LG 47LH3000 47in LCD TV - LG 47LH3000

John Archer

By John Archer

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LG 47LH3000 47in LCD TV

Summary

Our Score:

8

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Examining the 47LH3000’s spec sheet reveals that it’s far from the uber-basic model you’d imagine for its money. It’s got a Full HD resolution, for a start - something that even now can’t be considered a dead cert at the 47LH3000’s sort of money.

Plus it’s got a dynamic backlight engine able to produce a perfectly respectable claimed contrast ratio of 50,000:1, LG’s solid and improving XD Engine multi-facetted video processing engine, and even a special Real Cinema processing mode devoted to playback of 24p Blu-ray sources.

There’s no 100Hz processing, but even the most eternal optimist couldn’t really have expected to find that on a £600 47in TV.

More good news, meanwhile, concerns the 47LH3000’s onscreen menus. For these employ the same bold, graphics-heavy approach found on LG’s premium models, and the result is one of the easiest-to-use TVs we’ve come across.

This is despite the fact that the menus actually contain a reasonably large roster of features. Particularly startling is the discovery of ISF presets, proving that the TV has been deemed flexible enough by the Imaging Science Foundation for professional calibration by one of its engineers.

The sort of tweaks anyone calibrating the 47LH3000‘s pictures will likely tinker with include dynamic colour and contrast systems, gamma adjustment, noise reduction routines, and various tricks aimed at boosting black levels.

If you fancy calibrating the set yourself but feel a bit scared, LG has got your back courtesy of a built-in Picture Wizard - i.e., a series of test signals, complete with brief explanations of how to use them to get your pictures looking more accurate. Assuming accuracy is what you actually like in your video pictures, of course!

Pressed into use on a typical selection of HD games and Blu-rays, the 47LH3000 unsurprisingly falls short of the pictorial glories reported on one or two higher-spec LG sets we’ve assessed in recent times. But before you get too crestfallen, I can also state that the 47LH3000 produces pictures far, far in advance of anything else around that offers the same sort of screen size for just £600.

jingyeow

December 29, 2009, 5:57 am

It is well known that consumer satisfaction is heightened at obtaining something for a lower price than they think it is worth. Is it possible this has occurred here?





Good review, but especially because of the problem above I would have preferred the flaws to be highlighted with more prominence than the glowing praise. I think a consumer would be able to discern a bargain when they see it. Plus I would have liked more comparison to other 47" models rather than "budget TVs".





Otherwise I liked that review, and the price is extremely attractive considering some 42" models cost more than that.

FreQ

December 29, 2009, 7:09 am

Hmm....maybe a bit too much focus on the value. Even when stuff is cheap, we want to know its problems.





As mentioned multple times though - definately good value!

Frankf9d

December 29, 2009, 7:29 am

"Full HD" will increasingly be a very important factor in decisions regarding budget TV sets, if the predicted take up and use of Freeview HD 1080i by the main five becomes a reality.


I now wonder if my choice, much earlier this year, of a budget 50" 720p coupled to a Sky box, mainly for the football and films, was really all that wise, this set reviewed is only three inches smaller but two hundred quid less and has more future.


I'm sure you had a delightful Christmas and I'm confident you have a few more to come.

Paul 16

December 29, 2009, 2:43 pm

what a surprise, another unprofessional review...hilarious quotes like "motion blur reasonably easy to live with"!! and "if you don't believe me go see it yourself"!!!





it really makes me wonder, for which people these reviews are intented for??? i mean really??

Tony Walker

December 29, 2009, 3:25 pm

I am continually amazed and dismayed at manufacturers still putting VGA ports into both televisions and more importantly laptops.





DVI has been around long enough now and including the port not only increases costs, but perpetuates a port that is long past its sell by date.





You'd have to be mad to use the VGA port on a display with this resolution, particularly as the port probably only supports 1366 x 768 and not the native resolution of the panel. Peeps with the smallest iota of sense would just use a DVI-to-HDMI cable and use one of the HDMI ports. Hell, some laptops and PCs now actually come with a HDMI port. Yay!

Nick Ward

December 29, 2009, 3:43 pm

Thanks for the review. Coupled with the BD390, it looks like a great combination for under £1,000.

goran

December 31, 2009, 12:33 pm

and u can unlock USB port on rear side to play mkv,avi,divx,mp3,jpg......

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