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LG 42LN540V 42-inch Widescreen 1080p Full HD LED TV with Freeview HD/Intelligent Sensor/HDMI Connectivity (discontinued by manufacturer) [Energy Class A+]

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  • 42" Full HD LED with an 'A+' energy efficiency rating
  • Intelligent Sensor saves energy by adjusting the brightness and colour of the TV picture to the light in your room
  • Motion Clarity Index of 100 reduces blur in fast-moving pictures for clear, smooth picture quality
  • 2 x HDMi and 1 x USB ports ensure greater connectivity and access to and from the TV
  • With Freeview HD, you can enjoy free high-definition programming with stunning picture quality boosted by LG’s cutting-edge motion processing
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Important Information

Energy efficiency class
A+ to F

On-mode power consumption
52 Watts

Energy consumption
76 Kilowatts per year, based on the power consumption of the television operating 4 hours per day for 365 days. The actual energy consumption will depend on how the television is used.

Visible screen diagonal
42" / 107 cm

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 96.8 x 62.9 cm ; 10 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 13 Kg
  • Item model number: 42LN540V
  • ASIN: B00BS55PY2
  • Date first available at 13 Mar. 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,945 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description


The LG LN540V Full HD LED TV offers an immersive viewing experience with crystal clear LED screen and a minimalist slim and narrow design. With brilliant picture quality boosted by LG’s cutting-edge motion processing, the LN540V is an all-round star performer.

The LA540V also boasts smart energy saving features and a USB connection that allows you to enjoy movies, pictures and music stored on a hard disk or flash drive on the big screen.

The built-in Freeview HD tuner completes the package for free-to-air viewing in high definition.

This LG is an excellent addition to any home.

Full HD

Feature packed home entertainment

Full HD TV

FULL HD 1080p provides the pinnacle of picture resolution with incredible clarity and vibrant colours. With up to five times the resolution compared to standard definition TVs and twice that of 'HD-Ready' TVs, FULL HD 1080p is the only way to enjoy the full potential of all of your favorite content.

Slim design

LG’s slim depth and narrow bezel design nearly eliminates the space between the screen and bezel so that they can blend together beautifully. This is a TV that looks as good switched off as it does turned on.

Freeview HD

The built-in Freeview HD tuner completes the package for free-to-air viewing in high definition. Providing the best of BBC, ITV and Channel 4 direct to your TV for free with no monthly contract or fee, you can access a multitude of TV programs, all in stunning HD. To check coverage in your area go to or text your postcode and house number or name to 80560.

Virtual Surround

With LG's advanced sound technology, users can enjoy virtual surround sound directly from their TV set. The Virtual Surround feature produces a sound effect that mimics a surround sound speaker system; as if speakers are surrounding the listener.

2.1 Ch Speakers
Motion Eco Sensors

The Eco Motion Sensor reduces power consumption by slightly adjusting the brightness of the screen relevant to the speed of the pictures, allowing you to save energy without losing out on any picture quality.

Smart Energy Saving

The Smart Energy Saving feature helps users to be a little greener by limiting power consumption, helping to save energy and money. The feature includes backlight control for adjusting brightness, a screen-off function that turns the picture off for playing audio-only, and the Standby Mode Zero function which allows the TV to effectively hibernate, using zero electricity.


SIMPLINK allows control of your LG Blu-ray Disc Player, LG Home Theatre System and other LG devices with just one Remote for the ultimate in convenience: Controlling your world of entertainment has never been easier.

Slim and Narrow Design

High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) carries both sound and picture in a single cable from your devices to your high definition TV. Now you can easily connect your games console, satellite box, Blu-ray or Home Cinema System via HDMI for a true high definition entertainment experience with none of the hassle.

Intelligent Sensor

LG Intelligent Sensor technology automatically finds the optimal brightness, sharpness, colour and contrast picture settings to enhance the picture quality and reduce power consumption, ensuring that you always get the best from your content, without wasting money or energy.

Clear Voice II

Clear Voice II automatically recognises and enhances the volume of human voices in movies and shows to make them more audible against background sound, so you'll never miss a word of your favourite film or program again.

Box Contains

Remote Control

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This tv is incredible, got a good deal on it from richer sounds, i took a chance on this set based on last years reviews on the LG cs460, i went to currys with two tvs in mind, samsungs latest smart tv the 39in f5500 and this lg, comparing the two side by side the picture on the samsung seemed somewhat dull and grainy so i took a trip to richer sounds to pick up the lg, had it 5 days now and i'm not dissapointed.

