LG Infinia 55LX9500
Manufacturer: LG Part number: 55LX9500
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- Loads of features, a nearly frameless design, and excellent overall 2D performance increase the appeal of the LG LX9500 series LED-based LCD TV, but its 3D picture needs work.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $3,999.99
- Reviewed by: David Katzmaier
- Reviewed on: 09/27/2010
The good: Produces among the deepest shades of black of any TV; superb shadow detail; exceedingly accurate color; better off-angle viewing than many LCDs; controls local dimming "blooming" well; solid streaming and interactive features; extensive picture controls; beautiful styling with slim bezel, single-pane design, and 1.3-inch-deep panel.
The bad: Expensive; uneven backlight uniformity; adjustable dejudder doesn't work well; subpar bright-room performance; cannot properly process 1080p/24 content; benefits of 480Hz difficult to discern; washed-out image with no picture adjustments in 3D mode; lacks 2D-to-3D conversion; 3D exhibited ghost images along edges (crosstalk); does not include 3D glasses.
The bottom line: Loads of features, a nearly frameless design, and excellent overall 2D performance increase the appeal of the LG LX9500 series LED-based LCD TV, but its 3D picture needs work.
Near Perfect Performer Surprised at review in CNET
by RodsterinFL on October 6, 2010
Pros: Edge to edge picture, 240 watts max usage, beautiful picture in 2D and 3D
Cons: Ocassional brief banding in vertical pans on light solid backgrounds noted
Summary: First, I must say that I go the extra mile when I am spending a chunk of money on a product. I want the best that I can get in ...
Summary: First, I must say that I go the extra mile when I am spending a chunk of money on a product. I want the best that I can get in my price range. I ended up buying this tv and want to tell you why. I DID get a great deal - 4 glasses, player, wall mount, and TV - all for a price lower than the sale sticker that was on the TV due to one of the LG bundles AND the manager in the department. The picture is gorgeous - period. I bought the 3D movie Monster House and watched it more than once on the 9500. Then I took the movie to B.B. and watched the scenes I noted as the best 3D effects on the store Panasonic VT25 - the shootout winner plasma set. Immediately I noticed the jitter in the movement on the Pansonic. It was apparent when the baby sitter spoke with the red headed girl at the door and also when Chowder crawled across the lawn. The motion was unnatural and bothersome. Similar to the feeling if you sat on the front row at the theater. On the LG there was no jitter. The 3D effect was MUCH better and movement was like the 2D viewing. Panasonic has slightly more 3D effect but at the price of smooth movement. It gave the impression that you might be sitting in the front row at the theater In my opinion, LG got the 3D formula right for the capabilities of the set not to mention the design of the glasses. I also saw no crosstalk on the LG. There is a tiny bit of jitter briefly during the baby sitter door scene but it was very slight as the girl rocks her head around. The banding was noted in a scene in Vertical Limit when the camera pans upward on the snow just before the snow leopard scene and also in Prince Caspian when the prince is sitting in the woods after the snow witch tomb scene. It is very brief and almost not worth mentioning but accurate to state that it is there- briefly.I forgot to mention that my TV was the 55" model
After comparing the two sets with the same 3D movie, I would not hesitate to recommend the LG 9500 to someone. The Panasonic is nice too but there are drawbacks that are often not mentioned. The LG uses 240 watts maximum vs. 599 watts on the plasma. The plasmas are still being plagued by premature discoloration it would seem ? search black level issues on the internet. The LG is not perfect but I am confident that it is one of the best choices if not the best choice for people wanting 3D and a great TV- especially for gaming ? I am told it has 10 bit res and 1200 . I also want to mention that this TV screen family was tested and certified THX in PQ. That too means something ? that the screens are capable of a particular quality of picture and tested with MANY different ways to prove it. Uniform picture is one of those tests and includes luminance. Also, as a shopper, make sure they take the TV off the vivid mode for you when you look at the picture. I usually agree with Cnet but certainly not this time. If I read the rating above, I would not consider the TV. I thought that when I went to BB to watch my movie, the Panny would have better 3D but I wanted to see what difference there was. I came away with a different conclusion than expected. Kudos to LG for a great TV.
Updated on Oct 6, 2010
Updated on Oct 6, 2010Also, I am not sure why there are question marks appearing in the review text. I am not questioning the conclusions. :) The gaming I tested using Uncharted 2 with settings at full RGM, super white HDMI and HDMI deep color and a PS3. Beautiful results.
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nice design but too expensive
by LG_expert on August 29, 2011
Pros: a lots of lipsync issues on HD channels. 480HZ refresh rate causes a lots of sudden pauses and jumps on or between the scenes. picture from a 120hz made by the same factory 42LH40 has much better motion flow and picture looks more real.
Cons: it has a good audio.
Great HD picture, shiny screen
by emathias on May 16, 2011
Pros: Excellent HD picture
Cons: very shiny screen, soft SD picture, so-so speakers
Summary: Let's face it, HDTVs that sell for over $2,000 are primarily made to display HD video in homes that have the capability to control light (even if it'...
