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LG 42LV4400 42-Inch

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LG 42LV4400 42-Inch

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  • Customer Rating Very Good Basic HDTV – Recommended, 2011-11-10
    This review is from: LG 42LV4400 42-Inch
    This LG “42LV4400” HDTV is a good, but very basic, HDTV that makes an excellent “starter”, second, or guest room set. We placed this in my den where it will be used for watching sports, “B” movies, and for playing video games. Our main HDTV is an older Sony Bravia and will make an occasional comparison in my review. Here are my observations:Pros –
    * Excellent Picture Quality; very impressive display with sharp colors and good contrast
    * 120Hz; reduces motion blur for action, video games, and sports (much better than my 60Hz Sony)
    * Good Viewing Angle; picture remains clear from any position in my 14′ x 14′ room
    * Low Glare; screen does not significantly reflect light (unlike my Sony)
    * PC Display Input; this is a very useful feature and we use this a lot of playing PC based gamesCons –
    – Sound; while good for my needs, I can believe that audiophiles will not be happy with the internal speakers
    – Component (AV) and Composite Video Input; this is shared input, so you have to pick one or the otherMisc –
    * 3 HDMI Inputs; we ended up getting an HDMI switch because we have four HDMI output devices
    * No Network Capability; this isn’t really an issue for us since we have existing external devices that provide access to streaming contentOverall, this is a very good basic HDTV for a reasonable price.Recommended!CFH

  • S. Smerud says:

    Customer Rating A Solid TV, With Some Pros and Cons, 2011-11-05
    This review is from: LG 42LV4400 42-Inch
    The LG 42LV4400-UA was incredibly easy to set up. The picture is above average, though with high definition 1080p, most would notice only small differences in picture quality between different TVs. There is a little blurring when watching sports, which is common in my experience. The screen has a matte surface, which reduces glare. By comparison, my Samsung with a “glossy” screen displays a better television image, but also reflects almost like a mirror. The sound quality is average, maybe a little below a Visio with speakers on the front, and a little above a Samsung. Anyone who seriously cares about great sound will probably be connecting this TV to an alternative audio source. It can be set to automatically detect the aspect ratio being broadcast, so fewer programs have the image stretched or squished. There is also a parental lock feature.The 42LV4400-UA comes with an owners manual and CD, remote control with two AA batteries included, a cleaning cloth, power cable, stand with screws, and one safety screw. The included stand allows the TV to swivel up to 20 degrees. Depending on your room setup, this can be helpful to further limit glare during certain times of day.On the left side (if looking at the TV display) are two HDMI ports and one USB port and the television controls. On the bottom of the TV is the cable/antenna input, one additional HDMI port, DVI and audio ports for connecting a computer, component video inputs for audio and video (which can also be used as composite inputs), and an optical digital output.On the downside, there is no Ethernet connection. This means the TV does not now and will not ever be able to display content from a home network or the Internet. It also will not be able to be updated or improved with firmware updates. If you’re connecting this TV to a set-top box like Roku, or a Blu-ray player, you’ll probably have access to Internet content through those devices anyway.The LG 42LV4400-UA is a solid basic television that will meet the needs of most people. After considering the price of competing products and the features you need, you won’t be disappointed with this TV.

  • Customer Rating POOR SOUND, 2011-11-06
    This review is from: LG 42LV4400 42-Inch
    Just bought the 47LV4400 this weekend and was very happy with the price. Once I set the TV up I was instantly sold on how great the picture was UNTIL I spent over an hour trying to get the sound settings set. I have 2 other LG LCD televisions so I know they have better sound than what I could get out of this television. After an hour I decided to return this television thinking that something was defective (a speaker or the bass settings). Upon my return home with another 47LV4400 I instantly set it up and turned on the sound…and wouldn’t you know, it was horrible. I decided to set it up with my home theater system and that is the only reason I am keeping this televison. If I had to do it over again I would decide on a different LG LCD set…this one needs major overhaul on the sound system or lack of sound system.

