LG 47LX6900



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  • Review Price: £1169.99

LG’s approach to 3D is either impressively wide-ranging or rather scattershot, depending on your point of view. For as well as the direct LED alternate frame 3D and CCFL LCD passive 3D screens we’ve already looked at, the brand also now has plasma 3D alternate fame models, which we’ll be looking at soon, and edge LED 3D models, one of which sits before us today.

The set in question is the 47in 47LX6900, and a very nice-looking set it is too. It doesn’t have the ‘single layer’ fascia finish of LG’s so-called Infinia sets, but its slightly split-level bezel, gentle blue tinge to its extremities, blue-necked desktop stand, and extreme (sub 3cm) thinness make it a sight to behold.

Given how thin it is, though, it seems a bit daft that many of its connections – including three of its four HDMIs – face straight out of the TV’s rear. This means the set isn’t nearly as easy to hang on a wall as such a slender TV should be.

At least the connectivity on offer is pleasingly prodigious. For as well as the previously mentioned four HDMIs, you get an Ethernet port, a USB input, a D-Sub PC port, and a port for attaching LG’s cool-sounding-but-hard-to-find Wireless AV Link optional extra box, via which you can stream in HD video and audio wirelessly from your external sources.

The Ethernet port offers all the features we would expect of such a socket, too. For instance, it’s there as mandatory support for a built-in Freeview HD tuner. Plus it can be used to jack the TV into your network for playback of video, music and photo files from a connected DLNA PC. And finally it can be used to access LG’s NetCast online service.

As noted in other recent LG reviews, this service is currently a bit rubbish compared to rival systems, with only YouTube, Picasa and Accuweather services to its name. We’re really looking forward to being able to talk about more exciting online features with LG’s 2011 range!

What the 47LX6900 lacks in Net services, though, it makes up for in picture setup options. For it’s yet another LG TV that’s been endorsed by the Imaging Science Foundation, meaning it has such excellent calibration aids as two or 10-point gamma adjustment, and a pretty fulsome colour management system, including the facilities to adjust the brightness and contrast of the RGB colour components and the saturation and tint of the RGBCMY elements.

The set also carries LG’s TruMotion 200Hz system, and rather more controversially/craply, local dimming, whereby sections of the edge LED lighting can be adjusted individually. The problem with this is that the level of localisation achievable is really very limited, with the result that if you have bright parts of a picture within a generally dark scene, you end up with a pretty blatant – and thus highly distracting – ugly grey square around the bright part of the picture. So basically, our advice is that you keep this feature turned off at all times!