So what we have here is a 47in LCD TV that costs as little as £1,275. Let's just say that again: what we have here is a 47in LCD TV that costs as little as £1,275.
Obviously we're not just repeating this in a pathetic bid to stretch this review out a bit. Honest. We're just trying to stress the point that even in today's ultra-competitive flat TV world, LG's king-sized LCD big boy looks like a bargain. But are looks in this case deceptive?
Well, LG certainly doesn't seem to have skimped on the 47LY95's design, at least. It's sleek, shiny, pretty and even, dare we say it, quite subtle by today's Flash Harry standards.
The set's connections similarly show no really obvious signs of corner cutting. The provided two HDMIs, for instance, are adequate for this money, especially as they're able to let the TV's remote take control of other LG gear you may have attached to them. It's a pity this control system isn't more ‘open standard' so that it could work with source kit from other brands, as with some rival systems. But it's better than nothing.
Elsewhere can be found the de rigueur component video input and Scarts, plus all the paraphernalia associated with a built-in digital tuner and a D-Sub interface so you can bring your PC gaming out of the study and into the living room on a grand scale.
A hugely pleasant surprise on such an affordable TV is the discovery that the 47LY95's resolution is 1,920 x 1,080, making it a full HD set for less money than you'd normally expect to spend on a standard HD Ready one of such a size. And before you ask, yes, it does the decent thing of providing a mode whereby pixels in an HD source are mapped to the screen on a direct one for one basis, with no mess-inducing overscan processing.
The HDMIs are also significant in HD terms for taking the 1080p/24fps HD format used on most Blu-ray/ HD DVD discs these days - a fact which means the TV can receive the purest possible pictures from high-end HD players that support direct output of the 1080p/24fps feed.