LG 42LN5400

LG clears up motion blur

For most people, 1080p resolution is the number one must-have feature in a 42" TV. For many sports fans, a close second is 120Hz refresh rate. It lets you see sports and other high-speed action video with much less motion blur than TVs with no anti-blur technology. The 42LN5400's LED backlight beats fluorescent backlights hands-down when it comes to picture contrast, for shadows that are deep and dark and whites that are brilliant.

A screen calibration wizard helps you get the best picture

Too many people settle for a sub-par TV picture because the settings for contrast, color, etc. can be hard to find and/or tricky to use. LG's Picture Wizard II cuts through the confusion with easy-to-use adjustments and a quick self-calibration feature. The well-designed menu guides you through basic adjustments with "recommended" settings. For more precise adjustments, explore the "expert mode," which includes test patterns based on professional video calibration.

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Features:

  • 41.9" screen (measured diagonally)
  • glossy screen, black bezel and cabinet
  • tuner receives over-the-air HDTV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • QAM cable TV tuner (subscription required to receive cable channels — contact your local service provider for details)
  • direct-lit LED backlight for high picture contrast
  • TruMotion 120Hz refresh rate for blur reduction
  • Picture Wizard II easy screen calibration
  • MHL-compatible HDMI input for displaying content from a smartphone on this TV's screen
  • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • remote control
  • SIMPLINK™ simplifies control of compatible LG components via the HDMI connection (HDMI-CEC)
  • meets ENERGY STAR® requirements
Connections and Dimensions:
  • 3 A/V inputs, including:
    • 2 HDMI
    • 1 component video (selectable component/composite)
  • RF input for antenna/cable signals
  • optical digital audio output (may only pass 2-channel audio from HDMI-connected sources)
  • USB input for connecting a camera or thumb drive
  • detachable stand (stand "footprint" is 18-1/2"W x 9-1/4"D)
  • wall-mountable (bracket not included)
  • 38-1/16"W x 22-3/4"H x 3-1/2"D (24-11/16"H x 9-1/4"D on stand)
  • weight: 23.5 lbs. with stand; 21.1 lbs. without stand
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service or pick-up for service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Why choose an LED-LCD TV?

Reason #1: Awesome picture quality. The LED backlights in these higher-end LCD TVs can give you better picture contrast and more lifelike colors than sets with typical fluorescent backlighting. Reason #2: They're more energy-efficient than plasma or regular LCD TVs, helping you lower your monthly electric bill and helping the environment.

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What's in the box?

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  • 42" LED-LCD TV
  • Stand base
  • Stand body
  • 5' AC power cord
  • IR remote (AKB73715608)
  • Two "AAA" batteries
  • Four M4 x 14mm machine screws (w/ star-washers)
  • Three M5 x 25mm screws
  • 0.75" Mounting screw
  • Cable holder
  • Owner's Manual on CD-ROM
  • Owner's Manual booklet
  • Limited Warranty Information
  • Product Registration Card

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Video Features
Audio Features
Convenience Features
Remote Control
Mounting Options

Video Features

Direct-Lit LED Technology:  Direct-Lit LED backlight technology bridges the gap between lower-cost CCFL (fluorescent) LCD TVs and newer edge-lit LED-LCD TVs. LG's Direct-Lit LED-LCD televisions feature LEDs positioned all the way across the LCD panel's back plane (instead of along the side). Unlike "Full-Array" backlight LED-LCD televisions that also feature LEDs positioned along the LCD panel's back plane, the Direct-Lit LED technology uses fewer LEDs and do not offer local dimming. Since there are fewer LEDs, the LCD panel's back plane must be moved farther away from the screen to provide adequate light coverage across the LCD panel, making the TV much deeper than an edge-lit LED-LCD television. Direct-Lit LED backlight technology offers a better picture and is more energy efficient than previous CCFL (fluorescent) LCD televisions, though it requires a much larger cabinet design than newer edge-lit LED-LCD TVs.

TruMotion 120Hz: TruMotion 120Hz provides clear, smoother images, even during fast action scenes crating a more crisper picture. TruMotion 120Hz technology lets you see sports, video games, and high-speed action with virtually no motion blur; letting the LED-LCD TV keep up with your fast- moving entertainment.

Triple XD Engine w/ 1080P Resolution: The LED-LCD TV utilizes LG's exclusive Triple XD Engine video processing system for crisp images and rich, vibrant colors. The LG LED-LCD TV has a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 (1080p).

Video Inputs: The LG LED-LCD HDTV features HDMI, Component, and Composite video inputs. All of the television's video inputs are displayed at 1080p.

  • Dual HDMI Inputs: The two HDMI inputs will accept 1080p (60/24Hz), 1080i, 720p, and 480p video signals. The HDMI inputs not only allow you to connect your Blu-ray/DVD player or Satellite/Cable receiver to the TV, but also a laptop or computer.
  • Component/Composite Video: The one Component Video input will accept 1080p (60Hz), 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals. The component video input can also be used as a composite video input (480i only).

MHL Compatible: The HDMI 2 input is MHL compatible and designed for the connection of select mobile phones and other portable electronic devices. Simply plug your MHL compatible smartphone into the TV's HDMI 2 port using the HDMI cable that is included with your mobile phone. MHL allows you to display full 1080p video and still images on the LG TV from your mobile smartphone. The TV's IR remote can be used to control basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Stop Fast Forward/Rewind, and Menu navigation). Your MHL compliant device will also charge while connected to the TV's HDMI 2 port. To find MHL-certified devices, go to www.mhlconsortium.org.

