LG 47LA6205 47-inch LED TV
The TV industry seems to be emulating the automobile industry, in that, over the past few years, both sectors have introduced sleeker, smarter, better performing models at significantly lower prices than their predecessors. It is indeed a great time to shop for TV sets, as you will find yourself spoilt for choice. In fact, when you surf the web, if you own one of the later models of Smart TV sets, you are probably spending more time surfing on your TV set than your PC or Mac because of the larger screen and the exponential increase in HD content now available on the Internet.
One TV brand that was little more than an afterthought just a decade ago has slowly and steadily climbed up the awareness and image ladder in consumers’ minds to now occupy pride of place in the sector. That brand is LG. I am amazed at how often this brand is now mentioned in social circles when the topic turns to which TV set people have or what they intend to buy.
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This being the case, I was quite excited at the prospect of reviewing the latest series from LG, the LA6205 range which comprises five screen sizes from 42” to 60” with all models offering Direct LED configuration, 1080p resolution, 3D option, built-in Wi-Fi and 120Hz refresh rate. The model under review here is the 47” with the model number 47LA6205 priced at $1,349.
The set arrived in an attractive carton and at just 15.6 kilos, it is a lot lighter than I expected it to be. I had no difficulty unpacking and setting it up all on my own. This TV set is really easy on the eyes even before you switch it on and has understated but elegant styling that is sure to lend a touch of class to any room that it is set up in. The steel gray stand is very well designed and looks quite chic with its flowing lines and stable stance.
The back of the TV has a set of commonly used controls including buttons to manipulate the channel, volume, power, settings and input selection. The rear connections include an optical audio output, a component video input, an Ethernet input, three HDMI inputs, three USB inputs and a stereo audio input.
The LG ‘magic’ remote control immediately got my attention because it is so small, light and has so few buttons on it. My first thought was that it would not offer much control but I was proven dead wrong. This remote control is a great example of what can be achieved when you put a lot of thought into design. A vigorous side-to-side shake of the remote brings up the cursor on the TV screen and you can move the cursor by moving the remote side-to-side or up and down.
This new LG TV series uses the direct (aka back-lit) LED configuration which has an array of LEDs arranged across the back of the TV screen. This means that the set has a depth of around 3 inches, which is not as slim as some of the edgelit LED TV sets in the market. However, because of this configuration, the picture image, especially in terms of light dispersion, is a lot more uniform. This is unlike some of the poorly implemented edge-lit models where the LEDs are arranged only on the edges of the screen and which, unlike direct LED TVs, need a waveguide to spread the light across the whole screen.
The picture quality on this LG TV is easily the best that I have seen in this price range. The whites and blacks are rendered with great accuracy and that sets the stage