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LG 42LE5400 Specs

  • TruMotion 120Hz
  • 3,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • Picture Wizard II with 2.6ms response time
  • NetCast Entertainment Access (Wi-Fi Ready)
  • Picture Wizard II
  • 1920 x 1080 full HD 120Hz resolution With TruMotion 120Hz
  • 1920 x 1080 full HD 120Hz resolution With LED Backlighting
  • Picture Wizard II with 2.6ms response time
  • LED Backlighting

LG 42LE5400

Offering energy-saving LED backlighting, 1080p Full HD resolution for crystal-clear detail, and TruMotion 120Hz technology for virtually no motion blur, the 42-inch LG 42LE5400 LED LCD HDTV is also great for watching sports and movies with fast action thanks to its 2.6ms (millisecond) response time. The latest in HDTV technology, LED delivers deep blacks, bright colors and crisp images to rival any display category, and are the slimmest, most energy efficient televisions available. Improved motion capture allows smooth, natural pictures, even with fast paced action.

With LG's NetCast, you get access to TV shows, movies and more, streamed directly from the Internet to your television screen. And the LE5400 series also provides compatibility with Wireless 1080p Connectivity (wireless media kit required and sold separately).

Other features include an incredible 4,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio for more stunning colors and deeper blacks, two USB ports for connecting external drives for playing back MP3 audio, JPEG photo and DivX HD video files, stereo speakers with 20 watts of power and Dolby Digital decoding, and four HDMI inputs.

LG 42LE5400 LED HDTV

NetCast Entertainment Access NetCast Entertainment Access brings the best Internet services direct to your TV--no computer required. Instantly access movies and TV shows, news and weather and the world's largest library of HD movies in 1080p. (Note: Internet connection & subscriptions required and sold separately.)

LG 42LE5400 LED HDTVGet your HD film fix
If you like movies and want major studio releases in Full HD 1080p and Dolby Digital Plus sound, you'll love Vudu, the on-demand movie service with more hi-def titles than anyone else. Over 3,000 and counting. Plus, there's no subscription. So you only pay for what you watch.

LG 42LE5400 LED HDTVAccess your queue from the couch
Make the most of the extensive offerings on Netflix. Now you can watch your favorite movies and shows--from new releases to classics to everything in between--without your PC. Sit back and enjoy unlimited instant access to thousands of movies and TV episodes streamed directly to your TV set.

LG 42LE5400 LED HDTVIt's YouTube on your tube
No more crowding around your PC to watch web videos. NetCast instantly streams videos and TV shows from YouTube for unlimited, direct access to the millions of Web videos whenever you want them. All you need is an active Internet connection. Watch that one fellow making a fool of himself over and over again.

LG 42LE5400 LED HDTVStay up to speed
Sometimes you want to see what's going on in the world, but without changing the channel. Yahoo! TV Widgets delivers everything you need including news, scores, stocks and even photos from Flickr.

LG 42LE5400 LED HDTVYour pictures on the big screen
Re-live all your family vacation memories with your Picasa photos on the big screen for everyone to enjoy, create galleries and slideshows for easy organization.

Key Features
LCD Panel with LED Backlighting
Tired of dark scenes or dull colors? LG's LED technology provides a slim profile and delivers amazing brightness, clarity and color detail, as well as greater energy efficiency compared to conventional LCD TVs.

LG 42LE5400 LED HDTV

LG 42LE5400 LED HDTVEnergy Star 4.0
Earning the ENERGY STAR means a product meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. For TVs, it means they save energy both in standby and active (when they're on) modes. ENERGY STAR qualified TVs use about 30 percent less energy than standard units.

 

LG 42LE5400 LED HDTVSmart Energy Saving
With LG's Smart Energy Saving Features, you can conserve money and energy.
LG 42LE5400 LED HDTVFull HD 1080p resolution
This stunning picture is the reason you wanted HDTV in the first place. With almost double the pixel resolution, Full HD 1080p gives it superior picture quality over standard HDTV. You'll see details and colors like never before.

