The LG LF5600 is a very basic budget TV that lacks many modern features, like internet connectivity and USB video playback. It doesn't have great picture quality, either.
- Great color accuracy at an angle.
- Poor contrast ratio.
- A lot of reflections.
The stand is stable, but the feet are set far apart, which means you'll need to put the TV on a surface that is about as wide as the TV itself.
2.19" (5.6 cm)
This TV's contrast isn't very good. Blacks look gray when you watch this TV in a dark room.
SDR Peak 2% Window
SDR Peak 50% Window
There is quite a lot of dirty screen effect on this TV, and the same dark sides/corners and bright top and bottom edges are obvious here.
The viewing angle for this TV is better than most LED TVs. You'll be able to view it from the side without sacrificing picture quality.
Update 01/06/2017: We have changed the methodology of testing. Since this is an old TV which we don't have anymore, we extrapolated the results from 2016 TVs.
There is a huge difference between the brightest and darkest portions of the screen. Very patchy looking.
This TV's upscaling is pretty poor. Low-res images looks blurrier than they do on other sets. For 480p, you should set 'Noise Reduction' and 'MPEG Noise Reduction' to 'High', as well as turning on 'Edge Enhancer'.
720p upscaling is also not very good. Same settings used for 480p can help to have a better image quality.
Native 1080p content looks good.
This TV reflects a lot of light. Having more than a couple of lights in the room will have a big impact on the picture. You can even see a rainbow around the reflected lights.
This TV's maximum brightness is a bit sub-par, so it's not a good choice for a room with lots of windows or bright lights.
This TV has a fair amount of blur, but it shouldn't be an issue when watching TV shows or movies.
PWM Dimming Frequency
Judder-free 24p via 60p
Judder-free 24p via 60i
There is no judder in movies when playing them at 24p (Blu-rays), but you might see some for movies over cable or some streaming boxes.
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
1080p With Interpolation
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + HDR
This TV's input lag is pretty low in every picture mode, so you do not need to worry about which mode to put it in.
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Digital Optical Audio Out
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwith
Variable Analog Audio Out
Note: Sound Quality test for TVs reviewed before 2017 was performed at 75dB, 85dB, and Max SPL. Starting 2017, the target SPL levels have been changed to 70dB, 80dB, and Max dB SPL.
Std. Dev. @ 70
6.17 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
6.36 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
7.01 dB SPL
The frequency response is poor. The TV doesn't get very loud and at higher volumes pumping artifacts may be present. The bass extension, however, is decent for a TV.
Total Harmonic Distortion
This TV produces little distortion, but it doesn't get very loud either. There is some audible "hiss" present when the sound is pushed.
The remote that is included with the TV is very basic.
Power Consumption (Max)
It's cheap, but the LG LF5600's lack of features and poor picture quality means it's not a good choice even for buyers on a budget. You should only buy this TV if you want good color accuracy when viewed at an angle.
Questions & Answers
15 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
What is the difference between the LG LB5600
and the newer model LG LF5600
? The price is lower for the newer LF5600. Why?
The two are pretty much identical, so we can't explain why the price for the newer model is lower.
What version of HDMI does this TV support?
Likely at least HDMI 1.3a. The features enabled by HDMI 1.4 and higher aren't available on this TV, so whether or not it supports those is a little irrelevant.
What model is replacing this, & is it any better?
is the 2015 model, and it replaced the LB5600
. They're pretty much the same TV.
Can I connect my laptop to the LF5600
Most likely. If you have an HDMI output on your laptop, just connect it to the TV with an HDMI cable and you'll be all set.
Is the LF5600
a full HD TV? And why somewhere I see tv with 1080P and other Full HD, I thought it was the same.
is full HD. Full HD is the same as 1080p.
Does this TV support SimpLink?
My 96 year old father who is very hard of hearing has the 42LF5600
TV and has a terrible time hearing from 8 feet away. I bought him some expensive head phones which plugged into the the audio jack (there is no earphone jack) in the back but he didn't like having his ears "totally blocked". Next I bought expensive BOSE speakers (2) and couldn't get the proper wires to connect everything. The speakers were for a computer and the connectors didn't fit the rear jacks on the TV. I guess I'm going to try a surround sound setup and put a couple of speakers right next to his head. Do you have any other suggestions? I've tried everything the Best Buy techs could come up with. It used to be so easy to just clip a couple of wires on the TV and run speakers.
The only audio out port on the LG LF5600
is the optical out. To widen your options you could always use a cheap external DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) so to be able to use conventional analog speakers/headphones. A surround sound system is also a good idea but you need to get one that is able to play stereo sound from the rear speakers or else dialog won't come out of those speakers. A 2.1 or even 2.0 system would do too with the speakers closer to your father. There is also 'open-back' headphones on the market that doesn't isolate or cut out environment sounds as much as traditional headphones. Your father might like that better but they are on the expensive side.
I need dummy step by step directions on how to get the picture to cover the entire screen on an LG 42" LF5600
. Thank you so much!
What is the source you are using? The easiest way would be to press the 'Ratio' button on your remote and choose an option that covers the screen. Keep in mind that the image will be cropped or distorted, but there's no way to make the image fill the screen without that happening.
Does this TV do the soap opera effect?
didn't come with a manual and instructions for the remote. Where can I get one?
Does the LG model #32LF5600
run on batteries?
No. It uses a wall plug.
Can the existing left and right stand pieces be moved to the center of the bottom of the screen?
What is differences between LG lf5600
and lf562v? I know what is "v" but i don't know what is number 2? Is lf562v something better than lf5600? Thanks!
Those are model numbers from different countries. Since they are similar you can expect the TVs to be similar too. Manufacturer's usually follow a pattern with model numbers that can be deciphered. Take for example 42LF5600
: the first 2 numbers represent the screen size, L means the type of screen (LED), F is the year (2015), the first number that follow (5) is the series, the number after that (6) is the model in that specific series and the third one (2) is a change in design. The letter "v" is the tuner. In the U.S. you only have one kind of tuner so no letter is needed. You can expect the 562v to be similar to the lf5600
Is the lf5600
Bluetooth compatible? With a TV remote app maybe?
No it isn't Bluetooth compatible.
How did you know the screen was IPS? LG's website doesn't list this TV as IPS. They usually do as a selling feature for the TV.
The best way to tell is looking at a close up of the pixels. The pixels of IPS panels looks like little arrows. Check our close-up picture of the pixels on the LF5600 here
We are not taking any more questions for this product because we no longer have it in our lab.