And now, at long last, it’s time to find out if the LG’s 42in Scarlet TV’s beauty is more than skin deep.
And, actually you know, it just about is. For starters, as I’d hoped the addition of 100Hz processing certainly does boost the screen’s handling of motion. The really quite serious resolution loss over motion seen recently on LG’s 5000 models is hugely reduced. In fact, with the TruMotion system set to high, it almost disappears completely. What’s more, as well as looking sharper, moving objects also progress across the screen more fluidly – an especially noticeable effect when you’re watching films.
Also good on the 42LG6000 is its black level response. Most ‘normal’ kinds of image enjoy dark sections that look really punchy and deep, and provide a great counterpoint to the images’ bright and colourful bits. Liberty City’s stunning lighting variations in the Xbox 360’s Grand Theft Auto IV frequently look dazzling as a result. Also, the startling contrasts between the deliberately grey palette and vivid reds of all Todd’s copious bloodletting in the recently released Blu-ray transfer of Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd, couldn’t be more dramatic.
Obviously good black levels are only half of this image dynamism story, though. For in typical LG style the 42LG6000 pumps out seriously vibrant colour tones right across the spectrum. However, unlike some previous LG LCDs, here that taste for vibrancy doesn’t lead to colour tones looking forced or unnatural. In fact the skin tones on display during the Champions League Final in HD looked authentic enough to see how much paler John Terry looked after he missed that penalty…
A final strength of the 42LG6000 is that it does a really sound job of upscaling standard definition sources to its full HD native resolution, with far less of the off-key colour tones and exaggerated video noise that has characterised a few previous LG LCDs.