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LG 42LE5400

42" Internet-ready 1080p LED-LCD HDTV

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Our take on the LG 42LE5400

by Steve Kindig
LG

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.

LEDs have the "edge" over fluorescent backlights
The 42LE5400 owes much of its head-turning picture quality to LG's improved LED edge backlighting technology. The pure white light of LEDs delivers crisp picture contrast with subtle shadow detail. And you'll instantly notice the deep, lifelike colors — this set can reproduce more than 100% of the broadcast TV color range, compared to just 70%-75% for conventional fluorescent backlights.

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 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, eliminating guesswork with "recommended" settings. For more precise adjustments, explore the "expert mode," which includes test patterns based on professional video calibration.

Change the channel ... to Netflix® or YouTube™
The 42LE5400 is an Internet-ready TV, and LG's NetCast™ feature brings some of the best online video sources directly to your television. You can watch movies from your Netflix® Instant Queue, or choose from over 3,000 high-def on-demand titles from Vudu®, all from the comfort of your sofa. If you have a wireless network in your home, just add LG's Wi-Fi® USB adapter to enjoy all that online entertainment without running a network cable to your TV.

More high-def connections, and a wireless option that really works
Several high-def inputs are distributed on the back and side panels, including four HDMI inputs and three component video inputs. Connect a Blu-ray player, HD satellite or cable box, and high-def video game console. And if you're tired of dealing with a tangle of wires behind the TV, LG makes an optional wireless media box that does away with audio/video cables between your TV and components. And there's no picture quality penalty, either — this system can send "Full HD" 1080p video up to 50 feet away.

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Features:

  • 42" screen (measured diagonally)
  • high-gloss black finish
  • tuner receives over-the-air HDTV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • QAM cable TV tuner receives unscrambled programs without a set-top box (cable service required)
  • LED edge backlight for high picture contrast with natural colors
  • 4,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • TruMotion 120Hz blur reduction for clearer motion
  • Picture Wizard II screen calibration system
  • Internet-ready — Netflix®, Vudu®, and more (broadband service required; subscription required for Netflix)
  • to see how this TV's Internet apps work, watch the Experience NetCast demo at LG's website (apps may vary by model)
  • view photos stored on a DLNA-compatible Windows® PC (wireless streaming requires LG's USB adapter)
  • wireless 1080p-ready (requires Wireless 1080p Media Kit)
  • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • illuminated remote control
  • SIMPLINK™ simplifies control of compatible LG components via the HDMI connection (HDMI-CEC)
  • meets ENERGY STAR® 4.0 requirements
  • picture settings memory for each video input
Connections and Dimensions:
  • 8 A/V inputs, including:
    • 1 composite video
    • 3 component video (one is selectable component/composite)
    • 4 HDMI v1.3 — accepts signals up to 1080p (60Hz, 24Hz)
  • PC input
  • RF input for antenna/cable signals
  • optical digital audio output (may only pass 2-channel audio from HDMI-connected sources)
  • Ethernet port for a high-speed connection to a home network
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports (1 for connecting a camera or thumb drive, 1 for use with LG's wireless USB adapter)
  • detachable swivel stand (stand "footprint" is 20-1/8"W x 10-5/8"D)
  • wall-mountable (bracket not included)
  • 40-1/8"W x 24-7/8"H x 1-1/2"D (27-1/4"H x 10-5/8"D on stand)
  • weight: 42.9 lbs. with stand; 36.8 lbs. without stand
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service or pick-up for service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Display
Screen Size 42"
Screen Design Flat
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080
Screen Refresh Rate 120 Hz
Backlighting Type LED (edge-lit white)
3D No
Features
Instant Internet Movie Streaming Yes
Wi-Fi Optional
MHL-compatible ---
Picture In Picture No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Type of Warranty Service In-home
Connections
Total Video Inputs 8
HDMI Inputs 4
Component Video Inputs 3
Composite Video Inputs 1
RF Inputs 1
PC Input Yes
Ethernet Port Yes
USB Port Yes
Optical Digital Audio Output 1 Rear
Coaxial Digital Audio Output None
Analog Audio Output None
Power Consumption
Estimated Yearly Electricity Use (EnergyGuide) Not Given
Estimated Yearly Energy Cost (EnergyGuide) Not Given
Dimensions & Mounting Information
Width (inches) 40-1/8
Height with Stand (inches) 27-1/4
Height without Stand (inches) 24-7/8
Depth with Stand (inches) 10-5/8
Depth without Stand (inches) 1-1/2
Stand Width (inches) 20-1/8
Weight with Stand 42.9 lbs
Weight without Stand Not available
Wall Mountable Yes
Wall Bracket Included No
Pedestal Stand Assembly required
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  • 42" LED-LCD TV
  • Stand base
  • Stand body
  • Stand rear-cover
  • Remote control (AKB72914003)
  • Two "AAA" batteries
  • 6" Component video adapter (with female component RCA jacks on one end and a male 3.5mm connector on other end)
  • 6" AV adapter (with female composite and stereo RCA jacks on one end and male 3.5mm AV connector on other end)
  • Eight 4mm x 16mm machine screws (with star-washers)
  • Screen cleaning cloth
  • Cable-tie
  • Nero MediaHome 4 Essentials CD-ROM
  • Owner's Manual CD-ROM
  • Owner's Manual
  • TV Quick Setup Guide (Eng/Spa)
  • "Important Information (for 32/42/47/55LD520)" note
  • Limited Warranty Information
  • "Child Safety" sheet
  • Product Registration Card
  • LG brochure