  • Customer Rating Excellent Few-Frills TV, 2011-11-03
    This review is from: LG 42LV4400 42-Inch
    The LG 42LV4400 LED HDTV performs well overall, but lacks some important features you may see in competing televisions. ==Menu==
    The menu is the same one LG has been using for a few years now. Pushing the “home” button brings up selections for changing picture/audio/parental/time/channel settings etc. These sub-menus are easy to navigate thanks to pictures and large text. While the organization of the menus are great, the breadth of the options available is disappointing.==Picture==
    The picture on most LCD’s is rather good these days. The 42LV4400 ranks right up there with any mid-range HDTV. The blacks could be much better, but with some good tweaking in the regular menu settings, you can achieve fairly decent color accuracy and ‘pop’ (the sensation of depth and realism). As with most LCD’s, the brightness is more than abundant, making it a good TV for any room. It also has a matte finish, which makes it difficult to see reflections.==Aesthetics==
    The bezel of the TV is 1″ on top and sides but almost 3″ on the bottom. The bezel and stand are a high-gloss black with very simple contours and slightly rounded edges. Overall, it looks plain but also attractively understated. It would be a good choice for a professional environment as well as a home.==Build==
    The LG 42LV4400 is fairly light, making it easy to setup by oneself. The stand seems sturdy enough, but a little more weight would have been comforting. The stand doesn’t offer any tilt and doesn’t swivel too well. The inputs are…streamlined: there is one component input and no composite inputs besides; no dvi. The three HDMI inputs are ample though and the USB port is a good addition. The buttons on the TV are not in the most convenient place, being recessed on the side by 2.5″. The buttons feel cheap, but are responsive. Most people will use the remote anyway, which is more of the same. The remote feels cheap as well, but looks okay and works fine. Since there aren’t a ton of features on this TV, the remote is simple enough. There is no ethernet nor wi-fi.==Motion Handling==
    One option I always look for right away is smoothing out motion (sometimes separated into blur and judder). Most LCD’s have issues producing clear, smooth, flowing video of motion. This is a major disadvantage vs. plasma, which does not suffer the same problem. The refresh rates (120Hz or 240Hz instead of 60Hz) are used to adjust the way your eyes see the motion on the television. In the best TV sets, the video is processed so that there is no stuttering and also no “Soap Opera Effect,” a problem introduced when there is too much processing that can make any video look unnaturally smooth as the processing tries to correct the normal variations in speed that us living things tend to do so much when we move about. Unfortunately, with the 42LV4400, you have almost no control over the motion handling, aside from selecting a picture mode (Cinema, Game, Sport, etc). In Game mode, the motion handling is turned off to reduce input lag. In Sport mode, it is turned all the way up, so you can see a football gliding from the quarterback to receiver without too much choppiness.==Calibration==
    If you plan to calibrate this TV yourself, you’ll be sorely disappointed. My older 42LH90 has settings for 10-point IRE gray scale and color/tint settings for primary and secondary colors. Such features as those may only interest videophiles with a spectrometer at their disposal, but the 42LV4400 completely lacks the ability to adjust the gray scale. Most other TV’s I’ve come across in the last few years at least have a 2-point IRE gray scale adjustment. I assume more calibration settings are available in the service menu, but I haven’t found how to access that, despite reading through the manual on the included CD.==Other Features==
    The picture menu lacks some important settings, but does let you create a fairly convincing picture overall. See the end of the review for my settings (though every panel is different). Parental controls are well laid out. The Game mode seems to work well enough to play FPS, though a game like Rock Band may still need some adjustment in-game. Sound is okay, but I’d recommend using external speakers with any TV. Unfortunately, the USB access will only let you view pictures. You can’t view movies or listen to music from the USB port like you can on some other LG models. Also, I did run into a peculiar issue where this TV failed to input any signal from my DVDO video filter. Both functioned normally when paired with other devices.==Conclusion==
    The 42LV4400 lacks the features necessary to be considered a high-end TV, but it is capable of producing an excellent picture that will rival any mid-range TV. I’d recommend this model to anyone trying to get the best picture for the least amount of money. It would best fit a consumer who typically doesn’t bother adjusting the settings on their TV and isn’t bothered by the way some LCD’s poorly handle motion. It would also be a great fit for professional settings, like a conference room or waiting area.UPDATE: I just measured the input lag of this TV compared to my HP ZR24w (S-IPS LCD, not CRT) computer monitor and using game mode. The LV4400 averaged roughly 10-15ms behind. In the other modes it crept up to around 30-40ms. These results are very good and likely reflect the moderate use of video processing.–My Settings (2 sets)–
    Aspect 16:9 — 16:9
    Energy Saving: Auto — Auto
    Picture Mode: Cinema — Standard
    Backlight: 30 (can’t change!) — 80 (can’t change)
    Contrast: 80 — 88
    Brightness: 60 — 56
    Sharpness: 56 — 56
    Color: 55 — 75
    Tint: 0 — 0
    Color Temp: Medium — Medium
    Fresh Contrast: High — High
    Fresh Color: High — Off
    Noise Reduction: Medium — High
    Gamma: High — High
    Black Level: Auto(cant change!) — Auto(can’t change)
    Eye Care: Off — Off
    Real Cinema: On — On

  • Victor Ng says:

    Customer Rating Don’t buy it if you want Smart TV, 2011-11-08
    This review is from: LG 42LV4400 42-Inch
    This unit does not have Smart TV. Smart TV include Amazon Video On Demand and other video on demand features. I chatted with LG via their online chat and they will not update this unit’s software. I asked why wouldn’t you update the software since I know it’s possible to do it. LG’s response “if we update the unit to include Smart TV then no one will buy our newer models with Smart TV.” Nice, right? So if you want to have future software updates, DON’T BUY This. Otherwise, this is a good price ($698). I wouldn’t pay more than this.

