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LG 55LX6500 55-Inch 3D 1080p 240 Hz LED Plus LCD HDTV, Espresso (2010 Model)
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- Brand Name: LG
- Model Number: 55LX6500
- Display Technology: LED-lit
- Display Size: 55 inches
- Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
This HDTV is Internet-ready. To view Internet apps on this TV, you may also need:
- Broadband Internet service
- A router
- 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.
3D Technology Checklist
This product is 3D-related. To help you get a great 3D experience, use our checklist below to ensure that you have everything you need. If you have any questions or want to learn more about 3D, we invite you to visit 3D 101--our center for everything 3D. To get started with 3D, please ensure that you have:
A DisplayThe first--and most important--item you'll need is a 3D-ready display--whether it be a 3D HDTV, 3D projector, or 3D computer monitor. These displays usually have a higher processing power than older models as they need to display one image for each eye to create a 3D effect.
A SourceWhile your display is ready for 3D playback, you still need a device to read 3D content (i.e., a movie or a show). This source can be a cable box with a subscription to a 3D channel, a 3D Blu-ray Disc player, or a PlayStation 3.
ContentIn order to watch 3D, you will need to get some 3D content. This 3D content will come from the source mentioned above in the form of a 3D program, movie, or game. Please ensure that your 3D movies are in the Blu-ray 3D format, as this new format will provide the best 3D experience.
3D GlassesAll 3D HDTVs on the market require Active Shutter glasses to create the 3D effect. You will need to buy one pair of glasses for each viewer. Also make sure that the Active Shutter glasses you buy are compatible with your display--for example, buy the glasses from the same brand as your 3D HDTV.
HDMI CableTo connect your source (such as a 3D Blu-ray Disc player) to your display, you'll need a hgh-speed HDMI cable. Cables with this designation--with bandwidth speeds up to 10.2 Gbps (gigabits per second)--will be able to carry the 3D signal without any loss of quality.
With LG's NetCast, you get access to TV shows, movies and more, streamed directly from the Internet to your television screen. And the LX6500 series also provides compatibility with Wireless 1080p Connectivity with LG's wireless media kit. (Note: wireless media kit is required and sold separately LG AN-WL100W.)
Other features include a jaw-dropping 8,000,000:1 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 AccessNetCast 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
|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
Your pictures on the big screen
|LED Plus Technology |
Tired of dark scenes or dull colors? LG's LED Plus technology provides even greater control of brightness through local dimming to deliver amazing clarity and color detail, as well as a more energy efficient TV compared to conventional 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.
|8,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio |
No more worrying about dark scenes or dull colors. The dynamic contrast ratio of 8,000,000:1 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.
|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.
LG 2010 HDTV Comparison
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|Panel type||LCD||LCD||LCD||LCD||LCD||LED LCD||LED LCD||LED LCD||3D LED||Plasma||Plasma||Plasma|
|LED Local Dimming||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Contrast ratio||50k:1 |
|Component input |
(Y, PB, PR)
|MP3 and JPEG |
|DivX video |
|Wireless 1080p Ready||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Series:||LD350 LCD||LD450 LCD||LD520 LCD||LD550 LCD||LD650 LCD||LE5300 LED||LE5400 LED||LE8500 LED||LX6500 |
|PJ350 Plasma||PK550 Plasma||PK750 Plasma|
|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.
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The LG TV arrived in less than a week, the BluRay player afew days earlier, and the 3D active-shutter glasses arrived a couple weeks later. Neither the BluRay player, nor the HDTV comes with an HDMI cable. What LG supplies is the wimpy yellow, red, white low-resolution analog cable trio. Not including an HDMI high speed cable is, in my opinion, a poor marketing decision by LG because you can't get the best picture without an HDMI cable hookup. But don't be discouraged by it - the LG puts out a fantastic picture, and you can buy HDMI cables fairly cheaply on the internet, although the bubble wrapped varieties in retail stores are very pricey.
