Product Type: LG Electronics 3D LCD TV
Newest Review: ... 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 comput... more
This should be the standard all TVs are made to
Member Name: KennyG5000
Advantages: A super sleek looking TV that also sounds great
Disadvantages: The lack of full HD may put some off, that's about it
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!).
Summary: This TV oozes quality, stunning picture, you won't be disappointed
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