LG 32CS560 Review

32" 1080p LCD HDTV

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LG CS560 SeriesThe value oriented 32” LG 32CS560 is set to be a popular seller in the 32” TV category for 2012/early 2013. LG has mostly moved to LED back lighting in their LCD televisions but there are still a few lines of CCFL (fluorescent) back lit LCD models like the CS560 series. The 32" 32CS560 has a 1080p, 60Hz LCD panel with flurescent back lighting but few other features.

Picture Quality - 6/10

This shot of Kimbra Johnson known mononymously as Kimbra shows good lifelike flesh tones and hue on the LG 32CS560.

LG's LCD televisions have had good picture quality for the last few years and it gets better with the 2012 models. The CS560 has good contrast and black levels for this style of TV, and color quality is realistic for an LCD TV. You probably wouldn't expect a picture this good in a value priced model. One drawback: Edges are a little soft.

Side Angle Viewing

Side angle viewing isn't a strong point in most LCD televisions but LG has outperformed the competition in this regard. The area in front of the screen where the picture retains it's full contrast and color is wider in the CS560 than in most of its competitors.

With the 60Hz response rate of the this panel, you will of course notice some judder and this is not the best TV for fast motion. However, with HD movies the 1080p resolution looks very good.

Features Rating - 5.5/10

The LG 32CS560 is set up for easy calibration both from ISF, and with the Picture Wizard feature which allows you to easily calibrate the TV yourself. The tool has on-screen reference points for you to match up.

The Intelligent sensor technology also focuses on viewing quality based on in-room light conditions. The TV backlighting can adjust automatically to reduce or enhance contrast. The feature causes some slight distraction for me, but it can be turned off as well. The menu system is well laid out and easy to use.

Appearance is mediocre with a “wider-than-I-like-but-not-too-wide” frame width in gloss black. The included table top stand does not swivel.

Value Rating - 7/10

There are not many choices in the market for a 37” TV and in this size you dont need all the features either. At a price of around $379 the 32LS560 is a good value considering the 1080p resolution. It will give you long lasting, solid performance.

Overall Rating - 6/10

Product Specifications

  • Resolution
    • 1920 x 1080p
  • Dimensions
    • Screen Size: 32" Class (31.5" diagonal)
    • Without Stand: 31.3" x 19.8" x 2.9"
    • With Stand: 31.3" x 22.2" x 8.2"
  • Key Features
    • Slim and Narrow Design
    • Full HD 1080p Resolution
    • Triple XD Engine
    • 60Hz
    • Smart Energy Saving
    • Intelligent Sensor
    • Clear Voice II
    • Picture Wizard II
  • Inputs
    • RF In (Antenna/Cable) 1(Rear)
    • AV In 1 (Rear)
    • Component Video In 1 (Rear)
    • (Y, Pb, Pr) + Audio
    • HDMI/HDCP Input 2 (2 Rear)
    • USB 2.0 1 (Side)

Jack Burden Jack Burden has been reviewing and writing reviews in the consumer electronics category for 7 years with CEAG. He considers grayscale gradation, film patterned retarders, and focus field drives to be fun topics. Read more about Jack


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