Despite its very reasonable price, the KDL-42W705 produces extremely good pictures thanks to its accurate colours, deep black levels and strong handling of shadow detail. It lacks the 42W829's superior motion processing and 3D support, but if your budget doesn't stretch that far you won't be disappointed with the 42W705.
The 50W829 puts in an excellent performance thanks to its deep black levels, rich contrast and perky colours. It also largely avoids blotchiness in the backlighting, unlike most other LED TVs. It's only the set's uninspired smart TV system and mediocre sound quality that stop it from scoring even higher.
We're not keen on the set's use of an external power supply or the fact it only has two HDMI ports. The KDL-42W653A, however, redeems itself with excellent picture quality thanks to its deep black levels and strong standard definition upscaling. If you're not interested in 3D support, which this set lacks, then it's a good budget buy.
LG's 42LA690 is an attractive TV that delivers good picture performance with HD sources and also is also an impressive performer in terms of sound quality. It's a shame, however, its standard definition pictures aren't better and that it doesn't support more TV catch-up services.
There's plenty to like with the 42-inch LG 42LM660T, including its sumptuous design, excellent Smart TV features, top-notch 3D support and pristine HD images. It's only held back from achieving full marks by slightly noisy standard-definition images and a smidgen of lost detail in darker scenes.