The more eagle-eyed among you will have noticed, though, that the 42LH4000 has ‘only’ bagged a score of eight for its picture quality. And there are three main reasons for this.
First, while the 42LH4000 delivers respectable black levels with less ‘grey mist’ than we saw with the brand’s previous LCD generation, really dark scenes can still look a bit devoid of subtle shadow detail and thus a touch hollow and one-dimensional. The reason for this, I suspect, is that in the process of calibrating the image to deliver the most convincing black levels, you have to knock out a fraction too much brightness and backlight output.
My other two relatively slight concerns about the 42LH4000’s pictures are that skin can appear slightly waxy with standard definition, and that HD doesn’t look quite as pin-sharp and detailed as the very best Full HD 42in screens around. Though this certainly doesn’t stop the step up from standard to high definition from being suitably pronounced.
Dragging ourselves away from the 42LH4000’s engaging pictures, it’s nice to find that its audio is perfectly respectable too. There’s enough space in the mid-range to accommodate vocals with authority and clarity, treble detailing is good without sounding harsh, and there’s even a touch of bass around.
The only problem, really, is the fact that there’s not enough raw power to allow the soundstage to expand much when asked to cope with a rip-roaring action scene.
Although the 42LH4000’s pictures aren’t quite strong enough in the black level department to earn the TV a nine or 10 rating, it’s actually one of my favourite LG TVs to date once you take its £618 price into account. For it looks pretty, sounds fine, and its pictures are never less than enjoyable, falling only a fraction short in quality of those found on LG’s more expensive, 200Hz-carrying 42LH5000.