HDTV Tuner: The TV has built-in over-the-air HDTV (ATSC) and Digital Cable (QAM) tuners, so you don't need a separate set-top box to receive and decode over-the-air HDTV/SDTV or unencrypted Digital Cable signals.

Picture Size (Aspect Ratio): You can select a different aspect ratio depending on input source (analog broadcasting, digital broadcasting, video input).

  • 16:9: Resizes the image ratio to fit a 16:9 screen.
  • Just Scan: Normally the edges of video signals are cropped 1-2%. Just Scan turns off this cropping and shows the complete video.
  • Set by Program: Depending on the input signal, screen aspect ratio changes to 4:3 or 16:9.
  • 4:3: Resizes the image ratio to fit a 4:3 screen.
  • Zoom: Choose Zoom when you want to view the picture without any alteration. However, the top and bottom portions of the picture will be cropped.
  • Cinema Zoom: Choose Cinema Zoom when you want to enlarge the picture in correct proportion. This enlarges an image with cinemascope aspect ratio (2.35:1) without distortion.

Picture Wizard II (Picture Control): This feature lets you adjust the picture quality of the original image. The LG TV's Picture Wizard II (Easy Picture Calibration) offers self-calibration with on-screen reference points for key picture quality elements such as black level, color, tint, sharpness and backlight levels. This feature takes the guesswork out of picture adjustments.

Picture Modes: The LG LED-LCD TV provides preset, user, and expert adjustment of the television's picture settings.

  • Presets: Easy to use factory presets for picture mode settings include:
    • Standard:  provides optimum viewing for general use
    • Vivid: maximizes the effect of the video by strengthening the contrast, brightness, color, and sharpness
    • Cinema: optimizes video for watching videos
    • Game: provides fast response speed for fast gaming system
    • Eco: this Energy Saver mode changes the TV's picture settings to reduce power consumption
  • User Adjustment: This mode allows you to adjust the video quality settings manually.
    • Backlight: adjusts the brightness of the backlight behind the LED-LCD screen; adjusting the back-light is recommended when setting the brightness of the TV; when decreasing the backlight, the brightness of the black becomes darker without any loss in video signal and the power consumption is reduced
    • Contrast: increase or decrease the gradient of the video signal; you may use Contrast when the bright part of the picture is saturated
    • Brightness: adjusts the base level of the signal in the picture; you may use Brightness when the dark part of the picture is saturated.
    • Sharpness: adjusts the level of crispness in the edges between the light and dark areas of the picture; the lower the level, the softer the image
    • Color: adjusts intensity of all colors
    • Tint: adjusts the balance between red and green levels
    • Color Temp: set to warm to enhance hotter colors such as red, or set to cool to enhance cooler colors such as blue
  • Expert Mode: The LG LED-LCD TV is ISFccc Ready and contains 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 Expert 1/2 modes for easy access from your LG remote.

Advanced Picture Control: Advanced Picture Control allows you to adjust some of the advanced video features of the LG LED-LCD TV.

  • Dynamic Contrast: Adjusts the contrast to keep it at the best level according to the brightness of the screen. The picture is improved by making bright parts brighter and dark parts darker.
  • Dynamic Color: Adjusts screen colors so that they look livelier, richer and clearer. This feature enhances hue, saturation and luminance so that red, blue and green white look more vivid.
  • Preferred Color: Fine tune Skin, Sky, and Grass color independently.
  • Super Resolution: Provides a crystal-clear picture by improving the details in areas where the picture is blurry or unclear.
  • Gamma: You can adjust the brightness of dark areas and middle gray level areas of the picture.
  • Color Gamut: Maximizes the utilization of colors to increase color quality.
  • Edge Enhancer: Shows clearer and distinctive, yet natural edges of the video.
  • Color Filter: This function filters specific colors in the video. You can use the RGB filter to set color saturation and hue accurately.
  • Color Temperature: Adjusts the overall color of the screen by changing the white balance.
  • Color Management System: A tool that allows you to make adjustments by using test patterns; this does not affect other colors, but can be used to selectively adjust the 6 color areas (Red/Green/Blue/Cyan/Mgt/Yellow).

Picture Options: Additional picture options are available to enhance your viewing experience.

  • Real Cinema: Makes video clips recorded in a film look more natural by eliminating judder effect.
  • Black Level: Sets the black level of the screen to the proper level.
  • Noise Reduction: Reduces screen noise without compromising video quality.
  • MPEG Noise Reduction: Removes noise caused by compressing video.
  • Eye Care: Adjusts screen brightness to prevent eye fatigue.
  • Motion Eye Care: Saves power consumption by adjusting the brightness corresponding to movement in the video. 

Audio Features

Preset EQ + Tone Control: Sound Mode lets you enjoy the best sound without any special adjustment using factory presets. Standard, Music, Cinema, Sport, and Game are preset for optimum sound quality. You can also adjust the TV's Bass & Treble manually.

Audio Enhancements: The LG LED-LCD TV offers various audio adjustments to enhance your overall experience.

