LG 47LX9900 review

There's much to like about this backlit LG, but despite impressive specs, it simply can't compete against the latest influx of rivals Tested at £2500.00

Our Verdict

Impressive in many ways, but not flawless. It’s LG’s misfortune that two better sets have been launched in the same month

For

  • Elegant styling
  • punchy picture
  • comprehensive specification
  • 3D glasses included

Against

  • Some issues with motion and 3D crosstalk – not huge, but rivals do it better
  • weak sound

We've recently tested and loved LG's second-best TV, the 47LE8900, so a similarly capable and elegant set endowed with 3D support should be a winner.

First exposure to the 'LX9900 does nothing to undermine that impression.

It's a thing of beauty, its vanishingly slim profile confounding the widely held view that televisions with full-array LED backlighting must inevitably be stockier than their edge-lit siblings.

Specification is complete too, with 400Hz TruMotion processing, a Freeview HD tuner, LG's NetCast online service – fairly limited in content at present – and ample support for media streaming from USB, Bluetooth and DLNA.

Two sets of 3D glasses included
You also get two remote handsets: a conventional design, and a Wii-style motion-sensitive wand called Magic Motion. In addition, two sets of 3D glasses included; they're comfortable to wear and rechargeable over USB. Additional sets cost £100 per pair.

So far so competitive, and the LG's strong showing continues with its performance from Freeview HD, DVD and Blu-ray.

After some tweaking, pictures have considerable punch and strong black depth, although some slight ‘halos' are visible when bright whites appear next to dense, dark areas of screen.

Motion handling is largely good, although on occasion movement appears too smooth, and not at all film-like.

TruMotion can be both adjusted and, if desired, turned off, so it's one to experiment with.

3D suffers a bit in comparison
It's with 3D the LG impresses and frustrates in equal measure. In the main, pictures continue to impress: however, you'll notice more incidences of ‘crosstalk'.

We also found the set's slight motion issues were exacerbated by 3D. And the reflective glass screen becomes more noticeable with 3D too: in a brightly lit room, it's quite distracting, undermining the ‘realism' of the 3D experience.

Other bugbears? Sound's not great, with some breakup at low frequencies, although the LG will output 5.1 over its optical output from Freeview HD.

But the biggest problems facing the LG are its most recent rivals such as the Panasonic TX-P50VT20 and SonyKDL-46HX903. They're better, yet cost similar money. That's enough to relegate this LG to three stars.

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Specifications

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General Information

Product SeriesLX9900
Product LineINFINIA
Product NameLG 47LX9900
Product Model47LX9900
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Brand NameLG
Product TypeLED-LCD TV
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Manufacturer Part Number47LX9900

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
VGAYes
USBYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports4

Physical Characteristics

Depth with Stand25.5 cm
Weight with Stand Approximate26.70 kg
Width with Stand108.6 cm
Weight Approximate22.10 kg
Height with Stand71 cm
Width108.6 cm
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Depth3.2 cm
Height65.4 cm
Dimensions65.4 cm (H): 108.6 cm (W): 3.2 cm (D)

Network and Communication

EthernetYes

Audio

RMS Output Power20 W

Energy and Performance

Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Operating Power Consumption117 W

Technical Information

Aspect Ratio16:9
3D Type3D
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Internet AccessYes
3D TechnologyShutter
PC StreamingYes
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Screen Size119.4 cm (47")

Video

Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz

Miscellaneous

DLNA CertifiedYes
Package Contents
  • INFINIA 47LX9900 LED-LCD TV
  • 2 x 3D Glasses