LG Jazz Theater LCD TV

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Dubbed as the LG Jazz theater, this one is a rare model by any brand that actually concentrates and offers any real audio features, in a TV. LG gets credit for that marketing approach; incorporating virtual surround sound, and giving a louder sound output. Anyways, the model name is LG 42LH60YR, and its brand new in our market. Let’s check it out.

Design and features
This TV is one snazzy looking piece, with a glossy black frame sprinkled with a blue “pixie dust” sort of a finish. This glows when light is incident on it, giving the TV a theme of glitz and glamor. It might not appeal to the crowd that likes minimalistic aesthetics, but overall it’s a good effort. The bezel is rimmed by a transparent plastic strip, which has “virtual 5.1 Surround” printed centrally, on the side bars. This is illuminated by a blue LED hidden behind the frame. It actually acts as a baffle to direct the side speakers sound towards you. Speaker wise, there are total 9 of them, with 2 subwoofers at the back.

Connection-wise we have 3 HDMI inputs, one of which is on a side window. Then there are 2 component videos, on composite, a VGA (PC input) and the all important USB 2.0 slot. The USB drive can read MP3s and JPEGs and Video codecs include DivX/Xvid, MPEG 1 and 2. Besides we have analog audio input, but no digital in, and an RS-232 in.

The panel is full HD with 1920 x 1080 and is an IPS type panel. The brightness is rated at 500 nits and dynamic contrast is 1,50,000:1, don’t know if we can trust that last figure. The response is rated as 2 ms grey to grey. The TV comes loaded with all the good stuff a LCD offers today with 200 HZ motion compensation, LG’s XD engine algorithms like “Fresh White,” which adjust white balance automatically, and Anti Dazzling eye care, which adjust brightness according to the ambience to protect your eyes.

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Performance
The TV has one thing going for it right from the word go - its good level of detail and clarity in minute areas of images. This does not extend to the Color registration in minute parts, that’s a little off, exposed to us by the Displaymate test. Another small flaw we saw was ghosting. I guess that is the IPS panel chink in the armor, as the 2 ms response time cannot explain why there is slight ghosting in our video, visible while gaming. The crosshair in Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare exposes it.


Published Date: Dec 19, 2009 09:58 am | Updated Date: Dec 19, 2009 09:58 am