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LG 47LD950 review

LG takes an old-fashioned approach to 3D - with some surprising results

Our Verdict

For

  • Excellent picture quality with Sky 3D broadcasts
  • Attractive design
  • Decent HD picture quality
  • Cheap 3D glasses

Against

  • Alternate frame Blu-ray playback is fundamentally flawed
  • Seems more expensive than it should be

While seemingly millions of us are quite content to stick a pair of 3D glasses on our noses when we go to the cinema these days, it seems we're not so keen to wear them in our own living rooms.

Time and again we hear people saying they won't get into the technology until you don't have to wear glasses.

With this point of resistance in mind, it's hardly helpful that the specs in question cost around £100 each beyond the one or two pairs most manufacturers are including with their 3D sets.

Nor must it improve Joe Public's mood that one brand of alternate frame glasses isn't compatible with another brand's screens. So if you have a Samsung 3D TV and you want to go and watch something on your mate's Panasonic 3D TV, your glasses won't work.

The brand also does a range of active 3D sets: the 55-inch 55LX9900 and 47-inch 47LX9900 direct LED models, plus the 47-inch 47LX6900 and 42-inch 42LX6900 edge LED models. And if you're not interested in 3D, there's also a vast range of non-3D models, including most notably the LE8900 direct LED and LE7900 edge LED models.

The 47-inch 47LD950 boldly eschews the latest active shutter/alternate frame/frame sequential (take your pick of the terminology) technology and sticks with a passive, offset approach.

So while you do still have to wear glasses, these can be the cheap, electronics-free types that have been available for years, making it enthrallingly affordable to get as many pairs as you like.

In other words, the LG 47LD950 breakaway set is potentially the perfect solution for 3D fans with large families or who are prone to throwing big TV and film event parties. But is there a catch?

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
3D Type3D
Brand NameLG
Screen Size119.4 cm (47")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle176°
Vertical Viewing Angle176°
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)23.40 kg
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Operating Power Consumption260 W
Standby Power Consumption990 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio150,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
DVIYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand789.70 mm
Width with Stand1173.40 mm
Depth with Stand337.40 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D TechnologyPolarized
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate200 Hz
Height723.4 mm
Width1173.4 mm
Depth100.8 mm
Brightness500 cd/m²
Sound SystemDolby Digital
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesChild Lock, Sleep Timer
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model47LD950
Product Name47LD950 47" LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number47LD950
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

Whether you have an expansive home theater or a comfy living room, LG offers state-of-the-art televisions for every room in your house. For game days and movie nights, LG's plasma, LCD and an LED TVs deliver an incredible entertainment experience in the comfort of your home. LG also offers the innovative 84 inch UHD TV with double the resolution of a standard HD TVs and the stunning OLED TV with an infinite contrast ratio. Plus, with our Smart TVs and 3D TVs, you can connect to the internet or turn virtually any programming into a 3D experience.

Package Contents
  • 47LD950 LCD TV
  • 4 x Passive Glasses
Response Time2.20 ms
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)20.80 kg