LG 42LE5400 LED HDTV

LG 42LE5400 LED HDTVTruMotion 120Hz
TruMotion 120Hz technology lets you see sports, video games and high-speed action with virtually no motion blur. Now your TV can keep up with your fast-moving entertainment.

LG 42LE5400 LED HDTV

LG 42LE5400 LED HDTV4,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
No more worrying about dark scenes or dull colors. The dynamic contrast ratio of 4,000,000:1 delivers more stunning colors and deeper blacks than you can imagine.


LG 42LE5400 LED HDTVIntelligent Sensor
Don't strain your eyes. Let your TV do the adjustments for you. Intelligent Sensor automatically optimizes the picture to the lighting and color conditions in the room for a more enjoyable viewing experience.

LG 42LE5400 LED HDTV

LG 42LE5400 LED HDTVWireless 1080p Ready
The best place for your TV isn't always near the cable. Wireless 1080p Connectivity lets you cut loose from messy wires, hang your TV where you want and still get a stunning Full HD picture. All those cords and cables are completely out of sight. And the only thing attached to your TV is you. (Note: Wireless media kit required and sold separately.)
LG 42LE5400 LED HDTVAV Mode
Sports, movies and video games are best enjoyed with customized settings. With AV Mode, you can easily select from one of three picture modes for "Cinema", Sports" or "Games" to enjoy an optimized picture and sound experience.
LG 42LE5400 LED HDTVPicture Wizard
Get easy self-calibration with on-screen reference points for key picture quality elements such as black level, color, tint, sharpness and backlight levels. Take the guesswork out of picture adjustments with this simple-to-use feature. It's not actually magic, but it will sure seem that way.
LG 42LE5400 LED HDTV24P Real Cinema
Stay in for the theater. Enjoy a true cinema-like experience in your own home with movies the way they are meant to be seen. LG's Real Cinema technology precisely displays 24p source frames on your screen, the same as on a movie screen. If you love movies, you'll love Real Cinema.
LG 42LE5400 LED HDTVISFccc Calibration Ready
LG's ISFccc Ready HDTVs contain the detailed standards necessary for professional calibration of brightness, contrast, tint, sharpness, color levels and much more to meet local lighting conditions for both day and nighttime viewing. Settings are added to preset modes for easy access from your LG remote.
LG 42LE5400 LED HDTVClear Voice II
Get audio the way it was meant to be heard. Clear Voice II enhances and amplifies the frequency range of the human voice to help keep dialogue audible when background noise swells.

LG 42LE5400 LED HDTVInfinite Sound
What's a great picture without great sounds to match? Infinite Sound delivers an amazing listening experience with deep, rich bass to make the most of your entertainment.

LG 42LE5400 LED HDTVDolby Digital
Dolby Digital lets you experience compelling 5.1-channel surround sound. And you can trust that you'll get the same great Dolby Digital audio quality no matter what you're watching--a DVD or Blu-Ray Disc, TV programming or downloaded content. Best of all, you can be confident that you'll hear the audio exactly as it was intended, because Dolby Digital is also used to create the soundtracks for movies and games.
LG 42LE5400 LED HDTVUSB 2.0
Now reliving that fantastic family vacation can happen in the comfort of your living room. Easily connect your external USB devices to enjoy JPEG photos or listen to MP3 files. This HDTV is also compatible with playing back DivX HD video files from a USB drive.
LG 42LE5400 LED HDTVHDMI V.1.3 with Deep Color
Make installation of any enabled device a snap. Get 10.2Gbps of bandwidth for deeper colors and more to take advantage of the best Full HD experience. HDMI V.1.3 connectivity lets you prepare yourself for tomorrow's technology today.
Key Specifications
  • Screen size: 42-inch class (42 inches diagonal)
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (1080p Full HD)
  • Dynamic contrast ratio: 4,000,000:1
  • Viewing angle: 178 degrees horizontal/vertical
  • Response time: 2.6ms
  • Built-in tuner: ATSC/NTSC/Clear QAM
  • Audio output: 20 watts (10W x 2)
  • Speaker system: 2-way, 4 speakers
  • Dolby Digital decoder: Yes
  • Surround system: Infinite Sound
  • Input labeling: Yes
  • Swivel stand: ±20 degrees
  • VESA compliance: 200mm x 200mm
  • Warranty: 1 year parts and labor

