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LG 42LD520 42-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LCD HDTV
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- Brand Name: LG
- Model Number: 42LD520
- Display Technology: LCD
- Display Size: 42.00 inches
- Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
| Full HD 1080p resolution |
This stunning picture is the reason you wanted HDTV in the first place. With almost double the pixel resolution, Full HD 1080p gives it superior picture quality over standard HDTV. You'll see details and colors like never before.
| TruMotion 120Hz |
TruMotion 120Hz technology lets you see sports, video games and high-speed action with virtually no motion blur. Now your TV can keep up with your fast-moving entertainment.
| 100,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio No more worrying about dark scenes or dull colors. The dynamic contrast ratio of 100,000:1 delivers more stunning colors and deeper blacks than you can imagine. |
| Intelligent Sensor |
Don't strain your eyes. Let your TV do the adjustments for you. Intelligent Sensor automatically optimizes the picture to the lighting and color conditions in the room for a more enjoyable viewing experience.
| AV Mode |
Sports, movies and video games are best enjoyed with customized settings. With AV Mode, you can easily select from one of three picture modes for "Cinema", Sports" or "Games" to enjoy an optimized picture and sound experience.
| Picture Wizard |
Get easy self-calibration with on-screen reference points for key picture quality elements such as black level, color, tint, sharpness and backlight levels. Take the guesswork out of picture adjustments with this simple-to-use feature. It's not actually magic, but it will sure seem that way.
| 24P Real Cinema |
Stay in for the theater. Enjoy a true cinema-like experience in your own home with movies the way they are meant to be seen. LG's Real Cinema technology precisely displays 24p source frames on your screen, the same as on a movie screen. If you love movies, you'll love Real Cinema.
| ISFccc Calibration Ready |
LG's ISFccc Ready HDTVs contain the detailed standards necessary for professional calibration of brightness, contrast, tint, sharpness, color levels and much more to meet local lighting conditions for both day and nighttime viewing. Settings are added to preset modes for easy access from your LG remote.
| Clear Voice II |
Get audio the way it was meant to be heard. Clear Voice II enhances and amplifies the frequency range of the human voice to help keep dialogue audible when background noise swells.
| Dolby Digital |
Dolby Digital lets you experience compelling 5.1-channel surround sound. And you can trust that you'll get the same great Dolby Digital audio quality no matter what you're watching--a DVD or Blu-Ray Disc, TV programming or downloaded content. Best of all, you can be confident that you'll hear the audio exactly as it was intended, because Dolby Digital is also used to create the soundtracks for movies and games.
| USB 2.0 |
Now reliving that fantastic family vacation can happen in the comfort of your living room. Easily connect your external USB devices to enjoy JPEG photos or listen to MP3 files.
| HDMI V.1.3 with Deep Color |
Make installation of any enabled device a snap. Get 10.2Gbps of bandwidth for deeper colors and more to take advantage of the best Full HD experience. HDMI V.1.3 connectivity lets you prepare yourself for tomorrow's technology today.
| SimpLink |
Having a hard time keeping track of your remotes? With SimpLink, all your LG devices can be controlled with just one remote.
| Smart Energy Saving |
With LG's Smart Energy Saving Features, you can conserve money and energy.
LG 2010 HDTV Comparison
|Models:|| 22-inch |
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| 47-inch |
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| 47-inch |
| 42-inch |
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| 50-inch |
|Panel type||LCD||LCD||LCD||LCD||LCD||LED LCD||LED LCD||LED LCD||3D LED||Plasma||Plasma||Plasma|
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|Contrast ratio|| 50k:1 |
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| 3mil:1 |
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| 3mil:1 |
| 3mil:1 |
| Component input |
(Y, PB, PR)
| MP3 and JPEG |
| DivX video |
|Wireless 1080p Ready||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Series:||LD350 LCD||LD450 LCD||LD520 LCD||LD550 LCD||LD650 LCD||LE5300 LED||LE5400 LED||LE8500 LED|| LX6500 |
|PJ350 Plasma||PK550 Plasma||PK750 Plasma|
| With standard-definition TVs, the rule used to be that viewers would feel comfortable watching a set from a distance of 3 to 6 times the screen size in inches. With HDTV, the resolution is so much better that you can sit closer to a larger TV without noticing the pixels. So with HDTVs, the rule tends to be you can sit anywhere from 1.5 to 3 times the screen size (in inches) for the best experience. |
If you know the size of the room you have already, where you want to sit, and where your new HDTV should go once you get it, you can figure out the size HDTV you should get.
