This television has been discontinued.
It was replaced by the LG LB5800
The LG LN5400 LED TV has a good viewing angle and low input lag. However, its contrast is very low and it suffers from some noticeable motion blur. This TV is more suitable for a bright room due to its poor blacks.
Very good viewing angle. The colors stay true wherever you sit.
Low input lag. It is great for a gaming TV.
Poor contrast ratio. The blacks will appear gray when you have the lights off. This isn't an issue in a bright room.
This is the LN5400's strongest point. The colors stay about the same at any angle. We measured a drop of half the contrast at 37°, which is really good for an LED. This makes the LN5400 a great choice for a living room with multiple seats.
Unfortunately, we didn't test the sound quality in 2013.
Software and Inputs
1 USB (only for pictures and music)
1 RF In
1 Component In
1 Composite In
1 Digital Audio Out (Optical)
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If you don't have a dark room, buy this TV. Its only major downside is that its blacks are poor when watched in dim lighting. With the lights on, it is a solid TV with an impressive viewing angle. It also has very low input lag, which is perfect for gaming, and it is significantly cheaper than the competition.
Can you recommend some calibration settings for the LN5400? I have looked on avs, not sure if its because this TV is new or unpopular.
The calibration settings that we used:
All settings disabled
Picture mode: Expert 1
Color Temperature: Warm 2
Red offset: 0 Red gain: -4
Green offset: 0 Green gain: 0
Blue offset: 0 Blue gain: 18
Don't forget that the calibration depends on your room and the TV's panel, so you might need to tweak it.
When plugging in a USB flash drive I only see options for Pictures and Music, but not Video playback. Is this normal? I can't seem to get it play any video files at all, despite trying numerous formats
Yes, it is normal. This TV doesn't support video playback via USB.
I just bought the 60LN5400 and I'm noticing input lag, even with game mode on. What size did you run the input lag test on, and would that make a difference? I'm trying to fix this because I love the picture, but I need lower input lag for FPS games.
42", but that shouldn't matter. Did you try disabling all options? You might also want to try using the other HMDI input (if I remember correctly, we used HDMI 1 on this model).
I just bought this model last night. The picture (both gaming on an Xbox 360 and regular TV broadcast) seemed very dark. I could not figure out how to brighten it, even after trying multiple variations (gaming, cinema, etc.). Any advice?
The max calibrated luminance that we got was 212 cd/m2, which is definitely bright. First off, disable the Energy Saving option (ECO Mode). This feature will change the brightness of the screen, depending on the luminosity sensor. You will have full control after you disable that. Then, set the backlight setting to the max. Contrary to the brightness setting, which affects the picture quality, the backlight setting only controls the luminosity of the light behind the LCD screen, which is what you want.
I have recently purchased an Xbox One and have the LG LN5400. I'm struggling to find the optimum picture settings for my gaming. What settings do you guys recommend for this purpose?
The settings that we used (as described in another answer) are great for gaming because all options are disabled, so the TV has minimum input lag. The picture quality will also closely match the game developers' monitors (they also get calibrated to the same color temperature that we use).
I am curious. You answered a person telling them to try HDMI 1 for gaming - I plan on getting an Xbox one and a PS4. If I have them both plugged in, will one suffer from input lag because it's in HDMI 2?
No, you shouldn't have a problem with this. We just mentioned it to make sure he had the exact same setup as us. We actually followed up in an email and he said disabling all settings fixed his issue.
There are reports that even disabling TruMotion doesn't eliminate the "soap opera effect" from the LN5400. Was that true in your testing?
No, it wasn't the case in our testing. As you can see in our motion video, there is absolutely no soap opera effect created, and we couldn't turned it on. The soap opera effect may be present in other picture modes, but it wasn't present in the 'Expert 1' mode that we used for testing.
I saw a 32LA6200 on display at a local shop. The picture seemed 'live' and a far cry from the 32la613B right beside it, I assume this is the soap opera effect and I loved it! Now my question is, I currently don't need smart or 3D yet, so I am willing to trade them off for a bigger sized TV. Will the 42LN5400 have the same soap opera effect as the LA6200? If not, what are my other options?
What do you think is a better TV for gaming? The LG 42LN5400 or the Sony KDL-40R450A? I ask this because I have the 42LN5400 and when I play a fast game like NHL, I notice motion blur. Is the Sony better, or about the same?
The KDL-40R450A has slightly less blur, but the difference isn't big. Check out both our videos of motion blur. Note that due to the low frame rate of the current generation of console (30 fps), there will always be perceptible blur on all TVs.
Which energy saving setting should I use? Auto, off, minimum, medium, or maximum?
The energy saving setting changes the luminosity of the backlight depending on the amount of light in the room. If you want full control of the luminosity, you need to disable that setting. Otherwise, set it to the highest that you can without diminishing your experience.
What does the motion eye care setting do? I saw another question about the black level setting. I know it don't change the black level the TV outputs, but should it be set to high or low for gaming? When it's on low, it blacks out some objects that can be easily seen on high.
Motion eye care changes the algorithm of the backlight flickering. Set the black level to low. Change the gamma setting if you want to improve the visibility of the shadows.
About your claim that the TV doesn't support video playback via USB: I have a 32LN5400 and it plays all sorts of movies well.
About everything else in your review, I'm impressed, very good and accurate review.
