LG is nothing if not persistent. Over the past couple of years its conveyor belt of LCDs and plasmas have arrived in all shapes and sizes, and mostly been blighted by middling performance. But it’s back to try again with the ‘Scarlet’ series, and this time the company has got it more-or-less bang-on.
The new Full HD 42LG6000 is simply the best television LG has ever made. For a start, it looks gorgeous, the slim chassis and glossy red back panel perfectly offset by the spare, minimalist fascia and unearthly, 2001-style power-status indicator.
This indicator glows scarlet when the set is in standby and leads you to half expect the LG to say “Good morning, Dave” when you switch it on. In fact, pressing the power button is a little other-worldly – it’s got a soft-touch sensor that makes power-up extra tactile, and it plays a special sound effect to you at the same time, which could admittedly get wearing after a while.
Spec and style
There’s substance to match the show too. This is an exceptionally well-equipped television, with Full HD native resolution, four HDMI 1.3 sockets and support for 24fps video from Blu-ray.
There’s also a comprehensive set of back-up inputs, including VGA, USB and component ins and an Intelligent Light Sensor that automatically monitors the set’s brightness to optimise its performance and to help cut power usage. The specialist picture set-up tuning mode from the ISF (Imaging Science Foundation) also isn’t to be sniffed at.
The 42LG6000 has even got tweaked-up sound, with stealthy speakers tuned by hi-fi specialist Mark Levinson. A high-end hi-fi guru of some renown, Levinson is also heavily involved with Lexus, providing custom sound systems for their upmarket cars. It sounds like marketing tat, but it’s valid – this is a great-sounding TV.
Delivers the performance, too
So, it’s all good, right? In the main, yes – the LG’s picture is vibrant and punchy, its colours luscious and exciting, and for an LCD screen, it’s capable of generating impressively deep, expansive pictures.
The speakers are also well above average, sounding clear and dynamic even with big action moments and, considering the feature set, it’s exceptionally good value for money.
The only problem is that it’s far from the last word in picture quality. Rapid movement poses a problem, though, with some fast panning – say, on football – appearing a little unnatural, and when compared to the very best in this class, you’ll sometimes feel the picture could be a little more detailed, too.