Summary: Let's face it, HDTVs that sell for over $2,000 are primarily made to display HD video in homes that have the capability to control light (even if it's not a dedicated TV room) and have a home theatre audio setup. Why spend that much on a TV if you aren't also going to invest in good sound to go with it?
So I really don't put any weight at all in the quality of the speakers. I'd have been perfectly fine if this TV didn't have any speakers (better than fine, actually, because then it'd have been lighter and maybe slightly cheaper). The sound it outputs via optical to my receiver come out as perfectly good surround sound on my speakers.
The fact that SD content is a bit soft is mildly disappointing but, really, I mainly watch HD, so it's not a big deal.
It has enough adapters for my equipment, so no complaints there.
There are really only three complaints that I have:
1) It should handle Hulu Plus and a few other internet streams. This is a fairly minor complaint that I don't put much weight on.
2) It should have come with a more advanced remote. This is kind of a medium complaint. Really, how hard is it these days to include a kick-ass remote with a TV that initially retailed for $3,500?
3) Biggest complaint is the reflectivity. I replaced a CRT/tube TV, and that TV was also highly reflective. But there are a lot of anti-reflective coatings these days that could be used to greatly minimize the amount of reflection without going to a matte screen. It's no worse than a CRT/tube TV, but it is 4 times the surface area of a 27" tube TV, so there's a lot more surface area to be reflecting things back to you with.
All-in-all, I do prefer glossy over matte, even with the occasional reflection issues. I just think that LG could have applied more advanced treatments to control them on what's supposed to be a flagship TV.
That said, I'm quite happy with my purchase. I knew what I was getting into when I got it, am definitely keeping it and would recommend it to anyone.
by djo_34 on May 10, 2011
Pros: Excellent Video.
Cons: Lacking too many necessities and obvious features.
Summary: AESTHETICS 10/10: If the LG 55LX9500 television were to be rated on its aesthetics alone, it would surely receive a 10 out of 10. It is nearly frameless and ...
Summary: AESTHETICS 10/10: If the LG 55LX9500 television were to be rated on its aesthetics alone, it would surely receive a 10 out of 10. It is nearly frameless and wafer thin. An absolute gorgeous centerpiece for any room in your house.
CONSTRUCTION 9/10: The TV is a solid unit with a full metal back. Just be careful when touching or cleaning, the stand offers little support for this mammoth unit and the TV will wobble quite a bit.
Unfortunately for LG, when you have 10/10 score the only way to go is down. And once you get into the unit's features, that's exactly where the rating being to head.
I also own a Sony KDL52-XBR7 and KDL52-XBR9. I find the XBR7 to have a superior picture and features, so I'll compare the LG to the XBR7.
VIDEO 10/10: The range of video settings for the LX9500 is amazing. Regardless of your preferences, you can surely find it on this television. Color, sharpness, and black and white levels that far exceed the XBR7 or XBR9. Even heavily compressed standard definition channels can be made to appear crisp and clean on the LG.
AUDIO 7/10: I didn't have high expectations for the audio. It's hard to pack a lot of audio power into a TV that is only an inch and a half thick. The rooms in the house aren't that big and my hearing is sensitive, so I don't find the need for crazy surround sound systems. Besides, I don't like speakers and wires all over the place. The Sony XBR7 and XBR9 offer digitally simulated surround sound and voice boosting. With a speaker bar below the panel the Sony's sound is far superior to the LX9500. The LG has voice boost, but cannot be used with the "Infinite Sound" option. Of course, I can't quite distinguish what the "Infinite Sound" option does. On or off, the sound is about the same. If gets plenty loud so volume isn't an issue. The Sony units have a great feature that the LG is missing entirely? input volume offset. This enables you to add or subtract some volume from various devices plugged into the TV, like a PlayStation or Blu-Ray player.
FEATURES 5/10: I have two LG BD-390 Blu-Ray players. I purchased them because they support MKV containers and nearly every stream type you can throw at them including DTS, AAC, AC3, H.264, X264, etc. This enables streaming over 1000 HD movies to any TV in the house. The wireless support on the Blu-Ray players is useless for even 720p HD movies, so forget about 1080 media. I had no illusions that the LX9500's wireless support would be better. But I didn't care because I'm fully wired with a gigabit network throughout the house. The TV finds my server, although much slower than the Blu-Ray players for some reason. The interface isn't bad, although you can only view about 15 items per page. The Blu-Ray players enable multiple views of which one will display about 60 items (movies, pictures, files) on screen at once. The playing is flawless as long as you don't have DTS audio in any MKV file. That's right, even though the LG Blu-Ray players have DTS decoding support, this top-of-the-line TV doesn't. This is truly disappointing and a definite 2-point deduction for me.
So, maybe you don't care so much about streaming media. So let's look at some more basic features.
Most TV controllers can be programmed to control other devices of almost any other brand. The LX9500 has Simplink which enables the controller to operate other devices plugged into the TV via HDMI. I prress the button and select my LG Blu-Ray player and sure enough it turns on and switches the input to HDMI 1 which is the port in which the player is plugged in. Of course, if you just want to turn the Blu-Ray player on without switching the input, you have to use the other controller.