The picture of pixels is a great idea. When I was buying my TV I didn't know about your site, so I was taking a 15x magnifier to the store with me to figure out which TVs had which panel.
Also, as for sound, it's on the low end.
Thanks for the feedback. Which country is your 32LN5400 from? Sometimes these features are country specific.
Update: We followed up via email and it was the Central European version. Another person also mentioned the Philippines version does play movie files. So it does appear to be a country-specific feature.
I just bought the LG 50LN5400, and when I plug in the USB, not all pictures can be view on the TV, despite all being in the same jpeg format. Could you help me?
There are probably not actually all in the same jpeg format. There is not a single jpeg format, even if they all have the same extension. It is probably because some of them are encoded in progressive. Check your files' encoding and see if there are any differences.
It seems that stores are carrying fewer and fewer of these. Should I not buy the ln5400 now, in case I need it replaced by warranty in six months and it is no longer in stock anywhere? Is this a risk I should be considering before purchasing this model?
That model is indeed discontinued. Don't worry, though. If you need a replacement through the warranty, they will give you an equivalent and more recent model instead.
I have a 60LN5400 and I think there's a problem with it. When the picture is moving horizontally, I see many dark vertical lines. The best way to see it is when watching a hockey game. When the camera is moving from one side of the ice to the other, I can see vertical lines. I don't really see them when the image is not moving. Do you think it's normal, or I should call LG?
This issue is very common and is called the dirty screen effect. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do about it. It is especially present on a lot of low-end LG TVs.
I have a 55LN5400 and there is no mention of TruMotion in any of the TV's settings. Is it enabled by the input source? Unfortunately, I only have a cable box outputting at 1080i and 60hz, so I don't have a higher quality source to test against.
Ours also didn't have that setting, although we didn't try a wide range of input sources.
I just brought 47LN5400 model yesterday. I was bit disappointed with the USB feature, as it does not play any movies/videos. So, could you please suggest to me the best option for playing movies via USB on this model? Also, what would be the best option for converting my LN5400 to a smart TV?
Roku is probably your best bet for converting your TV to a smart TV which also supports USB playback of video files, assuming you don't already have a device that does this (like the PS3).
For motion blur, which TV is better and how how big is the difference (LN5400 vs Samsung F5000)?
We haven't tested the F5000, but we expect it to have slightly less blur than the LN5400 due to the panel technology (IPS panels usually have slightly more blur than their counterparts). The difference can't be seen on TV shows and movies, though - it's mostly on video games.
I just purchased a LN5400 and I'll be receiving it in a few days. I enjoyed reading your assessment of this model, as well as the calibration settings you used in your testing of it. My question is about powering up the TV. I have a power strip surge suppressor I had planned to use, but I noticed on the max load rating that it is only 60 HZ. Does this mean I can't or should not use this power strip for the LN5400? In general, I don't know that much about electricity, and even less about the internal workings of a TV. If I can't use my present power strip, could you recommend one that I should use?
Do not worry about this. You can use your power strip with your TV without any problems. The 60Hz written on it refer to the frequency of the alternating current as an input (what runs in your house), and not the refresh rate of the TV.
Would you recommend using dynamic contrast for gaming?
Dynamic contrast changes the backlight luminosity based on the content of the picture. We personally always disable this option, especially for direct-lit TVs like the LN5400. It doesn't really improve the picture quality.
Can this LG be calibrated to a good representation of rec 709?
Unfortunately, we do not test for this. We only do a simple two point grayscale calibration with a basic colorimeter. Most people don't get their set calibrated (especially in this price range), so we try to represent that, but still do a basic calibration to have valid photos.
Thanks for the review. You made it clear that the LN5400 has considerably lower contrast than the other brands. So if I will mostly be watching TV with the lights on (and possibly dimmed), the lower contrast will be less of an issue? Based on your test results, the LN5400 has like 3x less contrast than, say, Samsung, which seems to be a big deal. Thanks in advance for your advice!
With few lights on, the contrast is not an issue. However, keep in mind that it also reflects more light than other LEDs.
Regarding the 120hz. If I hook my PC up to this and play, say, Battlefield 4, will I get the 120hz? It's an unusual setup, but it is the deciding factor for me between the LN5300 and LN5400. Btw, my PC can take me up to 120fps, so it does matter. If you have any other useful info that could help me choose between them, that'd be great.
No, it won't work, at least officially. No TV officially accepts 120fps, even the high-end ones. Unofficially, it is a different story, but we can't help with that because we didn't try it.
I too am in the market for a new TV. I have my decisions down to two, both LG. The first is the LG 50LN5400 and the second is the LG 50LB6000. My question is, what are the differences between these two models? I only see the LN5400 model on your site. Another question I have is what is the input lag difference between the two models? I understand this site is busy, but I appreciate any help and advice you can give me. Thank you for your time and information.
We haven't tested the 50LB6000, so we don't know its input lag. But we don't actually expect a big picture difference between the two. The only difference that we expect is that it will have a different bezel. Note that the 50LB6000 currently has the same price as the better-equipped 50LB6300.
What black level and backlight setting do you recommend for gaming on a PS4 in a dark room?
Don't touch the black level setting. This is just a remapping of the range of the HDMI. It doesn't affect the real black level. The backlight setting is really a personal preference. We calibrate for 100 cd/m2, which is good in a dark room, and the resulting backlight value that we got was 35.