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LG 47LH3000 47in LCD TV - LG 47LH3000

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.
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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.

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