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LG INFINIA 47LE8500 47-Inch 1080p 120 Hz Full LED Slim LCD HDTV with Internet Applications

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3.6 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews

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  • Wireless 1080p Ready
  • NetCast Entertainment Access (Wi-Fi Ready)
  • Full LED Slim w/ Local Dimming
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: LG
  • Model Number: 47LE8500
  • Display Technology: LED-lit
  • Display Size: 47 inches
  • Speaker Count: 2
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Product Description

Product Description

There's television and then there's something better with LG's INFINIA LE8500. With one TV, you can experience a dazzling THX certified Full LED Slim picture on a beyond-beautiful display, the unlimited possibilities of broadband TV, the freedom of Wireless HD and a host of other groundbreaking innovations from LG.


This HDTV is Internet-ready. To view Internet apps on this TV, you may also need:

  • Broadband Internet service
  • A router
  • Cabling
  • A Wi-Fi adapter (if there is not one built in)
  • A PC for subscriptions or payments

To learn more about Internet-ready HDTVs, visit Internet-Ready TV 101.

Combining a slim design and thin bezel with enhanced connectivity, the 47-inch LG INFINIA 47LE8500 Full LED Slim LCD HDTV features energy-saving LED backlighting, 1080p Full HD resolution for crystal-clear detail, and TruMotion 240Hz technology for virtually no motion blur. It's also a great choice for watching sports and movies with fast action thanks to its incredible 1ms (millisecond) response time.

Recognized with a CES 2010 Innovations Award, LG's Full LED Slim technology elevates picture quality with a slim LED structure that supports detailed local dimming, resulting in an HDTV that provides the deeper black levels and uniform picture quality which typically could not be achieved on an ultra-thin set.

Additionally, this unique technology used in this LG Full LED Slim HDTV helped it achieve picture quality worthy of THX Display Certification--the industry standard for having the correct gamma, luminance, and color temperature. This certification demonstrates that this HDTV can recreate the cinema experience at home, making the picture resemble movie theatre quality. This HDTV also includes a THX Bright Room setting, which optimizes the contrast, gamma and other settings for watching movies in rooms with a lot of ambient light.

With LG's NetCast, you get access to TV shows, movies and more, streamed directly from the Internet to your television screen. And the LE5400 series also provides compatibility with Wireless 1080p Connectivity (wireless media kit required and sold separately).

Other features include a jaw-dropping 9,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio for more stunning colors and deeper blacks, two USB ports for connecting external drives for playing back MP3 audio, JPEG photo and DivX HD video files, stereo speakers with 20 watts of power and Dolby Digital decoding, and four HDMI inputs.

NetCast Entertainment Access

NetCast Entertainment Access brings the best Internet services direct to your TV--no computer required. Instantly access movies and TV shows, news and weather and the world's largest library of HD movies in 1080p. (Note: Internet connection & subscriptions required and sold separately.)

Get your HD film fix
If you like movies and want major studio releases in Full HD 1080p and Dolby Digital Plus sound, you'll love Vudu, the on-demand movie service with more hi-def titles than anyone else. Over 3,000 and counting. Plus, there's no subscription. So you only pay for what you watch.

Access your queue from the couch
Make the most of the extensive offerings on Netflix. Now you can watch your favorite movies and shows--from new releases to classics to everything in between--without your PC. Sit back and enjoy unlimited instant access to thousands of movies and TV episodes streamed directly to your TV set.

It's YouTube on your tube
No more crowding around your PC to watch web videos. NetCast instantly streams videos and TV shows from YouTube for unlimited, direct access to the millions of Web videos whenever you want them. All you need is an active Internet connection. Watch that one fellow making a fool of himself over and over again.

Stay up to speed
Sometimes you want to see what's going on in the world, but without changing the channel. Yahoo! TV Widgets delivers everything you need including news, scores, stocks and even photos from Flickr.

Your pictures on the big screen
Re-live all your family vacation memories with your Picasa photos on the big screen for everyone to enjoy, create galleries and slideshows for easy organization.

