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I got this TV for the living room about 3 years ago when we moved house, we used in there for about 9/10 months, then I realised that we could of gotten a bigger one, so we bought a 50" Samsung, and put this LG one in the games room up the stairs for the kids. I was happy using it in the living room and have had a pleasant experience, now the kids can use it in their games room up the stairs, for playing games, watching movies when they have friends over.
The TV does look smaller than our previous 42" it just takes some time to adjust because the speakers are built in, and not attached on to the side so therefore looks smaller, you quickly adjust and it's really just the same. The TV its self sits upon a base which turns left and right, excellent if the sun hits the TV and you're struggling to see it. The frame, and the base is made from high quality, shiny material. There is the LG logo placed in the bottom middle of the frame surrounding the screen.
The screen is an excellent bright 42 inches, excellent for playing games, watching movies, connecting you laptop to show pictures, this screen is excellent in all respects, very bright and clear, great for everything, and everyone will enjoy.
Sound Quality -
Ultimately it is down to the quality which is sent from the broadcaster, but this TV never fails in the sound aspects of things, very clear no matter how low or how high you have it turned up, you can always make it out without a problem.
This TV was used in the living room for under a year a preformed very well, there is no scratches, or marks on the screen or frame, you get a microfiber cloth included for cleaning the dust off of the shiny surface. Now that it is in the kids' games room, it is getting much more use, and is still providing the high quality picture and sound.
With the LG 42LD450 you get:
2 HDMI sockets
1 SCART socket
1 PC (VGA) socket
AV socket at side
Also, when purchasing we noticed it said that it had a Freeview digital tuner built in, I have not used this, because we had sky, then moved to virgin, which is in all the rooms where the TV has been getting used so it I haven't had the need to use it thus not commenting about it.
This product is currently on sale in Argos for £419.98, grab yourself a bargain because when I bought this it was a little over £600, you are defiantly getting value for money with this TV with all the features and quality you get, it is well worth your while!
Overall Opinion -
In my overall opinion I feel that the TV performs well in all aspects to what it is up to and hasn't failed me or the kids' yet, and I have no doubt that anything could go wrong with a TV of this quality and with a brand like LG which is very respected and trusted brand.
Would recommend this TV to everyone because of the high quality display, and clear sound which is excellent for everyone, a TV for your kids to use in the spare room, one for the living room etc, this TV has endless uses and comes at a very reasonable price.
Thanks for reading! I hope this has been of interest to you and has helped assist you in your decision.
I recently bought one of these from Amazon and I have to say, it is the best thing I think I have ever bought. The price was simply superb for what this TV has. It features Full HD, in-built freeview, 24p Real Cinema mode (which makes movies more lifelike with less motion blur), HDMI support, and an incredible in-built speaker system, with a feature called "Infinite Sound" which basically makes the entire outer bezel a giant speaker. An energy saving feature is also present.
This TV is primarily used for gaming through my PS3 and the experience is more than enjoyable with 1080p picture bringing everything to life, and the incredible audio letting me hear every little detail of the sound. With this TV in "Infinite Sound" mode, you will never miss a footstep, or a gunshot.
Now, the TV also has 2 HDMI ports, not alot for some so that could be viewed as a bad point to some, but just right for others. I fall into the latter category with the other HDMI port plugged into my Sky+ HD box. Even for people who use more than 2 HDMI ports, you should seriously consider making a small compromise just to have this TV, as the value is simply outstanding.
The in-built freeview is a nice little addon too, and provides a good picture quality that on some channels even look HD, but I rarely use it as my Sky box has priority =)
A must buy.
I bought this TV as a replacement for my trusty 26in Matsui that decided that it just couldn't take it anymore and just wouldn't turn on no matter how hard we pressed the on button on the remote.