  • Virtual Surround: Virtual Surround delivers a simulated surround sound effect with just the TVs two speakers.
  • Clear Voice II: Clear Voice II enhances and amplifies the frequency range of the human voice to help keep dialogue audible when background noise swells.
  • Auto Volume: Auto Volume makes sure that the volume level remains consistent whether you are watching a commercial or a regular TV program. Because each broadcasting station has its own signal conditions, volume adjustment may be needed every time the channel is changed. This feature allows users to enjoy stable volume levels by making automatic adjustments for each program.

Digital Audio Output: The optical (toslink) digital output terminal will output Dolby Digital (when available) or 2 channel PCM. The digital optical output terminal only sends an audio signal in Dolby Digital when receiving Dolby Digital surround sound from a digital broadcast channel through the TV tuner or Dolby Digital content loaded onto USB. The optical digital audio output will only output in 2ch stereo from sources connected to the television via HDMI or RCA.

Convenience Features

AV Modes: AV Mode is three preset picture and audio settings. It allows the viewer to quickly switch between common audio/video settings. It includes Cinema, Game, Off (standard) Modes. With AV Mode, you can easily select from one of these three picture modes to enjoy an optimized picture and sound experience.

USB Port (Photo + Audio): The television features a single USB type-A port for playback of still image (JPEG), and music (MP3) files stored on a connected USB memory device. The television can support USB external hard disc drives (up to 2TB) and USB mass storage class devices (up to 32GB). The USB storage device must be formatted as FAT 32 or NTFS file system. In addition, the TV will charge USB devices that can be charged via USB (max. 5V/0.5A). The LG television lets you watch a slideshow of your photos (JPEG) while listening to background music (MP3) from an inserted USB device.

File Type Supported File Formats
Photo JPEG: 64 x 64 to 15,360 x 8,640 (baseline) or 64 x 64 to 1,024 x 768 (progressive)
Audio MP3 : 32-320 kbps (bitrate range); 8-48kHz (sampling frequency)

Input & Channel Lists: The LG TV lets you store your Favorite broadcast TV channels, as well as label your input sources.

  • Favorite Channels: Favorite Channels are a convenient feature that lets you quickly select channels of your choice without waiting for the TV to search through all the in-between channels. You can check which channels are stored in the memory by displaying the favorite channel list.
  • Input Label List: The LG TV will only display inputs which are connected to the television. You can select from preset names (Blu-ray, DVD, Set-top Box, Satellite, Cable Box, Game, PC, or DVI) to label each connected input. 

Analog and Digital Caption Modes: Analog and Digital Captions are provided to help the hearing impaired watch TV. Select a caption mode for displaying captioning information if provided on a program. Analog caption displays information at any position on the screen and is usually the program's dialog. Caption/Text, if provided by the broadcaster, would be available for both digital and analog channels on the Antenna/Cable. This TV is programmed to memorize the caption/text mode which was last set when you turned the power off.

Parental Control: Parental Control can be used to block specific channels, ratings, and other viewing sources (external input block). The Parental Control Function is used to block program viewing based on the ratings sent by the broadcasting station. The default setting is to allow all programs to be viewed. Viewing can be blocked by choosing the type of the program and the categories. It is also possible block a specific channel. The Parental Control function is protected by a 4-digit user password.

ENERGY STAR Certified w/ Energy Saving Feature: 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 On modes. ENERGY STAR qualified TVs use about 30% less energy than standard units. The Energy Saving feature helps to save electric power by adjusting the screen brightness.

  • Minimum/Medium/Maximum: Applies the pre-set Energy Saving mode.
  • Screen Off: Screen is turned off and only sound is heard.
  • Off: Turns off the Energy Saving feature.

Timers: The LED-LCD TV employs On, Off, and Sleep Timer functions.

  • Auto On/Off: You can program the television to turn On and turn Off at a certain time. You can set the On and Off timer to Daily, Mon-Fri, Mon-Sat, Sat-Sun, or Once. You can also set the input, channel, and volume level for the On Timer. If you do not press any button within 2 hours after the TV turns on with the On Timer, the TV will automatically revert back to standby mode.
  • Sleep Timer: The Sleep Timer turns the TV off at the preset time (10, 20, 30, 60, 90, 120, 180, or 240 minutes).

Remote Control

IR Remote Control: The supplied IR remote control is designed to only operate the LG LED-LCD television and SIMPLINK connected components.

SIMPLINK: SIMPLINK allows you to control and play other LG AV devices connected with HDMI cable without additional cables and settings, from the television's remote control. SIMPLINK provides the following remote functions.

  • Direct Play: After connecting AV devices to the TV, you can directly control the devices and play media without additional settings.
  • Select Multimedia Device: Enables you to select one of the multimedia device connected to the TV.
  • Disc Playback: Control playback of connected Blu-ray and DVD players.
  • Power Off All Devices: When you power off the TV, all connected devices are turned off.
  • Sync Power On: When the equipment with SIMPLINK function connected HDMI terminal starts to play, The TV will automatically turn on.
  • Speaker: Selects either connected home theater or TV speaker.
Note: To operate SIMPLINK, an HDMI cable over Version 1.3 with CEC function should be used. This TV may work with devices with HDMI-CEC support, but only devices with the "SIMPLINK" logo are fully supported

Mounting Options

Pedestal Stand: The TV is shipped with a pedestal stand unattached; assembly is required using the supplied hardware. The television weighs 23.5 lbs with the stand.

