LG 42LW450U-42 inch 3D LED TV 1080p 400Hz for £499.95 @ RicherSounds

LG 42LW450U-42 inch 3D LED TV 1080p 400Hz for £499.95 @ RicherSounds

Found 9th Feb 2012
Cinema 3D TV is the revised passive 3D system from LG. It's simpler than the more usual active system but, despite this, in many ways it's superior. For a start, passive 3D TV is considered more comfortable to watch with less flicker. Other technical advantages include a wider viewing angle and brighter images. Then there's the cost and convenience consideration to take into account. The glasses are much cheaper and also considerably lighter to wear. The lack of batteries onboard also means they don't have to be recharged. Ultimately, Active 3D remains the more technically advanced but if you've been put off by its lack of comfort or cost of glasses then the new Cinema 3D TV is for you. Of course, being passive doesn't in any way affect the immersive experience of 3D TV. You still get the vivid, projecting images and the reach-in depth that appears to make the screen "disappear".

Switch to 2D viewing and you'll still find the LG 42LW450 an impressive experience. The LED backlight panel with local dimming provides expert control over the picture's brightness. So precise is the result that the 42LW450U comes with a superb contrast ratio of 7,000,000:1. In layman's terms, that means a bright and vivid picture quality that makes some rivals look dull. As well as the bright, detailed and natural picture quality, the LG 42LW450 is right up there in terms of motion smoothness. Thanks to TruMotion 100Hz processing, 3D images are sharper and 2D has less blur with fast moving action scenes.

Boosting the sound quality, you'll find LG's unique Infinite Surround sound for an enveloping sound quality to match the picture. There are also five other sound modes and tone controls for precise adjustment. LG's popular Clear Voice II is on hand to help out with "busy" and congested soundtracks where it can sometimes be tricky to make out dialogue. While it's certainly no match for a separate AV system, the onboard system certainly doesn't let the side down.

In addition to Cinema 3D TV the LG 42LW450 has a good range of features and sockets. Three HDMIs are partnered by USB, SCART, component and RGB PC inputs for full compatibility with all your sources, new or old. As it's an LED TV, it's also exceptionally thin. At less than 30mm thick the 42LW450 makes previous generation LCD TVs look bloated. The crisp styling with clear surround and blue tint also makes this TV stand out from the crowd.