The LG 42LD450 after taking out the box you do see a few bits to put together, and you will need a philips screwdriver to achieve this, however the instructions I felt weren't that bad (some people think they're a little confusing) but as long as you have a modicum of common sense it's a doddle. Putting it together literally took me on my own 8 mins. The base does initially feel a little thin and like it's not going to take the weight, but once it's up and sitting on the stand it's pretty safe and sound. There are ready drilled holes in the base if you do want to make it 100% secure and attach it to a wooden stand or table, but it's not really needed if you have a decent stand that will take the weight and the length of the screen.
Powering up, you get to choose which language you want it in, and there's a wizard to help you negotiate the picture quality. This is also easy peasy as most of the settings have a explanation and an exampleof what you should be looking for when it's correct. The remote is fairly simple and not a big bulking unattractive thing that you want to hide down the side of the sofa when anyone turns up.
The quick menu option on the tv gives you immediate access to the picture and sound options without having to go into the main menu, which is seriously ideal when you want to switch from watching the tv to playing on your PS3. Which brings me onto the picture quality. If you are looking for a tv with a clear depth and vibrant colours then you cannot go wrong with the LG 42LD450. Forget these incredibly expensive TV's with their stupendous, super deluxe, all singing all dancing imagery. This TV has colour and clarity to rival any of these superior LCD TVs without the ultra expensive price.
The only thing that let's this TV down and I'm quite relucant to say, is the sound quality. Sound is slightly muffled, mediocre and a little too heavy on the bass at times, however it might just be the fact that I'm a little picky where sound is concerned. I like a nice rounded sound that surround sound gives, but all in all it's a perfectly good TV that I would only be too proud to give or receive as a gift.
- - - The Geeky Bit - - -
- 42" LCD TV
- Glossy black finish
- HD Ready 1080p
- Component, 2 x HDMI and 2x Scart ports
- 1x 2.0 USB connection
- Weight: 13.5kg
- Display: 42" Widescreen
- Resolution: 1920x1080
- Built in Freeview
- Parental Lock
- 16:9 Aspect Ratio
- Built in Dolby Digital decoder
- Stereo sound output
- Clear Voice technology
- - - My Experience - - -
We had a 40" Samsung for our previous TV but it had started to play up on us, the TV had a long shadow on the left hand side of the screen, and a line down the other side that wouldn't budge. A technician had come out to try and repair it twice but in the end wrote it off and contacted Comet to send us out a cheque for a new replacement. He was meant to send for someone to collect our old TV but nobody ever came so we still have it in our bedroom ha ha!
Our old Samsung has been discontinued so we were given the amount we had paid for our TV on a gift card to purchase a new TV. Off we went to our local Comet store, I was quite overwhelmed with the amount of TV's on show, to me they all look exactly the same so my fella went off and started having a look at the geeky stuff to do with each TV and eventually said that the LG model was for us, and we could get an extra 2 inches of screen for the same price as our old TV! Of course those extra 2 inches make all the difference according to my fella! ha ha!
What sold it for us in the end was the little extras it had too, with 2 HDMI ports we no longer needed to fiddle around switching our cables over for our Xbox and PS3, we could just keep them both plugged in at the same time. The fact that it was 1080p which is the same as our old one, but it means we weren't having to sacrifice picture quality. The TV itself looked sleeker and much larger than our old one, the frame around the TV is about 1-2 inches thick, unlike our last TV which was much larger, the LG looks like it has more Screen and less "frame" meaning it looks larger.
The LG is sturdy, robust and has taken a bit of a bashing when we've moved house but it still works as perfectly as it did when we first bought it. The stand is a good width for the TV itself, compared to our old Samsung which is very wobbly on its stand.
There are so many different settings you can change with this TV, whether it be the picture or the sound. It's fully customisable to suit everybody's needs. It has a built in Clear Voice technology, which means that you can change the settings to do what it says on the tin, have clear voice. We have ours midway, so dialogue is crisp and clear in movies and games. You can really tell the difference, especially when you turn the clear voice off, and back on. The picture modes are easy to change also, we play a lot of games and watch movies so we always have ours on Dynamic as it's nice, bright and colourful. Changing it to "movie" for example, makes the picture quality a little darker and the sound more powerful, creating a better movie watching experience i guess, but like i said we like to keep ours on Dynamic as we both like everything we watch to be bright and vibrant.