When the LG HDTV arrived, the delivery service was supposed to hook it up and verify it works -- power and picture, and sound - that's all. They also advised me to keep the shipping box for at least a week, in case I decided to return it. They basically carried the unit upstairs, put the base together, mounted the TV on it, plugged it in, got the LG logo up on the screen, and static on the speakers. It was obvious they didn't know squat about electronics, so I am happy with them not doing more. Anyway, I didn't expect white glove service, and I'm happy with them just hauling it up the stairway.
MOUNTING THE TV
The base pedestal that comes with the TV swivels +20 degrees, but it does not tilt. So if that's what you'll be using, you'll want the screen more or less at eye-level from wherever you're viewing. The TV itself is mostly only an inche thick, but the pedestal base will require about 13-1/2 inches of solid, level surface, which gives you plenty of wall clearance to plug in your cables. The manual recommends tying the screen to a wall to keep it from inadvertently tipping forward.
If you are going to mount the TV up on a wall, you will want a mount that both swivels and tilts. You won't be able to mount the TV flush to the wall - it needs at least 4 inches of clearance, which most mounting systems will give it. All the suitable wall mounts I've seen run around $100 and up.
HOOKING UP THE HDTV
Most of us are going to hook up to our cable or satellite decoder box. The hookup choices are coaxial cable, red-white-yellow RCA cable trio, red-blue-green composite video cable (plus the red-white audio cable), and HDMI cable.
Coaxial cable - That coaxial cable connector on the HDTV is only for an external antenna. But probably like most people upgrading from standard 3:4:5 analog TV to wide-screen HDTV, I just hooked the HDTV to the same coaxial cable out of the cable decoder box I just unhooked from the analog standard TV. BIG MISTAKE - DON'T DO IT - that old coaxial cable going from your cable decoder box to your old standard TV is absolutely the worst hookup to use for the HDTV! You will get a blurry picture and ghosting. Take that coaxial cable and stash it or trash it. The reason that coaxial cable causes such poor picture on your new wide-screen HDTV is that the digital signal into the cable/satellite decoder box is transformed into an analog radio frequency with an attendant loss in much of the digital information that HDTV requires to give you a superior picture. I even read some reviews where some buyers sent their new LG HDTV back because the picture was blurry. It's the coaxial cable hookup that causes the bad picture, not the HDTV.
red-white-yellow RCA cable trio -- This was the standard analog hook up for audio-video peripherals for years. Most of us have these cables lying around, and one set is supplied with this LG HDTV. This connector type is there for backwards compatibility with your legacy peripherals that don't have HDMI connectors. You can hook up the HDTV using this type cable to most cable/satellite decoder box. While it is significantly better than the coaxial cable, it still results in significant video and audio digital information loss. The yellow lead carries all the video signal as an analog signal - not digital, which results in the loss of full HD digital video information. The red and white leads are right and left audio channels only, and the full multi-channel sound out put of the TV is lost.
Red-blue-green composite video - This cable trio is for the video signal only, you still have to have a separate audio cable, at least the red-white RCA left-right, two-channel connector. The component cable results in a much better picture than the red-white-yellow RCA. The composite video connection is an analog signal, so there is still some loss of HD digital information.
HDMI highspeed - This is the cable designed and intended for High Definition devices. If you don't have one, get one or even two. You will not only get the best picture, but full multi-channel audio capability also. When I hooked up the HDMI cables - it was a fantastic, superb, gangbusters, sharp, detailed, picture - plus the sound was noticeably better.
