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LG 42LF65 Review

by Vincent Teoh
30 June 2007

LG 42LF65

Despite some aggressive branding exercise recently (LG Prada mobile phone anyone?), as a consumer electronics conglomerate LG has found it difficult to shake off its budget image: one who delivers more "value-for-money" than actual quality.

The same applies within the HDTV flat panel arena. Speak to any home theatre enthusiast worth his/ her salt, and you'll scarcely hear the name "LG" being mentioned. Want an LCD? "Get a Sony Bravia". Buying a plasma? "Fujitsu and Pioneer". But LG? "Isn't it for those who can't afford better TVs?"

But we at HDTVTest are an unbiased bunch. Regardless of what reputation precedes any HDTV we review, we evaluate each HDTV on its own merit, giving it every fair opportunity to impress (or disappoint) us. Today we're going to look at the LG 42LF65, their latest 42-inch full HD LCD TV.


Physical Measurements

Screen Size (Diagonal) 42 inches
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Dimensions Without Stand (in mm) 1033.1 x 686.5 x 88.5
Dimensions With Stand (in mm) 1033.1 x 750 x 300.1
Weight Without Stand 23 kg
Weight With Stand 27.5kg


Native Resolution 1920 x 1080
Brightness 500 cd/m2
Dynamic Contrast Ratio 5000:1
Colour Reproduction (RGB) 8 bit
Viewing Angle (quoted) 178°/178°
Response Time 8ms
Life Span 60,000 hours


HD Ready yes
Colour System PAL/ SECAM/ NTSC
Teletext yes
Teletext Memory 1000 pages
Special Features XD Engine, Dynamic BlackStretch circuitry, DCDi, DLTI, DCTI

TV Tuner

Analogue PAL/SECAM, NTSC M (AV Only)
Digital DVB-T (Freeview)
Stereo Reception B/G, D/K, I, L, NICAM


HDMI 2 (19-pin; rear)
VGA 1 (HD-15 + audio in; rear)
Component 1 (YPbPr 3 x RCA connectors for video & L-R 2 x RCA connectors for audio; rear)
Scart 2 (21-pin; rear)
S-Video 1 (4-pin; side)
Composite (including audio input) 1 (1 x RCA video & 2 x RCA audio; side)
Digital Audio Output 1 (Optical; rear)
Serial RS232 1 (9-pin; rear)
Common Interface Slot 1 (PCMCIA; rear)


Speakers 2-way 4-inch speakers
Power Output 10W + 10W
Sound Effect Surround MAX

Power Consumption

Voltage 100Vac~240Vac, 50Hz/60Hz
Operation 240W
Standby < 1W

Included Accessories: Infrared remote control, 2 x AA batteries, 2 x power cables (3-pin and 2-pin), tabletop stand, circuit diagrams, manual, warranty card, registration card, cleaning cloth, software CD, TV brackets/bolts, protection cover.

Power Cords Circuit Diagram
2-pin & 3-pin power cords
Diagrams of internal circuits

Manual & Cards Other Accessories
Manual, warranty & registration card


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