Screen Size
Measured diagonally in inches
HD Ready
Is it ready to receive High Definition signals?
1080p Full HD Ready
Is it ready to receive 1080p, Full High Definition signals?
Pixel Resolution
Pixel resolution - Horizontal x vertical
1920 x 1080
Contrast Ratio
Contrast ratio - from manufacturers information
Brightness of screen (cd/m squared with Plasma and LCD, ANSI for projectors)
Response Time
Time taken for screen to respond in milliseconds.
Motion Processing
Manufacturers now use their own measurement systems so can not necessarily be compared between brands. Examples include LG - Motion Clarity Index (MCI), Samsung - Clear Motion rate (CMR), Philips - Perfect Motion Rate (PMR), Sony - Motionflow XR and Panasonic - Intelligent Frame Creation (IFC). All these figures are twice or more than the traditional 100Hz/200Hz refresh rate figures. No abbreviation indicates traditional measurement. Plasmas generally use a 600Hz sub-field refresh rate.
400Hz MCI
LED Backlight
Does it have LED backlighting? This technology promotes enhanced contrast ratios and thinner sets.
Does it offer 3D viewing? Remember that glasses are not always included.
2D/3D Conversion
Does it feature 2D to 3D upconversion? This lets you watch 2D material in 3D.
Number of 3D Glasses Included
The number of 3D glasses included with the sale of this unit. The glasses may be in the box, via separate redemption or offered at point of sale.
Analogue Tuner
Does it receive conventional, analogue TV stations?
Does it receive Freeview TV stations?
Freeview HD
Does it receive Freeview HD TV stations?
freesat HD
Does it receive freesat HD TV stations?
Active/Passive Glasses 3DTV
Does the 3D TV use active or passive technology glasses? Active provides a superior resolution but passive glasses are cheaper and lighter.
Sound Features
Analogue Audio Output
Does it have a dedicated analogue audio output? This lets you connect the TV's sound to a hi-fi system.
Digital Audio Output
Does it have a dedicated digital audio output? This lets you connect the TV's sound to an AV or digital hi-fi system.
Yes - Optical
Are stereo speakers standard?
Connection Features
Number of HDMI sockets.
Number of USB sockets
USB Video Playback
Does it have USB video playback? As standard, USB sockets except photo and music files. Enhanced spec sockets also accept video files.
USB Recording
Does it have USB recording? As standard, USB sockets playback files. Some will also record, for example, TV programs from a TV to hard drive.
Scart Sockets
Number of Scart sockets included
Is a component input fitted? Highest quality analogue input which can facilitate Progressive Scan where fitted.
PC Input
Can a computer be plugged in?
Does it have a DVI input? Digital interface that carries picture only
Headphone Socket
Does it have a headphone socket? This allows you to connect headphones for private listening.
ARC - Audio Return Channel
Audio return channel feeds the sound back from a TV to an AV receiver, allowing the use of a single HDMI cable to connect TV and receiver/amp.
Networking Features
DLNA Compliant
DLNA stands for Digital Living Network Alliance. It is an alliance of interested bodies that help standardise streaming content. If a product is DLNA complaint you can be assured it will stream music, photos or video from your PC, laptop to TV or other device.
Wireless Connection
Whether a wireless or, Wi-Fi, connection is included as standard or optional (via dongle). This allows for wireless connection to your home network hub.
Web Applications
Access to web applications or apps such as YouTube.
BBC iPlayer
Whether or not the unit has access to one of the most popular web apps - BBC iPlayer.
Full Web Browser
Whether or not the unit gives the option of a full web browser. Note that in some instances not all web content can be shown - such as Flash.
Green Credentials
Eco Friendly Features
Eco Friendly
Does this product conform to energy efficient standards? These standards include the American "Energy Star", the European "Energy Flower" or "EcoLabel" and the UK EST (Energy Saving Trust) certification.
Power Consumption - Standby
This is the power used in watts when the unit is switched off but still powered at the mains and ready to be turned back on.
Power Consumption - Normal Use
This is the power used in watts when the TV is on, using standard picture settings and modest volume levels. Note, different manufacturers use different methods to arrive at this figure. In some cases only the maximum power consumption is quoted.
General Features
Remote Control
Is an Infra-red remote included?
Is a desktop stand standard?
Wall Mount Required
Type of wall mount required. VESA fittings are usually 100 x 100mm, 200 x 100mm or 200 x 200mm. "Plasma type" is common with the larger LCD TV's and require a sliding bar type fitting.
Plasma Type
Dimensions excluding stand
Dimensions of set excluding any stand, bracket or detachable speakers (W x H x D) in mm
1005 x 621 x 30
Dimensions including stand
Dimensions of set including stand (W x H x D) in mm
1005 x 686 x 255
Approx weight without/with stand in KG.
Integrated DVD Player
Does this TV have an integrated DVD Player?
Touch Screen
Does the TV feature a touch screen for stylus or finger tip?
Voice Activated TV
Can the TV be activated by voice?
Community Updates


Is this 100hz or 400hz? Hot price and even better with the 5 year warranty price. I think I may be buying tomorrow!
A great find, but limited stock, alas.
I have the 47" version of this and I can say without a doubt it is brill.....only grumble I have is the sound but as I have a surround system didnt really bother me.
very nice too!
Just picked up the LW550T model, same panel just the the TV has Smart functions and some other bits. Lag is quite high like a lot of people say online but the latest firmware seems to help. Luckily I've upgraded from a laggy TV to another one so not really noticing it as I already naturally compensate for the lag.

If anyone wants to know the is one unit of the 42LW450U remaining at the middlesbrough branch but it is an ex-display model.
Done some research into this about the Hz as before purchasing I wanted to be sure I was getting the best version however I'm guessing there is only one version released by LG with the model number 42LW450U (surely). If you go to the official LG website it states 400Hz (MCI) which it appears is LGs Motion Clarity Index (with all manufacturers having their own version of this). If you then click onto the links below this model number on the LG website it states TruMotion 100Hz in all the specifications. Im no expert but I'm hoping as stated above there is only one version, and the difference in Hz is because of the manufacturers having their own motion processing measuring systems?? Can someone please clear this up as either I'm stupid or this is very confusing!! Thank you.
now showing £599 on richer sounds.. still £699 in tesco!
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