A word about HDMI marketing hype -- The HDMI standards setting institute ([...]) only has five authorized HDMI logo modifiers (standard, high speed, standard with Ethernet, high speed with Ethernet, and standard automotive). You want the HDMI high-speed., or the high speed with internet. The "standard" may result in some signal loss. The "with Ethernet" option just says the cable can handle the extra signal traffic. It will work in the 55LX6500 model, but internet hookup has to be through the Ethernet connector or wifi through a USB hub. The "automotive" option is for equipment on vehicles running off of 12/24 volt direct current
All the other HDMI cable claims, such as 3D, 1080p, 120 Hz, 240 Hz, deep color, BluRay, etc., etc., are supported features of the peripheral equipment the HDMI cable hooks up to - and many cable manufacturers are just using those terms as marketing hype to justify asking prices of $40 to $100 for their cable. All high-speed HDMI cables will more than meet your 55LX6500 HDTV needs. That's because it is all digital information - a $6 cable HDMI delivers the same performance as a $100 cable. You can buy HDMI high-speed cable for bout $1 per foot on-line at Amazon.com, or ebay. Don't waste money on the over-priced, over-hyped cables costing tens of multiples more.
All HD channels are not equal, and all content on the HD channels is not necessarily full 1080 HD quality. There is still a lot of content recorded in 720 HD. 720 HD might show up on the TV screen letter-boxed (with black borders all around), or it could be zoomed to 1080, in which case it may seem blurry. Analog 480 SD will show up letter-boxed on both sides. Full (1080) HD content is increasing, but these lesser resolutions will persist for years. So don't judge your 1080 LG HDTV picture quality by just what you see on the TV channels - a lot of it is not very high quality to begin with. The really good full 1080 HD quality content is on BluRay and DVD that says on the label - "full 1080 HD."
The built-in speakers can only give you at most stereo sound or simulated surround sound. That's because all the built-in speakers are fixed in front of you. But they are very good speakers, even amazing, and you get a good, distortion-free sound from them. I had the sound level all the way up to 100 which is max for the TV speakers. The sound level at max was nice and loud, with a good frequency range, and lots of depth. But of course the limited speaker size can not deliver window-rattling, bone-jarring sub-bass. Most TV channels only give you monaural sound, so the built-in speakers are all you need for watching TV shows. Very little TV content actually carries stereo sound. Most DVD content only delivers stereo sound at best, but new content out may have 5.1 sound capability or better.
EXTERNAL SOUND SYSTEM
If you want ear-splitting, cinema-quality, multi-channel, surround sound with deafening thunder and explosions, you'll have to spring for a external sound system -- which is overkill unless you have a BluRay player or DVD player capable of decoding 5.1 sound, and a source (BluRay oe DVD disc) that was recorded in 5.1 sound. The LG BluRay player I have is capable of 7.1 sound, although there is little if any content recorded in 7.1 sound. If you are going to spring for an external sound system, get a digital 5.1 or 7.1 sound system with an optical cable hookup.
There are three types of 3D to view: red-green, polarized, and active shutter (also called BluRay 3D.) The LG 55LX6500 is BluRay 3D ready. You can also watch the older red-green or polarized 3D movies on this TV, providing you have the red-green or polarized lenses, normally supplied with the DVD.
BluRay 3D requires active shutter glasses, which run around $100 or more a pair. Just because the DVD says 3D doesn't mean it's the higher quality BluRay 3D. BluRay 3D will say "BluRay 3D." If it doesn't, then it's not BluRay 3D. BluRay 3D discs requires a BluRay player.
Of the three 3D technologies, BluRay 3D gives the highest quality and highest definition picture. But don't throw away your old red-green or polarized 3D glasses just yet, because there is very little BluRay 3D content to view at present. In fact, the only BluRay 3D content I could find was on-line, and most of that was "coming soon." Cable and satellite companies, such as Direct TV and AT&T Uverse, are beginning to offer BluRay 3D channels and BluRay 3D video-on-demand as premium content. I get AT&T Uverse, but the only 3D channel (ESPN) had no actual content on it. There were only five BluRay 3D movies offered on Video-on-demand.
