LG 47LX6900 review

LG release a 3D ready edge lit LCD TV at a bargain price, but have corners been cut?

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LG 47lx6900
The 47LX6900's 3D transmitter is contained within the TV's body, while a pair of LG's acceptably comfortable active shutter glasses is thrown in with the TV for free.

Clearly, it's unlikely that many people buying a 47LX6900 will watch 3D programmes on their own all the time, so families will have to factor in around £100 for each extra set of glasses they need. With this in mind, it's a pity LG couldn't see its way to including two pairs of glasses for free, as Philips and Panasonic do (though it's surely no coincidence that LG's arch rival, Samsung, also only gives away single pairs).

Other headline features include a full HD resolution, a Freeview HD tuner, 200Hz processing and LG's NetCast online platform.

The 200Hz system is in fact a 100Hz system working in conjunction with a scanning backlight. While this might seem rather misleading, it's not worth taking too much umbrage over, given the effectiveness such systems have shown in reducing motion blur and judder.

NetCast, on the other hand, is just plain disappointing: it only offers YouTube, the Picasa online photo album site and a basic weather forecasting system. LG is promising a much more content-heavy online service for 2011, but right now NetCast is a second-tier online operation compared to the services offered by some rival brands.

There's nothing second-tier about the connections, though. Four HDMIs, USB, a LAN port and a PC input mark this out as a TV that takes its multimedia duties seriously.

The LAN port can pipe in files from DLNA PCs as well as delivering NetCast and future interactive Freeview HD services, while the USBs are capable of playing MP3 music, JPEG photo and DivX HD video files.

A consistent strength of LG's recent TVs has been their tendency to go the extra mile to let you – or a professional TV installer – get down and dirty with fine-tuning picture tools. Switch on the 47LX6900's Expert mode, and some of the headline tools that open up to you include 10- or two-point gamma tweaking, contrast and brightness adjustments for the red, green and blue primaries, and saturation and tint adjustments that encompass yellow, magenta and cyan, as well as the RGB ones. It's no surprise, then, that the Imaging Science Foundation has endorsed the set.

There are also a multitude of noise reduction settings, a backlight adjustment and countless other bits and bobs besides. Many of these lesser options are best used sparingly, if at all, as some can undermine, rather than improve picture quality with certain sources.

One last feature of note on the 47LX6900 is its local dimming engine. Unfortunately, this is nothing at all like the hugely helpful local dimming systems found in direct LED sets. All that happens if you leave the local dimming feature on with the 47LX6900 is that whenever a bright object appears against a dark background, you can clearly make out a greyish rectangle or square sitting around the bright object.

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 FamilyLX6900
3D Type3D
Brand NameLG
Screen Size119.4 cm (47")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)22.90 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Operating Power Consumption121 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio8,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand758 mm
Width with Stand1127 mm
Depth with Stand285 mm
Component VideoYes
3D TechnologyShutter
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate200 Hz
Height692 mm
Width1127 mm
Depth29.3 mm
Brightness500 cd/m²
Product SeriesLX6900
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model47LX6900
Product Name47LX6900 47" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number47LX6900
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

The LG LX6900 LED 3D TV series provides Full HD 1080p picture quality with an ultra slim design - perfect for hanging on the wall - built in Freeview HD and TruMotion 200Hz for superb picture quality. The LX6900 series is also 3D TV Ready so is guaranteed to take your home entertainment experience to a new level.

Package Contents
  • 47LX6900 LED-LCD TV
  • 1 x Pair of Active 3D Glasses
Response Time2.20 ms
Weight (Approximate)19.60 kg