Key Features

Full LED Slim LCD Panel
LG's Full LED Slim technology delivers amazing clarity through local dimming while still allowing for a super slim display with a seamless glass panel. And with local dimming capabilities, you'll enjoy deeper black levels and a uniform picture quality like never before. Finally, it provides greater energy efficiency compared to conventional LCD TVs.

Energy Star 4.0
Earning the ENERGY STAR means a product meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. For TVs, it means they save energy both in standby and active (when they're on) modes. ENERGY STAR qualified TVs use about 30 percent less energy than standard units.


Smart Energy Saving
With LG's Smart Energy Saving Features, you can conserve money and energy.
Full HD 1080p resolution
This stunning picture is the reason you wanted HDTV in the first place. With almost double the pixel resolution, Full HD 1080p gives it superior picture quality over standard HDTV. You'll see details and colors like never before.

TruMotion 240Hz
See sports, video games and high-speed action with virtually no motion blur and in crystal clarity with LG's TruMotion 240Hz technology. Now your TV can keep up with the fastest moving scenes.

9,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
No more worrying about dark scenes or dull colors. The dynamic contrast ratio of 9,000,000:1 delivers more stunning colors and deeper blacks than you can imagine.

Intelligent Sensor
Don't strain your eyes. Let your TV do the adjustments for you. Intelligent Sensor automatically optimizes the picture to the lighting and color conditions in the room for a more enjoyable viewing experience.

AV Mode
Sports, movies and video games are best enjoyed with customized settings. With AV Mode, you can easily select from one of three picture modes for "Cinema", Sports" or "Games" to enjoy an optimized picture and sound experience.
Picture Wizard
Get easy self-calibration with on-screen reference points for key picture quality elements such as black level, color, tint, sharpness and backlight levels. Take the guesswork out of picture adjustments with this simple-to-use feature. It's not actually magic, but it will sure seem that way.
24P Real Cinema
Stay in for the theater. Enjoy a true cinema-like experience in your own home with movies the way they are meant to be seen. LG's Real Cinema technology precisely displays 24p source frames on your screen, the same as on a movie screen. If you love movies, you'll love Real Cinema.
ISFccc Calibration Ready
LG's ISFccc Ready HDTVs contain the detailed standards necessary for professional calibration of brightness, contrast, tint, sharpness, color levels and much more to meet local lighting conditions for both day and nighttime viewing. Settings are added to preset modes for easy access from your LG remote.
Clear Voice II
Get audio the way it was meant to be heard. Clear Voice II enhances and amplifies the frequency range of the human voice to help keep dialogue audible when background noise swells.

Infinite Sound
What's a great picture without great sounds to match? Infinite Sound delivers an amazing listening experience with deep, rich bass to make the most of your entertainment.

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital lets you experience compelling 5.1-channel surround sound. And you can trust that you'll get the same great Dolby Digital audio quality no matter what you're watching--a DVD or Blu-Ray Disc, TV programming or downloaded content. Best of all, you can be confident that you'll hear the audio exactly as it was intended, because Dolby Digital is also used to create the soundtracks for movies and games.
USB 2.0
Now reliving that fantastic family vacation can happen in the comfort of your living room. Easily connect your external USB devices to enjoy JPEG photos or listen to MP3 files. This HDTV is also compatible with playing back DivX HD video files from a USB drive.
HDMI V.1.3 with Deep Color
Make installation of any enabled device a snap. Get 10.2Gbps of bandwidth for deeper colors and more to take advantage of the best Full HD experience. HDMI V.1.3 connectivity lets you prepare yourself for tomorrow's technology today.