Wall Mounting: The TV has four threaded inserts on the back for use with an optional wall-mount bracket. The spacing of the mounting holes is 200mm (h) x 200mm (v). The threaded inserts require 6mm machine screws (not supplied). The television weighs 21.1 lbs without the stand.

Note: When mounting the TV on the stand or a wall (with optional bracket) leave 4" of clearance on each side of the television and 4" above/below the television for adequate ventilation.

Detachable AC Power Cord: The television comes with a detachable 5' AC power cord. The power cord is fitted with a right-angle AC plug that sits 0.8125" from the wall.

Kensington Lock: When mounting the monitor in a public place, you can secure it with an optional anti-theft device called a Kensington Lock (sold separately). This TV has a slot on the rear panel to accommodate a Kensington Lock device.

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good tv

Written By CR, Charlottesville on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

good images, fit in the space needed, energy efficient, easily wall mounted.

reasonable price

Written By lulu, los angeles ca on Friday, February 07, 2014

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nice color & easy adjust

just ok

Written By CR, dfw on Thursday, February 06, 2014

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the picture does not seem very crisp on HD. the 'trumotion' is apparently defaulted to on and cant be adjusted. the sound is very poor. i wasnt planning to buy sound bar but will have to now. also the base does not rotate which i didnt realize when i ordered it.

Pros: price

Cons: picture sound non rotating base

Great TV

Written By Anonymous, Holland, MI on Monday, February 03, 2014

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The TV is really nice - and I find that the sound is not too bad either. Worked out well for the super bowl.

Good Value

Written By DennisB, Dallas, TX on Thursday, January 16, 2014

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This LED TV has a very clear picture and excellent motion clarity.

LG 42LN5400

Written By Aglane, Iowa City, IA on Sunday, January 12, 2014

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TV arrived in good time and good order at an unbeatable price. Set-up was easy even for an aging techno-klutz. The image is fine, quality of work--solidity, stand, balance, inputs--excellent. Adjusting settings was easy to achieve the image qualities we prefer, color balance, intensity, et al. Sound is better than expected. Only quibble would be that another input or two might be helpful for dvd, vhs, satellite, analog-digital converted antenna, laptop ....

Pros: Image construction, settings adjustments.

LG 42LN5400

Written By JJ, santa barbara, ca on Saturday, January 11, 2014

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So far, it works well. Color and clarity is way better than the insignia tv of same price I bought less than a year ago.

Pros: Good clarity, speed in channel and video track, easy set up

Cons: no headphone jack. Built in speakers need help

LG 42LN5400

Written By Anonymous, richland pa on Monday, January 06, 2014

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Clear picture great sound

Great Product

Written By TDS, North Little Rock, Arkansas on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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Great Product. The service was great and it was shipped quickly.

Pros: Excellent picture. Great features that are easy to navigate through. Excellent product.

Cons: Can't think of any.

Excellent TV!

Written By Vik, Boston, MA on Monday, November 18, 2013

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I would have to say that for the price this is by far the best TV on the market. It's obviously 1080p capable and it also gets OTA HD broadcasts! I don't even need an antenna where I am. The other rooms in my house have cable boxes...but the line in the room I have this TV in is just a regular coaxial cable and the prime network channels all come in HD (FOX, CBS, NBC, ABC) so for football I don't even need a box. Unfortunately this means no NFL Network and NO HD for ESPN but oh well. Why pay $8/mo for an HD box? Not worth it.

Back to the TV - Optical Digital Out works perfectly! I have it hooked up to my surround sound in my room. This size TV is perfect for a bedroom for sure. Anyone that thinks this size TV is good for a living room is sorely mistaken. You need a high quality at minimum 50-60" so you can see it from the kitchen as most people's houses are like that.

I have my laptop hooked up via HDMI as we speak and it works perfectly. If you tell the TV (using the remote) that it's a PC, it won't chop off the 4 corners of the PC screen that always happens when hooking it up to a TV!! BIG PLUS there. You can always change the settings PER channel about brightness. A cool thing for the TV itself so you can listen at a lower volume without the surround system THROUGH the TV is the "Clear Voice" where you can turn up the volume on people talking in TV shows rather than turning up everything!

Pros: 42" LED-LCD TV. 1080p. Optical Digital Out. PC mode. Various Visual and Sound Modes. EXCELLENT quality. Easy Setup.

Cons: Only 2 HDMI Ports. Does not swivel (Who Cares?). No WiFi.

Excellent TV

Written By Andy, PR, USA on Sunday, November 03, 2013

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Excellent TV. Perfect image. Easy to set. If you watch sports this is the TV for you. The best price for a TV, Crutchfield you did a perfect job as always.

Pros: Excellent images in sports. Price unbeatable.

Cons: None.

TV for the Bedroom

Written By bobb, SW Georgia on Sunday, October 13, 2013

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I had been using an older tube 20" Sony in the bedroom for some time and decided that I needed to upgrade. I had recently purchased an LG 60" plasma from a local dealer for the living room so I decided on a LG 42" LED for the bedroom. I priced it at the local dealer but they did not have one in stock. I decided to try Crutchfield, having dealt with them in the past. Crutchfield's price was much lower than the local dealer but they did not have one either, but did have one open box for $50 off. I had it in three days and has quite happy with it except for some marks on the screen that were only visible when there was no input or there was a dark scene, like a night scene. I called Crutchfield Tech Support and spoke to Devon. I described what I had and asked if I should be concerned that it would become more serious in the future. He immediately advised that they were shipping me a new television. The new TV arrived in three days and is perfect. It connected easily to my Directv Genie system and has a terrific picture. I am very happy, both with the LG and with Crutchfield and would recommend both.

