The LG 55LX9500 is a beast; and an absolutely magnificent, beautiful one at that. Slick looks, powerful performance and a highly promising viewing experience make LG’s flagship model a must have for all those who want bigger, better and thinner. Of course, happiness comes at a cost, and the price tag wrapped around this baby will give you the heebie-jeebies if you’ve got a bank balance like mine. Stick around and read some more if you want to find out if this baby can put its money where its mouth is.
It took two people to lift this TV out of its box – it really is that huge. And it's also super thin, so we had to be really careful while setting it up. But once it was placed on our A/V room’s table, we had to take a step back to admire it.
The first thing I noticed was how thin the bezel was (16mm), and then I checked out the depth, and that was even more amazing (2.3mm to 31.6mm). The border is piano black in colour, which also means that it attracts fingerprints like the paparazzi to a celeb. A couple of other things I noticed which added to the aesthetic value of this TV were the company logo, which was lit, and the swivel glass stand with a metal shaft which make it feel safe and sturdy – no wobbling around with this one.
The remote is equally nice looking and has buttons that are large, rubberized and back lit (separate button for this function) so just about anyone can operate it. The remote also sits comfortably in one’s hand and the volume and channel buttons have a different hump-shaped design so that they’re singled out. Another good thing about this remote is that it has plenty of shortcuts to commonly used features such as 3D, A/V mode and energy saving.
While going through the list of features, I thought it would never end. It’s almost as if LG has emptied out their entire bag of goodies and generously applied the contents to this TV.
Apart from the ability to support 3D Blu-ray discs, the LX9500 series also supports other 3D standards such as the side-by-side and top-and-bottom formats used in PC and broadcast content. While Blu-ray discs are automatically detected, the latter two need to be selected manually through the menu. Although this TV doesn’t offer 2D-3D conversion for regular TV shows, LG's 400Hz TruMotion Plus engine helps make both 2D and 3D images smoother using scanning backlight and 200Hz frame interpolation.
The LX9500 has a bunch of connections at the back. It has four 3D-ready HDMI 1.4, three component-video and analog PC ports. Of course, there are USB ports included, from which you can play back 1080p DivX HD as well as MKV files (yes, you read right!). They’ve also thrown in an Ethernet and Wi-Fi connection to get the TV hooked on to the internet, through which you can access a bunch of widgets and social networking sites. Oh, and they’ve also thrown in a wireless A/V link that connects an adapter to wirelessly transmit audio-video signals from a media hub add on – good for those who are finicky about cable clutter.
The 3D glasses are powered ones, and they come in a standard size, which may be a problem if kids want to use them. However, they seemed to be quite comfy when I tried them on, and the rubber padding for the nose made sure that they didn’t slide off my nose like the cheap ones they give out at theaters. These glasses can be recharged through a computer or TV with the integrated mini USB port.
I first tested this TV with LG’s 3D Blu-Ray player and my test Blu-ray disc in 2D, and the picture quality that this TV provides is nothing short of breathtaking. The black levels, skin tone and response timing was spot on. Although I’ve watched this disc over and over again, it took me a while to pry my eyes from it. My only problem with it was that I thought the images could have been a tad sharper. Also, they’ve not done too much to improve the viewing angle, as it still rests a around 40 degrees, and is in now way comparable to a plasma TV.
Next, I popped in a test 3D Blu-ray disc that LG generously provided us with. It was a documentary called Space Station 3D, and although there weren’t too many fast moving scenes, I was able to get an idea of how good the picture quality was. This experience was a little disappointing. The images seemed blurry at times, and the depth of 3D was not enough for me to be satisfied. This is something LG seriously needs to work out if they’re going to price this TV so high. However, if it is any consolation, my eyes didn’t hurt after watching the disc for around 45 minutes.
I also tried my hand at gaming with this TV with the ‘Avataar’ game, and although I didn’t try it in 3D, the experience was quite enjoyable. The colours and movement were quite realistic and before I knew it, I had been exploring the land of the Navis for almost an hour.
My final stop for video testing was with DisplayMate, and the LX9500 passed with distinction. I had quite a lot of adjusting to do before I began the actual testing, but once that was done, I saw that the blacks and greys were all impeccably reproduced. The whites, however, could’ve been a little brighter. I also noticed that the colours were a little dark around the edges, which is definitely not a good thing for a TV of this stature.
The inbuilt speakers are pretty good, and are 10 watts each, with a subwoofer. What struck me most was the dialogue quality while watching movies on Blu-ray, especially once you turn on the Clear Voice II function. Sure, it’s nowhere close to what you’ll get with a high end home theater system, but it’s definitely better than most other inbuilt TV speakers I’ve ever heard.
There are plenty of good things to be said about this TV. It has the most delicious black levels I’ve seen, and it is definitely one of the best looking TVs in the market right now. But there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration such as the average 3D performance. The fact that the whites could’ve been better and that the colours were a little dark around the edges during my DisplayMate test also show that a little more work could’ve been put into this product to justify its price. Nevertheless, I give this TV 4 stars, as the actual viewing experience is top-notch.
This TV is VERY expensive with an MRP of Rs. 3,00,000, and that’s around the amount I bought my car for. My pockets aren’t that deep, but if yours are, I definitely recommend buying the 55LX9500. If you want something a little smaller, you could also try out the 47 inch in the same series, which has an MRP of Rs. 2,00,000.
|Type of Television||LED|
|Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Contrast Ratio||10,000,000:1 Dynamic|
|Number of Selectable Picture Modes||8|
|Picture In Picture||No|
|Selectable Sound Modes||5|
|Audio Output (PMPO)||24|
|Number of Speakers||2|
|Approximate Net Weight||No Information|
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Published Date: Nov 18, 2010 09:30 am | Updated Date: Nov 18, 2010 09:30 am