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Video Features
Audio Features
PC/USB/Network Functions
Convenience Features
Remote Control
Mounting Options

Video Features

Edge-Lit LED System: The LG LE5400 series employs an edge-lit LED system which produces superior image quality, with deeper blacks and a wider color gamut, and allows for an ultra-slim design (1.5"). LED-LCD TVs are also more energy efficient compared to conventional TVs

4,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast: The LED-LCD TV delivers a Dynamic Contrast Ratio of 4,000,000:1; which provides stunning colors and deep black, so your picture's details don't get lost in the shadows.

XD Engine: The 42LE5400 utilizes LG's exclusive XD Engine video processing system for crisp images and rich, vibrant colors.

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.

1080p Resolution: The LG 42LE5400 LED-LCD TV has a display resolution of 1920 x 1080. All of the television's video inputs are displayed at 1920 x 1080 (1080p).

Video Inputs: The LG LED-LCD HDTV features HDMI, Component, and Composite video inputs.

  • HDMI (ver.1.3 w/ Deep Color): The four HDMI inputs (3 rear/1 side) can be used to connect a DVD player, Blu-ray player, HDTV or Satellite Set-top box with an HDMI output. The HDMI 1-3 inputs can also be used to connect a device with a DVI output (a DVI-to-HDMI adapter cable is necessary). If a DVI-equipped device is used, a separate audio cable will also be needed from the device to the "PC/DVI Audio In" 3.5mm stereo audio jack. No audio cables are needed for an HDMI-equipped device. The HDMI jack will accept 1080p (60/24Hz), 1080i, 720p, and 480p video signals; as well as support Deep Color.
  • Component Video: The three Component Video inputs (2 rear/1 side) will accept 1080p (60/24Hz), 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals. The TV's side-panel component video input consists of a 3.5mm jack and a 6" mini-to-component video adapter. The side-panel component video output shares the audio signal with the side-panel composite audio/video terminal.
  • Composite: The TV features a rear-panel and side-panel composite video input which will accept a 480i video signal. The side-panel composite audio/video terminal consists of an AV 3.5mm connector and a 6" mini-to-composite video/stereo RCA adapter.

