March 19, 2010 Televisions.com team of experts drew upon years of experience to blend together objective laboratory instruments and comprehensive subjective analysis in the testing of the Loewe Art SL 42 Full HD+ 100 DR+ LCD TV 42 inches Full HD LCD TV. The Loewe Art SL 42 scored 6.5 points on a scale of 10 in the Editors Rating category. The positives of the 42 incher include HDTV Hybrid Double Tuner, accurate 24p reproduction even from 60i/60p signals, a program guide for analogue TV and a built in hard disk recorder. The test team was let down by the imperfect de-interlacing of film material, inability to control recording quality and weak contrast. Televisions.com editor-in-chief, Florian Friedrich said: The Loewe Art SL 42 Full HD+ 100 DR+ LCD TV comes true on most fronts offering smooth operation, a top feature set, excellent HD signal processing, sonorous sound and natural colours. But for the amount of money that you have to shell out, you would prefer a near perfect picture.
The later part of the review describes the features of Loewe Art SL 42. The test team was impressed with the rolling index interface of the menu which displayed a decent colour combination and clear legible text. The review states that the Loewe TV receives analogue TV via cable and antenna as well as terrestrial digital TV and digital cable TV (DVB-C & DVB-T). Analogue channels as well as digital broadcasts are listed in the clearly laid out Electronic Program Guide (EPG). The test team was impressed with the ability of the optional disk recorded which allowed recording of two programs simultaneously amounting to around 85 hours of video and other playback. A recording buffer also allowed time shift TV. The team was slightly let down by the inability to control the recording quality which suffered a bit for analogue TV. The review extols the motion depiction features of the Loewe TV set as it churns out perfect 24p playback without irregular, irritating judder even for 60i/60p signals. The test team found the TV sets colours very convincing especially in bright scenes. The contrast exhibited by the TV was pathetic and was even worse than TV sets around half its cost. The DVD playback was found to be less than perfect due to poor de-interlacing. Image playback from TV signal is crisp and with excellent motion clarity. The test team recommends turning down the contrast a little to ensure that the picture has no blurred edges. The sound from the two, 20 watt speakers is impressive for such a slim TV with powerful bass and clean treble. But still the test team recommends hooking up the TV with an external music system. The review then provides a set of ideal settings for the Televisions that were derived by the test team at the in-house test theatre for displaying HDTV/Blu-ray signal via an HDMI interface in darkened environments.
Friedrich said: The Loewe Art SL 42 Full HD+ 100 DR+ Full HD LCD TV is an good buy but the weak contrast does let you down and would prove to be a decisive point for home cinema enthusiasts.