Talking of ‘fluid motion’, the 47LG7000 is also distinguished by a so-called 24p Real Cinema mode, which employs a 5:5 pulldown system specially designed to produce the cleanest, smoothest results with 1080p/24 feeds of the sort now produced by practically every Blu-ray player.
Yet more processing comes from LG’s XD Engine processing, with its focus on boosting colours, noise reduction, contrast and motion, while the screen is built to the full HD specification of 1920x1080 pixels, and reckons to be able to deliver a deliriously high maximum contrast ratio of 50,000:1 (with the help of a dynamic contrast system).
It’s fed via a roster of connections that include a very healthy four v1.3 HDMIs, all ready, willing and able to take in the Deep Colour format now starting to appear on one or two camcorders.
Other sockets of interest include a USB 2.0 port through which you can play JPEG stills and MP3 audio files from USB storage devices, a D-Sub PC port, and RS-232C control port for system integration, and an optical digital audio output.
The 47LG7000’s onscreen menus feature LG’s latest, extremely likeable graphics-heavy interface, and contain a helpful array of image tweaks that include noise reduction routines, a contrast expander, a black level booster, a backlight adjustment, and an unusual Eye Care mode that finally recognizes a long-held belief that LCD screens can actually be too bright for comfort by dimming the screen’s light output a touch.
In fact, the 47LG7000’s pictures are so adjustable that they can even be calibrated professionally by an Imaging Science Foundation engineer to best suit your specific viewing environment.
As we head into the real reviewing part of this article, we can’t help but contemplate the rather inconsistent nature of LG’s recent LCD output. Will the relatively high end 47LG7000 prove the unequivocal picture quality hit we’ve been waiting for?
Actually, it just about will. Starting out in tough style with the latest one-day cricket international between England and South Africa in HD on Sky, I really was quite startled by how accomplished its performance was.