Connections

  • HDMI (version 1.3, HDCP): 3 rear, 1 side
  • Component: 2 rear, 1 side
  • Composite A/V: 1 rear, 1 side
  • RF: 1 rear
  • PC input (15-pin, D-Sub): 1 rear
  • PC audio input: 1 rear
  • Digital audio output: 1 optical, rear
  • USB: 2 side
  • Ethernet LAN: 1 rear
  • Headphone out: 1 side
  • RS-232c input: 1 rear
LG 42LE5400 LED HDTV

Dimensions

  • TV without stand: 40 x 24.8 x 1.2 inches (WxHxD); 36.8 pounds
  • TV with stand: 40 x 27.2 x 10.6 inches (WxHxD); 43 pounds
  • What size TV should you get?

LG 2010 HDTV Comparison
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Which Size HDTV is Right for My Room?
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With standard-definition TVs, the rule used to be that viewers would feel comfortable watching a set from a distance of 3 to 6 times the screen size in inches. With HDTV, the resolution is so much better that you can sit closer to a larger TV without noticing the pixels. So with HDTVs, the rule tends to be you can sit anywhere from 1.5 to 3 times the screen size (in inches) for the best experience.

If you know the size of the room you have already, where you want to sit, and where your new HDTV should go once you get it, you can figure out the size HDTV you should get.

  • Minimum size = Viewing distance/3
  • Maximum size=Viewing distance/1.5

LG 42LE5400 Customers Reviews

LG 42LE5400 HDTV Reviews

LG 42LE5400 HDTV ReviewsLG is a reputable company that makes good quality products. I was comparing this 42LE5400 to Samsung's LED TV and had a hard time deciding which to buy. After a few days of researching, I found this LG has more to offer than Samsung at the same price. Video and audio quality is superb and comparable to Samsung's LED. This 42LE5400 is highly recommended.


LG 42LE5400 Reviews

LG 42LE5400 ReviewsWhen LG 42LE5400 came down to shopping for a new TV, I compared several models from several manufacturers, including, Sams**g, S*ny, Pana***ic, Tos**ba, etc..... and from reading all of the reviews, this model had excellent reviews from top to bottom. And boy were they right. After calibrating the TV, which takes just a few minutes using the LG wizard, I saw the most incredible looking High Definition that I have ever seen. And that was just using my Comcast cable box. Then I popped in my Avatar Blu-ray and I was BLOWN AWAY!!!! I've never seen a picture more perfect in my life. No motion blur, no microblocking, absolutely nothing flawed whatsoever, even while watching fast actioned sports. The TV's speakers work pretty good for such a thin set. Even the streaming video from Netflx is awesome. I haven't tried any of the other optional internet based addons. If you're looking for a stunning picture that will not break the bank, I highly recommend getting this TV. 1080p, 120hz, what more could you ask for around $900?


42LE5400 Reviews

42LE5400 ReviewsThe LG 42LE5400 is my first flat-screen television, and I've only had 42LE5400 for a couple weeks now. So there are the caveats.

But to my eye, 42LE5400's a beautiful machine -- with the power on or off. I'm the kind of person who wants the giant TV in my living room to look nice even when 42LE5400 off; only Samsung sets can match this LG in the looks department. 42LE5400 almost impossibly thin, and when powered off it's just a cool-looking black panel sitting on my entertainment center.

Turned on, it's amazing. I haven't noticed any blurring while watching sports or action, the colors are great, flesh tones look like flesh, and the blacks look more than adequate. I did have to fiddle with the settings some out of the box -- turned the backlighting way down, for example. But to me, the television's self-calibration system seems to work great.

The Internet apps are pretty good, if a little spare. The TV connects to Netflix, Vudu, YouTube and other Internet video using an Ethernet cable plugged into my wireless router. LG sells a separate wireless receiver that you can plug into the television to ditch the 10baseT. There are also a bunch of Yahoo! "widgets" that do things like tell you the weather and check stock prices. They seem relatively useless.

