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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for the price, May 16, 2011
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This review is from: LG 47LK520 47-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LCD HDTV (2011 Model) (Electronics)
I previously bought an LG 42LD550, used it for a few months and was quite happy with its quality, but the 42" screen size was a little too small for my living room, so I decided to get a bigger TV instead. The LD550 has better features than the LK520 -- its internet application was one thing that attracted me, but it requires an adapter which doesn't come with the TV, so I never got to test it. I guess I don't need this feature anyway, so I returned it and bought the 47" LK520, at the same price --- it was on sale on Amazon for about 7 hundred.

The shipping:

This model came out in March 2011, and I placed the order in April. I guess because it is relatively new, so I had to wait 4-6 weeks for the product to be shipped.

So after waiting patiently for over one month, my TV finally came. I was expecting the guys from the shipping company to open the box and let me check the TV, just like what they did when I bought the other LG model. I was surprised when they told me they couldn't open the box, and that I should open it on my own, and keep the box for a year in case I need to return it. This sounds a little weird, but I signed the delivery sheet anyway.

The assembling:

It only took a few minutes to assemble this TV. My brother and I laid the panel on my sofa bed with the screen facing down, and secured the base/stand with a few screws. It looks like the stand was made of some cheap plastic. I hope it's more sturdy than it looks.

The look:

This TV has a simple, sophisticate design. I like the matt screen and the glossy black frame. There's a small blue light on the lower right corner when the TV is on. Althought the remote control is easy to use, the design looks boring and cheap, some buttons/features seem like a duplicate to me. But I guess it's not a big deal, as long as it works.

Sound quality:

There are several sound modes you can choose from. It was set to "standard" by default, and the volume was low, but it was much better once I switched it to "music" or "cimema". I also turned on the "surround sound" feature. Over all I am happy with the sound quality.

Picture quality:

I've had this TV for about two weeks now, at first I was impressed with the picture quality -- it's crisp and clear, and the color looks very nice, just like the LD550 model. I set the picture mode to "Cinema" --the "standard" mode is a bit too bright for my sensitive eyes. Of course you can create and save your own picture mode by adjusting the brightness, color, and contrast, etc. But one day I noticed the brightness on the TV screen changed suddenly --- it went darker, then after a while it went bright again (looks similar to when there are rolling clouds in the sky on a sunny day). I didn't turn on the "inteligent sensor" and I think the lighting in my room didn't change. I did not have this problem with the LD550 model. I am not sure if I got a defective item or what. Right now I give this TV a 4 star, and hoping there's an easy fix for the brightness problem. I'll test it for a few more days and decide whether I should call LG, or return it....

*** UPDATE: I found out the reason that my TV would suddenly go darker is because I had the "Engergy Saver" on (it was set to "Auto"). So whenever the sensor in the TV detects a change of lighting in the room, it'll adjust the screen brightness automatically. Sometimes the screen goes so dark I can hardly see. I am not sure how much energy it can save by doing this, but I find it annoying to me, so I turned the feature off, and the problem solved! I am glad I don't have to return this TV. I am happy with my purchase so far.
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Initial post: Jun 3, 2011 12:24:40 PM PDT
Excellent review. Thanks a lot!

Posted on Jun 25, 2011 9:06:47 AM PDT
Saul says:
Does this have inputs because in the pictures I don't see any?

Posted on Jul 14, 2011 5:22:29 PM PDT
D. Bennett says:
Thank you for your review!!! I just plugged my TV in 30 minutes ago and the picture seemed really dark. No matter what picture mode I put it in, the picture didn't seem right. As soon as I found the energy saving mode and turned it off the picture improved dramatically.

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 2:13:42 AM PDT
Joe Gump says:
The blue light can be turned off.

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 6:28:42 AM PDT
PaulJ7272 says:
I agree the energy saver makes it way too dark. You can blame CA for these energy saver features, I believe the state mandated it a yr ago or something. Again more big government stepping in and ruining products - think light blubs, toliets and washing machines. Something to remember when you all vote in 2012 - your TV is dark because of the government NOT LG.

Either way once you turn the energy saver feature off which I believe almost everyone will do the picture seems awesome.

Posted on Sep 13, 2011 7:29:20 AM PDT
Thank you for your update. My picture turned dark on my TV - I googled looking for answers and your review came up. I will find the "energy saver" and turn it off. thanks again.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 5:18:02 PM PDT
Drew A. Paff says:
Thanks for Energy Saver tip. Much better with it off. Probably the cost of a large pizza to have it off so not a big deal.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2011 11:09:56 PM PST
P-Dog says:
I actually like the energy saving mode. At night when watching in bed with the lights off, the dimmer lighting is easy on the eyes and I can fall asleep easy. With the energy mode off, It's blinding and lights up the whole room.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2011 2:34:36 PM PST
Kray says:
How? I would like to turn it off as it is distracting.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2011 2:35:13 PM PST
Kray says:
How do you turn it off? It is distracting.
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