I purchased an LG 47LW5300 3D LCD TV + 3D Blu-ray player bundle yesterday. It was a floor model but I believe all parts were included, except the box. The purpose of this post is to provide some information (that may be useful to new 55LW5300, 47LW5300, and 42LW5300 owners) and also to ask some questions.1) cabling
It seems odd to me that a composite cable is included with this bundle but an HDMI cable is not. I'm sure some people will connect the blu-ray player to the TV with this cable, which is a mistake. Yes it's possible to view discs that way, but not in HD and not in 3D, so why bother? To include a cheap HDMI cable would only have cost LG a buck or two.
The blu-ray player is model BD645, which is sold only in this bundle. It lacks component outputs, and also lacks local storage for BD-Live (but has a front-mounted USB port so you can add your own).
My setup puts an HDMI v.1.4 capable (3D-aware) receiver in the middle, like this:
2) 3D content
- LG_BD645 --[HDMI]--> Pioneer_VSX1020 --[HDMI]--> LG_47LW5300
The bundle does not include a 3D demo disc, which seems odd. The only 3D content I have is a nice Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D
disc I got for xmas.
I guess I could also pay an extra $10/month for ESPN 3D, but I don't know if I want to do that.3) blu-ray player settings
When I played the Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D disc I could see a 3D picture, but the audio was boring stereo, so I went into the blu-ray player's Audio settings and set it to
- HDMI: Primary Pass-Thru (had been PCM Stereo)
- Sampling Freq: 192KHz (had been 48KHz)
- DRC (Dynamic Range Control): I left this on Auto but perhaps should have turned it Off.
Don't make these changes to your setup unless you're using a capable audio receiver.
While I was there I also changed the Display settings to:
- 1080p Display Mode : 24Hz (had been 60Hz)
because I think
that this will be good for 24Hz content (film) and not hurt 30/60Hz content (video). At least I hope it doesn't hurt 30/60Hz content—I'm not sure. I also changed Wallpaper to Wallpaper4
here because I slightly prefer it.
I also looked for a way to turn off CEC control over HDMI (which I believe LG calls "SimpLink") because it seems that it may be causing me some trouble. However I haven't discovered any way to do this in the player.4) firmware upgrades
I upgraded the blu-ray player from firmware BD6.009.00.00.C to BD6.030.00.C. I'm not sure what difference it made.
I upgraded the television from firmware 03.02.11 to 05.00.01. The only difference I notice is that the clock shown upon boot shows as 12-hour am/pm, where it had been in 24-hour military format.
Another difference that is supposed
to come with firmware 05.00.01 is better 3D resolution
(if I understand this page
correctly) so long as I also turn off TruMotion. I did turn off TruMotion after performing the firmware update, but I can't tell if the 3D is better or not. (I didn't give 3D a critical look before performing the update.) Allow me to ask this, though:TruMotion
is LG's name for frame interpolation, right? Is there any reason I shouldn't turn off TruMotion, in all the profiles, even for 2D viewing? Why I would want LG to be interpolating frames in the first place? I guess I don't get it.5) TV settings
I usually rely on others' expertise for this. (I.e. someone writes "Turn Backlight to A, Contrast to B, Brightness to C, Sharpness to D, Color to E, Tint to F, ColorTemp to G, and AdvancedSettings to H" and I simply follow his/her advice.) I haven't found any such advice yet, though, but I will keep looking.
I do have advice for others, though, and that is to turn Energy Saving
. I think Energy Saving is supposed to dynamically adjust the brightness based on ambient light level, which isn't a bad idea on the face of it, but for me it seemed to be adjusting the brightness semi-randomly. I'm happier now that I have turned it off.
Question: I read somewhere
viewing mode(s) can be enabled somehow, perhaps with a Logitech Harmony remote. Is this true?
If so, this may be an alternative to finding the kind of advice I mentioned in the previous paragraph. (I happen to own the Harmony 610 model, though I haven't used it much and it's currently programmed for my old TV.)
I was able to turn off CEC control over HDMI on the TV by pressing the "SimpLink" button on the remote control, scrolling to the top of the popup dialog, and choosing Off
. Before I did this I would get frequent "No Signal" warnings from the TV, presumably because the TV asked the Receiver to switch to a different input. I still see the occasional "No Signal" error, but it is much less frequent with SimpLink turned off. (Btw, the LG-in-rotating cube logo that accompanies "No Signal" is darn cute, but it's still annoying when it happens.)
This TV has a "Picture Wizard" feature which guides one through setting video settings. I don't really understand how it works. Evidently it holds part of the screen constant (for visual comparison) while changing settings for the rest of the screen. Fancy. I haven't played with this yet. What do others out there think of LG's Picture Wizard?
Finally, I notice that when I turn on my TV with no video input, that the corners are significantly less black than the center of the screen is. It's not as pronounced on my set as it is on the pictures (pic1
) that Shasha of Renton, WA, took of his 47LW5300, but I'm worried. Should I be?
Might this be a warranty service issue?6) Annoyances
Whenever I switch to a 3D video source the TV pops up a series of dialog boxes:
Put on 3D glasses. Sit 2 meters from TV to enjoy the best 3D view.
Press ENTER on the remote.
Take a break for 10 min to 15 min every hour. Stop watching moving images, if you have any symptoms of headache, dizziness or any uncomfortable feelings. Guardians are encouraged to...
Press ENTER on the remote, again.
This is annoying, especially when switching between 2D and 3D segments of the same disk. Is there any good way to bypass these?
Another annoyance is that, while text can be assigned to the various inputs (such as HDMI1), the list is limited: VCR, DVD, Set Top Box, Satellite, Cable Box, Game, PC, HD-DVD, Blu-ray, or blank. Why isn't the tag "Receiver
" in this list?? That's what I want to choose but it's not there.7) Lag
Evidently the input lag for the LW5300 series can be as high as 115ms or 120ms. That's pretty darn high, and I would be concerned if I was a gamer, but I'm not a gamer. Maybe someday I'll purchase a 3D-capable console (perhaps a Wii U
) and some 3D games, and then I suppose I may be sorry.
Gaming aside, though, might a latency of 115ms cause problems even for viewing of simple 2D and 3D content? Is this something I should be trying to adjust for in my Pioneer VSX-1020 receiver?