So: Five stars, for now. That could change depending on the television's durability; it's a new model, so it doesn't really have a track record.


42LE5400 HDTV

42LE5400 HDTVLike so many others I did several weeks of checking all the high end name brands online and at many of the big box stores. At the start I never even looked at the LG line of LED/LCD TV's. After visiting one particular store, that happened to have this model, I was quite surprised at the picture quality and the features. My wife and I are exceedingly pleased about this TV purchase and have been urging our friends who are thinking of a new TV not to dismiss LG. One of our favorite features is the auto volume setting which goes a long way toward lowering those annoying advertising sound spikes. LG 42LE5400 42-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LED HDTV

I would recommend this TV to anyone as a quality value item for the price, the features and the technology.


LG 42LE5400 HDTV

LG 42LE5400 HDTVI want to add some Netflix info for folks wanting to know. Unlike what I have read about other brands, LG's Netflix app is very useful.

You have the ability to:
-search and rate any title
-add any title to your dvd or instant que
-remove any title from your instant que
-view your instant que
-select any episode for viewing (i.e. South Park season one episode 1,2,3 etc)
-pause playback of titles and FF or RR in ~ 6 second intervals via thumbnails

I find movie streaming is very good with great pq. Adding movies to a que is easier using a pc, which is expected so no downgrade for that. User interface is responsive and not laggy. Does not stream the Starz content but I don't think any internet tv does that right now. Of course everything is subject to change as firmware updates are released and more features are added.

Overall this Netflix interface does everything you need with a simple and user friendly interface that anyone can master.


LG 42LE5400 LED HDTV Reviews

What a marvelous TV! I love LG 42LE5400! The High Definition is unbelievable. The colors just pop out and are so vivid. You see colors that you never noticed before on a conventional TV. The internet and netcast are awesome and easy to set up. The sound is fine and more than adequate for TV speakers with lots of volume, LG 42LE5400 goes to a scale of 100 and I usually set mine around 10. I am very pleased with my purchase and would recommend it to anyone. My only complaint and it really isn't a problem, is that everywhere I look, including LG's website, states that the contrast is 4,000,000:1 but the box mine came in states 3,000,000:1. Could someone even tell the difference between 3 or 4,000,000???? I don't know, I would just like to be told what the specs actually are.


LG 42LE5400 HDTV Reviews

The LG42LE5400 is a great TV, no question about 42LE5400. Picture is excellent, sound quality is much better then expected, and the lag time as suggested by other reviewers while playing video games is not noticeable. My PS3 looks great linked into this TV with an HDMI cable, and the blu-ray player looks even better. Watching Avatar tonight on the set, can't wait to see the picture quality.

The only downside to this set had nothing to do with the TV at all, instead, 42LE5400 had to do with the misleading home delivery service. The company that delivered my set did nothing but push the TV to the end of truck and then I carried it into my house. NO SETUP, NO TESTING. The packaging was great and the TV has no blemishes, so I guess I can't say the shipping was all that bad, but it was definitely misleading.

However, if you're looking for a great picture on a TV with tons of perks, this is definitely the way to go. I researched for over 6 months to pick the right TV. I kept going back and forth between the Panasonic Plasmas, and this LG LED LCD. Major factor that pushed me to get the LCD was the amount of light that would be cast upon the screen in the room that I have it set up in. If I had a theater room that was kept in the dark I may have gotten the plasma, although, this TV looks so great I think I made the right decision for any room with any level of natural lighting.


LG 42LE5400 Reviews

I recently bought this LED TV from Best Buy in a bundled package. LG 42LE5400 was a big selling point for me to get a bluray player with LG 42LE5400 and honestly I probably would not have bought it otherwise. Overall, I paid $899 for the whole package and I considered that a good buy.

First off, right out of the box this TV is stunning. LG 42LE5400 thin, stylish, and has a great overall look to it. The base of the TV is a little larger than I expected but it is proportionate to the TV. I have this TV hooked up through Directv HD and it looks fantastic. It had a slight audio sync problem but it was solved with firmware updates. That is it looks fantastic after playing with the settings for about an hour and a half. Which brings me to the biggest negative aspect with of this TV...

