My previous television was an old 32in. JVC CRT bought in 1999, but I just purchased my first LCD tv this weekend. I opted for the LG 42LE5400 and am so far loving it....but the headphone output leaves a little to be desired. In the nighttime, I always wear wireless headphones while watching tv so I don't disturb the family. My old JVC tv had an analog audio out port (red/white) that I connected to my receiver's input. I could then just plug my headphones into the headphone jack on my receiver and enjoy the sound and it was independent of the tv's speakers.
With the 42LE5400 I notice a couple of annoyances with regards to using the headphone jack (would rather have analog output, but it is not included with this model).
1. When plugging in the headphones, I have to turn up the volume on the tv to around 90-95 (max is 100; normal level without headphone connected is around 25-35) to get decent sound. This is not a problem while wearing the headphones, but if I just unplug the headphone jack and forget to lower the tv volume, the whole house is in for a rude awakening.
2. While the headphones are plugged in, the tv speakers are disabled. This means, I cannot have the headphones plugged in and allow another family member to hear the sound from the tv speakers. It's either one or the other. Annoying.
3. I was watching a Netflix streaming movie and the sound would just stop for about 10 seconds, but the video is still playing without interruption. I realize this might be a network problem, but it is just odd that the sound would stop, but the video would keep going. You would think that the video would stop, but the sound would keep going if it was truly a network problem.
Anybody else experiencing these issues?