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Top Customer Reviews
Picture Crisp! Bright. Color is deep! Pops off the screen when in high def. Nothing in 480 (standard) looks good on this though . Keep that in mind. Initially struggled with adjustments. In the end a couple of tweaks to cinema mode were all it took. Looks as good (maybe better) than the comparible Sony's and Samsungs.
A word of advice... I saw one of the 450 models on a store shelf...which basically has the same picture with a few less features. It looked horrible next to a Sony. Huh? The sales guy tried to tell me that the LG wasn't getting as good of a signal. Ummm...why does the 47" inch version way down on the other end also look bad next to the Sony? Or even the Sanyo? Why do I see the same thing when I visit the store down the road in fact? The answer? LG's 'store demo' presets are horrible. I'm not sure why they did this. But they badly misjudged something. Once you get the picture correctly adjusted, you'll see what I'm talking about. It's an "oooh and ahhhh" kind of thing when you see what it is supposed to look like.Read more ›
The speakers on this TV are hidden on the back and this gives it a neat look. The speakers also sound great. There are different sound options in the menu plus advanced picture controls. In "Intelligent Sensor" mode the TV adjust the brightness and color contrast according to the room lighting conditions. The picture quality is easy to setup using the picture wizard option.
This TV has three HDMI connections in the back to use with your laptop or desktop plus an RGB (VGA Cable). There is also a USB 2.0 port in the back. I connected a USB thumb drive and was able to listen to music and display my digital pictures on the screen.
Over all I am very pleased with quality of this LG model and recommend it to anyone who wants to buy a LCD TV for under $1k, and I mean not for picture quality but the size of the screen since this had as good, if not better, picture quality as other more expensive models in the store.
I have three recommendations for people who are not technically inclined - like myself - and get this TV to utilize the TV's full potential:
1. Make sure you use an HDMI cable to connect this TV to your cable box. You need to make sure that your HDMI cable is at least version 1.3.
2. Get HD cable or satellite. Having HD channels makes a huge difference.
3. Make sure your cable box is set at 1080p output signal. Our cable box was set at a much lower picture quality and it took me a while to figure this out. Some cable boxes might adjust the output signal automatically, but not all do that.
If you follow these three simple steps you should be able to enjoy the full potential of the TV. Also, think about getting netflix and one of the blue ray players that allows you to stream netflix. The quality of some of the movies is just awesome.
My last recommendation is to get an additional warranty. LCD TVs seem to be more prone to failing than CRT TVs. There are huge differences in the cost of these additional warranties. So account for these differences in your comparisons when you shop around.
This TV is all around great. We have it in the bedroom, and the thing I like best about it so far (besides the amazing value and great picture) is the intelligent sensor. It allows you to save power (and your eyes). When it's dark in the room it dims the screen to save power and not to be overkill on your eyes. AWESOME. Our plasma was so bright and a hassle to adjust settings all the time so I just dealt with the brightness. This power saving feature can be turned off, but leaving it on auto is the smart thing to do.
Other than all of that, speakers have come a long way in built in LCD TV's. I'll have to say these sound about as good as my 46" Samsung in my office- which was a pricier purchase. If this is going in a living room or game room, a sound bar or full surround sound would always be better- but for basic TV watching the speakers are more than adequate.
As most people will say the 120hz is iffy. At times people look to be moving faster than they should, or there are little distortions. I think it's best used on blu ray, but I generally have that turned off.
If you're in the market for a TV- go to Frys ASAP and grab this for 499. The price Amazon has is fair, but Fry's price was unbeatable and I couldn't resist....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great experience, amazing quality. Really no complaints.
Only downside with these LG's is how directly you have to aim the remote to hit the TV's infrared sensor. Read more
This is probably far too late to be helpful for anyone, but here's my input: The TV has worked great for us over the last 2-3 years, no problems and it has a fine picture and its... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Duane DeGeus
I had this TV for 4 years and it still works as good as the day I bought it.Published 10 months ago by Joel H
I have been using this TV for the past three years and have never had a single issue. I use it for Streaming, Movies, Video Games and anything else media related. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Andrew C Denniger
I really, really hesitated buying such a big ticket item online from Amazon. However my experience was perfect (scheduled delivery came on time, great delivery staff brought it up... Read morePublished 19 months ago by spellingwitch
I ordered this for my parents and they love it. It was their first HD TV and they will never be without again - have bought another since then. Read morePublished 23 months ago by E. Turner