Note: The television's HDMI inputs do not accept 480i video signals.

TruMotion 120Hz: TruMotion 120Hz provides clear, smoother images, even during fast action scenes creating a 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.

Intelligent Sensor: The LG LED-LCD TV's Intelligent Sensor automatically optimizes the picture to the lighting and color conditions in the room for a more enjoyable viewing experience. Unlike other sensors which can only sense brightness of ambient light, LG's "Intelligent Sensor" uses 4,096 sensing steps to evaluate its surroundings. Using a sophisticated algorithm, the LG processes picture quality elements including brightness, contrast, color, sharpness and white balance. The result is a picture optimized for its surroundings, more pleasing to watch and which can also save up to 50% in power consumption.

Picture Size (Aspect Ratio): This feature lets you choose the way an analog picture with a 4:3 aspect ratio is displayed on your TV. You can select a different aspect ratio depending on input source (analog broadcasting, digital broadcasting, video input). You can select from:

  • 4:3: Choose 4:3 when you want to view a picture with an original 4:3 aspect ratio.
  • 16:9: Adjust the picture horizontally, in a linear proportion to fill the entire screen.
  • Just Scan: Normally the edges of video signals are cropped 1-2%. Just Scan turns off this cropping and shows the complete video.
  • 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.
  • Set By Program: Selects the proper picture proportion to match the source's image (16:9 or 4:3).

Picture Wizard (Picture Control): This feature lets you adjust the picture quality of the original image. The LG 42LE5400 TV's Picture Wizard (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 (Presets): There are factory presets for picture settings available in the user menu. You can use these preset modes or change each picture setting manually.

  • Standard: This mode 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.
  • Sport: Emphasizes dynamic video and primary color for optimum sports watching.
  • Game: Provides fast response speed for fast gaming system.
  • User: This mode allows you to adjust the video quality settings manually. You can adjust the following.
    • Backlight: This function adjusts the brightness of the backlight of 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.

Picture Improvement Technology (Advanced Control): Advanced 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.
  • Skin Color: It detects the skin area of video and adjusts it to express a natural skin color.
  • Noise Reduction: Reduces screen noise without compromising video quality.
  • Digital Noise Reduction: Removes noise caused by compressing video.
  • Gamma: You can adjust the brightness of dark areas and middle gray level areas of the picture.
  • Black Level: Sets the black level of the screen to the proper level.
  • Clear White: Makes the white area of screen brighter.
  • Eye Care: Adjusts the brightness of the screen to prevent the screen from being too bright. Dims extremely bright pictures.
  • 24p Real Cinema: Makes video clips recorded in a film look more natural by eliminating judder effect. DVD and Blu-ray movies are filmed at 24 frames per second (fps). With 24p Real Cinema, every frame is consistently processed 5 times in 1/24 of a second producing 120 fps with TruMotion or 2 times in 1/24 of a second producing 48 fps without TruMotion, thus totally eliminating the judder effect.
  • Color Gamut: Maximizes the utilization of colors to increase color quality.
  • Edge Enhancer: Shows clearer and distinctive, yet natural edges of the video.
  • x.v.YCC: This feature produces richer colors from x.v.YCC compatible sources.
  • 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: Adjust the overall color the screen by changing the white baseline.
  • 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).

ISFccc Mode: This TV contains the detailed calibrations necessary for professional certification by the Imaging Science Foundation. The resulting ISF "day" and "night" modes will then be accessible by the user to experience the best this LG HDTV has to offer. Sophisticated and detailed calibrations can be made through the ISFccc mode. Detailed calibration requires a licensed technician. Please contact your local dealer to inquire about an ISF certified technician.

Audio Features

Invisible Speakers: The LG 42LE5400 contains a unique invisible speaker system, tuned by renowned audio expert, Mr. Mark Levinson. The TV's speakers are embedded in strategic spots behind the front-cabinet and use minute vibrations to turn the entire front bezel into the speaker system. The result is a clean, polished look, and enhanced audio by increasing the "sweet-spot", giving a wider and richer sound field.

