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Brilliant 3D HDTV at an outstanding price
on December 11, 2012
I just received my LG 42LM3700 and I couldn't be happier. To begin, I downloaded a firmware update from the LG site and then transferred the firmware update to a usb flash drive. Plugged in the usb drive to the back of the TV and once I turned it on, it updated the firmware automatically in a couple minutes or so. I think this update improved 3D, or something like that.
Setup was very easy and the TV was up and running in no time. Picture quality is really, really good, to my eyes. I had some people telling me I'd see some blurring on sports and such because it's 60hz, but I've been watching sports channels and have seen little evidence of blurring so far. Maybe the firmware update corrected this.
I ran the Picture Wizard which did a pretty good job adjusting the color, but here's how I got the best picture. Click on "Settings" and then on "Picture". Select "Energy Saving" and "Auto". I selected "Min. Luminance 32" and "Sensing strength: 3". I then selected "Intelligent Sensor" which adapts the picture to your room's lighting and colors. To my eyes, the picture quality is better than what was obtained with the Picture Wizard. I've seen some complain about the Energy Saving feature, stating that it was too dim, but I think that they didn't set the minimum luminance setting properly.
I did not set up the sound bar in my home theater because I already have an excellent surround sound system. However, I did hear the sound bar in action at an electronics store and it sounded pretty good, although not as good as a decent surround sound system. But if you don't have a surround sound system, using the sound bar will give you a much better audio experience than using the TV's small internal speakers. The soundbar is LG NB2022A (40 watts). It connects to the TV via Toslink digital optical cable.
Additional note: I'm now using the soundbar w/a different HDTV in the bedroom. It has good sound but not great sound. Better than the stock built-in speakers for sure. Also in the soundbar box is a Toslink cable, a remote control, a wall mounting bracket, a paper guide to assist with the wall mount, and extension feet for the bottom of the soundbar, if needed.
But back to the picture. As mentioned, it's extremely good. I believe this HDTV uses side-lit LEDs and the picture is crisp, bold and sharp. I can't test it with a 3D Blu-Ray player yet (asked for one for Christmas), but I can tell you that the 2D to 3D conversion is surprisingly good. It's way, way better than what I expected. Makes 2D look like original 3D content to a great extent, although obviously true 3D content will generally look better. But the point is that the 2D to 3D conversion is very good and will probably surprise you as well. (Update: I got a Sony 3D Blu-Ray player and 3D movies kick you know what. Avatar looks fantastic on this TV).
I just subscribed to ESPN 3D, which is the only 3D channel that my local cable company offers. While the effect is somewhat gimmicky, it's also very cool and clear. Cheerleaders look like they're practically in my living room. The cable company had to swap out my DVR and replace it with a Samsung box that's 3D capable (no extra charge and a larger hard drive). Be aware that if you add a true 3D channel, you may see a split screen image. You will correct that by selecting 3D on the remote and scrolling to the split screen image icon that looks like what you're seeing. Also, the 3D image can only be passed to the HDTV via HDMI. You can watch pretty much anything via component, including 2D to 3D conversion, but you'll need an HDMI connection to watch true 3D.
The HDTV also comes with 4 pair of passive 3D glasses. I normally wear prescription glasses, so I needed the LG flip-up, clip-on glasses. The best way to acquire these is by purchasing LG AG-F216 Cinema 3D Glasses Family Pack (6-Pairs) for 2011 and 2012 LG Cinema 3D HDTVs on Amazon. You get 6 pair of 3D glasses for very cheap. 2 of the pair are standard glasses, 2 clip-on pair, and 2 children's glasses. I bought the 6 pair family pack for less money than it would have cost for the clip-on glasses.
I like this TV a whole lot and looked at a lot of TVs before my purchase. I'd challenge you to find a 1080p LED HDTV with a sound bar, 4 pair of 3D glasses a great picture and 3D functionality at this price. You're not going to be able to do it, as of this writing.
Criticisms? Internal speakers are mediocre at best, although that won't matter because you have a sound bar (or home theater). I would prefer more than 2 hdmi ports, but I can make do with 2. I also wouldn't mind more than 1 set of component jacks, but again I can make do and most wouldn't need this. Let me also add that this HDTV can apparently not pass the DTS audio signal. An easy way around this is to use a digital audio cable (coax or Toslink) directly to your receiver and use the hdmi for the picture only.
But really, it's a brilliant HDTV and extremely well-priced. I highly recommend it!