I’ll start this review by stating the bottom line. This is a pretty doggone good TV. LG really nailed it, getting almost everything right. The picture and sound quality are quite good. We’re happy with this product.<br><br>Okay, I know such a brief statement is not particularly helpful, so I will now try to inform you about some of the specifics that I think are good and not so good, and to provide you with additional information that I hope you find helpful.<br><br>First of all, we only use this TV to watch Over-The-Air (OTA) broadcasts. Because internet service in our area is so poor we cannot successfully stream anything. We do not subscribe to any pay-for-view streaming services, so this review will have little to say about the built-in apps. The only app we tried out was Youtube and it seemed to work very well. The only thing I wish would be that the content would buffer up while in Pause so that we could then later play it without it continually stopping to buffer. For those of you who have truly high speed internet this is probably not an issue.<br><br>The Picture: We find that we prefer the picture setting at Standard, which gives us the brightest image. Other settings, such as Cinema or Sports, are dimmer. In all cases, since we like to have several lamps on in the room while we watch TV (less eyestrain), it seems to us that overall the picture is slightly dimmer than we are used to. I have read that there are ways to fiddle with a video settings to tailor the picture to your preference but we have not gone into that.<br><br>The Sound: At first we were disappointed with what we perceived as rather muffled, unclear, weak sound. Then we discovered the setting that emphasized speech (dialog) and it was like the earmuffs were removed and we could hear everything quite well. That setting does reduce the bass, though, especially noticeable when a show’s theme music was playing. The sound on our old TV set was very bad and we had bought a “sound box” for it which worked very well, so we hooked the sound box up to this new TV set. I was astounded at how boxy and boomy the sound box sounded compared to the TV’s built-in speakers so we abandoned that approach and use the built-in speakers exclusively.<br><br>One thing, though. The built-in speakers and built-in sound processing algorithms are very bad at playing music. Crescendos are highly compressed and music is severely minimized. We learned this by trying out playing music and videos from a USB thumb drive, which in all other respects works very well. If you want to play music, use a good external sound box or sound bar, or better yet, play it on a good stereo system.<br><br>The User Manual: Well, quite frankly the User Manual isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. Totally useless. No usable information on how to operate the product. We had to learn how everything works by experimentation. Once we figured out which buttons to press on the remote to do what we wanted, such as turning on and off Closed Captioning or selecting the input source (Antenna, Blu-Ray player, USB thumb stick, built-in apps), everything worked very well. Which brings me to –<br><br>The “Magic” Remote Control: A very cool remote indeed. Of course it has most of the expected buttons to turn the TV on and off, to select a channel by number, to raise and lower the sound volume, to mute the sound, etc. But what is really cool, even better than cool, is the “magic” part, in which you move a cursor around the screen by “pointing” the remote. Because the cursor moves quite quickly, and is therefore highly responsive to the movement of the remote, you have to learn to not overdo it, to keep a steady hand and keep be subtle and gentle in “pointing” the remote. Once you learn this skill, you’ll find it easy and useful to select options by pointing and clicking, much like a computer. By the way, the remote communicates with the TV by Bluetooth, which is basically by radio, not optically, so you don’t have to have a direct line of sight and point the remote at the TV. You could literally keep it in your pocket, out of sight, and it would still work. I like it because I can leave the remote on the table next to my chair and operate it without having to pick it up and aim it at the TV, except of course when I am using the “magic” cursor, which does require me to hold the remote in my hand like a magic wand.<br><br>Unpacking and setup: The box the set came in is plenty large and sturdy, although a shipper with an errant boat hook could conceivably pierce the front of the box and damage the TV screen, but this would not be the fault of the manufacturer. In order to attach the feet you need to lay the TV set face down on a coffee table. Of course we first padded the table with a quilt so as not to damage the TV screen. First remove some Styrofoam which contains the feet, power cord, remote, etc. Then we found it much easier to tilt the box up over the table and carefully slide the set out of the box face down onto the table rather than try to lift the set up out of a vertically positioned box. In any case, it definitely takes two people to handle it! Once we had it out of the box and face down on our coffee table it was relatively easy to attach the feet, each with two provided screws. Each V-shaped foot must be gently twisted into notches on the bottom of the TV set to “seat” them before screwing them in. I suspect that some reviewers who claimed the feet were flimsy and quickly broke probably did not attach them correctly. I don’t think the feet are flimsy, but that doesn’t mean you should lean your full body weight on them or anything like that.<br><br>We decided to attach the various cables (power cord, HDMI cable for the Blu-Ray player, and TOSlink fiber optic cable for external sound box) to the back of the TV while it was lying face down on the table rather than have to crawl around behind it after positioning it in viewing position. This turned out to be a good idea except for one thing. We could not attach the coax cable from the antenna until after the set was in viewing position because it wasn’t long enough to reach to our coffee table, which would be okay except that the coax connector is pretty close to the fiber optic connector, thus making it difficult to get one’s fingers onto the coax cable “nut” well enough to easily screw it on. So we removed the fiber optic cable (heck, we were already crawling around behind the set anyway) in order to get a sufficient grip on the coax cable nut to screw it in. Then we plugged the fiber optic cable back in again. As it turned out, as mentioned above, we ended up not using an external sound device anyway, so the fiber optic cable was not needed.<br><br>After that, we turned the set on and initialized everything very easily by following the prompts and on-screen instructions. Of course you’ll need to know your Wi-Fi password. In our case, we needed to scan for available broadcast signals, which went without a hitch, and we were ready to go.<br>So, as I said at the beginning, there is a lot to like about this product. Sure, there are some quirks, and there is a learning curve to be climbed, but basically LG pretty much got everything right. After enjoying this TV set for about a month now, I can say so far so good.