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When it comes to TVs, LG could never be accused of not offering enough choice. Its 2008 LCD TV line-up features no less than 24 models within eight different series, ranging from 19 to 52in, 17 of which boast full 1080p resolution. This 42in set is pulled from the 5000 series, one of three ranges launched in the first half of this year (sandwiched between the 6000 and 3000 series) and offers a feature list to die for.
But as ever LG's primary focus is on the aesthetic, and it really pushes the boat out with the 42LG5000. The set is completely gorgeous, sporting a black high gloss finish, gentle curves and a fetching swivel stand. But the best feature is a new invisible speaker system, which incorporates speakers in strategic spots around the entire bezel so that they're completely hidden from view, giving the set a clean, compact appearance. But its benefits aren't just visual - LG reckons this speaker-packed bezel generates a ‘wall of sound' that offers a wider sweet spot.
The set also features a wealth of connections, including three HDMI 1.3 inputs (two on the rear and one on the side) all of which support Deep Colour and LG Simplink (LG's name for HDMI CEC). These are backed up by component video, two SCARTs, PC input and optical digital audio output on the rear. There's also a USB port on the rear but before you get too excited, it's only for service purposes. Joining the third HDMI on the side are S-video, composite and stereo audio inputs and a common interface slot for adding pay TV channels to the Freeview line-up.
The 42LG5000's panel resolution is 1,920 x 1,080, allowing you to display 1080p material from a Blu-ray or HD DVD deck in all its glory. Even better news is that the set features a 1080/24p mode called TruCinema. This runs at 120Hz and uses a 5:5 pulldown technique to display each of the 24 frames five times, but because all of the frames are shown for the same amount of time there's no judder.
LG has also packed the set with a range of proprietary picture technology, though it lacks the TruMotion 100Hz mode found on the 6000 series. What it does feature is Intelligent Sensor, which automatically adjusts the picture depending on the viewing conditions to deliver the optimum picture - reducing power consumption and protecting against eye strain in the process.