Manufacturer: LG Part number: 42CS560/US
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CNET editors' review
price range: $399.98 - $569.18
- Reviewed by: Ty Pendlebury
- Reviewed on: 11/15/2012
The good: The LG CS560 series offers decent color accuracy and saturation. The TV has a matte screen and bright-room performance is better than the LG LS4600's at half the price.
The bad: The TV has terrible black levels and off-axis viewing. The TV suffers from poor uniformity, with large backlight blobs afflicting the upper half of the screen.
The bottom line: The LG CS560 series is a relatively cheap LCD TV, but its poor image quality means that it cannot compete against other budget TVs.
42-Inch LG 42CS560
by Justin1Cale on November 4, 2012
Pros: - TV looks stunning and video games look dynamic
- Sound is great
- Remote control controlling every aspect of the TV
- 42 inch is big and beautiful
- Black glossy TV frame looks solid
Cons: - 60Hz refresh rate
Summary: I picked this TV set up about two months ago and so far have been beyond pleased with it. It's used every day, for basic cable (through a coaxial ...
Summary: I picked this TV set up about two months ago and so far have been beyond pleased with it. It's used every day, for basic cable (through a coaxial cable), streaming movies through a Roku with Netflix and for playing Play Station 3 video games.
It's beautiful! Movies look awesome, TV looks stunning and video games look dynamic. The 60Hz refresh rate has not been an issue for me at all while playing any games on the PS3. I can't say I notice any visual distortion with any of my games, such as Modern Warfare 3, InFamous 2, Uncharted 3 and Heavy Rain. I'm a pretty avid gamer and I haven't had seen anything with the refresh rate that would make me think that I needed one with a higher rate. Maybe if the TV was lager than 42 inches, but at this size everything looks and works beautifully.
The sound is great. I bought a flat screen 2 years ago that had abysmal sound. The speakers in it are so bad if you turn the volume up at all, it's almost painful to listen to. I've heard better sound come out of AM/FM radios than some of the "budget" priced TVs being sold out there now. However, I'm extremely pleased with the sound from this TV. Everything sounds clear and like it should. Nothings muffled or sounding like someone is talking into a tin can.
Like most TV's these days, it's narrow, tall and complicated. It has tons of options on it for controlling every aspect of the TV. But for the most part, once you have all the settings on the TV just how you want them, you'll be using this mostly for changing channels, volume or switching to HDMI/AV ports. What I do like is they put all the less used menu buttons on one end of the remote, and the most common ones on the other end, by your hand at the bottom. So for the most part, you can reach everything you need for basic TV watching (except for the power button) with your thumb while holding the remote.
The 42 inch version of this TV is big and beautiful, but not so heavy it can't be moved around. Once you mount it on the included stand, it can easily be slid around and positioned any way you need it to go, without the need of a second pair of hands on the other side. When it comes to moving it from pace to place, the size itself (being such a wide TV) makes it more difficult than the weight actually does.
The buttons on the TV are actually sensor buttons inside the frame. They are not above the surface, but inside it. Like that of a device with a touch screen, when you touch the area on the black frame around the TV that indicates where the power sensor is, it will recognize you touched it and power it on. Because all the buttons are like this, the black glossy TV frame looks solid and uninterrupted like a picture frame, looking completely button-less. When actually the buttons are there, but just as sensors inside the frame.
Hands down this is the best TV of this size that I've found, that has this beautiful of a picture and great of sound.
After two months of daily use and seeing how well everything works, I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one of these at all. I am astounded at what a great TV it is for such a good price. If anything ever changes, I will update this review. But as of now, I really like this TV and would recommend it to anyone. You can see for best deal of this tv at: " www.amazon.com/dp/B0072B91LE/?tag=reviews.cnet.com-20 "
Enjoy with you tv, good luck!
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- Manufacturer: LG
- Part number: 42CS560/US
- Description: 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. 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. 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.
- TV type LCD TV
- Screen size 42 in
- 3D No
- TV features Clear Voice II technology
- Technology TFT active matrix
- Native resolution 1920 x 1080
- Resolution 1080p
- Refresh rate 60 Hz
- Progressive Scan Progressive scanning (line doubling)
- Widescreen Widescreen
- Widescreen modes Cinema Zoom,
Set by Program,
- HDCP compatible Yes
- Supported DTV resolutions 720p,
- TV tuner presence Yes
- HDTV Tuner Yes
- Digital TV tuner ATSC,
- Secondary audio program (SAP) Yes
- Speaker(s) 2 x Main channel speaker - Built-in - 10 Watt
- Analog video input signals NTSC
- Surround mode Yes
- Sound effects Virtual Surround Mode
- Built-in decoders Dolby Digital
- Total output power 20 Watt
- Audio controls Sound mode
- HDMI ports qty 2
- Input/Output connections 2 x HDMI input (19 pin HDMI Type A) - Rear,
1 x USB 2.0 (4 pin USB Type A) - Side,
1 x Component video input (RCA phono x 3) - Rear,
1 x Audio line-in (RCA phono x 2) - Rear,
1 x Composite video/audio input (RCA phono x 3) - Rear
- Video interface HDMI,
- Closed captioning Yes
- Menu language French,
- Type Universal remote control
- Component type None
- Service & support 1 year warranty
- Service & support details Limited warranty - Parts and labor - 1 year
Stands & Mounts
- Stand included Included
- Stand design Tabletop
- Stand features Swivel
- Flat panel mount interface 200 x 200 mm
- Power device Power supply - Internal
- Power device nominal voltage AC 120/230 V
- Power consumption stand by / sleep 0.1 Watt
Dimensions & Weight
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 40.2 in x 10.4 in x 27.5 in - With stand
- Weight 33.3 lbs
Dimensions & Weight (Shipping)
- Width 48.4 in
- Depth 6.3 in
- Height 30.3 in
- Weight 41.9 lbs
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2011) 2.8
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2012) 3.5