Product Type: LG Electronics 3D LCD TV
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Member Name: Starlight81
Date: 17/11/11, updated on 17/11/11 (68 review reads)
Advantages: Amazing picture quality
Disadvantages: Not-so-amazing sound quality
We managed to buy this TV just in time to watch Frozen Planet, which has been very fortunate as the picture quality could almost be described as breath-taking, especially when projecting a stunning arctic landscape directly into our living room. For some reason we viewed the TV as more of a necessity than a new sofa, and so are still sat every evening on a rather hard, coverless futon, which gets less and less padded by the day, watching our brand spanking new TV. We have interesting priorities.
I'll begin, then, with the technical details, though I'll try to keep this section as brief and as interesting as possible. The LG 42" LCD TV is backlit, which apparently makes it ideal for watching fast-action movies and sports. I don't watch much of either, but I can tell you that animations look fantastic on it. A nice feature running alongside this is that you can adjust the energy settings, so if you're watching something that doesn't require such impressive visuals, like the news or a quiz show (must be careful not to mention my addiction to Eggheads here) then you can just down the light levels and thus save some energy. What do you know- a giant, flat screen, eco-friendly TV. Well, let's face it, no 42" LCD TV is going to be particularly eco-friendly, but at least if you're going to buy one anyway then this is a good start. According to the information we were given in-store, the average LCD uses 30% less energy than an LCD or a plasma TV anyway.
You also get a freeview tuner with this model, meaning you can get all those extra digital channels and radio stations free, and there's a USB port for plugging in a memory stick to watch your photos as a slideshow on the big screen.
In fact you can also, according to the manual, pick up wireless, though we haven't tried this yet. We really should though, because with our Lovefilm subscription that would mean we could watch films via live streaming as well as being posted DVDs and Blu-rays, but without having to hunch in front of a laptop.
The one major disadvantage of this TV, in my view, is the sound quality. It just doesn't match up in any way with the picture quality, and in fact once you turn the volume up to about 20, it seems to remain the same from there onwards. You can turn the volume all the way up to 40 or more and it will still sound quite quiet, especially when people are speaking. It isn't that the sound is tinny or muffled in any way, however. It sounds quite sharp and clear, but somehow just never quite loud enough. I suppose the answer to that is to buy a home cinema system to go with it, or at least a set of speakers, but that's quite a commitment when you'll already have forked out around £600 for the TV itself. The home cinema systems are about another £200 on top of that.
Having said that, I'm not sure it's only LG that has this problem with sound quality. My parents have a Panasonic TV which is like ours, 42" with great picture quality, but again, the volume just isn't really there. Perhaps it just isn't possible to make a slim, sleek-looking TV with decent enough speakers to give the sound the volume it really needs. If I wanted to be really cynical about it I might even suggest this was a deliberate ploy to get people spending the extra £200. The logic, after all, is that if you've spent £600 on the TV, what's an extra £200 to get all the benefits of it? Not a logic we'll be following just yet, mind you. I think the sofa may actually need to be the next purchase on the list.
The only other thing I can say about this TV is that it was very easy to set up. You'll need an HDMI cable if you want to plug it into a blu-ray player, but the instruction manual is very clear and easy to understand and there isn't a lot that needs plugging in to get it working anyway. It's also easy to tune, as instructions are given on screen.
We've been very happy with our purchase so far and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a new, very good quality TV. Don't be put off by my comments on the sound quality either- the actual quality is good, but some people may prefer a higher volume than this TV can offer without speakers but, as I said, I think this may be something that's common to all wide, flat screen televisions.
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