LG 42LV550T review

It might not have 3D, but this 42-inch LG TV still has plenty going for it

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LG 42lv550t

Sound quality

Considering how slim its bezel is, the LG 42LV550T isn't actually a bad audio performer. It's certainly capable of going surprisingly loud without distortions setting in, and has an uncanny knack for picking up subtle treble details in a mix. Its mid-range is also just about open enough to handle dialogue convincingly at loud volumes.

Its weakness, predictably, is bass, which isn't powerful or deep enough to provide a convincing balance to the effective trebles, leaving the soundstage sounding rather unbalanced, and occasionally harsh, during action scenes.


The 42LV550T's price feels about right - maybe a touch better than right - for what's on offer. Especially if you're attracted by its now rather excellent PLEX multimedia support.

Ease of use

For the most part, the LG 42LV550T's operating system is excellent. Leading the way is LG's mostly superb Smart Hub menu screen, which joins a similarly presented system on Samsung's TVs in offering direct access to a huge amount of sources and apps without looking overcrowded – despite also keeping a reduced version of the TV picture playing on the left-hand side.

The set's remote control is very likable, too. Its slim shape feels good in your hand, and its button layout is unusually coherent.

Picture calibration novices will appreciate the LG 42LV550T's Picture Wizard system, which guides you through a basic but effective picture calibration process.

Our only operational gripes are a) that the sheer volume of apps now available on LG's Smart TV platform makes navigating them rather daunting, and b) that the decision to place the access to the main set-up menus on the Smart Hub screen unnecessarily over-complicates things. It would have been much easier to provide direct access to the set-up menus via a dedicated remote button.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyLV5
Brand NameLG
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)15.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption96.77 W
Dynamic Contrast Ratio5,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand683 mm
Width with Stand1012 mm
Depth with Stand256 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Component VideoYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyTruMotion 100Hz
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height617 mm
Width1012 mm
Depth39.2 mm
ColourGlossy Black, Brown
Brightness400 cd/m²
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Surround Sound
Product SeriesLV5
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Web Browser
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model42LV550T
Product Name42LV550T LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number42LV550T
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

42" Full HD LED Smart TV with 500Hz (MCI) & freeview HD

The LV5 LED Smart TV series provides Full HD 1080p picture quality with an ultra slim design which is perfect for hanging on the wall. Also on-board is 500Hz (MCI) and a USB connection for access to your favourite pictures, music and videos. This TV will also save you money off your electricity bills with 40% power consumption saving vs. an LCD TV

Weight (Approximate)13.20 kg