I really can't express how good the picture quality is on this TV, it is the same 1080p as our old TV but with the various settings you can change etc, the picture seems sharper, clearer and brighter. You can clearly see every deep wrinkle on Dot Cottons face when she's smoking a fag in great detail ha ha!
The only bad thing I'd say about this TV, and I'm not sure if this has happened with anyone else, but the remote control is quite unresponsive at times. We've changed the batteries several times but the controller is still a pain in the bum. Unless your within a few feet of the TV it doesn't want to know, you spend more time waving your arm around trying to aim it at the TV only to get annoyed and get up close to turn it on. I'm not going to knock many points off for this to be honest as this might just be my controller.
- - - Overall - - -
I can't really comment on value for money as we got our TV as a replacement for our old Samsung, and I think they've been discontinued now. However, i would definitely recommend LG as a brand for TV's, the picture quality is outstanding and the amount of things you can tweak to make it more personalised is brilliant. Not to mention the little added extras like the timers, parental locks, and the amount of ports for you to plug things in. It's a great all round TV.
Having a 19inch TV and a very large lounge it was time for a change to something bigger and better and this LG model did not dissappoint. The sound quality is excellent with different options for cinema etc. The menus are clear and easy to use. The picture quality is good, particularly from a distance. It has a great energy saving feature which dulls the screen which is great for when the kids are watching half heartedly whilst playing with toys. Has a clear programme guide which can link up to a dvd recorder. On the con side the kids often select a programme to watch on the tv guide - this automatically turns the tv on and it stays on -not good if you come in from being out all day to find out the tv has been on since gigglebiz at 10am. There doesn't seem to be anyway to stop children doing this. The other minus for me is that the only user manual that it comes with is a CD to use on the computer. I doubt if most of us want to fire up the PC just to find out how the parent lock etc works. All in all lots of features and a good quality piece of kit for an excellent price.
Previously, when thinking of TV's the likes of Samsung, Sony, Toshiba and Panasonic spring to mind. However, when looking around some of the main street stores, it was the LG 42LD450 that stood out above the others and I haven't been disappointed.
As an avid movie watcher, I decided that and LCD television was for me, with the sharper picture, high definition and historically better lifespan (although I don't know if this is still the case). For the size of my living room, 42 inch fitted the bill with the sofa around 7 or 8 feet away which is a good distance I think. Having seem many Samsung and Sony televisions ranging from £500 to £700 I came across the LG 42LD450.
At the price, you can probably imagine that it isn't as top spec that you might get with some of the very big and renowned brands. However, it more than does the job and with a lot of aspects I could hardly notice any difference. With a sharp picture, good colour and nice modern design I can easily be the centre piece of any living room. I have mine on a televison stand but there is the option of a wall bracket if you prefer although I would say you don't want less than 50 inch for a wall as it gets a little lost.
In general, you will be able to find this television for anything between £349 and £479 depending on where you look so try to get the best deal out there. Most of the time it will come with a 5 year warranty which is perhaps the most integral part of any televsion package. If you are on a budget, which most people are, you can't go too far wrong with the LG 42LD450
As an avid movie watcher, the dawn of high definition was a dream come true. I am a videophile, a connoisseur of high quality video reproduction in the home environment, and, as a cheap 42 incher, this TV did not disappoint.
Firstly, the design is something which in recent years has taken much precedence in the purchase criteria of high end sets. This is due to their commanding presence in the living rooms they occupy; at 42 inches this will dominate your living room. It is therefore pleasing to note that this television is easy on the eye and will not put off even the most obsessive design perfectionist. The stand is sleek and even the menus are pleasing, an overlooked aspect in many a television over recent years.