I now feel that I have just as good a television in the bedroom as I have in the living room. I have ordered a sound bar for this TV because I have Pandora and need a little better sound quality for the music. The living room TV is connected to the stereo there. If it were not for the music, the speakers in the TV would have been fine for normal programs.

Pros: light and easy to set up and connect, great picture

Cons: most of the owner's manual is on a computer CD and is a bit unhandy to use that way

Great TV

Written By LewG, Beckley, WV on Monday, October 07, 2013

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Picture is prefect. TV is surprisingly light weight and easy to maneuver. Fits perfectly on the stand we needed to use. Hook-up is straightforward. The only minus is weak sound quality which I expect from all flat-panel TV's without auxiliary sound equipment. Crutchfield's ordering process and delivery are unbeatable. We're very pleased with this purchase.

Pros: great picture quality

Cons: weak sound production

We LOVE this TV!!!

Written By suecin, Queens, NY on Wednesday, August 28, 2013

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Our 32" Sony CRT stopped working, just like that. So I researched TVs that would be able to hook up to our older Direct TV Tivo, fit in the space we had available, and most importantly, it had to come from Crutchfield. Crutchfield has the BEST technical support of any company I have ever dealt with. The sound on this TV is great. For the most part, I don't use the closed caption anymore. And the picture quality is superb. We LOVE this TV!

Pros: Sound and picture quality are superb!

Cons: None yet.

Nice Basic TV

Written By DSS, Baltimore, MD on Thursday, July 18, 2013

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Image quality is good, but requires some tweaking to get it right. It's not going to win awards in this category, but does fine for the price. Picture adjustments can be saved for each input. I have this TV mounted in my master bedroom where we are watching most often in darkened conditions- the "brightness" of the black level on a blank screen is noticeable in the dark, but this is true of most LCD/LED type sets and isn't bothersome. I have it paired with a streaming Sony BD player and an HD cable box, both connected via HDMI. Of note, the HDMI inputs (only 2) are in different places (1 is on the side). Don't expect to connect more than 2 HDMI devices. There are some buttons behind the R edge of the screen for direct control, but don't see how they would be of use unless the TV were on a rotating stand (which mine isn't).

LG 42LN5400

Written By Jeff, San Antonio on Friday, July 05, 2013

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My new LG 42" flat screen is excellent! I went from a 32" Sony tube TV to the LG and I was wondering what took me so long to make the change. Plenty of inputs and the controls are very easy to use. The color palette is outstanding. My son loves to play is WII on the LG. This is my 2nd TV that I have purchased from Crutchfields and I am extremely happy.

Pros: Excellent picture, remote well layed out, easy set up.

Cons: none yet.

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AudioQuest Forest OptiLink

AudioQuest Forest OptiLink

Optical digital audio cable (1.5 meters/5 feet)

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AudioQuest Cinnamon OptiLink

AudioQuest Cinnamon OptiLink

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AudioQuest Vodka OptiLink

AudioQuest Vodka OptiLink

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CableTruth 303T

CableTruth 303T

Optical digital audio cable (6 feet)

Item #: 865OPT6FT

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Sanus VMF408

Sanus VMF408

Super-slim full-motion wall mount for flat-panel TVs 32"-50"

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Sanus LC1A

Sanus LC1A

Universal tilt/swivel ceiling mount for 37"-70" flat-panel TVs

Item #: 051LC1AB

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$249.99
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Sanus ML11

Sanus ML11

Super-slim low-profile wall mount for flat-panel TVs 32"-50"

Item #: 051ML11B1

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Sanus Premium Series VLT5

Sanus Premium Series VLT5

Tilt wall mount for 51"-80" TVs

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Sanus VMT15

Sanus VMT15

Super-slim tilting wall mount for flat-panel TVs 26"-46"

Item #: 051VMT15

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$129.99
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Sanus VLF320-B1

Sanus VLF320-B1

Super-slim full-motion wall mount with articulating arm for flat-panel TVs 37"-70"

Item #: 051VLF320

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$399.99
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Sanus Premium Series VLL5

Sanus Premium Series VLL5

Fixed-position mount for 51"-80" TVs

Item #: 051VLL5

(3)

$99.99
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Sanus LT25

Sanus LT25

Tilting wall mount for 37"-90" flat-panel TVs

Item #: 051LT25

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Sanus Premium Series  VMF518

Sanus Premium Series VMF518

Full-motion mount with articulating arm for 40"-50" TVs

Item #: 051VMF518

(3)

$179.99
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Sanus Premium Series VML5

Sanus Premium Series VML5

Fixed-position mount for 40"-50" TVs

Item #: 051VML5

(1)

$69.99
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Sanus Premium Series VMT5

Sanus Premium Series VMT5

Tilt wall mount for 40"-50" TVs

Item #: 051VMT5

(4)

$89.99
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Panamax MIW Power-Pro PFP

Panamax MIW Power-Pro PFP

In-wall surge protector

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$99.99
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Panamax M8-AV-PRO

Panamax M8-AV-PRO

Power line conditioner and surge protector

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$169.99
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Panamax M8-AV

Panamax M8-AV

Power line conditioner and surge protector

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$119.99
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Panamax MD2-C

