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LG 42LD550 42-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LCD HDTV with Internet Applications



LG 42LD550 42-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LCD HDTV with Internet Applications

  • NetCast Entertainment Access (Wi-Fi Ready)
  • Wireless 1080p Ready
  • TruMotion 120Hz
  • Full HD 1080p Resolution
  • 150,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio

The future of entertainment is broadband TV and the LD550 with NetCast Entertainment Access lets you tap into it today. Beyond the limitless possibilities of accessing movies, shows and info direct from the Internet, the LD550 gives you options like never before with Wireless HD capabilities, along with an array of LG innovations that will change your expectations about TV. This HDTV is Internet-ready. To view Internet apps on this TV, you may also need:
Broadband Internet service A route

List Price: $ 999.99

Price: $ 999.99

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3 responses to “LG 42LD550 42-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LCD HDTV with Internet Applications”

  1. Uluru II says:
    80 of 81 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great picture + networking = total winner, August 19, 2010
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    Uluru II (United States) –

    This review is from: LG 42LD550 42-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LCD HDTV with Internet Applications (Electronics)

    This is my first HDTV, so keep that in mind – I was bound to be wowed by HD, no matter what the TV. But I really like this one. It has excellent specs (high contrast ratio, 2.7ms response time, 120 Hz) and a ‘picture wizard’ that seemed to do a great job in calibrating the picture settings. It supports the latest HDMI specs, and has some nice features like Real Cinema (which maintains film’s 24 frames per second when watching a movie with a compatible source), and also the ability to tweak the settings of TruMotion, LG’s image interpolation system.

    Interpolation is what ‘smooths out’ video on HDTVs – it actually creates additional frames on the fly to fit between the existing frames of the source, and it’s what can give HD material that documentary/soap opera quality. Sometimes that’s desirable, but other times it just looks bad and cheesy. This TV has Low, High, and User settings for this feature. I was able to tweak the User setting to a good compromise, that smooths out some of the blur and ‘judder’ effect of normal video, but doesn’t make it look artificial. There are lots of other settings to tweak, for audio (downmix preferences, dynamic range, etc.) and everything else. This brings up the user interface. The menu system on the TV is very user friendly, and graphically attractive. The remote control is one of the best I’ve used – it has just enough buttons, while being well-laid out and thin and light, and fits nicely in the hand. The ‘arrow pad’ to move left/right etc. has comfortable buttons and works well (remotes often screw that section up, for some reason, but not this one).

    My favorite feature has to be the networking/Internet capability of this TV. When I bought this TV (at a store) it came with a free Wi-Fi USB stick, so it was a good deal, but be aware that on its own the wi-fi stick is an unreasonable $70-80, and you can’t just use any old USB adapter, it has to be a special LG one – at least it seems to work very well and it’s N or G capable. Or, you can also use the TV’s wired ethernet port – even a 50′ ethernet cable would be cheaper than the wi-fi stick. In either case I think it’s well worth the cost to unlock the TV’s networking capability. (***EDIT: I have recently seen the LG wi-fi sticks being sold at stores and on Amazon for around $35-45***) Built into the TV are the streaming Netflix interface, VuDu, YouTube access, and more, including Yahoo Widgets – this lets you access your Yahoo account and any associated widgets, like Twitter, weather info, stock feeds, whatever. I only really use Netflix and VuDu in this section, but it allowed me to eliminate my Roku box and remote. When you already have a computer or laptop in the room, the Yahoo Widgets thing seems a little superfluous – this TV is NOT a replacement for a computer with internet by any means, but for some people, being able to quickly check the local weather or movie showings, etc. on the TV could be valuable.

    The best part about the networking feature is that it will let you stream media from any computer on the network. You just need to install some included Nero software – which, by the way, is actually small, un-bloated and simple, unlike any other Nero product – and voila, your PC is a media server. You designate a folder (or however many you want) to be your media folder, you put videos, music or photos in it, and you can access them on the TV. It really works well and it’s very easy to do, literally just a few clicks of the remote. I found that even streaming a 1080p mkv file wirelessly from my PC worked fine and looked fantastic. There are a few caveats – for one, it only supports mp3 for music (why not FLAC, or iTunes format?). It supports a lot of video formats (mkv/mp4,avi, divx, and more), but not all of them, and even for supported formats it may be finicky with specific files. Usually, converting the file to another format will solve the issue and make it playable; this is annoying but it’s only happened a few times out of dozens of videos, for me. Occasionally, fast-forwarding or reversing through a video streamed from your PC can be confusing and slow (you backtrack 15 seconds, hit play, and it plays about 2 seconds before where you started). This and the other issue could have everything to do with improper video encoding, and nothing to do with the TV, I don’t know. But given that the TV will automatically update its firmware through the network, one might expect these bugs to be gradually worked out. Hopefully, they will even add support for more file formats with future updates; it’s just a matter of adding more codecs to the firmware, which seems like it should be easy to achieve.

