March 11, 2010 Televisions.com team of dedicated experts harnessed all their experience in combining objective laboratory instruments and comprehensive subjective analysis to accomplish the testing of the LG 42 LT 75, a 42 inch HD ready LCD TV from LG.
The TV scored a below average rating of 4.3 points on a scale of 10 in the Editors Rating category and was found lacking in major aspects. Average contrast, low motion clarity, inaccurate 24p reproduction, no adjustments possible in display brightness and the absence of a headphone socket disappointed the test team a great deal. The incorporation of features like an integrated 160 GB hard disk recorder, well adjusted presets and permanent buffering for time shift TV are just the saving grace. Televisions.com editor-in-chief, Florian Friedrich said: The LG 42 LT 75 LCD TV should be considered for purchase only if you are interested in free view channels and easy recording features. The TV set fails to impress on all other counts.
The later part of the tv reviews describes the features of the LG television set. The menu of the LG 42 incher is clear and well designed but the initial setup of the TV is tiresome. Also the test team found the delay of response from the TV way too irritating. Also the Auto AV feature was frustrating as the TV started automatically recording whenever any device was connected to the Scart socket.
The remote controlled is multi-buttoned nightmare with only the clear labeling acting as a saviour. The review criticizes the TV for providing support only for analogue TV and DVB-T signals, as any other signal would demand a set-top box or satellite services or free-sat. The hard disk recorder can record 48 hours of analogue TV and 57 hours of DVB-T signals but does not provide any facilities like a DVD burner to backup any recorded programs which means that once the recorded material has been viewed it has to be deleted to make room for new recordings.
Time shift TV is a feature that the test team found to be one of the stronger points of this LCD TV as it kept recording the picture even when the channel was changed. The review recommends the Mild mode where analogue TV delivers an astonishingly clear picture. The TV does not suffer from line flicker or stair stepping for both 4:3 and Zoom picture format settings. The test team didnt find any difference to the picture even when the 3D comb filter was incorporated. Also motion clarity just about satisfies the requirements. Only with DVD and Blu-Ray playback does the LG 42 LT 75 display pictures with outstanding detail.
Contrast let the test team down. The sound of this TV set is not great and the absence of a headphone socket only aggravates matters. The review then provides a set of ideal settings for the TV that were derived by the test team at the in-house test theatre for displaying HDTV/Blu-ray signal via an HDMI interface in darkened environments. Friedrich said: The LG 42 LT 75 is not a TV suited for home cinema. Weak contrast and pronounced viewing angle dependence just makes things worse.