Key Specifications

  • Screen size: 47-inch class (47 inches diagonal)
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (1080p Full HD)
  • Dynamic contrast ratio: 9,000,000:1
  • Viewing angle: 178 degrees horizontal/vertical
  • Response time: 1ms
  • Built-in tuner: ATSC/NTSC/Clear QAM
  • Audio output: 20 watts (10W x 2)
  • Speaker system: 2-way, 4 speakers
  • Dolby Digital decoder: Yes
  • Surround system: Infinite Sound
  • Input labeling: Yes
  • Swivel stand: ±20 degrees
  • VESA compliance: 200mm x 200mm
  • Warranty: 1 year parts and labor


  • HDMI (version 1.3, HDCP): 3 rear, 1 side
  • Component: 2 rear, 1 side
  • Composite A/V: 1 rear, 1 side
  • RF: 1 rear
  • PC input (15-pin, D-Sub): 1 rear
  • PC audio input: 1 rear
  • Digital audio output: 1 optical, rear
  • USB: 2 side
  • Ethernet LAN: 1 rear
  • Headphone out: 1 side
  • RS-232c input: 1 rear


  • TV without stand: 44.2 x 27.8 x 1.4 inches (WxHxD); 59.4 pounds
  • TV with stand: 44.2 x 30.2 x 10.8 inches (WxHxD); 70 pounds
  • What size TV should you get?

LG 2010 HDTV Comparison

Series: LD350 LD450 LD520 LD550 LD650 LE5300 LE5400 LE8500 LX6500 PJ350 PK550 PK750
Models: 22-inch
Panel type LCD LCD LCD LCD LCD LED LCD LED LCD LED LCD 3D LED Plasma Plasma Plasma
LED Local Dimming -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3D Ready -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Resolution 720p 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p 720p 1080p 1080p
Contrast ratio 50k:1
Refresh rate 60Hz 60Hz 120Hz 120Hz 240Hz 60Hz 120Hz 240Hz 240Hz 600Hz 600Hz 600Hz
Response time 5ms 4ms 2.4 2.4 2 2.4ms 2.6ms 1ms 2ms -- -- --
Netcast Entertainment -- -- -- -- -- --
HDMI input 2 2 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 4
Component input
(Y, PB, PR)
1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 2 2 2
Composite input 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
PC input
USB port 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 2 2 1 1 2
MP3 and JPEG
DivX video
-- -- -- -- --
Ethernet -- -- -- -- -- --
Wireless 1080p Ready -- -- -- -- -- --
Energy Star -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Series: LD350 LCD LD450 LCD LD520 LCD LD550 LCD LD650 LCD LE5300 LED LE5400 LED LE8500 LED LX6500
PJ350 Plasma PK550 Plasma PK750 Plasma

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Which Size HDTV is Right for My Room?

HDTV Size chart
With standard-definition TVs, the rule used to be that viewers would feel comfortable watching a set from a distance of 3 to 6 times the screen size in inches. With HDTV, the resolution is so much better that you can sit closer to a larger TV without noticing the pixels. So with HDTVs, the rule tends to be you can sit anywhere from 1.5 to 3 times the screen size (in inches) for the best experience.

If you know the size of the room you have already, where you want to sit, and where your new HDTV should go once you get it, you can figure out the size HDTV you should get.

  • Minimum size = Viewing distance/3
  • Maximum size=Viewing distance/1.5

Product Information

Technical Details

Brand Name LG
Item Weight 59.4 pounds
Product Dimensions 1.4 x 44.2 x 27.8 inches
Item model number 47LE8500
Color Name black
Specification Met energy_star

Additional Information

Customer Reviews
3.6 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #154,541 in Home Theater (See top 100)
#1,896 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > Televisions > LED & LCD TVs
Shipping Weight 81.2 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First Available February 24, 2006

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The great picture and good viewing angles for an LCD/LED were the reasons I bought this for our living room. It did not disappoint with either picture quality or viewing angle. But the EXTREMELY reflective glass panel covering this beautiful TV made it virtually unwatchable even though it was angled away from the main window. The blacks were so black we could watch ourselves watching TV in the dark areas of the picture -- especially while watching movies, which tend to be darker than regular TV. Many of the plasmas I've seen in the stores are less reflective, which makes plasmas viable options if you think you can handle a glass panel. The TV has been returned and we're shopping for less reflective replacement.
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I got mine from a local store on sale for a little under $1600. That was about three weeks ago. And since then my entire family just can't get enough of it.

Picture quality is just great - and that's expected. But what amazes me is all the extra functionality with what this TV is packed.

