LG 42LV5500 LED LCD HDTV Review$1,099.00
The LG 42LV5500 has a native 1080p display, but can handle all standard NTSC content.
The LG 42LV5500 produced a decent viewing angle, for an LCD, though it still falls well short of what an average plasma TV can provide. Our tests showed that the TV lost a significant amount of contrast after 38 degrees from center on either side (making for a total viewing angle of 76 degrees).
The LG 42LV5500 has a fairly reflective screen. LG is clearly making attempts to refract the light, but it's not working. When hit with a strong ambient light, you'll see rainbow patterns going off in four directions. That's the attempt at refraction. But you also see a huge cloud of diffuse light, precisely the sort of glare that kills contrast ratio. If you're watching something bright, like a ball game, you may never notice. But movies and other content that has a lot of shadows are going to be affected. Try moving the TV screen or the light if it's really bothering you.
The LG 42LV5500 has a number of video processing features, but we recommend that you disable most or all of them. They don't improve the picture quality, necessarily, they just modify it. Much to our chagrin, though, we noticed that certain processing features, like local dimming, cannot be disabled. In fact, it's not even listed in the menu.