Setup: I can't say how long it took to set it all up as i had to remove old equipment put up a new stand and put some equipment back so it took me a while, after plugging the set in it took a few mins to go through the options and scan for freeview channels, a very simple straight forward process.

Picture: The picture quality on this set is amazing, very clear with good sharp colours especially with hd content and blu-rays, standard freeview channels give a good picture too but older and b&w shows/films aren't that clear but i expected that, i've had a good look at the screen and can't see any ghosting, blurred motion on fast movements, bleeding or cloudiness.
it does have a few preset picture settings, vivid, standard, eco, game, cinema and two expert modes for use with the picture wizard to create your own through a very easy step by step guide, i've not played with the settings much as the standard settings are very good.

Sound: The sound is impressive for two small 10w speakers, has a nice amount of bass and doesn't sound tinny, i was going to purchase a sound bar to go with it but the speakers are good enough, as with most tvs now there isn't any audio out connections on the back apart from an optical out.
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This is an exceptional TV but is let down by one major flaw. It has very poor black levels. You don't notice this in the day but when the lights are dimmed in the evening it is very noticeable. Why are black levels important? Because it improves the contrast of the image. So when watching a blu ray you will notice the 'black bars' above and below the image are greyish blue. If you are buying an HD TV for watching movies I would recommend the Samsung F5000/F5500, Sony W653 and Panasonic E6B all of which have excellent picture quality and deep blacks.

However, as the LG uses an IPS panel(reason for poor black levels)you do gain much stronger colours and better viewing angles.

The clarity of the TV is also stunning even when watching standard definition content. HD is stunning!

I was also impressed with the overall build quality. The picture adjusting tools are extensive and fun to use. Its clear that LG put a lot of thought into how to
give value for money.

To conclude...if you are someone who watches a lot of TV programmes and the odd movie I would definitely recommend the LN540V. If you are into movies and want to be blown away by the whole blu ray experience then you would be much better off buying one of the TV's listed above.

Update: 30/12/13 The F5500 is actually not as good as the F5000 for picture quality.

Here are some picture settings I found on a US website for a review of the very similar LN5300.
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I based my purchase of this LG product mainly on the many positive reviews id read on Amazon and im extremely pleased I did so,i found it easy to assemble and fit the stand and found the stand itself to be substantial and solid in all respects,easily capable of supporting the weight of the more fragile screen and electronics.Setting it up was simplicity itself,you just cant go wrong unless you are an utter incompetent at anything with wires attached.As to the picture and response times,mainly I use it for watching films so my opinion is based purely on that usage,on both Blu-ray and ordinary cd's the picture is spectacular,on Alien and Oblivion I found the response times correct and the quality of transfer to screen quite startling in comparison to my older 32 inch Lcd screen.The sound I must admit to a slight disappointment with,i noted it to be rather muted and a trifle muffled initially,however cranking up the volume a few points has improved the quality but its not top notch by any means,more bass is needed.Regarding the quality of the item,i think its a very nice looking piece of kit thanks to the sheer simplicity of its design and with the narrow sides and wonderful black case,i think its rather beautiful from an engineering and design point of view.I cannot fault it in any way other than the quality of its sound reproduction.It is most certainly extremely good value for money.
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First of all, I purchased one of these from Amazon warehouse deals as "Like New" a couple of weeks ago for £310 which was £15 cheaper than a brand new one. I've never gone wrong when buying a "Like New" cheaper item from Amazon but the TV lasted around two days before it developed a fault (Turning off & on again every 2-3 seconds) which was a shame. Of course Amazon are great and gave me free delivery back to them and a quick refund even though it was Christmas.

I've now decided to buy a brand new version of this TV and hope I get better luck as I really did enjoy the two days I had with the previous one.

Since I had a really bad time of searching for a new TV (Size, quality, price), I thought I'd share with you the way that I went about buying this TV:

I set out with a £500 budget to buy a TV. I eliminated the 50" version quickly as it's far too big for a bedroom TV when you sit directly in front of it (Computer monitor). The price range on the 43" - 47" are all over the place and most of the time more expensive than 50" versions and 42" seems to be the new 32" when it comes to buying a TV in the 1080p resolution (Any larger can look stretched).

It was now a decision between a cheap brand smart TV, a well known branded normal TV (This one) or a well known branded smart TV (The 42" smart version of this). I knew this TV would be hooked up to a computer which pretty much eliminated the need for smart capabilities (Skype/Facebook/iplayer etc) and knew if I ever used this TV in the main living room we would have sky/virgin media in there to be able to watch iplayer anyway.
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