Review of LG brand; Model: 42LB1DR
This is the best large screen LCD I have seen yet (next to Sony of course). I have had 3 flat panel LCDs in my house in the last 60 days.
First, a 37 inch Philips which I really liked, but it had terrible (almost non-existent) PC hookup (we do about 30% PC and Xbox and 70% TV and movies). So I took advantage of Best Buys 30-day in-home trial and returned it.
I was just in time to bring home the new 42 inch Westinghouse LCD we were all waiting for. It was great - for 15 days. Looking back now, it is a great monitor and an OK TV. I downgrade it due to poor side viewing. It starting not turning on with the remote or when pressing the side button after about 8 hours of being off. I could get it on but had to unplug and replug it. Not something I wanted to do long term. So off to the Best Buy and their repair shop.
I was informed 2 1/2 weeks later is was not coming back as it had a bad main board, but to come in pick out a new TV. Wow, maybe I can get something even newer. The LG 42 inch LCD with built in DVR had arrived the day before. Wow!
Can I say, if you have a large screen LCD on your shopping list, run, don't walk, to your closest Best Buy or electronics store and buy this baby. I have never been real crazy about the image of big TVs, but with this unit, I feel like my life is now complete.
Where do I start? It has 178 degree viewing. It is bright, clear (remember it is an LCD, so a plasma [who knows how long they will last] may be a bit sharper) but this unit has deep, rich color beyoond anything I have ever had in my house. HD TV is awesome. It comes with a built in HDTV DVR and Tivo similar features on menu with no subscriptions. Media records to its own 160 gig HD and can even record direct to the hard drive without the Cable card when connecting direct to cable coaxial.
It has a downloadable on screen TV Guide, and is Digital Cable ready so the cable box is not needed unless you have to have Pay Per View. Cable card comes from the cable company at no charge for me. My wife has been commenting on high bright and clear this unit is. I could go on. Third time is a charm for me. PTL!