Join Date: May 2007
Location: Ontario, Canada
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I just picked this set up today. I had purchased the 47" but returned it as I felt it was too large for my (apartment) living room.
This was an upgrade from a 40" Samsung that was about 2 years old. The Samsung (LN40A550) was an awesome tv, but I wanted a somewhat bigger screen size as well as 120 Hz TruMotion. This LG model also has a 2.4 ms response time.
So, I get about 70 more square inches of viewing space (at 1:85) than the 40 inch Samsung and that does make a difference. Sound from the set is okay, but I have it connected to a receiver and great speakers. The LG also has a connection for an optical cord which I use.
I'm quite happy with the images on the set. Sports (baseball and football) look really great! While watching the baseball game, I went into the settings to change it from vivid to standard and saw that it was already in standard mode. HD content is very nice as well. Blu-ray and HD-DVD are a pleasure to watch. I have not tried SD-DVD yet. It didn't look too good on the 47". Some were passable, others looked terrible. Not sure if it is the set or the screen size. Another reason for going with the 42" was because I have a huge DVD collection and most are SD and I am hoping they won't be as degraded in image quality on the 42" set.
Just to test it, I threw a couple of blu-rays in really quick and was happy with what I was seeing. I threw in Kill Bill 1, The Fall and The Matrix (Reloaded). Colours looked great in all three, and I found the blacks in The Matrix, very good.
By the way, it did take longer for this set to locate the signal from my dual-player Samsung. An extra minute or two is no big deal to me.
The 'soap opera effect' is much less noticeable on the 42" than the 47". I have yet to make any callibrations, I am happy with the display so far, I did have to alter the 47" settings while I had it, because it was too distracting. Like I said, the set is in a small living room, so I may not have found the display too distracting on the 47" had it been in a bigger room.
CGI effects in hd are a bit more noticeable on this set than my Samsung. I found that by turning the display down to a different setting, it made an improvement.
Upon turning it on for the first time, it scanned and found all the major HD broadcasts in my area (I am not too far from Detroit Michigan on the Canadian side). They all look great. I do not have hd cable or satellite so I cannot tell you how that looks.
There is a small instruction booklet in the packaging as well as a cd with the full manual on it.
It has only been a day, but after a lot of researching and viewing LCD sets in the stores, I am very happy with this set so far.
I am not sure if this set is available in the USA???