Since these colour issues mostly occur during dark scenes, it seems fair to assume that they’re at least a partial reflection of the LG’s black level shortcomings.
Turning now to the reasons why the 47LY95 still musters a 7/10 for Image Quality despite everything we’ve just said, its single strongest point is its terrific clarity while showing the 1,920 x 1,080 HD sources that make up practically all of the UK’s HD material.
With the 1:1 pixel mode engaged, the amount of fine detailing present in sharp, textured HD source material such as the Venice sequences in the Blu-ray of Casino Royale is really quite breathtaking. Especially since the sharpness is delivered without such common side effects as grain or dot crawl. Or any other image noise, come to that.
Also appealing is the sheer drama of the LG’s colour palette. Yes, this occasionally gets let down by the odd rogue tone, as we mentioned earlier. But for most of the time the sheer aggressiveness of the way the 47LY95 pumps its palette out ensures that your eyes are kept locked on the action.
What’s more, this colour aggression does not preclude any sort of colour subtlety, as the pixel density afforded by the 1,920 x 1,080 resolution actually helps the 47LY95’s colour blends look rather finer than usual – certainly vs mere HD Ready rivals, at least.
One final decent thing about the 47LY95’s images concerns its standard definition quality. Usually LG isn’t too hot on this, plus full HD screens usually struggle to meet the extra scaling demands related to converting standard definition TV broadcasts into a resolution that fits into a 1,920 x 1,080 pixel count. But the 47LY95’s standard definition images definitely look a touch sharper than those of most other LG LCDs and those of most other full HD TVs. (Though the usual problems of extra motion smearing and extra colour discrepancies certainly remain to some extent).
Turning briefly to the 47LY95’s sound, the set delivers a pretty strong account of itself, with plenty of raw volume, good clarity and even a modicum of bass.
Given how affordable it is for a 47in full HD LCD TV, we really wanted to love the 47LY95. But no matter how much we might wish it were otherwise, ultimately that potential ‘love’ is reduced to a ‘mild like’ by the way we’re forced to make slightly more compromises in one or two key areas than we’re really happy with.