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How televisions have developed in my own short lifetime! I still remember my first portable TV. Twelve inches of televisual heaven with a little round dial for setting the frequency, which you had to do about a dozen times a programme! Times have moved on and I bought this television primarily for gaming. Having invested in the PS3 with integral Blu-Ray it seemed a false economy to be viewing its output on a CRT TV that had been in the family for over ten years. The most important aspect of this television for me was Full HD capability. For those not in the know, Full HD or 1080HD is what you want to have the full HD experience. Those televisions marked 'HD Ready' deliver half of the HD experience and to be honest I think the label 'HD Ready' is very misleading for those without the technical know-how to realise they are not getting an HD TV.
LCD televisions have historically struggled with the opposite ends of the contrast spectrum. Blacks can look washed out and whites can look lack lustre and the overall effect is that both black and white can end up as a shade of grey. Now despite the fact that many women at the moment rave about a particular number of shades of grey, if you want to get crystal clear viewing pleasure on your Blu-ray movies or your HD gaming fifty shades of grey is not on the shopping list. As a gamer or home cinema fan you would far rather see clarity of black and white. This television, though not quite as perfect as a more expensive Plasma screen may display has an excellent contrast range and black and white is as it should be. just another note, more expensive Plasma televisions now seem to be less popular as LCD technology has moved on. Plasma still is an excellent choice for enjoying movies but I would argue a lesser choice for gaming. Personally, I am more than happy with the LCD gaming pleasure that I have enjoyed with this television.
What of the other features? This television includes a freeview tuner so free to air digital channels can be enjoyed easily. The automatic tuner is a breeze to work with as well although it does seem to take quite a bit more time than manually spinning the dial on the portable TV I first ever owned.
The menu systems on LG televisions are completely intuitive. I hate to read instruction manuals and I can state with some degree of confidence that the instruction manual is not needed to operate this television.
I have this television set up with a Sony surround sound system and it is permanently connected to the HD output of both my PS3 and my iPad. This type of home cinema set-up is easy to establish and I would recommend, although suitable for family TV viewing, that purchasers of this TV consider purchasing additional speakers as the in-built speakers at larger volumes or with too much bass make the frame of the TV buzz. Built-in speakers will never match even the cheapest of surround sound systems and I think this should be considered when purchasing any TV.
Overall: This is a quality television that has been used daily and still delivers an awesome picture. It is perfect for both gaming and enjoying home movies. The 37" screen has been fine for me and my living room but some may prefer, especially considering prices these days, to consider a larger screen.