Sound Modes: 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. There is also a User Mode which allows you to adjust the television's Bass & Treble.

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.

Infinite Sound: Infinite Sound is a patented LG proprietary sound processing technology that delivers immersive 5.1 surround sound with just two front speakers.

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.

Audio Outputs: The LG HDTV features a rear-panel optical digital output and a side-panel headphone (3.5) output.

  • Digital Audio Output: An optical digital output is provided to allow you to connect the unit to a surround processor. The TV's digital audio output terminal outputs a Dolby Digital or 2-channel down-mixed PCM signal for use with an external Dolby Digital decoder or other external audio system with an optical audio input.
  • Headphone Output: The Headphone output can be used to connect a set of headphones for private listening, or used to connect an analog receiver.

PC/USB/Network Functions

PC-Compatible: This unit has a rear-panel 15-pin D-Sub (RGB) input that allows you to use it as a high-resolution computer monitor. This input consists of a stereo mini-jack and an analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin) jack. This jack allows you to connect a personal computer with a D-Sub 15-pin output. When using the RGB (D-Sub 15-pin) jack, you must use the PC Audio 3.5mm input for your audio connection. Any HDMI input can also be used with a computer. The TV can be set to automatically adjust to the video signals received, or you can use the setup menu to adjust the screen's Position, Size, and Phase.

Note: The LG LED-LCD TV provides an optimal PC resolution of 1920 x 1080p (60Hz).

Dual USB 2.0 Port2: The television features two side-panel USB type-A ports for playback of video, still image, and music files stored on a connected USB mass storage class (MSC) device. This TV can playback still image files (JPEG), video files (DivX/MPEG), and audio files (MP3/WMA/AAC).

Note: The recommend capacity is 1TB or less for a USB external hard disc and 32GB or less for a USB memory. USB storage devices must be formatted as FAT 32 or NTFS file system provided with the Windows operating system.

Wired or Wireless Network Connection: This TV can be connected to a local area network (LAN) via its Ethernet (LAN) port. The LG Wireless LAN for Broadband/DLNA Adaptor (689USBWIFI, sold separately) allows the TV to connect to a wireless LAN network.

Note: A 10 Base-T or 100 Base-TX LAN port is required for connection to this TV. Use a standard LAN cable with this TV (Cat5 or better with a RJ45 connector). The optional wireless network adapter operates at 2.4 GHz radio frequencies, that are also used by other household devices.

DLNA Certified: This TV is a DLNA Certified digital media product that can display and play JPEG photo content from your DLNA Certified network device and DLNA server. The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) is a cross-industry organization of consumer electronics, computing industry and mobile device companies. Digital Living provides consumers with easy sharing of digital media through a wired or wireless network in the home.

Note: The DLNA certification logo makes it easy to find products that comply with the DLNA Interoperability Guidelines. This unit complies with DLNA Interoperability Guidelines v1.5. When a PC running DLNA server software or other DLNA compatible device is connected to this TV, some setting changes of software or other devices may be required,

Nero MediaHome 4 Essentials: Nero MediaHome 4 Essentials is easy to use DLNA server software for Windows (CD-ROM software disc included). If you are already using DLNA server software on your PC, Nero MediaHome is not required. Nero MediaHome is not required for Windows 7 since it has a built-in DLNA server.

