LG 42LG5000 42in LCD TV - LG 42LG5000

By Danny Phillips

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

User Score:

So why aren't we blown away by the 42LG5000's pictures? The main problem is its inability to keep motion blur in check. Moving objects, such as a car zooming round the city or even more gentle movements like Will Smith raising his hand to his head, leave a really obvious trail behind them that gives the picture a disorienting haze and compromises edge definition. On this evidence LG's claimed 5ms response time seems optimistic - perhaps the TruMotion 100Hz mode will eliminate the problem on its higher-end sets.

A second but less serious problem is black level, which doesn't reach the depths that the quoted 50,000:1 contrast ratio would suggest, but they're good enough to make movies seem adequately cinematic.

But even more unforgivable is the quality of standard definition pictures. We played a DVD on the Sony Blu-ray deck via HDMI (running at 576p) and the image suffers from a layer of dot noise across the screen, plus straight lines look jagged. Combined with the aforementioned image lag, it adds up to some rather scruffy looking pictures. We also tried upscaling the DVD to 1080/50p to see if it would help, but the same artifacts were visible.

On a more positive note, the invisible sound system works a treat, delivering rich and dynamic sound with more bass than you'd probably expect from such a slim frame. And SRS TruSurround does a wonderful job at making stereo sound seem louder and more expansive.

Verdict

At first glance, the 42LG5000 looks like a winning proposition, with a vast number of innovative features and an alluring design, all for a reasonable price. And despite a good effort with high-definition material, its motion blur problems and poor SD pictures prevent it from earning our wholehearted recommendation.

Overall Score

7

Scores In Detail

  • Value 7
  • Image Quality 6
  • Sound Quality 7
  • Features 8
  • Design 9

patman

October 31, 2008, 4:47 pm

"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."





Well, this review was one of the reasons I bought this TV, as the nature of the advertised 24p support was almost impossible to find out.





However, it seems that your statement is wrong. 24p certainly does not look smooth. It is almost certainly displayed at 50Hz, which, of course, is the wrong thing to do. It's beyond me why manufacturers do this, as the effect is very visible, and horrible.





I'm trying to return my set. My 4 year old LCD TV plays back Bluray 24p at 48Hz smoothly, so I know what it is supposed to look like!

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