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WOW I paid just over £300 for this TV as it was in the Argos ex display sale. People - you must ask instore for when the next one is if you want a great deal on ex display tvs. They happen every quarter year apparently.
Being as this TV has been playing all day everyday for the whole of the stores opening hours I plus I have had it since the end of January 2010(before writing this I decided to give it a few months before I wrote on here about it. ) This TV I have had absolutely no problem with.
The Quality - The TV is a 42 inch HD ready 1080p LCD TV. It also offers built in freeview, which is good because we dont pay the extra on our sky package and so dont get sky sports and other channels. We can switch to the TVs built in freeview for the channels we dont get.
The screen is quite big and i thought that the picture quality would be compromised because of this however, the Picture quality is amazing especially for the price.
Sound quality - I'd say the sound quality is above average. Better than our other TV but could be better with a home cinema system. Sound is by no means poor.
By a womens point of view i hate big monstrosities in the house like massive TVs and wires everywhere, but I think the TV looks quite expensive and the glass flat screen with no buttons on the front looks very good on our glass stand. It actually looks expensive.
After it being ex display and having it for 7 months now without anything going wrong i think that this product is very reliable.
As a technophobe to me a telly is a telly is a telly. However to my boyfriend the bigger the better and when we moved instead of buying the oh so important things (duvet, sheets, towels...) he went out and purchased the biggest telly I have ever seen ... so big it didn't fit in the car!
Bringing it back home, it was heavy (not especially useful I know but be careful when carrying it in) and setting it up it does dominate the room somewhat!
It was easy to set up and connect the various other items (Sky box, dvd) and actually be able to sit down virtually straight away with no issues.
When watching, I must confess I can't see the difference between the HD channels and the normal, but my boyfriend can and says the reason I can't is probably due to my poor eyesight! I think its more because the picture quality is generally pretty good, with good colour clarity. Sound system works well and it is an aesthically pleasing telly!
At the end of the day, if it wasn't on offer when we got it I wouldn't have bothered, but now it is home and set up I wouldn't be without it. I think you need to be careful about what room you put it in to ensure it isn't the focal point of the room.
Its great for watching films, a home cinema experience virtually, and apparently better for watching for football!!
First the tech spec for the TV:
- HD Ready 1080p (1920 x 1080) Resolution
- Dynamic Contrast Ratio of 80,000:1 and Brightness of 500cd/m2
- Clear Voice technology and Invisible Speakers tuned by Mr. Mark Levinson for amazing sound quality
- Ample connectivity including 3 x HDMI, 2 x Scart, PC Input, Composite and Headphone & digi Freeview built in
-Energy Saving Recommended by the Energy Saving Trust
I bought my LG 6 months ago and I am more than happy with the results. I found a good deal at richer sounds where they include a 5 year warrently with it for 10% of the TV cost! not bad compared to other retailers. They also gave me a free TV wall bracket for this huge TV free, it would normally cost about 60-100 pounds so not bad for a total package price of £499.
The first thing I noticed once I had setup the TV on the wall was the ease in which I setup the channels, picture and sound. I simply plugged in my Sky cable and it auto detected the input and informed me via the screen it was HD1. It now defaults to this input when I turn the TV on.
I like the fact that if anything happens to the remote (yes my baby likes to grab and hide it) you can function the TV with easy to reach and use buttons on the bottom of the TV.
The picture is very clear and in HD you can really notice the difference, for a mid to low price HD LCD TV I would say it is a very good bargin for your buck.
As the TV has 3 HDMI connections I can keep my Xbox and BlueRay player along with Sky always plugged in and no need to keep adjusting them at the back.
The handset is nice and small, fits well in your hand and has all the normal buttons you expect.
The screen great and not easy to smudge, like many LCD TV's there is alot less glare from the Sun than you would expect. During the days when the Sun is lighting up the room not once have I needed to close the curtains to darken the picture.
The user manual comes on a CD to read on your computer! I guess thats the normal thing now.
My only gripe with the TV is the scart leads go into the back of the TV, not great if you wall mount it like me, it can be very hard to take the lead in and out unless you take the TV off the wall! which is not really an option.
Overall I would say LG is an excellent TV for people who are looking for a good quality HD TV without paying a fortune for it.
First of all let me come to the facts, this is an excellent TV for it's price range and even better than others more expensive in some cases.
It has a sharp picture with many options including energy save and about 4 screen settings to add into the mix.