When I first tried viewing BluRay 3D content through my AT&T Uverse decoder box, it wouldn't work. I would get the split screen indicating 3D content, but pushing the 3D button on the HDTV remote resulted only in an error message that the signal was not 3D. I went a couple of rounds on the phone with LG and AT&T technicians, with each one blaming the other. Turns out I failed to set the AT&T Uverse decoder box setting for System "Aspect Ratio" to 1080i, which was clearly stated in their instructions. Once that adjustment was set, the 3D worked as intended.
My take on 3D content is that while 3D video is awesome - and there really is nothing comparable to the active shutter glasses - watching it too long might give you a headache as your eyes or brain get tired of composing the 3D image in your brain. Sometimes you see the double image and can't resolve the two-separate images into one stereoscopic image.
Active-shutter 3D is new technology, and there is still a way to go for total 3D emersion. I expect a lot of innovations and improvements that hopefully will be backwards compatible. 3D active-shutter content is all done in 1080 resolution. If you don't have 1080 resolution, you won't be able to see it. You can not receive 3D info through a coaxial cable, or the red-white-yellow RCA trio - you must use at least a composite video cable, or better yet an HDMI cable. The active shutter glasses are also very expensive - retailing around $100 and up.
All in all, I am glad to get in on the ground floor with BluRay 3D. But there are viewer comfort issues that could use improvement.
The TV has an Ethernet connection to hook into your home network (LAN) for internet access I ran a 50-foot Ethernet cable to the nearest wired hub to hook into my LAN for the internet connection. You can also hook up to a wireless device to a USB port, but I like a hardwire connections - Ethernet always works. You have to have high-speed broadband (always on) internet service - a dial-up modem through your computer won't work.
As soon as the Ethernet cable was plugged in, I switched the HDTV input to Ethernet and the TV found the internet right away. The first thing the HDTV did was to update the software, which took several minutes to complete. Then it turned itself off and back on a couple of times, and everything was ready to go. You can only access the internet using the pre-installed apps on the HDTV..
In order for the TV to access your computer files, they must be specially shared files through Nero Essentials. A CD with Nero Essentials is included with the HDTV. Nero Essentials creates a server node on your LAN, then locates and catalogs music, picture, and video files on your computer. Once that server is created, you can access the content on it. I have yet to make it work, and I suspect it is a firewall problem with my computer security software. Eventually I will resolve this, but I am in no hurry to do so.
This LG HDTV model has four auxiliary ports on the back of the TV on the left side (as you're facing it), near the edge - out of sight but easy to reach. These ports are for temporary hookups of your portable audio-visual equipment such as digital camera, iPod, etc. The auxiliary connectors all mount parallel to the back of the panel, so they don't require any additional clearance from your wall. The auxiliary ports are 2 USB ports, one video-component-in micro-jack (a three cable RCA adapter is supplied), a micro jack for stereo audio-in, (a two-cable RCA adapter is supplied), a stereo earphone jack, and the 4th HDMI port.
I tested the USB ports with a flash drive with photos and music files. You select the appropriate input from input button on the remote control. The TV could see all the folders on the flash drive, including hidden files, but only mp3 and jpeg files could be seen or selected. There is a Picture app to display photos, and an app to play music. The picture app only sees jpeg (.jpg) files. You can't play music from the picture app. The music app will not see WMF audio files - it would only see and play MP3. My photos were recorded at very high resolution (14 mega-pixel) jpeg files. They were simply stunning and sharp on the big 55" LG screen. If there was ever an independent test of just how fabulous the TV display is, that was it.
COMPUTER MONITOR/GAME CONSOLES
This HDTV can apparantly be used as a computer monitor, accepting VGA or DVI hookup. If your computer video card supports it, you can also use the HDTV as a second or alternate monitor. I don't see myself doing this anytime soon, so I didn't pursue testing it.
Game consoles hook up normally. What's not so normal is the fantastic graphical display on the big 55-inch screen.
The HDTV has some simple built-in games for those times you are bored, or waiting for a commercial to be over. The games menu is activated through the Menu button on the remote.
