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The only way to view life from the comfort of your couch, via a large flat-screen television that has the capacity, capability and style to let yourself be immersed in the programme or film you are watching.
To enhance my viewing pleasure I trawled and surfed the internet looking at the more well known manufacturers, Samsung, Sony and Panasonic and had a vision in my minds eye that bigger was better, but after looking at the costs, and the fact that my bank balance could not suffer a 3000 Euro dent in it for a television purchase I started to look at lesser known brands and this led me to the Humax LDE-40A with a screen of 40 inches and a price tag that would not leave me breathless. Eventually, I made the purchase which at 800 Euros (approximately £550) seem like a very good price when considering the 2000-3000 Euro cost of many similar sized televisions.
The television is very heavy and produces the picture in an LCD format with a resolution of 1366x768. This is done using flat tubes with liquid crystals trapped between two glass panels. The television may not be the deepest in terms of size, but it is difficult for one person to hold safely. Whilst the television is HDTV compatible, it is not HD ready, meaning that it can display pictures in HD, but not with the same quality of other brands. Although I was originally looking for a HD ready television, after seeing a model in action on a bank of screens that were HD ready there did not appear to be an difference of note. The Humax has the capacity to produce up to 16.7 million colours so its not like you will be looking at a black & white or Technicolor picture.
Setting up was very easy, apart from the weight everything needed to hook up a DVD player and surround sound system is easily within reach and the base unit makes the television sit securely on a television stand. There is an automatic tuning system so once we attached the cable receiver to the aerial socket and selected auto-tune the television began the process of finding and storing the main terrestrial channels and this was finished in around 5 minutes. Once that was done it was a case of testing it out with a few films and so the curtains were closed and the test run commenced.
The picture quality of the Humax LDE-40A is fantastic, the range of colours is extremely diverse and the level of detail is simply a hundred times better than my older tube television set. I have to agree that it is not as good as some of the more expensive plasma or LCD models on the market but for the price I paid it is no more than 5% worse than a HD ready set.
The Humax LDE-40A has two main audio speakers that flank the main display, and audio is discharged in either a mono or stereo sound. The stereo sound is rich and exceptionally clear. This is enhanced by the attachment of a surround sound system which adds to the overall appeal of the television as part of a home cinema kit.
I am very happy with the Humax LDE-40A, it was reasonably priced, easy to set up, very user friendly, provides a great picture and is complimented with a superb audio system. I would not advise someone against buying one of these and I would seriously look at buying another in the future, regardless of the state of my finances.