  • Customer Rating A Fantastic LED HDTV With Great Color and OK Speakers, 2011-11-07
    This review is from: LG 42LV4400 42-Inch
    I have owned five HDTVs in the last 7 years (either upgrading or adding additional HDTVs to my home … or replacing one that my infant son destroyed with a metal soup ladle). Out of all the HDTV brands I’ve owned I can say that LG has consistently impressed me and this LG 42LV4400 is no exception.The biggest selling point for this particular HDTV is the LED back light behind the LCD panel. The LED back lighting allows companies to make HDTVs that are MUCH thinner and lighter than what has been possible before. To put it in perspective, I can “barely” lift my old 42-inch HDTV by myself (and I risk injury in the process) but I can lift the LG 42LV4400 without any problems. Heck, I could probably lift two of these TVs (one in each arm) if the TVs had handles. This makes the HDTV easy to unpack, easy to install, and easy to move again later. If you decide to mount the 42LV4400 on a wall mount (sold separately) then the thin LED design makes the TV sit closer to the wall so it won’t stick out like a sore thumb.In terms of visual performance, this HDTV really shines. The contrast ratio is great (black looks BLACK and not charcoal gray) and colors appear pleasant right out of the box (though I’m sure the color is “a little” more saturated than it would be in real life). The 120Hz refresh rate helps when viewing fast action without “ghosting” on the screen, and the faster refresh rate may (in theory) help prevent eye strain for some people watching this TV. Bottom line, picture quality is GREAT.My only complaint about this HDTV is that the speakers sound pretty flat (little bass and no real “depth” to the sound). I had to turn up the volume pretty high to get decent sound levels but then you get sound distortion from the speakers pushing harder than they should. Most people probably won’t notice the audio issues I described, but I am an audiophile and I enjoy watching classical concerts so I immediately noticed the weak performance of the built-in speakers. In short, if you want a rich audio experience then you need to buy a HDMI receiver and some good home theater speakers.Overall, I think this is a great HDTV and it seems to give good value for the asking price. Most HDTVs don’t have “amazing” built-in speakers so the weak audio performance shouldn’t be a deal breaker unless you REALLY care about audio and can’t afford to add home theater speakers to this TV.

  • Customer Rating Very Good Picture Quality, A Basic Feature Set, Poor Quality Control, 2011-11-09
    This review is from: LG 42LV4400 42-Inch
    The LG LED LCD TV is a fairly basic set with very good picture quality, but some unfortunate quality control problems.The LG is very simple looking in its design. It has a piano black bezel and a swiveling base that is also done in piano black. There is a small piece of opaque gray plastic trim that runs along the bottom and a very discreet LG logo on the TV. On the bottom of the set are the stereo speakers. The set is very thin and is about 1.75″ at its thickest part, not including the base. The set is very light in weight and easy to move for one person. Construction quality and materials are good, but the swivel base allows the TV to move a few degrees in either direction easily. I find this quite annoying as the swivel base on my two Panasonic flat screen TVs have no play at all.The only assembly required is to attach the swivel stand, if desired, and that was a very simple procedure that I was able to do myself and took no more than 5 minutes.On the left hand side of the set from the front, hidden behind the bezel, are the Power, Menu, Input, Channel and Volume buttons along with 1 USB port and 2 HDMI ports. One the back left hand side of the set are 1 RGB PC, 1 Composite or Component (it’s either used for one or the other, not both), 1 digital and 1 analog audio out, 1 RF cable and 1 HDMI port.Using the set is very simple. The on-screen menu system and the remote are both easy to use. Feature wise the set offers and few different picture presets (with individual setting saved for each input), a sleep and schedule timer, closed captioning and the ability to view photos on a USB jump drive. One feature I really like is the ability to turn off the screen but still hear the audio, which is nice if you like to fall asleep to the sound of the TV, but the screen’s light bothers you. The set does not have 3-D capability, nor does it have access to any streaming web services such as Pandora, Netflix, or Amazon Video On Demand. Also, there is only a basic printed owner’s manual included with the TV. If you want the detailed manual you have to view the PDF on the included CD.Picture quality is the highlight of this reasonably priced LED set and indeed the high definition picture is sharp and clear with nice color, smooth motion, and detailed bright scenes (I get my HD picture by hooking the TV directly to my cable using the RF jack). The SD picture looks good as well, but it a lot softer than the HD picture, as expected. Where picture quality falters, however, is in the shadows and during dark scenes. Compared to my 50″ 3-D Panasonic plasma the darker sections of the LG’s picture lack contrast and detail. Watching high definition TV I was able to compare the picture on the two sets directly. In one scene where the actor was standing in front of a black wall with a floral pattern in a slightly lighter shade of black I was able to easily make out the pattern on the Panasonic Plasma, but on the LG LCD the wall was a solid black. For an LCD TV the picture is great, but for true videophiles a high-end plasma set is a better bet. For reference I have the picture settings on the LG set as follows; Backlight: 90, Contrast: 85, Brightness: 48, Sharpness: 35, Color: 40, Tint: R4, Color Temperature: Medium, Gamma: Medium, and all the other adjustments set to off.Another area where the LG disappoints is in its viewing angle. If you sit directly in front of the TV it has great contrast and saturation, but when you start to move a couple of feet off center the contrast and saturation drop dramatically and the picture starts to wash out. Compared to my plasma, and even to an older Panasonic 32″ LCD, the LG has a very narrow viewing angle.Sound quality is good, but to get the true big screen experience you’ll want to hook the set up to a surround sound system.The last, and most important thing I want to mention about the LG is that there are two small specs of plastic stuck behind the screen. They are both black plastic triangular shaped slivers. One is about the size of a pixel and barely noticeable, and the other is about three pixels long, and depending how close you are to the TV, can be picked out without too much trouble. These plastic specs aren’t enough to ruin the viewing experience, but they do speak to LG’s lack of quality control for its screens. I will say, however, that the screen has no dead pixels. (You can see the photo I uploaded for more information)All in all… a no frills set with very good LCD picture quality, but a lack of quality control.P.S. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions and I will answer then as quickly as possible.