Requirement PC System Before Installing Nero MediaHome 4 Essentials
  • CPU: 1.2 GHz Intel Pentium III or AMD Sempron 2200+ processor

  • OS: Windows XP (SP 2 or higher) Windows Vista (no SP required), Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (SP 2 or higher), Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista 64-bit edition (application runs in 32-bit mode)

  • Hard Drive Space: 200 MB hard drive space

  • Memory: 256 MB RAM

  • Graphics Card: at least 32 MB video memory, minimum resolution of 800 x 600 pixels, and 16-bit color settings

  • Internet: Windows Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher

  • Software: DirectX 9.0c revision 30 (Aug. 2006) or higher

  • Network Environment: 100 Mb Ethernet, WLAN (IEE 802.11b/g/n)

Compatible Audio/Video/Photo File Formats: The LG LED-LCD TV is compatible with the following video, still-image, and audio formats via USB and from your PC via a network connection.

Video Files Still Image Files Audio Files
Supported Movie Files:

  • Video Formats: MPEG 1/2/4, H.264, DivX (VOD), Motion JPEG
  • Resolution: up to 1920 x 1080 (640 x 480 for Motion JPEG)
  • Frame Rate: up to 30 fps (1920 x 108) or 60fps (1280 x 720)
  • Max Video Bit Rate: 20 Mbps
  • Audio Bit Rate: 32-320 kbps (MP2/3, WMA, AAC, Dolby Digital, LPCM,)

Supported Still Image Files:
  • Still Image Formats: JPEG
  • Baseline Resolution: 64 x 64 to 15360 x 8460
  • Progressive Resolution: 64 x 64 to 1920 x 1440

Supported Audio Files:
  • Bit Rate: 32-320 kbps
  • Sampling Rate: MPEG1 Layer 3 (32/44.1/48kHz), MPEG2 Layer3 (16/22.05/24kHz), MPEG2.5 Layer3(8/11/025/12kHz)

NETCAST: NetCast Entertainment Access brings select Internet services directly to the LG LED-LCD TV via the television's wired (Ethernet) or wireless (optional) network connection. NETCAST allows you stream and instantly access movies, TV shows and video, or get up to the minute news, stock information, or weather updates directly to the LG TV via the television's network connection (no computer required). NETCAST delivers the following online content to the LG TV.

  • Yahoo: Yahoo! TV Widgets give you the best of the Internet in perfect harmony with the simplicity and reliability of your TV. TV Widgets deliver a Cinematic internet experience by converting your favorite web services for viewing on the TV.
  • Netflix: You can instantly watch movies (quite a few new releases) & TV episodes from Netflix streamed over the internet to your TV. To become a Netflix member visit: www.netflix.com/LG.
  • Vudu: In order to make rental/purchase transactions on the Vudu service, a user must create an account on vudu.com. That account is linked to a specific device, via a process called "activation". It is possible to have multiple devices associated with a single Vudu account. Vudu only available in the US.
  • YouTube: YouTube is a video sharing website where users can upload, view, and share video clips.
  • Picasa: Picasa is a photo organizing or sharing website where users can upload, view, and share photos.
  • Flickr: Flickr provides a television-viewing experience while watching slideshows of family and friends' photos.

Note: A minimum connection speed of 1.5 Mbps is required. For the best playback condition, a connection speed of 4.0 Mbps is required. NETCAST online content may change at anytime without notice (please check LG.com for the latest NETCAST online content services).

Software Update: You can update the TV with the latest software to enhance the product operation and/or add new features via the TV's network connection.

Convenience Features

Slim-Design: The LG LED-LCD TV measures only 1.5" deep (with cord).

Note: The AC cord's straight plug measures 2.0" from the wall-socket.

On-Screen Simple Manual: You can easily and effectively access the TV's information by viewing a simple on-screen manual on the TV. During the Simple Manual operation, audio will be muted.

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, Sports, and Game Modes. 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.

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 HDTV will only display inputs which are connected to the television. You can select from preset names 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.

Picture/Sound Test: This function is a customer support function that can execute picture and sound tests.

Parental Control: Parental Control can be used to block specific channels, ratings, and other viewing sources (external input block). The Parental Control Function (V-Chip) 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 to block all program viewing for a time period. The Parental Control function is protected by a 4-digit user password.

