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Great Value (less connectivity)!
on 27 February 2015
I am an audio visual engineer... I source TV's at trade normally, however it would be hard to beat the price I paid on Amazon this TV... This is teh 'V' version (Full HD) and I honestly wondered if they got it mixed with the 'U' (HD ready) version as the price went up the day after I had purchased! OK, if you want loads of HDMI's and USB's & smart capability this is not the TV for you as you would need an LB580V or orLB650V for all that + 3D.... however for basic connectivity with 2 x HDMI, 1 x USB, Component/Composite & Scart this set will work great for you. Again because of the different type of stand, if you want to twizle your TV, this is not the set for you, but if on a slim shelf or regular TV type console/unit I actually quite like this design (massive high end 70" Samsungs use this foot design - albeit metal not plastic). On to the main event - what is the picture like... I would say an 8/10... I have seen several that are better but a whole lot that are far worse. the main thing is that the colours are reasonably natural for a modern LED (you can tweek them if you wish but often it is not worth the time as they come set up pretty well)... I have connected an smart Blu-ray (i-player/Netflix etc...) & Humax PVR to this set in my sitting room and I have to say when reproducing images at 1080p (1920 x 1080) the picture is near faultless... the brights are bright & the blacks are black! The Freeview HD tuner definitely makes a difference ... watch BBC1 on Ch 1 (576i) and then compare it with CH 101 (1080i/p... see below) and there is a remarkable difference in clarity. Geeky bit.... Freeview HD encoders to change automatically between 1080i at 50 frames per second to 1080p at 25 frames per second depending on the program's group of pictures structure... Unfortunately some receivers did not handle the transitions between these modes well, resulting in sound and picture disruption however this budget LG TV handles it well in the background without you knowing. More geek... the screen uses IPS technology, which is relatively rare in modern TVs. Most manufacturers use PVA or PA panels. IPS screen have the benefit of wide viewing angles, so the picture retains its colour saturation when viewed from an angle. The criticism of IPS isthat the blacks can be a little grey... I have not found this the case here... Lastly re: the picture, it boasts a 'Triple XD Engine (the thinng that keeps the picture moving fast enough when watching sport etc... I think the movement is smooth to a point and acceptable for faily viewing... probably not fast enough for a hard-core gamer with an £800 graphics card in their PC!!! OK how picky do you want to be for £219.99! Lastly, the sound on these flat sets is always a bit like the width of the TV - a bit thin on the ground - actually dreadful compared with your old fashioned 'wooden-box' TV..... but £50 on a sound bar and connect it to the 'optical out' of the TV and 'hey-presto'... real sound! All in all I like it alot for the dollars spent!