We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
TV Reviews
15,610 Reviews

Loewe Connect ID 32 DR+ review - so much more than your average TV

£1,695 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Loewe

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Loewe Connect ID 32 DR+ is a 32in TV with integrated PVR. Here's our Loewe Connect ID 32 DR+ review.

Leoewe ID Connect

Loewe's Connect ID TV range is unapologetically premium. Hideously expensive by commodity gogglebox standards, yet boasting exquisite design (small wonder that the rumour mill has linked the brand with Apple's iTV ambitions), the Loewe Connect ID 32 DR+ is not your everyday flatscreen telly. See also: group test: what's the best 3D TV?

The ID suffix stands for Individual Design, and the set is certainly distinctive. The screen has a minimal piano-black bezel offset by grey fabric trim which disguises forward-firing stereo speakers. Our sample came with a crisp white back panel, but a variety of hues are available. See all Digital Home reviews.

You can opt for gloss-black back or one of six wraparound finishes: silver, orange, green, beige, black or white. The Loewe Connect ID TV is available in 32-, 40-, 46- and 55-inch screen sizes. These are priced at £1395, £1595, £1995 and £2495 respectively.

Loewe Connect ID 32 DR+: connectivity and storage

The DR+ tag indicates that the set comes with the integrated 500GB personal video recorder (PVR) option, for an additional £300 on top. Connectivity is awkward but tidy. The main inputs face downward along the back panel, feeding into the pedestal's cable management channel. There are two HDMI, an AV mini socket, VGA, ethernet, USB, coaxial digital audio in/outs, analogue audio outputs. Aerial inputs feed the Freeview HD tuner and two DVB-S satellite feeds. Wi-Fi is built in.

Loewe TV inputsAdditional side-facing inputs ports include a conditional access slot, third HDMI, second USB, phono stereo inputs and S-Video. The user interface is clean and unfussy. IPTV options sit alongside network UPnP devices, USB and the set's own recordings library in a general Media Net area.

Streaming options are limited principally to iPlayer, Daily Motion and Vimeo, plus subscription services Cartoon Network and Box Office 365. YouTube is noticeable by its absence. Additional branded content from Audi TV and others is unlikely to elicit much interest, but you do get Aupeo and TuneIn Radio music services. The set also offers a built-in web browser, but navigating pages via the remote zapper is cumbersome, and it can't handle embedded video and the like.

Playback compatibility from networked devices is excellent. Whether streaming from a NAS or USB, the screen is able to contend with a wide range of popular codecs and containers, including AVI, WMV, MKV, MOV, MP3, FLAC, Vorbis, AAC/M4A and WAV. Image quality is generally impressive – with caveats. Pictures are dynamic, exhibiting a satisfying level of darkness; Loewe claims a static contrast ratio of 6000:1. Colour fidelity is vibrant and HD looks suitably crisp, but sharpness needs to be locked to the minimum setting, else you'll see extreme edge emphasis and ringing.

A key weakness of the screen transpires to be motion resolution. The panel struggles to offer more than 850 lines. A DMM Film Quality Improvement processor can be used to iron out minor horizontal judder, but it also introduces quite pronounced motion artefacts around moving objects. The upshot is this isn't a great set for sports fans. The screen employs Active Shutter 3D, although USB-rechargeable glasses are an optional extra.

Performance of its 3D is best described as functional. Disney's Tangled, a challenging stereoscopic Blu-ray, exhibits clear double imaging. Audio quality is high, with clean stereo separation from the gutsy 2x 10w amplifier.

The Leoewe TV EPG

Loewe Connect ID 32 DR+ Expert Verdict »
32in LCD TV
1920 x 1080 pixels
Freeview HD (DVB-S2)
6000:1 (static)/ 6000,000:1 (dynamic) contrast ratio
stereo speakers with 2x 10W amplfier
8-day EPG
3x HDMI, AV via adaptor, VGA
coaxial digital audio
3.5mm headphone jack
10/100 ethernet, integrated Wi-Fi
2x USB 2.0
CI slot
78W maximum power consumption (61W typical), 0.35W standby
747 x 494 x 77 mm (whd, without stand)
13.3 kg
  • Build Quality: We give this item 10 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 6 of 10 for value for money
  • Performance: We give this item 6 of 10 for performance
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Loewe Connect ID 32 is a glamorous but ultimately flawed screen. Build quality and design are superb, and the sheer variety of finishes available is unique. However its picture performance isn't quite as impressive. The panel has issues with motion clarity, and 3D proves an uncomfortable watch. Ideal then if you're after a designer telly for your penthouse but enthusiasts should look elsewhere.

There are currently no price comparisons for this product.
  • Sony KDL-40W905A review: excellent motion clarity and colour performance

    Sony KDL-40W905A: excellent motion clarity and colour performance

    The Sony W9 screen sets a new benchmark when it comes to motion clarity and colour performance. Read our Sony KDL-40W905A review to find out more.

  • Pinnacle PCTV DVB-T Flash Stick TV tuner

    Pinnacle PCTV DVB-T Flash Stick TV tuner

    The big selling point of the Pinnacle PCTV DVB-T Flash Stick TV tuner is that it's entirely self-contained – it has 1GB of flash memory aboard, 200MB of which is devoted to drivers and the TVCenter Pro software.

  • Philips 42PFL6188S review: a handsome Ambilight TV

    Philips 42PFL6188S: a handsome Ambilight TV

    The Philips 42PFL6188S lightweight portal content may be a turn off for some, and image quality is something of an acquired taste, but there's always highly effective Ambilight to sweeten the deal. Read our Philips 42PFL6188S review to find out more.

  • Toshiba 46TL963 review

    Toshiba 46TL963

    We put Toshiba's 46TL963 3D-ready LCD TV with LED backlight through its paces. For under £700, this 46-inch monster appears to be a bargain with Freeview HD built in plus iPlayer access.

  • Panasonic TX-L37ET5 review

    Panasonic TX-L37ET5

    The Panasonic TX-L37ET5 is a highly specified, yet relatively affordable 3D-enabled Freeview HD TV, with internet connectivity. Read out review to find out more.


IDG UK Sites

The 30 best TV shows on Netflix UK: Our pick of the best programmes you can watch right now

IDG UK Sites

Nostalgia time: Top 10 best selling mobile phones in history

IDG UK Sites

VFX Emmy: Game of Thrones work garners gong for Rodeo FX

IDG UK Sites

Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina review (2.6GHz, 128GB, mid-2014)