Secondly, and for myself the clinching feature, is picture quality. As a mid range set, it must be said that this will not emulate the deep blacks of a 1000 pound plasma, but it holds its own in that department. With a dynamic contrast ratio of 60,000:1 it must be said that this is a vast improvement on early high definition TVs, which put resolution as the be all and end all of a good picture. The television maxes out at 60HZ 1080p, great for movies and games, but the lack of a high refresh rate will disappoint sports fans. The inclusion of a real cinema 24HZ setting will please avid movie goers.
As far as connectivity goes, there are 2 HDMI inputs, which seems very few compared to the almost standard 3 on mid range sets. This can cause problems for HD junkies such as myself but will suit most users just fine. There is also the standard SCART and composite input for those using older analogue tech as well as a built in tuner.
Finally, the sound leaves much to be desired, with tinny reproductions of low bit rate TV channels being a particular annoyance. It must be said, however, that, as a movie fan, the use of a home cinema surround system alleviates this problem.
I am a traditionalist. But I when it comes to new technology changes, I wait till things have been around for a while.
I love CRT TV's as I think they provide the best picture, a few years ago I bought a Sony WEGA 32inch CRT TV, instead of a LCD/PLASMA TV.
People where saying oh you need to get the latest TV, but I stood by my choice. A 5-6 years back the LCD/PLASMA TV's were just very expensive devices with "OKAY" picture quality. But just made to cash in and were a lot cheaper make, normally rushed to market.
I know this because back then I worked for an Independant Home Electronics company, so I know my stuff about most home electronics.
And I was not impressed with the LCD's of the time.
When HD TV's came out, I saw the same picture quality problems.
I am the kind of person who if I see pixelisation in the picture even the most smallest amount, I would not bother with a TV.
So kept going and checking some new models at Currys etc and noticed that they still have some small picture quality issues.
The higher picture resolution is good, its a big improve me but you can still tell.
But recently I saw this TV on display and noticed that the picture was nice and clean, it did have some pixelisation, but as my Sony CRT has gone pink (due to moving in transit) I was in the market to buy something.
I was working on the £300-350 price mark, and I thought this TV was great. The one problem though is the Contrast Ratio could be a bit more higher.
But none the less, I bought it, had it delivered and I set it up.
The only HD device I have in my home is my Xbox 360 I connected it and I played a few games.
My jaw just dropped.
I was so happy with the picture, I was playing every game I had for a whole night! The next day I woke up at 16:30pm as I was tired from playing computer games and testing the TV.
Its got 2 HDMI connections, the other usual connections and a USB port :D
I connected my standard Sony DVD player and the picture was as expected, so that was great too.
I am looking for a upscaling DVD player now, I have seen one in Tesco for under £50 and will be testing that with it to see the improved quality.
The sound quality is great too, but I have it setup to my home cinema system
But its so far so good!
There not much more I can say about this as the price is great, the freeview is great and the picture quality is great too!
Me and my partner had been looking around for a good value HD tv for some time and was originally going to go with another make and model, it was meant to be a christmas tv but how old tv decided to blow up and we was forced to get a new tv straight away.
Off to our local currys and luckily this particular TV was on offer. It's sister tv which is exactly the same but has a higher refresh rate and slightly better resolution was around 200 dearer and after watching the 2 tvs side by side the picture seemed the same so we brought this model.
The screen size is brilliant it fits in well with the room and unlike a lot of tvs the framing of the tv is minimal the LED light is also quite discreet and shines a nice blue when the TV is on and Red when off. The TV is also pretty thin and light.
It is easy to set up and has easy to use menus and can have a sound and picture profile customised exactly how you like.
There is also plenty of ports on the back for scart leads and 2 hdmi slots.
The viewing angle to is really good i've stood at a 180 degree angle to the tv and theres no distortion to the picture colour.