Regarding viewing angle, the news is actually OK. For while black levels and colour response certainly do drop off in the usual way as you increase your viewing angle, the effect isn’t really dramatic until you get to a respectable 60 degrees or so off axis.
Black levels are a touch more problematic. The opening black and white sequence of Casino Royale on Blu-ray, for instance, certainly suffers a little grey clouding over the pitch-black corners of Bond’s target’s office, and I also detected a touch of brightness ‘stepping’ caused by the dynamic backlight.
However, we are talking about a really very dark sequence here. With more ‘normal’ contrast levels to deal with, there’s certainly enough black level depth to deliver plenty of punch. Plus there’s usually enough shadow detail around to ensure dark scenes enjoy a sense of depth.
The Casino Royale Blu-ray is also handy for testing the 47LG7000’s motion handling – and again the TV is not found wanting. The combination of Real Cinema and Tru-Motion gives images good fluidity and clarity, especially during camera pans. And provided you’ve kept TruMotion to its Low level again, this fluidity isn’t troubled by distracting processing side effects badly enough to prevent you appreciating its benefits.
As with the vast majority of LG’s current flat TV range, the 47LG7000 uses an invisible speaker system tuned by audio guru Mark Levinson. And actually this system works rather better on the 47LG7000 than we’ve heard it sound on the brand’s smaller TVs, presumably thanks simply to the greater chassis area it has to work with. There’s still a bit of a bass shortage, and treble clarity could be better but the soundstage definitely sounds more involving and widespread. Also a provided Clear Voice system does an uncanny job of keeping dialogue to the fore even if the rest of the soundstage becomes a bit ‘muddy’ during an action sequence.
LG has been doing nicely on the design and price fronts in recent times, but has struggled to keep up with the Joneses when it comes to TV picture quality. Thankfully the 47LG7000 goes a long way towards putting that right.
We’ve got our hands on this one so hot of the presses that we can’t also confirm just how good value it is, as nobody is selling it yet! But LG’s history of aggressive pricing makes us pretty confident that it might well end up more affordable than you might expect…
As soon as we have a price, by the way, we’ll update this story accordingly, so if you’re interested in the set, keep popping back to this review and checking out the price and supplier sections at the top.