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LG 42LH50 LCD HDTV First Impressions Review

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It will be easy for the 42LH20 to get lost in the shuffle amongst LG's powerhouse 2009 lineup of HDTVs.

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Connectivity & Media

Audio & Video Ports

The ports on the LG 42LH50 are the same as on the LG 55LH90 except the 42LH50 has an Ethernet port so the TV can connect to the NetCast Entertainment system. The TV has 4 HDMI inputs (3 on the back, one on the side), 2 Composite Video inputs with audio (1 on the back, one on the side) and 2 Component Video inputs with audio (both on the back). Also on the back of the TV is a PCI input for connecting a computer, a 3.5mm audio input, and a Digital Audio output (as well as the aforementioned Ethernet port). The left side port cluster offers a USB input in addition to the Composite Video and HDMI inputs.

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The ports on the 42LH50

Media & Other Connectivity

The big feature on the 42LH50 is the NetCast Entertainment Access system, which uses an Ethernet port to connect the television to the internet. With this connection comes the ability of accessing Netflix Instant Streaming (for an additional cost), Yahoo! Widgets, and YouTube. The 42LH50 can also play music and photos that are stored on a home PC that is connected to the same network. This enables internet media to run seamlessly through the television without any additional software or cables (other than the connected Ethernet cable). Devices with digital music or photos connected to the TV via the USB port will also work with the 42LH50's internal software.

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The 42LH50 with Yahoo! Widgets displaying weather information.

Placement

The ports are decently placed on the LG 42LH50, but the left side collection could be easier to access. They are tucked a bit too far behind the panel to truly make them completely nuisance-free.

Audio

LG offered no specs about the audio system on the television, but all LG HDTVs this year offer two new audio features—Clear Voice II and Invisible Speakers. Clear Voice II is a dialogue enhancement option that can be customized and calibrated to your liking. Invisible Speakers are exactly what they sound like—speakers you can't see on the surface of the TV frame.

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Sections

  1. Tour & Design
  2. Performance Features
  3. Connectivity & Media
  4. Controls, Menu & Remote
  5. Conclusion
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