The sound quality is good although not the best and the picture quality is sound in most cases. We have not had a chance to view in HD as of yet so I can not comment on that. This TV does come with freeview built in, but unlike some slightly newer TV's it does not have HD capability so it would mean buying a set top box with HD or getting freesat, cable or sky box. But having said this don't let it put you off having this TV it is well worth the money.
Overall a stylish looking LCD Tv that has several conection ports, offers a great picture quality and decent sound if you get the settings right.
I have just purchased this television, and i am very happy with my choice.
I thought that having such a large screen would mean that some programs may be out of focus or pixels would be seen, but no, it's just perfect.
It looks fantastic with my glass stand and stands proudly in the corner of my room.
It has an easy to use television remote control, and the LG guide on freeview is simple and quick to flick through certain channels. You can choose several options, such as 'remind' or 'record' easily on the LG tv guide, and is also easy to flick to component when using certain consoles such as xbox /playstation.
The volume settings are of a good quality, however just volume 1 is quite loud so it's better to press mute rather than lowering the volume when taking a phone call!
The picture and sound quality however are sound, and i enjoy sitting down at the end of the day watching my favourite programs
LG have developed a reputation in recent years for delivering relatively good quality at surprisingly low prices. The 42LH3000 is proof of just how deserving a reputation this is. The LH3000 is available in a range of sizes, all of which are among the best TVs in their price range.
I paid £500 for this set at the start of the year and have had no disappointments so far. It has a sleek, tidy front with a steady stand. It is a little thicker than my last set, though not by much, and doesn't wobble when nudged like some flatscreens. A range of inputs and outputs can be found on the back aswell as some on the side for convenience. 3 HDMI ports, two scart sockets, PC input, component in and various others mean this TV is likely to connect to most of the hardware you'll want to use with it. For users with a surround sound system, this TV has optical output that will allow you to pass other inputs through to your receiver. This is a very connectable TV.
When you switch on for the first time you'll be greeted by an automatic setup that will tune in the aerial. The set features built in freeview and gets a good picture on from both digital and analog broadcasts though not as good as some of the more expensive upscaling set top boxes. After tuning in the TV it presents you with the option to go through a simple calibration tool. This gives you a few templates to set a few good brightness, contrast, colour and sharpness settings and produces a surprisingly good picture. After using the built in calibration tool I ran a few calibration disks of my own to compare and was pleased to find the built in tool to produce a very close to perfect picture. All but the most scrutinous videophiles will probably be very pleased with the results.
This isn't a massively expensive TV and does suffer from a few shortcomings, mainly the black levels. Colours are strong for the most part and the TV offers a lot of flexibility in this area. In terms of colour and picture settings, this TV exceeds any expectations I had based on price and while blacks are strong and dark for a TV in this price range, they're a bit light for a TV excelling in so many other areas. Regardless, it still produces an excellent picture above and beyond that which most people would expect from a £500 set.
Hooking up the PS3 via HDMI to test a few things produced some very satisfying results. Blu-Ray disks shine at their full resolution, displayed through a 1080p set such as this you can see great texture and depth in the picture. Upscaled DVDs also come across well and the TV preserves any 1080p signal well with no distortion or flaws. When upscaling is disabled, the TV's scaler chip takes over. The results are acceptable but no substitute for a hardware scaling option.
Games through this TV look great, though most console titles will only run at 720p, this screen scales up the picture without softening too much. It has a refresh rate of 60hz and doesn't need to drop frames. However, the pixel response time on this TV is lower than some more expensive sets and so a small amount of motion smearing is visible in faster paced games.
However, a good picture isn't all this TV has to offer. LG's invisible speaker technology means the set does not require an exposed speaker grill. I have no idea where the speakers are actually located but the quality of sound excels that of any flatscreen TV I've heard. Bass clarity is preserved and treble sounds aren't tinny and grating. Sound processing includes a dialog booster that helps get sound across clearly and virtual surround sound that creates an enveloping sound. Most viewers who place a lot of value on sound will probably already have external speakers and this TV will work well with any setup you have already but it's good to know that it can keep up with its own hardware.
All in all this is an excellent TV for an excellent price. It will meet most people's needs without unnecessary expense and make most buyers very happy.
