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LG 47LH3000 47in LCD TV - LG 47LH3000

LG has long had an uncanny knack for immediately winning your AV hearts with aggressive displays of brightness and colour on its LCD TVs. And this potent approach holds good on the 47LH3000, which thus immediately sidesteps the familiar dull, muted look of so many mega-cheap rivals.

This should prove very helpful to the 47LH3000 in a store environment, as it will help the screen hold its own in terms of raw AV 'charisma' against screens selling for way more. But of course, what’s good for a shop in terms of picture traits is seldom if ever good for a darker domestic environment. So it’s just as well that the 47LH3000 has just enough flexibility in its options to allow images to be left looking punchy without requiring you to tolerate too many over-aggressive tones or too little black level response.

The 47LH3000 also outperforms its price point when it comes to the sharpness of its HD pictures. There’s plenty of evidence of the sort of picture minutiae that still even now sometimes raises a sigh of contentment among AV lovers, and crucially the picture doesn’t succumb to motion blur anywhere near as badly as I would have expected, despite the lack of any 100Hz processing.


I’m not saying that there’s no motion blur. But what there is, is reasonably easy to live with, and is certainly a million miles away from the smeary mess often witnessed with other budget TVs.

Another common budget TV failing largely adroitly sidestepped by the 47LH3000 is weak black level response. For while its dark scenes certainly look a touch greyer and less detailed than they do on higher end TVs from LG and others, they’re deep enough to make day to day images look dynamic, while predominantly dark scenes are miles more natural looking than is typical at entry level prices.

As you’ve probably - hopefully - realised by now, the 47LH3000’s successes are comparative rather than earth shattering. Plus it has other problems I haven’t mentioned yet, such as a rather limited viewing angle, slight judder when watching Blu-rays despite the 24p mode, and a slightly noisy look to all but the best quality standard definition sources.

Yet with the 47LH3000 also using its considerable bulk to produce a well-rounded audio performance (complete with - shock, horror! - a decent amount of bass), the bottom line is that no matter how critical you might try to be of it, the 47LH3000 is little short of a budget triumph.

Verdict

The 47LH3000 is currently to be found as the definition of 'bargain' in the Oxford English Dictionary. Have a look for yourself if you don’t believe me.

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