LG 42LN5400 Review
The 42LN5400 is the smallest size offering in the 5400 series. It proves to be quite different from the 42LN5700 in many ways. The LN5400 basically sheds all of the internet features and the Magic Remote, but retains the full HD display with a 120Hz panel. The lack of features will definitely be a plus for those not interested in Smart Content. This places the 42LN5400 in the budget category and it can be had at a great value.
Picture Quality Rating: 8.3/10
Direct LED Backlighting - Very Bright
The LN5400 series features direct lit LED backlighing. This type of backlighting still produces the same bright and colorful images as the edge-lit variety. The biggest difference is the depth of the cabinet. It can't be as thin as the edge-lit types. Screen uniformity performance can be better with this style of lighting as well since the lights are behind the screen and not around it. From what we've seen, it may be a minimal difference. Like all LED TVs, backlight levels are key to getting the best screen uniformity. A simple adjustment to reduce the back light brightness should take care of any uneven uniformity issues.
This shot from the 5th Element Blu-ray highlights strong contrast and dark area detail
Side Viewing Angles
This is yet another stigma consumers have to deal with when it comes to LED and LCD TVs. Historically off angle viewing has been rather bad, but we can see slight improvements. The 42LN5400 starts to see contrast and color degradation around the 25 to 30 degree off center mark. This is nowhere near as wide as some of the top tier models or plasma TVs, but it is more than acceptable in our book for an LED TV.
Trumotion 120Hz Refresh Rate
It is nice to see a 120Hz panel on the lower end of the lineup. This feature excels at reducing motion blur and has been a solid performer on past LG TVs. In the LG 42LN5400 it works just as well. Motion blur and judder have always been known to be a problem for LED and LCD TVs. When this feature is enabled it does a decent job of keeping the two in check, though not eliminating the issue completely. Trumotion can also be turned off if any unwanted effects arise from the feature being enabled.
The Game Mode isn't as hidden on this LG as it is on some other TVs. The LN5400 has a dedicated picture mode that is accessed from the top of the Picture Menu. Samsung hides their game mode deep in the menus and Panasonic puts it in the Advanced settings. LG's method makes it easy to turn the game mode on and off as many will be switching between games, movies, and TV a lot.
If gaming is a major concern on your list while TV shopping, the 42LN5400 may not be what you are looking for. This one did not receive the upgraded GPU and dual core processor that the Smart TVs of the lineup got. This is going to be an issue for motion blur and judder. We even saw those problems on higher tier models. The Gaming picture mode is extremely handy for taking care of input lag. This is going to be the biggest concern, and the LN5400 delivers. If judder and motion blur are not problems, than this is going to be a decent choice. The rating for gaming is a 7 out of 10.
Action games like Okami HD really benefit fromt he Gaming picture mode. Less input lag means much faster response times for the on-screen action
Features Rating: 7.5/10
Connectivity Features – Digital Libraries have a New Home
The 42LN5400 may only have 2 HDMI inputs, but it has a few connectivity options for playing back content from other sources. The single USB port is located on the side of the TV and accepts a large variety of formats to cover just about any digital movie, show, photo, or music you can throw at it. The accepted formats are: DivX HD, JPEG, JPG, MPO, AC3 (Dolby Digital), EAC3, HAAC, AAC, MPEG, MP3, PCM, DTS.
There is also the MHL (Mobile High Definition Link) option for connecting smartphones. This requires a special cable that is able to transfer data at high rates for playing back high definition audio and video.
Appearance and Design - Subdued
The 42LN5400 series does not implement the Cinema Screen design, so it misses out on invisible bezels and an extremely thin profile. Besides those issues, it manages to keep a nice subdued look without grabbing too much attention.
The lower end LG LED TVs don't have the same great speaker system as TVs like the LA7400. We think those TVs have some of the best on-board speakers on the market right now. The 42LN5400 features 2 one-way 10 watt speakers instead of 2 three-way 12 watt speakers. That makes a big difference. Volume is good on this TV, but the range of sound is empty in comparison. LG's different sound modes and Clear Voice II feature really helps round out the sound to make is more than tolerable. Sound quality scores a 6 out of 10 on the 60LN5400.