I purchased this Tv a little over 6 months ago and I have to say I am more than happy with my purchase. Apart from the fact the screen is huge, the quality of the picture is great but if you are willing to spend more money then you can get better. I paid £450 for my TV and i consider it a bargain for the things you get. The Tv is HD ready so that was doodle to set up with my cable provider. Unlike some Tv's, the menus are basic and easy to navigate which seems to be a luxury with most modern Televisions. On the negative side I have had to get used to turning the Tv off by the remote as i discovered when you turn it off by the switch you can sometimes be left with a burnt screen, leaving an inprint. I also use my Tv with my PS3 and the sound is pretty impressive and when i've had the tele extremely loud you don't seem to get the buzzing/muffled sound you get with some. The stand is very stable too as i was worried such a large Tv might easily topple over but my cat hasn't knocked it off yet! All round this Tv is a bargain and i would recommend it to anyone! Especially gamers. *I do not use freeview so I can't comment on that!
LG have recently been gathering pace in the tv market and after several lacklustre reviews, the brand really has improved it's quality. It is somewhat surprising that they ever struggled particularly in light of the fact that they are one of the biggest selling tv manufacturers.
So here we are onto this offering from LG which certainly promises good things, it has a nice neat design, plenty of inputs for cables boxes, ps3/xbox etc. It also comes with a digital freeview box but unfortunately in this area we can not pick up freeview and the digital switchover is not anticipated for another 3 years!. However this is a minor issue as for most I am sure there are no reception problems and there is always the alternative of a tv box.
Onto the television itself, in some aspects the television performs very well. We see the best from this television for instance when watching one of disneys animated films where the display allows for vibrant, crisp colours and good detail. Of course watching blu ray will allow you to get the best out of this television and take hull advantage of it's HD capabilities. The noise level is kept to a minimum and overall the picture is quite admirable. The sound as if I have mentioned before with any of these televisions particularly when used to an external speaker set up is quite flat, but against other tv's in this range, is respectable, delivering a clear fairly loud sound from the internal speakers.
Unfortunately this television set is left wanting when it comes to black levels, as they don't convey the kind of convincing depth as some of the panasonic's for instance and therefore gives the colour a slightly frey washy feel to it.
Therefore it is this one issue which remains the burning one when it comes to this television. It is an excellent price and you get the full splendour of full HD. However you do need to balance this out against it's black levels. Overall I think for the money this is an excellent bargain though and well worth investigating.
This is an attractive well-specified TV in a chic high gloss finish. It is the most user friendly set to use, thanks to the excellent onscreen menus that are easy to navigate and a brilliant feature that uses test signals to optimise picture settings. It is very easy to set up and once everything is connected, you will be up and running within 5 minutes.
The high quality 42 inch screen is perfect for your entertainment. There are three HDMI sockets for high definition viewing and also has a USB port for plug and play viewing. The picture performance is bold and brash. There are better quality TVs out there.
The screen tends to leave dark parts of the picture a little grey and fast moving objects can often turn out blurred. The audio is not what you call great and often sounds thin and lacking in depth. This LG will attract fans with attractive visuals but thier are better quality TVs with much cheaper prices than the £600 required to purchase this TV.
This was the last TV I had before my recent upgrade to a 50".Yes men do like to boast about their size, but now its their TV, and I love having a huge one.
An excellent TV.
It is incredibly slim, and surprisingly light for its size. It also comes with numerous ports for different connections. Every connection type you can imagine is here, so whether you just use the basic scart leads for everything, or you feed from your PC, or you like to have the highest quality picture an sound at all times, this TV will cater for it.
I never had a problem with it, and it still works now ( I gave it to my sister). Installation was incredibly easy, with freeview built in everything tuned itself with a couple of simple button presses. I was then able to arrange them as I liked. Plenty of channel options so I could have DVD and numerous video game consoles all connected.
The audio was excellent quality, not tinny or rattling like some Tv audio can be.
The best feature though was the quality of picture, as crisp and clear as you could wish.
On my video games.
for the TV and basic DVD's etc, not so much. But that is a problem with this technology not this TV. This technology requires the input image quality to be better than a basic TV aerial or plain DVD. My sister though, has Sky HD and a Blu Ray player, and the pictures from both through this TV are incredible. The only downside is that this TV is susceptible to image burn-in. A common side effect of using video games, the way the images or created and transmitted burns them into the image, so often, when watching something on a black screen you can see some evidence of the previous image from a video game. Fortunately its not always noticeable, however this is something this TV does suffer from. So be careful of that.
Over all I WOULD recommend this TV as both a gaming TV as it produces an excellent picture quality, and is well priced, and for general TV viewing as it is still a very good TV regardless of the issues inherent in the technology, plus, when used with other technology that supplies HD quality, this TV then reproduces it in truly superb quality.