The TV is very thin and looks great
Picture bright and clear
Netcast - LG has several popular applications built into the TV
The sound not impressive
Touch controls hard to use
Let me set up the background scene before I get into the review. I am not a TV connoisseur that uses software to check "color temperature" or a calibrated meter to check "black levels" in candelas per square meter. I am a regular TV buyer/watcher that wants a good ... Read full review
Let me set up the background scene before I get into the review. I am not a TV connoisseur that uses software to check "color temperature" or a calibrated meter to check "black levels" in candelas per square meter. I am a regular TV buyer/watcher that wants a good clear high definition picture with balanced images and bright colors. I was looking for a 1080p LED HDTV to replace my 55" Samsung 1080p DLP Projection HDTV. I had been searching for a month comparing the price, features, quality, etc. on everything that I came across.
I decided and jumped in on the promotional deal that included the LG 55LX6500 TV, four free LG 3D glasses. I also bought a three year service plan since the cost was less than 10% of the TV price, and we (TV and I) are "gonna be tight" for years to come... needed to get some "health insurance" for my new friend.
I already had a mounting bracket on the wall from my previous TV. I switched the TVs and connected it to my Onkyo home theater receiver. The remote is not impressive by any means; it's just an average remote but does its job. The TV is very thin and looks great, I can complain with how stylish it looks on the wall. I turned everything on and began to live the moment. TV Set-up - CHECK!
Now I was watching television on a DLP projection TV before, and I saw a drastic difference between this new LED TV and the older DLP TV. I tested the TV with HD channels, Blu-ray movies, and XBOX 360 games. The 240Hz refresh rate was noticeable; gives you sort of a "soap opera effect" and makes the picture look more "real" in a sense. I guess this is typical with LED TVs with higher refresh rates. I was blown away by how crisp and clear everything showed. The colors looked great and the picture was bright, so I was happy. As I had read in other reviews, the TV was as good as I expected. Good job with this one LG!
I was excited to test drive the 3D capability of the TV, understanding that I was not going to get an "IMAX 3D experience". You have to go into this understanding that it's still newer technology and it is not going to be like at the IMAX Theater. At first it was not really straight forward to me how to get everything (TV, 3D glasses, and 3D content) activated to work together. This TV does give you the ability to watch 3D in the older 3D formats (polarized, etc.) or the newer "active shutter" 3D format. I did forget that to use 3D, you need HDMI v1.4 cables connected from the content player to TV. The TV and content player recognize when you don't have the right cables because it will give you messages that your TV or player/receiver are not 3D capable. I then realized my home theater receiver had HDMI v1.3 functionality, so I had to connect my HMDI v1.4 cables directly to the TV from my DirecTV HD receiver, 3D Blu-ray player and XBOX 360. I watched Winter X games on ESPN 3D from my DirecTV receiver and Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D from my Blu-ray player, and thought it was cool but not outstanding. I did see "ghosting" images and found that the distance you sit from the TV makes a difference. The 3D effect also was better when you are closer than further away; the TV message says to sit 2m (6.6ft) away. As I said it was pretty cool but not breathtaking, I did like the 3D effect overall. It's good that I did not buy the TV just because it had 3D capability, but hopefully it gets better over time. All 3D TV manufacturers... you have a way to go before you can match 3D like in the theater, but that's because theaters use a projector which is a little different.
The sound from the TV was not impressive, it's typical for a TV but I am accustom to a 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound system. If you have or are getting a surround sound system then it shouldn't be a concern. That being said, the sound coming out from the TV was good and clear for what you can expect from TV stereo speakers.
I am very happy and satisfied with my purchase. I am sure I will enjoy this TV for years to come... or until they have newer technology out like "TV wallpaper". I am always amazed how we as humans continue to make things (technology, medicine, etc.) better but sometimes we just stay the same. Hope this review helps someone make a good TV purchase decision.
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Updated on Oct 7, 2011
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