LG 42SL9000 42-inch LCD TV review

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LG 42sl9000

We liked:

The 42SL9000 is one of the most imaginatively featured sets around at the moment.

It's a state-of-the-art panel spec, has class-leading processing and an impressively effective LED backlighting system, plus all sorts of genuinely useful touches such as Bluetooth connectivity and one of the best operating systems ever.

Detail and colours are superb, black levels are good and the whole is wrapped up in a super stylish cabinet.

We disliked:

Blacks are still a little short of the effortless profundity achieved by plasma and there are motion glitching issues with which to contend.

Audio is a little weedy, with little sense of depth. It is also rather expensive, but this criticism only applies if budget is your main concern.


A lovely looking, extravagantly specified and immensely capable set that should appeal to discerning casual viewers and demanding videophiles alike.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Brand NameLG
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Weight with Stand (Approximate)24.60 kg
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
RMS Output Power20 W
Digital Audio OutputYes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Brightness500 cd/m²
Sound SystemSurround Sound, Dolby
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAuto-off, Teletext
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model42SL9000
Product Name42SL9000 42" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number42SL9000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

A whole new type of TV Experience the feeling of frameless design of the 42SL9000 with LED technology. Producing higher contrast ratios, ultra thin designs and Energy Saving Recommended certification. The 42SL9000 provides a cutting edge viewing experience.

Response Time1 ms
Weight (Approximate)20.10 kg