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4.0 out of 5 stars A good but not great set, March 31, 2012
This review is from: LG 37CS560 37-Inch 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV (2012 Model) (Electronics)
LG's lower-mid level sets have earned a reputation for having low gaming lag, great color accuracy, and the most extensive picture options of any sets at or even above their price level. The CS560 series still delivers in these regards, but to a lesser extent than past models.

The styling and build quality of the set are fairly good overall. My panel is a S-IPS type, though LG may be conducting a panel lottery (randomly shipping VA and IPS panels for the same model) as they have in the past. The buttons are front mounted and touch sensitive, which seems like a nice feature at first but makes operating the set awkward and frustrating in a dark room- don't lose the remote. Another complaint is that the set buzzes audibly unless the backlight is fully set to 100, which can be annoying when using the set quietly at night.

The input lag for video gaming keeps with LG's standard for fast processing time. In the stopwatch lag tests I've done (in 1080p) the CS560 matched the response time of the Wii U's gamepad exactly, putting it in the 1-2 frames range. There is hardly any noticeable increase in lag when upscaling from 480p and I can play timing intensive games and online FPS with no problem. If you're buying a set for use with modern games, there are few if any faster sets available than this.

The color accuracy also seems to live up to LG's usual standards, although it's hard to know precisely how well without measuring with a meter. Every color is vivid and deep without appearing over saturated. The black levels are average at best, but the unbelievably bright white levels help to offset them and create contrast during bright scenes. The set is capable of 4:4:4 chroma sub sampling when used as a PC monitor over HDMI, but, as with other reviewers, it required an EDID override in my computer's registry. Regardless of the source used, the overall picture is extremely clear, vivid and detailed.

The motion handling is mixed, but at least partly excellent with no visible streaking and only very light blur on moving objects during camera pans. There is, unfortunately, a large problem with juddering from most video sources, notably blu-rays at 24p. Almost any time the camera is panning the scenery and objects on screen will move in a jerky, strobe-like fashion. Past LG sets were able to handle 24p content smoothly, even models at much lower price points, so this obviously comes as a disappointment. If you intend to use the set mainly for watching blu-rays then you may want to buy the 2011 LK450 model instead.

The feature set is another startling disappointment. The TV only has 4 inputs- 2 HDMI, 1 RF, 1 analog input, and no VGA or audio outputs whatsoever. To reiterate, there is no audio output, not even optical; once the audio goes into this set, the only way it can come out through the speakers. The analog video input functions as a joint component/composite input, meaning that you can't use both cable types at the same time. Users with more than two sources will find themselves having to use adapters or receivers to handle most of their connections.

The HDMI inputs also have occasional problems connecting to sources. Rarely the set will display "no signal" even when a device is connected and powered on, and other times the hue of the image will shift toward an extreme red or green. These problems can be solved by changing the input to something else, then changing back, or powering the set off and on again, but it's disappointing that the HDMI inputs have any defects at all considering that they've been given priority over the other input types.

Some of the advanced picture options have also been cut, giving the CS560 the most limited menu of any recent LG (though the range of options is still fuller than any competing set). The more pointless features such as "eye care" have been omitted, but some useful calibration tools have also been removed; there is no longer a color filter option, which means that color and tint calibration now require a pair of blue glasses to set. The 10-point IRE calibration has also been removed, leaving only the option for 2-point. The picture wizard seems to have defective patterns for brightness and contrast, yielding white and black levels that are wildly off target and impossible to match correctly (Update: The Picture Wizard has been fixed through a firmware upgrade and now calibrates correctly).

My opinion of the 560 is that it's an excellent looking TV but one that grinds right along the border of "minimal" and "cheap". The features of the set have been scaled back significantly compared to past models in response to the advance of LED, which seems poised to become the default backlight technology of LG's TV lineup. If you have simple tastes and just want a good looking set for gaming and occasional movie watching, the 560 is a great value and will perform well enough. If you're a more serious film enthusiast with a large blu-ray collection, then you may want to seek out an LK450 or choose a different brand to avoid the judder and limited inputs.
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Initial post: Apr 2, 2012 2:19:05 AM PDT
I was much happeier with the older "LK" series than I am with the "new" model.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2012 9:40:10 AM PDT
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Posted on Jun 14, 2012 7:25:24 AM PDT
Audio outputs are very important to see this product doesn't have them is disappointing.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 5:44:22 AM PDT
E. Steeves says:
There are ways to work around this problem. Most modern surround sound systems come with HDMI inputs and outputs, so you can easily connect your source units to the HDMI input of your surround sound system, then connect that to your TV via HDMI. OR, you can connect the sound of your source unit only to your surround sound (via HDMI or optical output), then your source unit video to the TV. I also thought that not having audio outputs was a deal breaker for me too and was gooing to return the TV but honestly with these solutions it's a no-brainer.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2012 11:19:54 AM PDT
Halfi says:
Thank you for this suggestion. If the "source" is (Comcast) cable, would one connect the cable signal to a surround sound system's HDMI input, and then connect the "output" of the surround sound system to the HDMI input of the TV (and turn off the TV's internal speakers)? Where in the sequence would a Blu-ray player go?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2012 2:46:55 PM PDT
Jonathan says:
Most surround sound receivers have multiple HDMI inputs that go to a single output. So instead of switching the input on your tv, you would do it on the receiver instead.

Posted on Jul 6, 2013 3:03:46 PM PDT
hydro says:
Very good, balanced review. Is this tv 3d capable?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2013 5:32:20 AM PDT
Nerrel says:
No, just standard 2D, 60hz.
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