    The styling of the TV is subtle and not cheap-looking, unlike some brands (*cough*Vizio*cough*). It’s just a clean piano-black border around the picture, with a tasteful LED ‘bar’ light that stylishly fades from red to blue to indicate power. The…

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  2. Ferk V says:
    45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Enjoying TV, nice picture, great features., June 7, 2010
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    Ferk V (Fort Worth, TX) –

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    This review is from: LG 42LD550 42-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LCD HDTV with Internet Applications (Electronics)

    TV is great for the type (LCD) and price. The picture is bright, good contrast, and very smooth. The menu/remote are very comfortable…overall the picture is very nice. Aesthetically, the TV looks great as well…no cheesy features or decorations. This is my first LG product and I’m very pleased with this set. Also added the wireless adapter ($70). The entire setup and interface are very intuitive. This is a kids TV and they had Netflix down in no time (even the 5 year old). My only wish would be a backlit remote control.

    Only complaint at all is with shipping. It did not ship on time and there was no communication from the shipping company. Ultimately, I had to contact the shipper to make an appointment (was stated that they would contact me). Once I called them, they drove it over the next day (Saturday). All in all, still very pleased.

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  3. Frank O. says:
    262 of 307 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    You are in for a big surprise, August 13, 2010
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    I bought this TV a few weeks ago after reading many nice reviews about it, and while it’s nice, I found its features disappointing.

    To start with the good part, this TV indeed looks great both on and off: its no-frills design is very elegant and will make it look good in every living room, its picture quality is amazing. I can’t really comment on the sound since I don’t have good speakers, but I’m not even missing them with the built-in speakers. Its TV-related functionalities and interface is also nice, with zillions of options to set the picture and sound to your liking.

    However, the selling point of this TV is supposed to be the built-in software for online applications (called Netcast), and Netcast on the 42LD550 is a major letdown. At the time of this review LG doesn’t have model-specific information on the Netcast features available, only a generic all-promises page with the fine print “features vary by model and product category”. Now, Netcast in principle has at least three different video-on-demand services built-in, as well as internet radio, and many other great features — but this TV has almost none of these included! (I’m using the latest software version, as it updates itself automatically.)

    Netflix is included (that’s the one extra star), and there is a dumbed-down version of Vudu, which only includes the movie rental features, but nothing else. (For example, there is no Pandora, even though it is included in the “real” Vudu application, it’s only left out of the LG version). The rest are useless “apps” and a few selected Yahoo Widgets (all the good ones are missing, the best is probably Weather), Flickr, Picasa, Youtube and Twitter (twitter on a TV??), and that’s pretty much it. But there is no Amazon On-demand, no TV On-demand, no internet radios, and I am listing only missing features that are available in some TVs with Netcast or Yahoo Widgets, but are not on this one.

    Another (minor) quirk is that this “wireless-ready” TV requires an extra USB wi-fi adapter (LG AN-WF100) to actually go wireless. This is also made pretty clear in the specifications; the only problem is that it’s not easy to find this adapter anywhere! (At the time I bought the TV it was only available from a third-party vendor through Amazon marketplace, and it wasn’t cheap.) So if you want wireless, check first if this adapter is available.

    At the end I’m not sure why would most buyers get this model. If you just want a sleek TV with great picture and sound, then there’s no use paying for the internet-related features, and you can get a better or larger TV for much less money. It’s perfect if you are considering buying a great TV with no internet features and a Netflix box – it may or may not save you money, but you get everything in one package, saving you the set-up or cable issues. But you may have cheaper options using a Netflix box, or if you already have a video game console, or by connecting your PC to your TV and using some media center software. If you expect all the bells-and-whistles from your internet-connected TV, then you have to get another model, because this one is really just a beautiful TV with a built-in Netflix box.

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