Considering the competitive price we're pleased that few compromises have been made to this screen's specification and performance. In fact, it's only the lacklustre design that exposes the LT-32DR7 as a budget model.
Otherwise, the screen offers an inclusive HD Ready specification for a very good value £750, or even less if you shop around. Connectivity is enhanced by the inclusion of HDMI and two RGB Scart sockets, which allow you to connect a pair of standard devices without sacrificing image quality. And there are the same advanced picture processing systems that you'll find from more expensive models in JVC's range.
Digital TV images and high-definition content look excellent, with a bright panel that reveals intricate detail and natural colours. Class-leading models can claim deeper black levels with more density and contrast, but you won't find any at this price.
It's not that the JVC LT-32DR7's frugal design is unattractive, but the nondescript silver styling lacks imagination and appears dated compared to some recent models we've seen, such as Samsung's lovely PS42Q7HD.
The boxy construction is entirely outfitted in plastic and the set is deeper than its typically slim rivals. But it is more affordable than most, and while the design is compromised, the specification offers all you can reasonably ask for from an entry-level model.
Practically all connections are inset across the side of the rear panel, which allows exceptionally easy access. Among the standard analogue options here are two Scart terminals and both have been gratefully RGB-enabled for much better picture quality than standard Scart. Too many (often more expensive) screens arrive equipped with only a single RGB Scart and JVC deserves credit for offering inclusive connectivity -- especially at this price.
There are also component inputs, which offer improved image quality from a progressive scan DVD player or some high-definition devices, including the Xbox 360. However, if hi-def is a priority then using the HDMI digital input provides the best performance with the convenience of a single cable to carry both pictures and sound.
Otherwise, there is a standard PC input, which can be used for monitor or media centre applications -- although there's no dedicated PC audio input.
The skinny remote control is actually more attractive than the screen itself. There's plenty of space between the oversized keys and rubber grips at the side make it very comfortable to use.
The JVC LT-32DR7 may appear ordinary from the outside, but a surprisingly impressive future-proof specification lies beneath. This includes high-definition compatibility, integrated Freeview with a Top Up TV card slot for subscription channels and a wide assortment of advanced underlying technology.