Panamax MD2-C

Space-saving surge protector with two outlets

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$49.99
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Panamax PM8-AV

Panamax PM8-AV

Power line conditioner and surge protector

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$89.99
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Boston Acoustics TVee Model 10

Boston Acoustics TVee Model 10

Powered home theater sound bar

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Boston Acoustics TVee Model 26

Boston Acoustics TVee Model 26

Powered home theater sound bar with wireless subwoofer

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Polk Audio SurroundBar® 5000 Instant Home Theater

Polk Audio SurroundBar® 5000 Instant Home Theater

Powered home theater sound bar with wireless subwoofer and Bluetooth® streaming

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Polk Audio SurroundBar® 9500BT

Polk Audio SurroundBar® 9500BT

Powered home theater sound bar with wireless subwoofer and Bluetooth®

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$799.99
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Yamaha YAS-103

Yamaha YAS-103

Powered home theater sound bar with Bluetooth®

Item #: 022YAS103

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$199.99
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Harman Kardon SB 26

Harman Kardon SB 26

Powered home theater sound bar with wireless subwoofer and Bluetooth®

Item #: 532SB26

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$599.99
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ZVOX SoundBase 320

ZVOX SoundBase 320

Powered home theater sound system/platform for TVs up to 42"

Item #: 729ZBV320

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$179.99
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JBL Cinema SB 100

JBL Cinema SB 100

Powered home theater sound bar

Item #: 109SB100

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$149.99
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JBL Cinema SB 200

JBL Cinema SB 200

Powered home theater sound bar with Bluetooth®

Item #: 109SB200

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$249.99
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JBL Cinema SB 400

JBL Cinema SB 400

Powered 2.1-channel home theater sound bar with wireless subwoofer and Bluetooth®

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$449.99
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Polk Audio MagniFi Sound Bar™

Polk Audio MagniFi Sound Bar™

Powered home theater sound bar with wireless subwoofer and Bluetooth®

Item #: 107MGFI

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$499.99
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Yamaha YAS-203

Yamaha YAS-203

Powered home theater sound bar with wireless subwoofer and Bluetooth®

Item #: 022YAS203

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$349.99
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Yamaha YSP-1400 Digital Sound Projector

Yamaha YSP-1400 Digital Sound Projector

Powered 5.1-channel home theater sound bar with Bluetooth®

Item #: 022YSP1400

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Focal Dimension

Focal Dimension

Powered home theater sound bar

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MartinLogan Motion® Vision

MartinLogan Motion® Vision

Powered 3-channel home theater sound bar

Item #: 839MOVSSBD

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Bose® Lifestyle® 135 Series II home entertainment system
$1,999.99
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Bose® Lifestyle® 135 Series III home entertainment system
$2,199.99
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Monitor Audio ASB-2

Monitor Audio ASB-2

Powered home theater sound bar with Wi-Fi® and Apple AirPlay®

Item #: 893ASB2

$1,649.99
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Definitive Technology SoloCinema Studio™

Definitive Technology SoloCinema Studio™

Powered home theater sound bar with wireless subwoofer and Bluetooth®

Item #: 735SOLOSTU

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Klipsch Reference R-10B

Klipsch Reference R-10B

Powered home theater sound bar with wireless subwoofer and Bluetooth®

Item #: 714R10B

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Klipsch Reference R-20B

Klipsch Reference R-20B

Powered home theater sound bar with wireless subwoofer and Bluetooth®

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Paradigm Shift Series Soundscape

Paradigm Shift Series Soundscape

Powered home theater sound bar with Bluetooth®

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Harman Kardon Sabre SB35

Harman Kardon Sabre SB35

Ultra-thin powered sound bar and wireless subwoofer with Bluetooth®

Item #: 532SB35

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Paradigm Soundtrack 2

Paradigm Soundtrack 2

Powered home theater sound bar with wireless subwoofer and Bluetooth®

Item #: 819SNDTRK2

$763.99
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Denon DHT-S514

Denon DHT-S514

Powered home theater sound bar with wireless subwoofer and Bluetooth®

Item #: 033DHTS514

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Onkyo LS-B50

Onkyo LS-B50

Powered home theater sound bar with wireless subwoofer and Bluetooth®

Item #: 580LSB50

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Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar system

Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar system

Powered home theater sound bar and wireless subwoofer with Bluetooth®

Item #: 130SB23W

$399.99
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ZVOX SoundBase 570

ZVOX SoundBase 570

Powered home theater sound system/TV platform with Bluetooth® (for TVs up to 60")

Item #: 729SBS570

$399.99
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Yamaha SRT-1000

Yamaha SRT-1000

Powered home theater sound system/TV platform with Bluetooth®

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Speakercraft CS3

Speakercraft CS3

Powered home theater sound system/TV platform with Bluetooth®

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Proficient Max TV MT2

Proficient Max TV MT2

Powered home theater sound system/TV platform with Bluetooth®

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JBL Cinema SB350

JBL Cinema SB350

Powered home theater sound bar with wireless subwoofer and Bluetooth®

Item #: 109SB350

$349.99
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BDI Mirage™ 8224

BDI Mirage™ 8224

Audio/video cabinet for TVs up to 42"

Item #: 6318224

$1,099.99
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Sanus NFV249

Sanus NFV249

Audio/video stand for TVs up to 46" (Mocha)

