LG’s new range of Jazz televisions utilise LED backlighting. The one reviewed here is the LG 42LE4600 that sports a resolution of 1920x1080p (full HD) and is 42 inches in screen size.
The Jazz sports a dated design making it appear more like an older-generation product. The base is bulky and obtrusive but this can be forgiven as it houses a woofer speaker that promises plenty of bite. The TV’s right panel sports essential buttons for getting around if you’ve misplaced the remote or the batteries are out of juice.
Plenty of inputs
Connectivity options are hardly scarce. The left panel has HDMI and USB with a lot more connectors at the rear. Rest assured, you won’t find anything lacking in this department.
Possibly the most important aspect of this 42-incher is its sound. Thanks to the woofer stowed away at the base, the LE4600 packs in plenty of high quality thump. No matter how loud you go (we never went higher than the 50 per cent mark), the sound remains clear and well balanced. Unless you’re a stickler for surround audio, you won’t need to buy a 5.1-channel speaker system to complement the visuals.
Video quality is unfortunately not as dramatic. For starters, the screen has ‘backlight bleeding’. This consists of hazy whitish areas at the four corners of the display. This is not noticeable in bright scenes, but try watching a film’s end credits or any dark scene for that matter (like the underground cave sequence in The Dark Knight) and it is quite a distraction. Another pestering bit is lag between the remote and the screen. You also need to precisely point the remote for optimal control.
For those obsessive-compulsive about colour accuracy, the Jazz comes with pre-adjusted ISF (Imaging Science Foundation) picture modes that automatically provide the best colour settings. Just ensure that LG’s proprietary ‘TruMotion’ video smoothening feature is disabled when you’re watching a Blu-ray movie.
We strongly suggest that you stick to one of the ISF calibrated picture modes or colour-calibrate the TV yourself because the default settings don’t make the cut.
Once calibrated, the Jazz is a very enjoyable TV with great colours, contrast and brightness thanks to LED backlighting.