Key Lock: This feature can be used to prevent unauthorized viewing by locking out the front panel controls, so that it can only be used with the remote control.

ENERGY STAR Certified: The LG 42LE5400 exceeds ENERGY STAR requirements by incorporating the Smart Energy Saving Feature, so you can conserve energy and money. This feature reduces the TV's power consumption by lowering the backlight level.

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).

Wireless External Equipment Connection: LG TVs with a proprietary Wireless Control port support the LG Wireless Media Box (AN-WL100W, sold separately). When you connect the wireless ready dongle (included with the media box) to the TV, external devices can be connected to the LG Wireless Media Box and video and audio will be sent to the TV wirelessly.

Remote Control

Illuminated Remote Control: The supplied remote control is designed to only operate the LG LED-LCD television and SIMPLINK connected components. The remote's buttons are backlit and will light up with a press of a button.

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 AV Device: Enables you to select one of the AV devices 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.
  • Switch Audio-Out: Offers an easy way to switch audio-out.
  • Sync Power On: When the equipment with SIMPLINK function connected HDMI terminal starts to play, The TV will automatically turn on.

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

RS-232C (Service): The RS-232C port on this TV is used for service only.

Mounting Options

Pedestal Stand: The TV is shipped with a pedestal stand unattached; assembly is required using the supplied hardware. The tabletop stand allows the television to swivel 20° left or right. The television weighs 42.9 lbs with the stand.

Wall Mounting: The pedestal stand can be removed to wall-mount the television with and optional bracket (sold separately). 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 horizontal x 200mm vertical. The threaded inserts require 6mm machine screws (not supplied). The television weighs36.8 lbs without the stand.

 
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Excellent picture and good sound, too

Written By avlisk, Phoenix, AZ on Thursday, August 11, 2011
 
My first experience with a non-CRT TV, and this TV is great. Post-purchase research showed me that LG had 2 different panels in this set, and I got the good one. I did no research, and bought strictly on energy efficiency and price. I didn't know about CFCL vs LED or edge vs backlit or local dimming. I got lucky and this is a great looking picture with great blacks and no light bleeding. I paid under $800, the price of my 27" Sony CRT 12 years ago, and this is sooooo much better. I love this TV. And the built-in speakers sound great, too inside my cherry armoire. Having Netflix, YouTube, and over-the-air TV are all bonuses to the picture quality. The only glitch is a slightly, user-un-friendly remote. It's 3 months old now, and no issues.
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3 out of 5

LG 42LE5400

Written By AnnC, Oxford, PA on Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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First I have to say this is my first flat screen, LCD/LED TV. We replaced our family room TV with this LG that got great ratings overall. I have to say I'm a little disappointed. I've tried the Picture Wizard and I still see inconsistencies with the picture. Great for sitcom or talk show TV but what we mainly watch in our home is sports and it's just ok. My biggest complaint is the moving blurr that comes across the screen during car commercials or anywhere there's a shiny object, i.e. musical instrument, chrome, and even some words, there's a wave of motion that surrounds that particular area. It's so bad that I usually turn the channel during car commercials. Now I'm realizing just how many car commercials are on! Especially during sporting events- wow! Anyway- being that this is my first LCD/LED TV maybe this is common.
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3 out of 5

LG 42LE5400

Written By Twigg, TX on Thursday, February 10, 2011
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Product arrived a few days early with no issues. Great service from Crutchfield.
TV was easy to set up. Specification states178 degree viewing angle. From the side I
get a noticeable washout on the picture. Overall, I'm satisfied with the product and
would definitely recommend Crutchfield to others. Would have given more stars but the
washout from the side is a problem.
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5 out of 5

LG 42LE5400

Written By Nicole, Ohio on Saturday, January 29, 2011
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The picture quality on this tv is absolutely amazing. Once you watch it you will think
everyone elses tv has a terrible picture. I feel very spoiled with this tv. I love my LG and
give it an A++++
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