Item #: 051NFV249M

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BDI Valera 9723

BDI Valera 9723

Swivel stand for TVs up 42" (Espresso Stained Oak)

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$609.99
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Bell'O WAVS329

Bell'O WAVS329

Audio/video cabinet for TVs up to 46"

Item #: 494WAVS329

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$299.99
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Bell'O CW340

Bell'O CW340

Curved wood audio/video stand for TVs up to 42"

Item #: 494CW340

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$279.99
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Sanus PFFP

Sanus PFFP

Audio/video stand for TVs 30"-50"

Item #: 051PFFPB01

$199.99
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Bell'O TP4444 Triple Play®

Bell'O TP4444 Triple Play®

Audio/video stand for TVs up to 55"

Item #: 494TP4444

$199.99
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Universal MX-450 Remote Control

Universal MX-450 Remote Control

Multibrand remote with one-touch operation

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Universal® MasterControl™ RF-20

Universal® MasterControl™ RF-20

Multibrand remote with learning capability

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Logitech® Harmony® Ultimate Home

Logitech® Harmony® Ultimate Home

Remote control for home entertainment and automation devices (White)

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Logitech® Harmony® 350

Logitech® Harmony® 350

Universal remote with one-touch TV control

Item #: 596H350

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$34.99
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Logitech® Harmony® Home Control

Logitech® Harmony® Home Control

Remote control for home entertainment and automation devices (Black)

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Logitech® Harmony® Ultimate One

Logitech® Harmony® Ultimate One

Universal remote with customizable swipe and tap touchscreen

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$199.99
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Logitech® Harmony® 650

Logitech® Harmony® 650

Universal remote with color screen

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$79.99
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Logitech® Harmony®  Smart Control

Logitech® Harmony® Smart Control

Turn your smartphone into a powerful Wi-Fi® Harmony remote

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Monster HDTV Calibration Wizard

Monster HDTV Calibration Wizard

Easy-to-use TV setup DVD

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Spears & Munsil HD Benchmark 2nd Edition

Spears & Munsil HD Benchmark 2nd Edition

2D/3D Blu-ray calibration disc

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Terk HDTVa

Terk HDTVa

Amplified indoor HDTV antenna

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Channel Master CM-4046HD MODERNtenna

Channel Master CM-4046HD MODERNtenna

Amplified indoor HDTV antenna

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$24.99
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Channel Master 4228HD

Channel Master 4228HD

Long-range outdoor rooftop HDTV antenna

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Channel Master 4221HD

Channel Master 4221HD

Mid-range outdoor rooftop HDTV antenna

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Channel Master 2020

Channel Master 2020

Long-range outdoor rooftop HDTV antenna

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Channel Master CM-3000HD SMARTenna

Channel Master CM-3000HD SMARTenna

Omnidirectional indoor/outdoor HDTV antenna

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Mohu Leaf 30

Mohu Leaf 30

Multidirectional indoor HDTV antenna

Item #: 792LEAF30

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$39.99
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Mohu Leaf 50

Mohu Leaf 50

Amplified multidirectional indoor HDTV antenna

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Mohu Sky 60 Amplified TV Antenna

Mohu Sky 60 Amplified TV Antenna

Amplified multidirectional attic/outdoor HDTV antenna

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$149.99
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Sanus ELM101

Sanus ELM101

Screen care kit for TVs and monitors

Item #: 051ELM101

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$24.99
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Monster ScreenClean

Monster ScreenClean

TV cleaner kit

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$14.95
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Bell'O CMS-169W Cable Management System

Bell'O CMS-169W Cable Management System

Conceal audio/video wires along walls

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$26.99
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Wiremold CordMate® Cord Organizer (CMK10)

Wiremold CordMate® Cord Organizer (CMK10)

Conceal audio/video cables along your walls

Item #: 717CMK10

$24.49
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Wiremold Flat Screen TV Cord Cover (CMK30)

Wiremold Flat Screen TV Cord Cover (CMK30)

Conceal your wall-mounted TV's audio/video cables

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Wiremold CornerMate™ Cord Organizer (CMK40)

Wiremold CornerMate™ Cord Organizer (CMK40)

Conceal audio/video cables in a corner

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Wiremold CordMate® II Cord Organizer (CMK50)

Wiremold CordMate® II Cord Organizer (CMK50)

Conceal A/V cables in your room

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$26.99
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Wiremold CableMate™ Cord Organizer (CMK90)

Wiremold CableMate™ Cord Organizer (CMK90)

Conceal computer or home entertainment cables

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$26.99
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Sanus ELM806 PowerBridge®

Sanus ELM806 PowerBridge®

In-wall power management extender system

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$99.99
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Sanus ELM701

Sanus ELM701

Flat-panel TV anti-tip strap

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$14.99
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Center Stage CSB-1005-ADJ

Center Stage CSB-1005-ADJ

Adjustable speaker shelf kit for flat-panel TVs

Item #: 769CSB1005

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$65.99
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Center Stage CSB-1205 PRO

Center Stage CSB-1205 PRO

Ultra-slim speaker shelf for flat-panel TVs

Item #: 7691205PRO

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$49.95
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Center Stage CSB-1005

Center Stage CSB-1005

Adjustable speaker shelf kit for flat-panel TVs with HDMI cable included

Item #: 769CSBHDMI

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$29.95
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Center Stage Bracket CSB-2405

Center Stage Bracket CSB-2405

Adjustable speaker shelf kit for flat-panel TVs

Item #: 769CSB2405

$84.95
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Center Stage Bracket CSB-1409

Center Stage Bracket CSB-1409

Speaker and component shelf for flat-panel TVs

Item #: 769CSB1409

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$64.99
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Monster Video® 2

Monster Video® 2

Composite video cable (2 meters, 6.6 ft.)

