The TV I spent the first ten years of my life with was a Hitachi that my parents bought before I was born. This robust set survived for close to thirty years, needing occasional minor repair, before its untimely death in the early 2000s. It had some strange features like buttons on the front that would turn off individual electron guns, a headphone jack (something I never saw on a TV until into my teens), and most importantly: classic, retro-tastic TV knobs. Laugh if you will, but there was something to be said for the tactile feedback of knobs. Nothing gives you a feeling of accomplishment like the *CHUNK* you got every time you turned the channel. Nothing made you hate the world more than twisting that UHF knob at lightning speed when bouncing between shows on 29 and 57. LG realizes that there’s a segment of the population with some nostalgia for the retro TV of yore, and — at least in Korea — it’s delivering a new model with retro styling and physical knobs for the first time in probably 20 years.
LG’s 32LN630R features a 1080p IPS LCD based screen with USB input, and MHL connectivity. A wooden frame completes the aesthetic, which hearkens back to the 300 pound, knob-turning console television behemoths of yesteryear.
Sadly, this set is not currently scheduled for the US, and at roughly $750 it’s probably not the best idea to launch here. But if LG released it here at even a $100 premium over existing sets of its size, I’m pretty sure there’s a pile of baby boomers who would enjoy this TV, maybe even as a bundle with a ’70s style soundbar and a “top loader” Blu-ray player with faux wood panel sides. Hopefully this will be a success so that LG or others will consider such a product. Until then, we’ll stare across the Pacific at those lucky knob-turners in envy.