Design and Connections
Good news at last for the budget Alba as it became only the second TV to break the 30 millisecond barrier for input lag measured with our dedicated device. At around 29 milliseconds latency, gamers should find the LCD32947HD a pleasingly responsive display.
- Standby: 0.0W
- Out of the Box – Dynamic Mode: 99.4W
- Calibrated – Cinema Mode: 60.1 W
It’s not all bad though, the standard definition processing was of a reasonable standard with very decent scaling and competent cadence detection, meaning both DVDs and non-HD broadcasts were treated kindly and the impressively accurate greyscale and passable colour reproduction certainly helped here. Unfortunately the deinterlacing performance wasn’t quite so impressive as the scaling, which could lead to break up of fine details in moving objects. We’ll be honest and say we weren’t expecting a great deal, in terms of picture quality, from the Alba LCD32947HD and it didn’t really confound those expectations.
- It's cheap!
- Capable of reasonably accurate performance in Cinema Mode
- Remote control is quite funky
- Responsive for gaming
- Poor black levels and shadow detailing
- Very meagre dynamic range
- Ugly design
- Uneven screen luminance
- Limited chroma resolution
- 1080p24 Shows frame skipping and artefacting
- Weak viewing angles
Alba 947 (LCD32947HD) LCD Television Review
We think it would be fair to say the Alba LCD32947HD isn’t aimed at those seeking style and distinction from their AV kit and it does nothing to pander toward modern tastes for sleek chassis and ultra-thin bezels; in fact it looks 5 years old when put next to some of the design classics available in 2012. No matter, we’re more interested in what happens inside the frame and the remote control is quite nicely styled, if a little difficult to read at times. Connections wise, there’s the bare minimum around the back and the solitary HDMI, Scart and Composite video connections might present challenges for some. Sound quality is also sparse, with almost now low end and a top that distorts very easily, even with the volume slider at a modest position. The menu system is simple, well presented and easily navigable, just like all the other Vestel produced TVs we’ve covered recently.
There are no real features aboard the Alba LCD32947HD, with only some limited playback of media files through USB of any real note. As this TV is certainly not being sold on the back of its feature set, we’d hope that picture quality was something like up to scratch and, following some minor picture adjustments that made some major improvements, the LCD32947HD was looking something like that. Scaling of standard definition signals was quite impressive and the ability to pick up and lock on to the 2:2 film cadence will be a plus to those with large DVD collections. The sub-par deinterlacing does mean that fine lines will break up under movement and the Alba’s inability to properly display Blu-ray discs at 1080p24 means it’s one high-def film lovers should probably avoid. Not that we’d expect the clued-up movie buff to choose a budget 32 inch HD Ready LCD as their display of choice.
The Alba LCD32947HD is aimed at a particular market; one that is less demanding than our typical readership and we need to account for that when summarising. The extremely low price is also a consideration but, ultimately, it does fall short in a number of crucial areas. If you’re after a cheap and responsive gaming display or a TV for a room where image fidelity isn’t crucial, it could make a nice budget choice but, for all other scenarios, it’s not really a display worthy of an AVForums recommendation. Our advice would be to add another £50, or so, to your budget and look for budget entrants from the likes of Samsung, Toshiba or LG.
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