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4.0 out of 5 stars Edging Forward..., 29 July 2013
This review is from: LG 42LN540V 42-inch Widescreen 1080p Full HD LED TV with Freeview HD/Intelligent Sensor/HDMI Connectivity (discontinued by manufacturer) (Electronics)
42" is as large as I would want to go when viewing standard definition (SD) channels in my fairly typical, not very large, British living room. Original PAL system cathode ray TVs were designed for a maximum screen size of 25" or 32" widescreen in a large living room with slightly better than standard definition pictures so I would not expect a 42" screen to look very good at less than 8 feet or so in SD mode. High definition (HD) pictures should hold up even at four or five feet viewing range. LG are one of the major LCD/LED set manufacturers and own many related patents so I'd hope for good quality and reliability.

It uses (allegedly, but I can't find it written down anywhere) an IPS LCD panel, edge backlit by LEDs, and consumes a bit less than half the power of my last set. It's rated as A+ and 52 watts on the energy consumption sticker with 110 watts written on the back of the set. I would guess the 52 watts is absolute minimum and the 110 watts maximum, with the true consumption being somewhere in between. The set is light, being about half the weight of my old one at 11kg or 24lb and seems reasonably robust when moving it around. The stand was easy to assemble; needing only a medium to large cross-head screwdriver.

The backlighting works well with the LCD panel giving a good range of contrast. The extreme corners might be a tiny bit darker when the screen is all white; this is not noticeable in normal use. Blacks can be very black and whites, well....very white...The black level may not be perfect but it's good enough for me - Try Game of Thrones on Blu-ray as a test and see what you think; after a minute or two you should have forgotten about black levels and be totally immersed in the story. The colour gamut or range seems improved over my last set which was a five years old Toshiba and I can notice more subtle changes in shades of colour than before.

The set runs fairly cool with a slight warm spot on the right side of the rear of the cabinet. Menus are well implemented and generally straight forward. The 'Eco' picture setting seems not too bad if you don't want to be bothered fiddling with contrast, brightness etc. You can do much better with the 'Picture Wizard' tool on the Picture menu, which is very useful and helps fine tuning your own 'Expert' settings (AV Forums have a good section on how to set up the picture using a LG set as an example; see [...]

The USB port for playing videos or viewing photos from a memory stick is a useful extra. Sound is adequate as is the number of HDMI ports (two). I use a Marantz home cinema set up with five HDMI ports on the back of the amp which improves things.

The only slight problem I have is that the screen and bezel are shiny and reflective which means the set has to be positioned so as to avoid reflecting light from windows or lamps back at the viewer. However this now seems to be common with only one or two sets out of twenty or so in my local giant supermarket having anti-reflective screens. For this I knock off one star. A triumph of fashion over common sense?

I still remember the first colour TV I came across in a shop window in 1967. It cost around 700 and had a truly terrible picture with little contrast and terrible alignment. We thought it was wonderful. I bought my first colour set; a Sony 21" in 1976. It was better, having decent contrast and convergence and cost a more reasonable 320 (very roughly about 2200 at today's prices). I went on to own various Sony, Panasonic, Samsung and Toshiba sets and each time the price stayed about the same, or went down allowing for inflation, and the picture quality and functions improved. This LG obeys this rule, giving great performance for a budget model and is excellent value at Amazon's price. Hopefully it will also have the longer lifespan that is claimed for sets using LEDs.
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Initial post: 10 Mar 2014 22:31:35 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Mar 2014 22:33:04 GMT
Anybody buying one of those 1966 700 sets would have had to wait until July 1967 for the first UK colour transmissions
Talk about Early Adopters
Or, perhaps, your memory is playing tricks...

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