If you're looking for a TV that you can plug in and have the best looking picture right off the bat without having to adjust the settings... this isn't the TV for you. I recently had a Sony KDL-46V3000 and that TV had a perfect picture and sound right out of the box, no need for change at all. I was hoping for the same. At first, I was very unimpressed when I started to flip through HD channels. Once I started to mess around with the different settings and really dig deep into the TV I started to fall in love. I have never had an HDTV with this level of customization before. After getting everything down for all of my inputs and making sure that everything was perfect, I put the TV through the paces.

Blurays from a PS3 are spectacular. Video games are incredible and there is very little to no lag at all when using the customized Game video setting. HD channels are stunning and even SD channels are bearable. Overall, the picture is great, the contrast is good, abut the audio is sub par. I did not get this TV with the intent to use the internet widgets or games so I can not review them at all

PROS:
great picture quality
huge PQ and SQ customization abilities
ability to switch off the typical 120 Hz 'soap opera effect'
large viewing angle
good contrast for an edge lit LED TV
easy navigation of menu and submenus
non-glossy screen
backlit remote
TV runs very cool and does not warm even slightly with heavy use (also easy to clean out dust from upper vents)

CONS:
out-of-box PQ is disappointing
sound is terrible even with customization
noticeable delay in picture smoothing when switching inputs and turning on (almost seems like it takes a few moments for all of your custom settings to take hold)
requires a necessary update to fix slight audio sync problems
minor flash lighting effect when viewing from a low angle

Overall, I would absolutely suggest this TV to anyone looking to buy a new LED TV. However, I can only suggest it when LG 42LE5400 at a discounted price. I honestly could not see myself paying $999 for this TV, even with what I know now. I can say that it is probably not for everyone but after changing settings and playing around with a few things I absolutely love this TV.


42LE5400 Reviews

Well, I don't have a whole lot to add to the other reviews. My other TV is a 32" Toshiba LCD. The picture on the LG is incredible. Totally blows away the 3 year old Toshiba. Bright, crisp, amazing. I used the picture wizard to adjust for the room. The wizard was outstanding. The wireless USB dongle works perfectly. Everything was not too difficult to set up. The instructions for assembling the base and setting up the wireless are not fantastic, but I managed. My biggest complaint is the sound. The various controls don't seem to make much of a difference. Even my wife commented on the sound quality, and she generally doesn't care about these things (she watches in SD stretch mode!) The Toshiba's sound was much better, but the picture on this thing is so good, I forgive the poor sound. And, as the others have said, if you are running the sound through a home theatre, 42LE5400 won't matter. I use the TV speakers, so I'm a bit disappointed, but, I can live with 42LE5400. I run the sound through my desktop stereo for movies (you can stop snickering now- I like it). Which reinds me- there is no audio L/R out. 42LE5400 either HDMI, component, optical, or headphone jack (underpowered). To get the sound to my (old) stereo, I have to run HDMI or Component to my older DVD player/recorder, and then audio out fronm there to the stereo. I guess I could use the component audio out- just realized that.

Oh- regarding the lip sync issue. On my setup, I found that the problem was the audio setting on the Motorola DCX-3425 cable box. It was set to "Auto". The other choices were L-PCM and pass-through. Once I set it to pass-through, the lip sync problems went away, except for one or two shows on a particular channel. These shows are time-compressed, and I suspect this somehow is the cause of the problem (it shouldn't be, but 42LE5400 what I see and hear, and even as it is, the change in setting improved the problem greatly). I did get one firmware update, but that isn't what fixed the problem. I've only had the set for about a week, so we'll see if the lip sync problem returns. So far, I am very happy. Can't beat the price-to-value ratio. (I paid $999 at a brick and mortar store that bundled a blue-ray player and the USB dongle). Cable management could be better. There is no way to completely hide them if you are using the stand.

I did begin to stream so blue-ray previews over the net, but my internet connectin is only 1.5 DSL, so I hit buffering. But what I did see was breathtaking. I finally found an excuse to upgrade my internet service. I like the Yahoo Weatherbug widget. The others are okay, but maybe there will be more down the road. The included Nero software (on CD) allows you to stream media from your PC's hard drive to the TV. Way cool.

