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After my cathode ray old school Sony television packed in, I thought it was long overdue time I upgraded to a flat screen TV, and set about researching the best models on the internet. LG (formerly Philips) are a brand I trust from previous purchases, and I found this particular model was competitively priced compared to similar sized TVs (and the online store I bought it from threw in an £80 glass TV table in for free when I got it for £380).
The TV display itself looks great. I've seen similar and smaller LCD TVs with a more blurry picture, this one is sharp as an arrow even when sitting quite close (although optimally you would want to be about 6 ft away to avoid eye strain). I also connect the Nintendo Wii to the TV and this looks brilliant from the component connection, really clear (great from playing EA Sports Grand Slam Tennis, on other TVs you couldn't even seen the ball!). This is a TV that features a good number of connectors, apart from the aforementioned component sockets, you also get to a couple of scart sockets, and two HDMI ones (not to mention a good old trusty aerial port). The HDMI will take a computer video signal (if your graphics card supports DVI to HDMI out of course) and this looks stunning on the TV, I personally find it a lot more comfortable playing computer games in my front room than sitting in front of desk next to my computer (plus no fan noise if you get a long enough extension cable!).
The LG3000 also has a view other nifty tricks up its rather large sleeves. I personally like the option to use energy saving on the screen. This basically means you can reduce the backlight to make the display a bit more dim (it can actually be easier on the eyes on a dark night) and also turn off the display completely leaving only the audio out (which is a nice touch if you are using your DVD player to play music rather than watch the screen). Also of note is the general quality of the audio, which is again excellent. I've heard plenty of tinny, trebly TV, I think this is largely due to the physical limitations of getting good speakers into narrow TVs (the bass end usually takes a big hit). It could also be that a lot of companies try to cut some costs on this aspect hoping that consumers either won't mind or may just rig up a surround system anyway. Well you can avoid that second option (if you wish) with this TV as the onboard sound is second to none; films sound great (there is also a '3D sound' option in the audio menu to give you pseudo surround and it actually works quite well) and voices are crystal clear when watching just about anything.
If there was one very minor niggle with the TV is that even with the volume set to '1' it is still quite loud, and when we used to live in a flat with our baby sleeping in the room next door this made watching TV a risky operation! I guess the other thing to know is that the TV is only 'HD ready' rather than 'full HD', thus all currently broadcasted HD channels by both Virgin and Sky will look fine (as this resolution is what they currently broadcast at) but you'll need full HD to fully benefit for the resolution of a Blue Ray disc (something I haven't 'yet' upgraded to). The TV features a nice built in DVD upscaling feature anyway so they look almost 'HD' when viewed, but I've no doubt Blue Ray looks even better. Of course, full HD TVs at 42 inch are the next price bracket up from this model so you'll have to dig deeper into your pockets if this is a deal breaker for you.
So you could say I'm a satisfied customer, I've had this TV for upwards of a couple of years and am still more than happy with it. It's also probably quite a bit cheaper now than what I paid as the price of these electrical goods are always crashing down, so you can probably grab this for a really great price now. With LG (or any major brand) you are paying for quality of build, and just about everything on this set has been carefully thought out and solidly built. There may be cheaper non brand TVs out there with the same rough specs, but I'd bet they won't be the same quality when you turn them on. All in all, I can't see many people ever complaining about owning one these, I'd opt for this or even it larger cousins (if your front room won't be dwarfed by them!).
This Tv is fantastic for any use.
With a clear precise display this tv looks brilliant all of the time. Although it is only 720p it is still well worth the buy. I hook my Xbox 360 up to mine with an HDMI cable (plugged into the back) and it looks amazing.
The TV has picture settings within itself so you can choose how you want to watch TV by using the sport setting or the cinema setting or the games setting which enhances your viewing whatever you're watching.
This TV is loaded with sockets in the back there are 2 AV slots 2 HDMI slots 1 antenna 1 component and an RGB socket so that you can plug your laptop or pc and use it as a monitor.
It also has built in freeview which can be easily autotuned just by using the clearly layed out remote via the auto setup. Everything is so simple.
Whatever you use this TV for it is brilliant for both visual and audio purposes. A must buy if you're looking for a good and reliable television.
I bought this TV as a present for hubby and he is over the moon with it. The user manual that came with it was a couple of inches thick which was really daunting however the TV was very easy to put together (using the stand not wall mounted_ and set up was done using the auto tune which as a real technophobe is a real bonus!
Once set up it took 10 mins or so to get to grips with the remote control and working out how all the features such as the freeview guide and the radio stations worked. The picture quality is good, very crisp and clear with no dead pixels. We previously had a seperate friewview box with our old tv and didng get a great picture or all the available channels but with the built in freeview we get a very good picture even on channel five and all freeview channels are received.
The black surround looks modern and crisp although it dosent match the rest of the room it dosent stand out although I would have prefered it to be silver.
If the TV is on and a visitor comes into the room they all comment on how good it looks and the picture quality.
I'd definatly recommend this tv, good value for the price.