Manufacturers have been competing against each other in the HDTV market for several years and it took them some time just to encourage people to upgrade their old TVs into feature-rich high definition models. Now that the web is rich in 1080p content and the costs of 1080p TVs are slowly plummeting, manufacturers started to focus on other elements like image quality and aesthetics. Even today, manufacturers continue to sell these types of models for reasonable prices. Now with 3D technology being the next big thing, manufacturers have yet another category of competition and LG is willing to enter that category with the launch of the LG 55LX6500.
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LG realized that their flagship LX9500 models are quite expensive so they decided to have the LX6500 range to cater to people that want to experience 3D technologies at a lower cost. Although it is technically the “budget” 3D model of LG’s family of 3DTVs as of August 2010, the LG 55LX6500 still comes out strong boasting similar specifications to the high-end LED models that are still being sold today.
The 8,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio pretty much sums it up on the technical side which means that it should display just about any scene in their right colors with pure clarity. Several devices can connect to the TV as well to take advantage of these specs since there are 4 HDMI ports present. The rest of the groundbreaking features are powered by LG’s own technologies.
“After reading the first review I thought I needed to put in my 2 cents worth. I bought a package which included the TV, LG580 3D blu-ray player and a couple of pairs of glasses from Vanns since at the time they had the lower price. I have found this TV to be astounding in every way possible. It has a low reflection screen which was important to me because my room can get very bright. You have to turn on the 240HZ mode which could explain the blur in the first review because I have none. The picture is absolutely beautiful and my old DVD’s played are so clear it’s like watching a soap opera. The sound isn’t bad from the TV but I have it hooked up to a digital receiver that is connected with optical cables so the sound is outstanding. I am streaming movies through the DVD player from Netflix and the picture is incredible. This may be do to the upgrade to HD or the fact that it is done through the DVD player and not the TV. The cables need to be upgraded from 3a to 4a or b because of the information they need to carry. I bought mine at amazon at about $20 per cable and their delivery is flawless. Now I have a 32″ old Old HD TV in the bedroom and the difference is like night and day’ I have had the TV for about a month so this is an early review but I even enjoyed watching my Patriots lose to the Jets on it! Oh, I forgot to mention the LED part. This TV is about an inch thin so it doesn’t look like the 300 Lb monster I removed from the living room. led I believe makes the picture bright and clear with long life and the since it’s edge lit can shut off areas of the picture to make the blacks look very dark. Almost as good as a plasma.” – M.Phipps (MA,USA)
The LG 55LX6500 is 3D ready and all that is needed is a pair of 3D Active Shutter glasses sold by LG separately for about $100. More 3D Blu-ray movies are expected to roll out by the end of 2010 along with some gaming console titles. Even some TV channels have plans to implement 3D support. This technology isn’t changing any time soon so it is safe to invest early on a device like the LG 55LX6500.
LG does not expect viewers to wear the 3D glasses all the time so they decided to throw in some other features that enhance the 2D experience as well. The LED Plus technology is one of them and it backs up the high dynamic contrast ratio nicely by bringing out the most natural colors that LCD TVs fail to accomplish.
Although some people may not notice the difference, the real benefits of LED technology lie in its energy saving features. It uses the local dimming function to balance the brightness levels and works with the Intelligent Sensor to automatically reduce the brightness if it detects too much ambient light. All of the other Smart Energy Saving features are packed into the device as well and they all combine to meet the Energy Star 4.0 standards. No LG LCD model meets these standards so the LG 55LX6500is a good investment.
LG also brings the NetCast Entertainment Access found in many high-end models to the LG 55LX6500 so home users with an Internet connection can access free content from the web from popular sites like YouTube and Picasa. Vudu and Netflix subscribers have the added convenience of watching high-definition titles streamed right to their large 55-inch display. When not watching TV or movies, viewers can stay updated with the latest news, stocks, and sports scores by using the Yahoo! TV Widgets.
LG also adds some wireless options for people that dislike messy cables. To access the Internet wirelessly, a special LG Wi-Fi USB adapter needs to be purchased. For a full wireless setup, an optional wireless media kit can be purchased so it can send 1080p signals to other devices that support the technology. Two USB ports are also provided allowing viewers to watch DivX HD content right from their flash drives or listen to MP3s or view JPEGs from their respective portable USB devices.
The LG 55LX6500 also has all of the sound quality benefits and special modes like the AV Mode that are featured in high-end LCD models so the package is very much complete and the TV can be bought for less than $3,000 which is far lower than any flagship 3D TV model. The LG 55LX6500 serves as a great entry-level TV for watching 3D content without sacrificing on features and screen size.
Actual User Reviews:
• “The picture on this TV is very good. 240Hz has never looked right to me on any brand TV I’ve seen so far. The motion at 240Hz always feels like it’s not fluid enough for me so I usually have it off. The TV is beautiful. The design isn’t as nice as the new Samsung TVs but I had a Samsung TV that failed so I refuse to buy Samsung again. This TV is thin, the screen is matte so glare doesn’t affect it as much as the glossy Samsung screens, and the picture for everyday use is exceptional. The only gripe I have is that the back lighting is a bit uneven and only noticeable when viewing very dark scenes. It doesn’t really bother me but I know some people can’t stand it. I knew it had edge led lighting when I bought this TV so I knew some of that was to be expected.” – B Le. (USA)
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