While good, though, the 42LG6000’s pictures aren’t quite great. For instance, while black levels are good, they’re not quite as good as those of Samsung’s new 656 models, or the Sony Bravia 40W4000, with gentle traces of the common LCD greyness problem over the very darkest corners. Some of the blackest backdrops in Sweeney Todd also look a bit hollow as the TV fails to reveal the sort of subtle shadow detailing that’s essential in giving dark scenes a sense of natural depth.
My other main concern is with the TV’s TruMotion engine. For while this delivers generally positive results, it’s also more ‘glitchy’ than similar engines we’ve seen from one or two other brands recently.
For instance, with the system in operation during our Sweeney Todd run-through, if any of the actors cross the screen or move part of their bodies particularly quickly, the processing struggles to keep up and causes a flickery lagging artefact over the area of the picture that’s moving. While watching the Champion’s League Final, meanwhile, I noted a few occasions where the ball would develop a couple of ghostly echoes of itself as it traveled through the air from goal kicks or big clearances.
Finally, during camera pans the backdrop sometimes flickers a touch, again presumably as the processing struggles to keep up with its calculations. LG has provided the option to turn the TruMotion system off, of course, and if you do this the various glitches disappear. But then motion doesn’t look as clear or fluid.
As a final lesser niggle, I have to say I didn’t find the 42LG6000’s HD pictures to look quite as sharp as I’d like. Not to the extent that you don’t realise you’re watching HD; but the HD efforts of the recently tested Sony Bravia 40W4000 definitely look quite a bit crisper.
Turning finally to the 42LG6000’s invisible speaker system, it has good points and bad points. On the upside, it delivers some surprising amounts of treble detailing, good volume levels, and plenty of soundstage width. On the downside, the mid and lower end of the audio register can become congested, leading to a slightly muddy feeling to loud scenes, and even the occasional distortion.
The 42LG6000 is a really quite beautifully designed and constructed TV that will doubtless win many admirers on its looks alone. Just as well, then, that people seduced by its design will also find it a good – though not quite great – performer, too.
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