The LG 47LX9900 LED TV is a 47-inch, 3D-Ready TV with Freeview HD that is available for under the £2000. Now, that’s still a lot of money, especially if you have no interest in 3D TV, but thankfully, the LX9900 provides an excellent 2D experience. Read on to find out if we think it’s worth all that money….
OUT OF THE BOX
In terms of looks, there’s no question; the LG 47LX9900 is a thing of beauty. The major appeal lies in the fact that it is one of LG’s ‘frameless models’ and lacks the bezel border which surround more typical TV sets.
Allied to this, is its svelte figure. At just 31mm thick, the 9900 looks mind-bendingly thin and is one of the slimmest direct back-lit LED sets we have seen.
Once you’ve set up the TV in your location of choice, you’ll want to turn it on and for this, LG have generously provided you with a brace of remote controls. The first is a standard remote equipped with all the usual functions but it’s the second that commands the most interest.
The LG Magic Motion Remote Control takes all its cues from the Nunchuk controller for the Nintendo Wii. You can navigate around the TV’s controls with just a flick of the wrist or a swipe – and there’s some Wii-style games you can play on there, too.
You also get a couple of pairs of active-shutter glasses for watching your 3D content. However, if you want any more, be prepared to fork out another £100….
USABILITY & FEATURES
Switch on the LG 47LX9900 for the first time and you’ll be prompted to apply your own specific settings. Menus are clear, legible and easy to get around which means should you want to customise your set’s picture to your liking, you won’t be left cursing or hurling large objects at your brand new TV.
As is the case with contemporary TVs, you get plenty of extras that will provide you with plenty more to do than simply watch the telly.
First up, is LG’s very own Netflix service. This gives you direct and easy access to other services such as the BBC’s iPlayer, various social networks and also lets you stream content from YouTube. All you need to do to access Netflix is hook your TV up to your home network via the built-in Ethernet port or buying a Wi-Fi USB dongle.
You can also take advantage of the built in Freeview HD tuner. The BBC, ITV and Channel 4 all have HD channels that are available to watch for free and although you’ll need to make sure you can pick up the Freeview HD signal where you live (check for your coverage here http://freeview.co.uk/HD) – all areas should have access by 2013.
Now, let’s take a look at performance. First of all, the normal, 2D picture that most people will be watching most of the time. In HD, images are bright and sharp with natural colours pinned down by nice, deep blacks and the 400Hz TruMotion processor helps provide fluidity with more intensive and fast-moving images.
However, despite working well for films, the motion processing couldn’t quite manage to keep up with fast-paced sports. The amount of lag and ‘trails’ we spotted wasn’t particularly bothersome, but it was definitely noticeable. Sports fans may be better off looking elsewhere.
3D suffered a bit, too and whilst the LG LX9900 offered a generally well-presented effect, there were times when we noticed crosstalk occurring – particularly during fast-motion scenes – which really took away from the whole experience.
Back to positives – of sorts; 3D pictures were good – both from a DVD player and from normal TV broadcasts – and appeared to provide a decent amount of up-scaling – although certainly nothing to write home about.
As is the case with pretty much every flat-screen TV we’ve ever tested, we can’t recommend the LG LX9900 for its audio output. Plug in a home system and its a different matter though, however; this is going to cost you that extra bit more.
Of course, you can always plug in some headphones, but this makes the entire experience of watching 3D even more solitary than it already is.
A supremely attractive TV that is, if we’re honest, a slight let down once its switched on. It’s not that performance is terrible – far from it, in fact – but it just doesn’t quite live up to what you expect when you first see it. The LG 47LX9900 offers solid performance in 3D, although 2D fares much better. Not recommended for sports enthusiasts but will play back Blu-ray and HD content beautifully if not pushed too hard in the motion handling department.