Value – Bang for the Buck Rating: 9.0/10
The LG 42LN5400 doesn't stand to be as great as a value as the other sizes in the series. It does hold up against competition, it just doesn't stand out. The Samsung UN40F5000 is the closest competitor that sells for about the same price, but has 2 inches less of screen space. The Panasonic TC-L42E60 is more expensive but features Panasonic's Viera Connect Smart TV suite.
Overall Rating: 8.2/10
- Diagonal screen measurement: 41.9"
- Dimensions with stand (W x H x D): 38.11" x 24.72" x 9.25"
- Dimensions without stand: 38.11" x 22.28" x 3.11"
- Weight with stand: 22.9 lbs
- Weight without stand: 20.5 lbs
- 1080p Full HD resolution
- 2 HDMI inputs / 1 USB port
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LG 42LN5400 LED TV Review
So who is this series' target audience? Well, considering the sizes range from 42-60 inches, we'll say anywhere from a low-mid budget shopper to a penny pinching home theater enthusiast. However, the LN5400 lacks a large array of connectivity, and its picture quality is ho-hum so-so just okay, so we can't heavily recommend it.
For budget shoppers, or as a secondary TV, however, this series cuts out frills and leaves mostly good stuff. With prices ranging from $700 for the 42-inch and $1,700 for the 60-inch, you could do worse than this series, but it's nothing to get excited about.
Clunky and plain... but it could be worse
This entry-level TV is not exciting to look at. You could grab a pair of military-grade binoculars and go over it a centimeter at a time, and you'd still find naught but mass-molded black plastic and wholly functional design choices. The LN5400 series ships with a basic, easy-to-use infrared remote control.
While this is definitely a simple design scheme, it's also one that's going to fit easily into the decor of most rooms.
As for connectivity, you'll find a simple array, including 2 HDMI inputs, 1 USB input, a shared component/composite input, digital audio out, an RF jack, and an RS-232C control/service port. The ports are clustered within a recessed area on the rear of the panel, and a few (HDMI and USB) are strung along the TV's left side.
While this is definitely a simple and straightforward design scheme, it's also one that's going to fit easily into the decor of most rooms. The plain black stand/bezels are a "classic" at this point—and you're paying the bare minimum for flare, which for many is a plus.
Scant on features, but it has all the right ones
LG is one of those TV companies that puts a lot of research into feature sets. The entry-level LN5400 is not graced with the panoply of options you'll find on pricier, more high-end LGs, but it does have a few useful, cool features worth discussing.
First of all, the on-board menu software is pretty basic, but it still contains all you need for tweaking the TV's picture and audio. The layout is easy to navigate with the included remote, and has a lot tucked into its sub-menus: audio EQ, USB playback, on/off timers, channel locking, and an over-the-air antenna.
The on-board menu software is pretty basic, but it still contains all you need for tweaking the TV's picture and audio.
We're especially impressed by this entry-level series' advanced options for calibration. The Picture menu allows for the more basic adjustments, of course, but there is advanced stuff here as well. You'll find a CMS (Color Management System) for individually setting the intensity of the red, green, and blue signals; while this is better done with some kind of filter or spectrometer, it isn't entirely necessary to use one in order to take advantage of this menu. The LN5400 also allows for minute increases and offsets to color temperature, something that's rare for lower-end units.
Our favorite software feature, however, is LG's Picture Wizard. This is a terrific feature to help consumers set Brightness (black level), Contrast (white level), and Sharpness (edge handling), among other things—you can even use it with each individual input, and map it to the Expert picture mode. This feature is available on almost all 2013 LG televisions, but it's by far the most interesting thing to be found within the bare bones menu of the LN5400.
Last, and possibly least, this TV possesses ability to play back music and photo files from a USB stick, but has no way of interacting wirelessly with any devices, even another LG TV across the room. The two will just stare at one another, forlorn and lost, until time winds down to nothing.