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2 questions already asked

Sorry, Ed, but we purchased this tv for our son as a graduation gift, so we do not have the set in the house. Hope you found an answer from a more knowledgable person! [ THOMAS  Apr 08, 2014 ]
from Details section Digital Audio Output: The optical (toslink) digital output terminal will output Dolby Digital (when available) or 2 channel PCM. The digital optical output terminal only sends an audio signal in Dolby Digital when receiving Dolby Digital surround sound from a digital broadcast channel through the TV tuner or Dolby Digital content loaded onto USB. The optical digital audio output will only output in 2ch stereo from sources connected to the television via HDMI or RCA. Speaker: Selects either connected home theater or TV speaker. Note: To operate SIMPLINK, an HDMI cable over Version 1.3 with CEC function should be used. This TV may work with devices with HDMI-CEC support, but only devices with the "SIMPLINK" logo are fully supported [ JACK  Apr 05, 2014 ]
Im not sure my friend i never tried that!! [ AARON E  Apr 05, 2014 ]
There is no headphone jack. The only audio output is digital audio. However, if you are using a cable box to feed the TV you may be able to hook up to the cable box. That is what we did with our Time Warner cable box. [ Larry  Apr 05, 2014 ]
After about 3 months our LG set quit working completely. The service person was able to repair it on site quickly and indicated that it was a recurrent cabling problem in the power circuitry. It was covered completely under warranty. Apart from that we continue to be very pleased with the color, brightness, and sound quality. I do not expect any further issues with the set. [ Larry  Apr 05, 2014 ]
I choose the LG because after talking to my son-in-law who is a some what expert on electronics he said the LG was highly rated. When I spoke to the Crutchfield sales person, he said he has had one for 5 yrs. and no problems. I had been to a club store and was looking at buying a Visio but a friend of mine said the Visio is returned more than any other t.v. The price I got from Crutchfield was the best deal which included free shipping. I also liked the spec's of the LG. I also own a Sony Briva and the LG was to be a second T.V. My LG has a great picture even where the T.V. is located I have a sun reflection on the screen at certain times of the day and the picture is still very good. I hope this helps. [ CHARLES C  Jan 21, 2014 ]
I have always purchased Sony televisions and have been quite pleased with them. I was looking for a smaller TV or my bedroom and the LG was the perfect size ( 42" ) and I heard good things about LG during the past year. I am quite pleased with the LG. The picture is clear and bright and I have had not problem. and the set is easily programed. I would grade my satisfaction as very pleased it has met all of my expectations. [ JAMES E  Jan 21, 2014 ]
Considered Samsung, Visio, & some lesser brands. LG & Samsung typically score at the top of a leading consumer publication surveys. This TV was priced very competitively and had good customer satisfaction scores. [ Viperstick  Jan 21, 2014 ]
I think I looked at them all, spending about 4 months. I had bought an Insignia w/ 60 Hz processer and didnt like the picture shadows or blurr in the fast action shots. I paid $430 for that. I looked at the sansum but for basically the same TV they want $200 more. My brother bought one and said the LG was every bit as good a picture as his. I also bought an off brand for the RV but the jury's still out on if I wasted my money on that. A friend had bought an LG 60" 120Hz and I was impressed with the picture and function. He likes alot of soccer and sports and I noticed there was no blurring whatsoever. When I saw the LG 42" for what was it, $450 after rebate? ...I was ready to buy. So far, except that it's not internet compatible, it's the best TV I've owned. I would recommend it. For the money, I don't think you can go wrong. Hope I gave a complete and satisfactory answer that helps you make a good choice. Good luck JJ [ JACK  Jan 21, 2014 ]
Based upon reviews in multiple places including Consumer Reports, Amazon, and Crutchfield I determined that the LG would have a wider viewing angle and better built in sound that the comparable Samsung LED TVs. I made sure to select an LED TV. Now that we have used it for over a month we are very pleased with its color rendition, sound quality and sound volume. As an engineer with patents in digital color science I am quite particular about color and image quality. I have been very pleased. [ Larry  Jan 21, 2014 ]
Hi Jack, I didn't do a ton of research. I have one other LG TV and have been happy with it, and I trust Crutchfield and the brands they carry. So far, so good. Easy to set up, great picture, affordable price. [ CRAIG L  Jan 21, 2014 ]
I'll admit that it was solely the price. I also considered a Samsung, but this one was lower. they seem about the same in quality. [ ANTHONY A  Jan 21, 2014 ]
Vizio, Samsung, and Sony. Wanted a basic - not smart -TV at a good price. Not used as a "main" TV. Chose the LG because of Crutchfield. Have bought TV's here before and would not buy elsewhere. Trusted the fact that they carried the LG. [ DAVID  Jan 21, 2014 ]
Over Samsund because a friend had one and was happy with it. It was just about what we expexcted. Not outstanding bu t good value--even better now. Too many remotes and buttons not accessible. No "manual for dummies' like me. [ CHARLES  Jan 21, 2014 ]