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Comment: Does anyone know if you can use the pause live TV funtion of this TV with a digital TV set top box attached via the HDMI connection? many thanks.
Good: Looks; brilliant picture quality; recording; 7 day programme guide
Bad: It is a bit slow changing after pressing the controller
Comment: A really excellent tv with superb picture and features.
Good: Integrated PVR
Bad: EPG : Channel Selection
Comment: Had this TV for over 3 months now, and am highly delighted with it - I summarised it as "does what it says on the box" because thats exactly how I feel, and it's not meant as a derogatory summary.
Picture quality is excellent, and the sound is more than adequate for our needs, despite the original reviewers comments. You can always hook it up to a cinema sound system if you want to shake the plaster off the walls !
I have a couple of niggles, not serious, but if LG were to change a few things it would make a superb product even better.
1. EPG programme changing : This involves too many key presses on the remote, it simply isn't necessary, (although this may be down to EPG as a system rather than its implementation in this set).
To use the EPG to change a channel :-
a> Press the button to bring up the EPG
b> Scroll and/or PgUp PgDn to get to the required program (and there's a small problem here that the selection doesn't "hug" to the left, i.e. the current program, so you invariably have to use "Left" to return to the current time).
c> Press "OK" to choose the channel.
So far so good - if only that were all it needed.
d> Up comes a pop-up menu, with "Record this programme", "Watch This Program", and "Cancel"
e> Unfortunately, the default selection on this pop-up is "Cancel", so you have to press "Up" to get to "Watch..."
f> Press "OK" again to switch to the selected channel.
Wait, there's more...
g> The EPG is left on the screen, so you have to press "Exit" or the EPG button again to turn it off.
All too clumsy, and that pop-up menu at <d> above is completely unnecessary. If I have cursored to a channel I want, and press "OK", it should switch to that channel immediately, and turn off the EPG. If I wanted to record the selected channel, I can press the "Record" button, and if I didn't want to record or watch it (i.e. Cancel), I can simply continue scrolling to anothr progarmme on the EPG.
Another minor critisicism is with the Input Selection. This involves using a pop-up menu to select from the list of available inputs, "DTV", "AV1", "AV2", "AV3", "HDMI1", etc. You can if you wish associate a more friendly name with each of these inputs, for example you could put "Satellite" for AV1, "Game" for AV2, "DVD" for HDMI1 etc., but the names are preset, and you just choose the best to fit your input. It would be much bettter if you could enter your own "friendly name" for each input, say "SKY" for AV1, "Wii" for AV2 and the like, but you can't, you're stuck with the names they provide.
And then, having associated the inputs with these "friendly names", when you put on the pop-up menu to select your input, it still presents you with the original list ! The only time you see your "friendly name" is after you've chosen the input, the TV switches to it, and puts the status info in the top right corner. In effect, you still have to remember waht you've got connected to the wide range of inputs available.
All-in-all, even taking the niggles above into account, I still gave this a 9, it would have got 10 if those minor hassles weren't there.
Good: Freeview playback, picture quality & sleek design
Bad: To be fair there aren't any in my eyes, however viewing from a tight angle doesn't look as good
Good: Every input provides amazing output display quality.
Bad: No Phono Audio output, only Optical
Comment: Firstly, this is an amazing value proposition.
At around £499 with integrated 160 GB PVR (57hrs Freeview record time!) and Freeview tuner, you have to rub your eyes to believe the image capability is as good as this!
Although it is essentially a 720P panel, a resolution that is perfect for 32” screens, the panel will also accept any 1080P signal meaning you will have no headaches connecting any HD device.
However, the way in which this unit uses a 1080P signal is truly remarkable, with a much improved display over the native 720P output. This, one assumes is a benefit from the exceptional XD image processor on board.
The intelligent eye function ensures that you have optimal settings applied according to source and environment lighting conditions. However, you may find the image occasionally cold and colour filtered and stylised colour schemes. Should this be the case, you can choose from other method to add warmth and vibrancies to suit.
I have tested this unit with Sky through Scart, which is OK, but the Sky encoding is truly horrible in standard definition, so the image is not the best and I would recommend cable or Freeview usage to get best SD TV.
If you want to pay for a HD TV service then all well and good!
PS3 in 1080P through HDMI is utterly perfect, you could ask for no more. It would almost seem like the unit was specifically designed to use the PS3.
The Blu-Ray performance is almost beyond belief, with absolutely nothing to pick pieces about! The response time of the panel is 8ms and this seems a true measurement and there is no ghosting or shadowing whatsoever.
The unit is well made, well packaged and comes with a good stand and plently of instructions.
The remote control is intuitve and well constructed and of a pleasant size with well spaced and grouped button. Something many reviews forget to inform us about!
The on screen menu system is A+, nobody should experience any difficulty in navigating and achieving their aims easily.
If anyone can find a better image and value add product than this with the next 3 months, I’ll surely be impressed.
Overall, stunning! 10/10
Good: recording facility
Bad: inability to output recordings to my DVD recorder for keeping
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