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LG 47LBX LCD HDTV Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 April 2008
ImageThe Basics:
LG offers both plasma and LCD HDTVs. This 47-inch, 1080p LCD hails from the company’s higher-end Opus lineup, and it utilizes TruMotion 120Hz technology, which doubles the TV’s frame rate from 60 to 120Hz to reduce motion blur and render smoother movement. It also uses a Super In-Plane Switching (S-IPS) panel with a 5ms response time.

The 47LBX has a healthy connection panel that includes three HDMI, two component video and one PC inputs, all of which accept 1080p. RS-232 and IR ports allow for integration into a more advanced control system, and there’s a USB port for MP3/JPEG playback. The onscreen menu sports a nice assortment of picture adjustments, including an adjustable backlight, direct access to advanced white-balance controls, low/high/off TruMotion options and the ability to enable LG’s XD processing, with contrast, color and noise settings. The Intelligent Eye mode automatically adjusts picture parameters based on your room’s lighting conditions.
There are five aspect ratio choices, including an automatic detection mode; however, there’s no mode for viewing 1080i/1080p sources with zero overscan. The 47LBX has an attractive gloss-black frame, with speakers hidden along the bottom panel, and a rounded, swiveling base.

The Upside:
The 47LBX does a nice job with both HD and SD content, thanks to its good detail, color and processing. The 5ms panel and 120Hz technology successfully reduce motion blur, while the S-IPS panel produces a better viewing angle than many LCDs. This TV can be very bright, so HD images pop in a well-lit room.

The Downside:
The 47LBX’s black level is average, resulting in a lower overall contrast ratio and an image that lacks richness in a darkened room. Color accuracy also isn’t as good as that of higher-end LCDs we’ve seen.

The 47LBX offers very good performance and an excellent features package, for a price that’s on par with or less than other 47-inch, 120Hz LCDs. Its brighter nature and wider viewing angle make it a good choice for a big, bright living room.

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