I have big hands, and have no problems with the remote. It takes some getting used to, as the design is a bit unconventional.

So, to sum it up:

PROS
The picture
The picture setup wizard
Seamless internet connectivity
Streaming/Viewing/Listening from your PC
Overall Value (and styling)

CONS
Sound Quality
Not enough Audio Out options
Poor headphone jack amplification
Sub-par instruction manual (There is an included CD that is better)
Poor cable management

NEUTRAL
Remote
Widgets
Stand assembly procedure (due to poor instructions)


42LE5400 HDTV

I bought this TV shortly after LG 42LE5400 came out last year, end of April 2010, and I have to say I love this TV. At the time we had just moved into our first house and LG 42LE5400 turned out that the living room would be more awkward to place all the furniture then we originally thought. So the only place to put the TV was in this little corner between the staircase and a strangely placed closet door. Being the guy I am, I HAD to squeeze every inch of TV I could in that corner. This required something very thin so I could push it as far back as possible as to not interfere with the closet door. Well the LG LE5400 is all kinds of thin, at about an inch thick I had no problem putting it in that corner.

I did buy this TV right after release, so I did pay close to MSRP, which was a lot. But I'm very happy with my decision. I didn't want a TV that was already a year old and outdated. I wanted a TV that was an LED flat panel, 120Hz, had Netflix built in, and was energy star certified. This was one of the few on the market at the time. I knew the type of quality products LG produced, and I did as much research as I could on a TV that was brand new, so I went for this model. This was the 2nd TV I've ordered off of Amazon. The first was my 56" Samsung DLP back in 06', which is in the basement right now, still going strong. It arrived via UPS with only one little ding on the box corner, but nothing serious. The TV was well packaged anyway.

First off this TV is pretty light, being only an inch has a lot to do with this. The screen is bright and very clear. It is an edge lit LED and I do notice that when the TV is on and the picture is all black that there is some bleed in from the bulbs at the top right and bottom center. This is no big deal as like I said, I only notice this when the screen is completely black. Otherwise, the screen is crystal clear. I know a lot of people say that you cant really see the difference between refresh rates, but I will tell you that first couple of days with this TV, peoples movement on screen looked a little weird at first. But that's because everything was now smoother. Its hard to explain, but after a few days, I got used to it. Blu-ray movies look fantastic and crystal clear.

Sound on this TV actually isn't that bad. It was a while before I got my sound bar, so I used the TV speakers for a few months. The LE5400 has 'invisible speakers' hidden behind the frame. No speaker holes or any indication of speakers anywhere. This also make the frame that much more seamless and sexy. They can get loud pretty well and the sound is pretty clear, although I still prefer my Sony sound bar. But the stock speakers did a pretty good job.

Netcast is a nice little pack of applications built right into the TV, no additional devices required. There are 5, but the only one we use is Netflix. Its really great not needing to have another device hooked up to get Netflix, even though my PS3 is capable, its just easier for my wife to use just one device. I have the TV wired with an Ethernet cable so its really fast. The TV is wireless 'ready', but I wasn't dishing out extra for it especially since I had the wire already run, plus I prefer hard wired anyway. Its just easier and most importantly, faster. Its nice to see that LG actually updates the firmware of the TV to make it better over the past year. At first Netflix was a bit slow and only capable of viewing things that were already in your instant queue. This meant that in order to add a movie that wasn't there, I had to go downstairs to the computer, log in to netflix, add the movie we wanted to watch, then back up to the TV to watch. But after a few weeks they updated it to be able to browse and find what you want. Much better. Still waiting for a TV with a HULU app (if there is one, I dont know about it), and maybe then I could think about canceling Cable all together.

The LE5400 is also capable to plugging in a USB hard drive or memory stick and play video files right off of the hard drive. This saves me from having to burn files to DVDs in order to watch them on my TV. It really comes in handy.

Overall I'm very happy with this TV. It was a smart purchase and recommend it to anyone interested. I see that the price has come down considerably from when I bought it. If you're on the wall deciding, but the LG LE5400.


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