  • Customer Rating Great TV for those looking for the basics, 2011-11-06
    This review is from: LG 42LV4400 42-Inch
    The “cons” listed by a previous reviewer are exactly the reasons I purchased this TV. I already have all the benefits of internet apps with TiVo and Roku, didn’t want 3D, have a good sound system, and only needed 2 of the 3 HDMI connections….so why pay for things you don’t need or want? In addition, this 47″ TV has many of the characteristics of previous LG models costing over $1000: Small external dimensions, light wight, 1080p picture, and low energy usage with LED lighting. The TV only has one component cable input that is shared with the composite input, so both cannot be used as a permanent connection, which could be a problem for some who may also want to connect an older TV component such as a VCR. Picture quality is great, using both the component and HDMI connections. Sound out the TV speakers is poor, but when connected to an external receiver via the TV’s digital optical output, the sound is as good as can be expected, with surround sound out all 5 of my speakers. Of course with a cable box or any other TV components connected through a sound system, the sound quality has nothing to do with the TV, and all I look for from a TV is a good picture. I had to change some of the setting to get what I think is my best picture; for the component input, I left the settings as follows: Energy Saving = auto; Picture Mode = Vivid (with this setting, the backlight is set to 100, so the backlight can be changed by changing the Picture Mode); Contrast = 90; Brightness = 50; Sharpness = 97; Color = 70; Tint = R3; Color temp = Med; Fresh Contrast = High; Fresh Color = off; Noise Reduction = Off; Gamma = Med; Eye care = off; Real Cinema = On. For the HDMI input, the settings were similar, except HDMI seems to naturally give a brighter picture, so my initial setting was to leave the Picture Mode in Standard, where the backlight is set to 80.

  • funrunner says:

    Customer Rating Eh, 2011-11-06
    This review is from: LG 42LV4400 42-Inch
    Cons: No 3D capability, no internet apps, doesn’t connect to the internet, only 3 HDMI ports, is an Edge lit LED-LCD. Don’t be confused by the marketing term LED because most are Edge lit and not Full-LED. Surround sound works only with Home Theater systems e.g. it wasn’t compatible with our 90’s Yamaha equalizer and played only in stereo rather than on all five of our speakers when we tried to play Blu-Ray. Suspended console mounting it was a pain in the rear, we had to buy the screws for it. Contains mercury, since it uses ccfl’s.Pros: Beats Philips Edge Lit LED-LCD picture quality and is an inch bigger. Since it’s an edge-lit LED it has a slimmer profile than a regular LCD. Price. We got it at Costco for the $600’s price range because of a sale it had.We’re going to try either the 3D Vizio 47″ Full LED 1080p for $850 or a 46-50″ 3D Panasonic plasma.

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