Decent color, poor contrast, and permanent motion enhancement
The LN5400 is an entry-level series, and its core performance reflects that. We'll start with the good: color accuracy. Our tests revealed that the LN5400 is capable of producing very accurate colors per the international standard for HDTVs; its primary red, green, and blue are saturated to studio panel perfection. It handles the full range of luminosity intensity amongst hues and shades well, resulting in little visible banding or an imbalance in image lighting.
Now, the bad—this LG does not foster a very wide contrast ratio. While it's capable of very bright whites, its black level suffers as a result, meaning that shadow tone colors and shades will not look terribly convincing or detailed, especially in a dim or dark room. This TV is probably best set up somewhere bright, as it's capable of combating all manner of photons and lamplets. Turning down its Backlight will result in slightly improved black levels, but it really isn't the best choice for watching film.
"The LN5400's 120 Hz panel... will make 24 fps film look a little off, and there's no way to disable this setting."
Finally, the ugly: permanent motion smoothing. While the LN5400's 120 Hz panel isn't going to ruin sports, news, or most TV broadcasts, it will make 24 fps film look a little off, and there's no way to disable this setting within the on-board software. The LN5400 performed well on our motion test, but its detail retention is a double-edged sword.
Overall, this isn't picture quality to praise. The LG LN5400 is fine for a kitchen, rec room, or even the garage, and most content is going to look pretty good. Videophiles, however, should steer around this machine and just keep on truckin'.
An okay deal, if you're apathetic about picture quality
The LN5400 series does a lot of things right: the menu is stuffed with options; the Picture Wizard calibrator is a useful addition to any display; the simple design avoids fashion faux pas; and the colors on-screen are accurate and perfectly balanced. Unfortunately, this entry-level line-up is more focused on usability than picture quality.
With a very narrow contrast ratio and permanent 120 Hz motion enhancement, this is not a TV for movie lovers. Film content—like that remastered Blu-ray you just bought—is going to suffer from bright black levels and the soap opera effect. No one wants to watch their favorite movie under the glare of lights and sunbeams, and the LN5400 just doesn't cut the mustard in a proper theater environment, bias light or not.
Our 42-inch test unit carries an MSRP of $699, which is just too much to pay for this kind of picture quality. This is a good series for a secondary television or a sports catch-all in your garage or kitchen, if you can find it on sale, but it makes no strides towards emulating the magic of the cinema.
Welcome to the Science Page—an Orphanage, of sorts, where the Matron Rationality tends to little scruffy data points. The final verdict on the LN5400 is that—while its color accuracy is terrific—it falls short in two very important areas: contrast ratio and motion performance. A permanent 120 Hz setting causes mild, overly smooth interpolation; combined with relatively poor black levels, this is not a "picture purist" display by any means.
If this contrast ratio was your piece of the pie, you'd need seconds
Contrast ratio is the measure of a display's maximum luminance, divided by its minimum luminance. These two aspects—sometimes called "headroom" and "footroom"—are very important to picture quality. The LN5400's contrast ratio is sort of akin to riding in a business-class clown car.
We measured a black level of 0.223 cd/m2 , which is truly not very black. While the sensitivity of the human eye tends to lose out at very low levels of light, the difference between 0.223 candelas and something like 0.02 candelas is huge; the latter approximates black, the former is closer to grey with a five o'clock shadow. The LN5400's high peak brightness of 281.40 cd/m2 gives it a poor contrast ratio of 1229:1.
Better than most
We're of the mind to argue that the LN5400's best foot forward is as a sports TV—its permanent 120 Hz motion sort of cements is as "not for film." This display's horizontal viewing angle cements that claim, as it allows a mid-sized group to comfortably watch without any major contrast degradation.
We measured a total horizontal viewing angle of ~80°, or ±39.47° from the center of the screen to either side. This is important, as many LCDs struggle to produce an adequately wide viewing angle, due to the nature of their design.
Color is the LN5400's bread-n-butter
TVs use additive digital color to produce their images. The primary TV colors are red, green, and blue. At full "force," these three primaries create white; at minimum intensity, black. The exact hue, saturation, and brightness of the primaries (RGB) is dictated by an international standard, called Rec. 709. When TVs match this standard, we are appeased, and sleep for another thousand years. When they do not, our wrath is great and terrible.
