has a near glossy look. Its stand can swivel at 200 be it at the right or left. The stand has a rectangular shape and it is strong enough to support the 32 inch panel.
Speaking of TV panel, this LG brand uses a TFT Active Matrix technology. This technology is one of the best on the market in rendering picture on screen. Though it is not as powerful as plasmas, TFTs are still used by many manufacturers. LG seems to be very liberal in utilizing TFT Active Matrix display.
Full 720p HD Picture And Clear Voice II Technology
We found out that the LG 32CS460 has a 720p resolution. This seems to be disappointing as compared to other LG models that have 1080p HD resolutions like the LG 32CS560 LCD TV. Upon closer examination however, this is not the case.
The CS460 was priced at less than $350 in an online store. We think that LG is catering to a market where people have low incomes and are searching for TVs less than $500. Research shows that there are still big numbers of consumers willing to buy a 720 HDTV. If you are a part of this group, then this LG TV is for you.
But this LG LCD brand is not lacking of great features. It got a Picture Wizard II function that allows easy self-calibration for you to achieve your desired picture setting. It got six modes of Aspect Ratio, seven picture modes and four AV modes.
Plus, there are five sound modes. The Clear Voice II feature is another advantage to hear the supposed weak sounds. In some films, the actors’ dialogues get lost in an exploding background sounds. Clear Voice II helps by optimizing the dialogues that you can adjust freely.
SIMPLINK and Other Easy-To-Access Connections
The SIMPLINK is LG’s own HDMI CEC brand name. It allows you to control all SIMPLINK–enabled devices with one remote control.
The LG 32CS460 has a universal remote control by the way. So you don’t need to go to each LG device just to issue the proper command. Take note that you must have HDMI cables to connect these SIMPLINK devices.
For those who do not know what HDMI is, it’s called the High-definition Multimedia Interface. Yes, this is a connector interface like the RCA plugs, TOSLINK, DIN, etc. Unlike the rest, HDMI transmits uncompressed video and audio data without major interferences.
This LG model has two HDMI ports at its rear. HDMI quality is fantastic. The picture and sound qualities are delivered better than analogue interfaces. It makes a 720p TV almost look like a 1080p TV. This evidenced by the growing interests of HDTV buyers. There is a single port for a USB device at the side of this TV. The location of the USB port is very good.
It is easy to hook up your USB device as well as taking it out. You can now enjoy your downloaded movies, personal videos and music on a 32-inch screen.
Is This TV Worth Buying?
The LG 32CS460 LCD HDTV is one of LG’s lower tier brands. It is the only model in the CS460 series as of writing this review. But it’s not a TV without amazing capabilities as shown here. In online ratings, the CS460 earned 3.5 out of 5 stars.
So this LG model is neither terrible nor perfect. It’s slightly higher than average. It also awarded with a 2.8 Greenpeace policy rating. As stated earlier, this LG TV is affordable and was discounted by some stores. But what is important is your personal decision whether you buy or not this TV.