Summary

Our Score

7/10

User Score

Review Price £995.00

LG 47LD950 - 3D Blu-ray Woes and Verdict

Figuring the problem might be resolved by switching the set’s Left/Right 3D setting to right/left, all we succeeded in doing was making the foreground go out of focus while the background suddenly became sharp!

This is all extremely frustrating, and makes 3D Blu-rays look a shadow of what we know they should look like. Even though again, 3D Blu-rays on the 47LD950 are actually impressively free of crosstalk noise.

To make matters worse, the 47LD950’s screen is comfortably big enough to reveal a marked reduction in 3D Blu-ray picture resolution versus all the active shutter, full HD 3D TVs out there.
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This sense of missing detail and crispness with 3D Blu-rays is ironically emphasised by the actually quite high quality of the 47LD950’s 2D HD performance. For with normal Blu-rays, the 47LD950’s pictures look full of texture and sharpness, giving us all those HD flourishes and subtleties we so love to see on a big-screen full HD TV.

Normal HD sources also look dynamically but naturally coloured, and give us a better chance to appreciate the 47LD950’s respectable motion handling (so long as you don’t set the motion processing too high).

However, with no 3D glasses to affect our judgement, 2D HD footage also lets us see that the 47LD950 suffers with a little of the clouding over dark picture areas so often witnessed with CCFL LCD TVs.

More problems come into play with standard def material. For thanks to what we suspect must be shortcomings in the TV’s processing routines, standard def pictures tend to appear a touch mushy, and too little is done to suppress any noise that might be inherent in standard def sources, especially digital tuner ones.

Stubbornly refusing to let us finish on a high note, meanwhile, is the 47LD950’s audio performance. It’s not actually bad or anything; just resolutely average, displaying exactly the same reluctance to attempt anything approximating a convincing bass line that we’ve witnessed on countless other LCD TVs before.

Verdict

Some underwhelming standard definition pictures join with the lack of Freeview HD playback, missing Ethernet-related features, CCFL lighting and arguably even the passive approach to 3D in making the 47LD950 feel curiously dated for what is ostensibly an innovative TV.

There seems little doubt that LG’s passive 3D approach will continue to do healthy business in the commercial sector, where active shutter glasses just aren’t practical. But if it’s going to make a similar impact in our living rooms, it’s really going to have to do better with 3D Blu-rays next time out.

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