Fortunately for the LN5400, its color accuracy is quite good. This LG's color gamut revealed that its peak red, green, blue, and white are almost perfectly matched to the HDTV standard—so well matched that you'd never notice the error. This perfect saturation means that not only will shows, movies, and video games be colored as intended, but that no one primary or secondary color will dominate the appearance of on-screen content.
The LN5400's color curves were also impressive. We like to see luminosity and gamma curves describing a gradual circle, adding detail between intensity steps as they climb the theoretical staircase from 0—255. The LN5400's red, green, and greyscale were about perfect; blue, on the other hand, is slightly more luminous than it should be, and peaks early, losing detail at the high end of the spectrum.
Finally, our color temperature consistency test revealed that the LN5400 is almost entirely free of deviations across its greyscale. Color temperature is, in fact, the temperature of the light used to make greys, whites, colors—everything the TV produces. A consistent color temperature maintains like-shading across the dark-light spectrum, so that content looks well-balanced and properly colored. The LN5400 only showed really major error at the very darkest input, where it tends to grow much cooler—this adds an orange tint to the deep blacks, which won't be perceptible to human eyes, but will make them appear subtly darker (a blue tint, on the other hand, will make whites appear whiter).
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LG 42LN5400 Specifications
|Appx Price||Rs.58,000.00 |
|TV Type||LED TV|
|Screen Size||42 Inch (107 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Motion Rate||50 Hz|
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|Supported Audio Formats||MP3, AAC, WMA|
|Supported Video Formats||MKV, DivX, MP4, AVI, ASF, MOV, FLV, DAT, VOB|
|Supported Picture Formats||JPG|
Other Video Features
|Triple XD Engine||Yes|
|Dynamic Color Enhancer||Yes|
|Picture Mode||7 modes (Vivid,Standard,Eco, Cinema,Game, isf Expert1,isf Expert2)|
|AV Mode (Picture & Sound)||Yes (Off / Cinema / Game )|
|(3D MPEG) Noise Reduction||Yes|
|Just Scan (1:1 Pixel Matching) 0% OverScan||Yes ( Component) 1080i / 1080p / 720p|
|Picture Wizard II||Yes|
Other Audio Features
|Dolby Digital Decoder||Yes|
|Speaker System||1 Way 2 Speakers|
|Audio Output (RMS)||20 watts|
|Sound Mode||6 modes (Standard, Music, Cinema, Sport, Game, User setting)|
|Audio Codec||AC3(Dolby Digital), EAC3, AAC, Mpeg, MP3, PCM, DTS|
|Surround Sound||Virtual Surround|
|Clear Voice II||Yes|
|Sound Optimizer||3 modes (Normal, Wall-Mount Type, Stand Type)|
|RF In||Yes (Rear)|
|HDMI 1.4||1 (Rear) / 1 (Side)|
|Headphone Out||1 (Side)|
|Component In (Y,Pb,Pr + Audio)||1 Composite, Component common (Rear)|
|Composite In (CVBS + Audio)||1 (Rear)|
|USB Movie||Pen Drive or External Hard Drive|
|Motion Eco Sensor||Yes|
|Smart Energy Saving||Yes|
|Subtitle for DivX (Language)||14 Language (English, French, Spanish, Portuquese, Italian, Vietnamese, Bulgarian, Russian, Maori, Ukrainian, Kazakhstan, Thai, Hebrew, Arabic)|
|Simplink (HDMI CEC)||Yes|
|Power Supply||100 - 240Vac 50-60Hz|
|Power Consumption (Stand-by)||1 watt|
|Power Consumption||91 watts|
|Dimensions without Stand||968 x 566 x 79 mm|
|Dimensions with Stand||968 x 628 x 235 mm|
|Package Dimensions||1150 x 660 x 175 mm|
|Weight without Stand||9.3 kg|
|Weight with Stand||10.4 kg|
|Package Weight||13.1 kg|
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