1. Video streaming with Netflix. (It also has VUDU, YouTube, Picasa - but I did not try VUDU yet, and YouTube and Picasa work just fine, but I do not need a huge display to view some low resolution videos from YouTube). So Netflix movies available to watch instantly look great. Even those that are not HD quality. I must say that I have FIOS internet connection, so that must be also a component for high quality videos, but as far as this set goes - it does a great job.

2. This TV has 2 hi-speed USB2.0 input jacks, and it recognizes not just flash drives, but also USB external hard drives - even with NTFS file format. I tried both - FAT32 and NTFS, and also external drives with additional power source and without it, - this TV recognizes them all. It can play your video files (and other media too) directly from external hard drive! And it supports multiple video formats, including Matroska H.264. It also supports external subtitles for AVI files. I did not test multiple subtitles formats, but SRT works great. It supports standard Latin letters languages and Korean. No other encodings though.

I want also to add a few words about design. I use a TV stand that it came with, and it allows TV to be turned both sides about 20 degree - just enough to get to the USB jacks or to additional audio or HDMI jacks that are placed on a left side. The main ones are located on the back panel - which is also pretty easy to reach thanks to that rotating feature of a stand. The rotation is very smooth and requires no force at all.

I can't be more pleased with it.
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Other reviewers have covered the technical stuff, so I'm going to keep it short and sweet.
Pros: Outstanding picture quality in all modes, easy to use.
Cons: Some screen glare, widgets not very useful.

I've been very happy with the various presets and keep it in one of the THX modes most of the time.
To give you some perspective, I've been in the video production business my entire career (30+ years)and the picture watching through my HD cable box is crystal clear. I've watched 1 Blu-Ray movie and was very impressed. I've watched football and there were zero artifacts during fast motion. The screen is a large piece of glass so there will be some glare, as is true with any polished surface. There is only slight flashlighting I've noticed when changing inputs but never during any programming, including really dark night scenes from the Blu-Ray.

The audio is as good as the 32" standard TV this replaced. There are different modes and settings, but it is not going to sound like a 500 watt system. Keep your expectations realistic.

The widgets as of this review include weather, finance, a few games and others ... too many to list but as far as I'm concerned, they don't add much value. There are NetFlix apps like VUDU and YouTube which work very well. These are worth paying some extra. When I hooked up the Internet through an ethernet LAN cable, it automatically checked for updates...pretty cool.

Aesthetically, the set is good looking and construction seems solid. All the inputs are located in one place on the back panel ... no front or side inputs. There are cable guides so you can semi-hide the wiring. This works pretty well.

In summary, I'm very happy with the picture quality, which is why I got this model. If you don't see any updates to this review, nothing has changed with further use.
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The picture is beautiful. The frameless glass frame is magnificent. The speakers are so-so.

We went to Best Buy to physically look at TV's, intending to buy a 42". Two things became clear. The best imaging technology (e.g., high contrast ratio, etc.) doesn't really kick in until the 47" models. I guess there isn't a big market for high quality / small size TV's. The other was the fameless frame on this model. Every other TV in the store, bigger and smaller, had a raised frame that surrounds (and protects) the glass front. The LG 478500 does not ... there is a single piece of glass that runs all the way to the edge. The glass just changes to black in color in a thin region around the edge. It looks more like a painting than a TV. My wife spontaneously yells out "that's magnificent!" and I understood my TV just got more expensive.

We bought the TV from amazon with enhanced delivery. I wasn't there to observe, but my wife said they looked like they had never set up a TV in their life. At one point they wanted to lay it on it's front, but with the absence of a raised frame, that would most likely scratch the glass. They did get the TV in it's stand and sitting on the table, but not "set up" in any electronic sense.

We bought an LG BD590 250GB Blu-Ray player to go with it. I had read about various incompatibility issues related to various versions of HDMI or different manufacturers' implementations. Given that the BD590 was among the top reviewed players, it seemed a safe bet. That's the only source I have tried so far. At the time of this review, we've watched Avatar and Cars. I also watched a Hero DVD to check the up-sampling.

The picture is stellar.
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