The user manual is on a CD - there is apparantly no paper manual. Most of the features on this TV are fairly intuitive, and you can probably figure out how to use them without reference to the manual. But this is a feature-rich TV, and you'll probably learn something you didn't know by reading the manual at least once.
The LG 55LX6500 is an excellent HDTV with an outstanding, even fabulous, picture, and, as I purchased it, an exceptional value. But you must have a full 1080 HD source and use HDMI cables to fully benefit from all of its features and capabilities. Any type of cable other than HDMI will result in picture degradation - true for any brand. All the features, such as Ethernet, internet access, and USB input work very well as far as I tested them. The sound on the built-in speakers is very good quality, but limited in bone-rattling sub-bass. If you want deafening thunder and explosions, with true surround sound, you'll have to add in a THX sound system.
All in all, I'm very happy with the buy, and I would recommend it to a friend.
Picture Quality - Very good. I'm really impressed with how natural the skin tones are and I am picky. There are a ridiculous number of setting to tweak it as well.
Netcast - LG has several popular applications built into the TV. The TV becomes it's own entertainment system. We have used Netflix a lot. It uses the now standard Netflix interface. The video quality is exceptional. We have also played with YouTube. The YouTube interface is intuitive. The only down side I have seen is that it appears you are limited to playing a maximum of 360p video. No HD. Skype video chat is also available with the purchase of an optional video camera. It appears to be HD. There are also 2 pay per view movie "channels" and MLB.
Looks - The TV has a bronze dithering on the bezel. At first I thought this would a turn off, but it actually looks quite nice. Of course, the 1.2" thickness is very cool. The screen is a matte, so there is little reflection.
USB Media - After I attached a USB HDD this thing played most things. Supported video formats H264 (even level 5.1, 4.1 45mbps), VC-1, MPEG-2. Only AC-3/EAC-3 and AAC audio so far. Containers: MKV, MP4/MOV, TS/M2TS (renamed to TS) and MPG. The notable exception was the .mov movies (PCM audio) produced by my Canon camera. Video, but now audio. Hopefully this will be fixed by a firmware update.
3D - It just doesn't work well. My TV suffers from something called crosstalk. 3D TV works by displaying the left eye and then switching to the right eye very quickly. The glasses make sure that your right eye is blocked when viewing the left eye. Crosstalk occurs when the left eye sees images intended for the right eye or vica versa. Best case, you see a ghost. Worst case you can see a triple image or the 3D just stops. It seems to be the worst when a light area is next to a dark area. The bad news is that this occurs in animation a lot. The worst news is that most of the 3D Blu-Rays available are animated. Finally, annoying 3D warnings that you can't turn off and you see everytime the TV goes into 3D mode.
Backlighting - When the image on the screen is mostly black with white text, you can see the black light. I don't consider this a major issue as this is infrequent.
Touch Controls - The "buttons" on the TV are touch and light up when you touch them. This is a cool thing to show, but hard to use. Turning on from the TV is particularly difficult as you can't see the "on" button. Tip: To access the TV buttons, run your finger accross all the buttons. They will light up and then they are easier to find.
Yahoo Widgets - Although a little hard to get working, these are useful. I especially like the weather.
Sound - Well, you just aren't going to get great sound out of a thin TV. It is better than my last LCD.
Network Playback - I was able to stream up to 720p video across my network (Gigabit). Music was ok.
No ARC (Audio Return Channel) - Or at least it doesn't work with my reciever (Denon 3311CI). Annoying because I had to run a second optical cable back to my receiver. Honestly, after reading the setup on my Denon I think the second cable is better anyway.
3D Glasses (AG-S100) - The glasses are light and comfortable, but the ends dig in. Need to adjust them occasionally.
Good TV if you don't want to watch 3D Movies. Unfortunately, that is what a large number of people would buy this for. If you get it for the same price as an 2D TV and consider the 3D a bonus you will probably be happy with it. If it were a 2D TV, it would have probably gotten at least 4 stars.