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LG showcases its 2009 range of HDTVs

Seven new LCD TV series and three plasma TV series


LG LU5000 LCD TV with ‘perfume bottle’ stand

LG has shown its latest collection of high-definition TVs, including seven LCD TVs and three new plasma sets, with the company promising a May launch.

LG LCD TVs 2009

LG‘s 2009 LCD line up includes the HD-ready 1080p LH7000 series – a follow up to LG’s popular Scarlet TV range. The range includes sets with screens measuring 32, 37, 42 and 47 inches. All feature DivX HD playback – meaning that high-definition DivX video files, such as those bought from video downloading websites, can be played back through a USB device.

While more modern TVs on the market can play back MP3 files and display Jpeg images through a USB connection, the DivX HD feature is a new function that should allow users to view their downloaded HD content more easily.

The LG LH5000 series also features DivX HD and comes in 32, 37, 42 and 47-inch screen sizes. The LG LH4000 series and the LG LH3000 series – available in the same screen sizes – are elegantly designed and feature speakers that LG describe as being ‘invisible’ and hidden from view to improve the ranges’ aesthetics.

Other LCD ranges announced include the LH2000, which will be available in 19, 22, 26, 32, 37 and 42-inch flavours each featuring 1,366×768 screen resolutions, and the smaller LU5000 and LU4000 ranges. The LU4000 range will be available in 19 and 22-inch versions, and the LU500 range will be available in 19, 22 and 26-inch versions, with the larger two models being 1080p.

LG plasma TVs 2009

This year’s top-of-the-range plasma TVs are the 50 and 60-inch PS8000s, and both feature DivX functionality. The 50-inch PS6000 can play back standard-definition films through a USB connection, and the 50 and 42-inch PQ3000 TVs complete LG’s 2009 plasma TV line up.

Michael Briggs, Which? TV expert, said: ‘LG TVs have steadily improved over recent years and the LG5000 earned LG its first TV Best Buy last year. We’re often impressed by the energy efficiency of LG models, and are particularly looking forward to testing some of the new plasmas, which LG tout as featuring 600Hz Smooth Motion processing. We were recently impressed by the picture quality on a 200Hz TV from Sony, and are keen to see if these LG models live up to their potential.

‘We currently have a 42-inch LH4000 and a 32-inch LH3000 TV in our lab, and will bring you full test results in June.’

For help finding the best TV check out our 200+ LCD and plasma TV reviews.

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