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Awesome value for money TV, great quality.,
This review is from: LG 47LA620V 47-inch Widescreen 1080p Full HD Cinema 3D Smart LED TV with Freeview HD/Built-In Wi-Fi (Electronics)
I picked up this HDTV at the weekend and so far I've found it to be 47 inches of wonder.
After the initial setup (which is very easy to do) I was a little underwhelmed by the picture quality.
However previous experience has taught me that out of the box settings are usually terrible so I broke out my AVS HD 709 calibration videos. These were on a USB HDD, and the TV just detected the HDD, popped up on the screen and I had full access to the calibration videos.
While calibrating the set I found it has two ISF certified picture modes, ideal for calibration. Once calibrated the HD quality improved so much. 2D content actually seems 3D at times due to exceptional black levels and sharp detail. 2D to 3D conversion is a joy to behold, especially if you change the 3D mode to 'Cinema'. BBC's Planet Earth was spectacular.
My Blu-Ray player is one of the first Samsung units, but even with a older player the true HD quality blows my socks off.
This TV really isn't at its best until you feed it top quality source material. I spun the 2D version of Avatar and my floor didn't leave the floor until the film had finished. Colors popped from the screen, but they weren't 'glowing' like you see in the stores. The picture was so sharp, so deep, I kept having to pause the film to take it all in.
Usually I disable anti-blurring modes on TV's as they can make movies look like a 'Soap Opera' but LG's TruMotion engine is excellent. There are 3 settings; Smooth, Clear and User. Smooth was a little too smooth for me, Clear was much better and really improved fast action sequences of Avatar.
I've yet to watch a 3D Blu-Ray as my player isn't compatible, but I did delve into the '3D World' the TV comes with. This lives in the 'Smart' area of the TV and you see a wide range of 3D content. It is streamed from the internet so a high speed broadband connection is recommended. I watched the Kylie Minogue 'Aphrodite' concert and I was very very impressed.
The TV comes with four pairs of passive (Polarised) glasses that are very light in weight and Stylish. They are much more comfortable that the ones you get at Movie theatres, so I will be taking these for the 3D film I go see.
As for the Smart TV apps, there are loads. I haven;t spent too much time running these as of yet, but Netflix works very well. Facebook is not great but lets face it, if you have a Apple, or Android smartphone the apps are always going to be better and easier to use on a mobile.
The TV automatically connects to UPNP sources such as my XBMC media center, and navigation is simple and easy. The TV has both Ethernet & wireless connections and setup is very easy. The TV can also be controlled via smartphone with the LG TV app over wifi. It works really well, giving you touch pad controls and a mouse pointer.
Overall I can't recommend this TV enough and for the price you won't be disappointed.
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Initial post: 26 Jun 2013 05:46:02 BDT
Dr Jules says:
A very helpful and informative review Stuart - many many thanks. Any chance you could detail your settings as I am going to purchase this tv but am useless at organising settings to get the most of my picture and sound?
Hope you can help,
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2013 12:33:39 BDT
Off the top of my head they are:
v sharpness: 10
colour temp: warm 2
In 3D content, I set the backlight to 100, to compensate for the darker image in 3D mode.
All other options I turn off. Contrary to my review I now prefer tru-motion to be disabled.
Although I do turn on 'Game' mode for the Xbox 360.
I hope that helps.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Aug 2013 14:54:54 BDT
Stuart, your a legend thanks for the reveiw and your settings...I am going to try them to see if I can get an even better picture quality. I agree with your review on the Tru Motion somtime with it off it looks like soap opera...this is an option I am frequently changing but all else is superb.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Sep 2013 13:49:37 BDT
Doe it have optical out lets
Posted on 3 Oct 2013 11:38:35 BDT
Stewart, are you in Hopwood in HEYWOOD?
Posted on 4 Oct 2013 18:39:35 BDT
This TV seems amazing. I am almost ready to pull the trigger on it, but I have a couple of questions about it, and based on your glowing and thorough review, you seem like the man to ask.
It states that it is capable of playing content from HDD's, but I cannot seem to find any info regarding file limitations. Its states that it can handle AAC, AC3, DTS, mp3, etc making it clear which audio it can handle, but fails to mention if it can take all the video containers you can throw at it. MKV (yes I understand it's a container) has become industry standard for high def videos, so I feel it would be remiss of me not to ask if it can play those before ordering it.
While i have you, what about mp4, avi/xvid, mov, wmv?
Also does the ARC work well for you? I am curious about exploiting this aspect of the TV.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Oct 2013 22:45:37 BDT
Hi there, regarding video formats I generally use a dedicated xbmc pc, however I have tested .avi, .mp4, .mkv, and ,mv4 files with no problems, though I don't have any .mov files to test. There are three usb ports but one is labelled hdd, and I haven't tried more than one drive plugged in.
Regarding ARC mode it works great but its a little tricky to set up. If I remember correctly you need to turn on simplink (via input menu and then green button), as well as select the 'external speaker' mode (if you want your amplifier to play the sound) or 'TV Speaker' for the TV speaker via arc.
You should note that with my Onkyo SR TX 608 I have to switch to TV mode on the amp to hear audio from HDD content and app's like netflix. It doesn't auto switch for some reason.
Also I sometimes (but not often) get intermittent sound in this mode via the amp, but I believe it due to a handshake issue between the TV and my older amp (one of the first with arc I believe). Basically it constantly tries to switch to the TV audio. If i switch to 'TV Speaker' mode it is fine, hence why I think it is my amp not the tv.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Oct 2013 22:46:24 BDT
Yes I'm pretty sure it does.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Oct 2013 23:26:01 BDT
Well that all sounds fantastic, but since asking about the mkv issue, it got me thinking about another. Some units, be they Blu-ray players or TVs have restrictions on the size of HDD you can insert. My Blu-ray player that I bought only last year, plays content from my 2TB HDD with no issue, but I have since purchased a 4TB HDD and it doesn't recognise it. Do you know of any such restrictions with this set? What size HDD have you plugged into it?
Please forgive my somewhat demanding questions, its just they are the only thing standing between me and this seemingly awesome tv.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Oct 2013 23:47:35 BDT
The biggest I have used is 1TB I'm afraid.