With the Sony XBR7 and XBR9 (or any Sony controller) you can program the DVD button to operate the Blu-Ray player. Holding the arrow buttons down will navigate quickly by repeating like a keyboard. Through Simplink, you need to press the arrow, release, press again, release. And only about 1 or every 3 button presses register. So navigating around the DLNA content is nearly impossible.
All LG controllers have a RED, BLUE, GREEN, and YELLOW button which have different functions based on the screen you are on. The LX9500 controllers have these buttons as well just as the LG Blu-Ray player controllers do. When on the Blu-Ray player DLNA "My Content" menus, you can use these buttons to quickly navigate through you folders of content. For some reason, the LX9500 controller color buttons will not operate the LG Blu-Ray player. However, the Sony controllers also have these colored buttons and they are completely compatible with LG BD-390 Blu-Ray players. Well done LG. Way to test.
So, instead of one controller, I'm now forced to go back to 1995 and have two controllers because my ridiculously expensive LG TV controller won't operate my LG Blu-Ray player properly.
EPG: According to some documentation, the unit has an EPG. But apparently, like all LG products, depending on your location you may or may not get some features. Documentation is inconsistent and is subject to change at any time. If you are reading a review from Australia or the UK, the unit has an EPG. But not in the USA. Every Sony XBR has a built in EPG with program filtering and search. There is an INFO button on the LX9500, but it brings up a menu that shows PROGRAM INFO : NONE AVAILABLE. So, what exactly is the point of the INFO button and menus if there is no program info to display? This is almost as good as my LG refrigerator with a "Light" button that is not illuminated so you can't find it in the dark. So you have to turn the kitchen light on. Once on, you don't need the refrigerator light!!! Do they hire 8-year-old children to engineer this stuff???
The TV doesn't support Picture-In-Picture or Picture-And-Picture like the XBR7.
I almost forgot the clock. The TV asks me how to set the clock. I set it to automatic. The unit is wired to the Internet through a gigabit LAN and DSL WAN. But for some reason, it doesn't retrieve the time, so you have to set it manually. I'm not sure why, because the only time you actually see the clock is when you power on for about 2 seconds. There is no way to view the current time. Click INFO, or any other button on the controller, and nowhere does it display the time. You're kidding, right LG. Dear LG, my advice is to go hire one Sony or Apple interface designer. Whatever the cost, it is worth it. You guys are useless. From refrigerators to dishwashers to TVs, you're interface design is horrendous. Your inability to apply simple logic or account for the obvious is beyond comprehension.
OVERALL 6/10: I watch very little television. When I do watch, I want to know what's on. This is difficult without an EPG. The fact that you can buy a flagship LED TV without an EPG is scary. Most of the time, I stream HD MKV movies from my server via DLNA. I used to do this via my LG BD-390 Blu-Ray player. I was hoping that with the built-in DLNA features of the LX9500, I wouldn't need the Blu-Ray player anymore. But of course, much to my disappointment, the LX9500 doesn't decode DTS. So, it looks like I still need my LG Blu-Ray player. But now I need to use two controllers because the LX9500 controller's Simplink technology takes longer to navigate and select a movie than to watch it.
I was extremely excited about my new TV. Now I can't wait to find a replacement T-Con board for my XBR7. Because the LX9500 is, flat out, mediocre compared to the Sony XBR7, a unit developed 2 years earlier. It's too bad Sony products only last 18-20 months.
- Manufacturer: LG
- Part number: 55LX9500
- Description: Marketing description is not available.
- TV type LED-LCD
- Screen size 55 in
- Internet streaming services NetCast
- Technology 3D,
- Backlight technology LED-backlit LCD
- Backlight type (LED) Edge Light with local dimming
- Native resolution 1920 x 1080
- Resolution 1080p
- Dynamic contrast ratio 10000000:1
- Refresh rate 480Hz
- Motion Enhancement Technology 480Hz
- Aspect ratio 16:9
- Response time (ms) 5 ms
- Progressive Scan Progressive scanning (line doubling)
- Widescreen Widescreen
- Color temperature control Yes
- TV tuner presence Yes
- TV tuner reception system NTSC,
- Secondary audio program (SAP) Yes
- Total output power 24 Watt
- Audio controls Balance,
- PC interface VGA (HD-15)
- Input/Output connections 1 x RF input - Rear,
2 x AV input - Side,
3 x Component video/audio input,
4 x HDMI/HDCP,
2 x USB 2.0,
1 x Heaphone,
1 x Optical digital audio output,
1 x RGB input,
1 x PC audio input,
1 x Ethernet,
1 x RS-232C input
- Video interface HDMI,
- Closed captioning Yes
- Parental channel lock Yes
- V-chip control Yes
- Menu language English,
- Type Standard remote control
- Component type None
- Service & support details Parts and labor - 1 year
Stands & Mounts
- Stand design Tabletop
- Power device Power supply
Dimensions & Weight
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 49.0 in x 10.0 in x 31.5 in
- Weight 67.5 lbs
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2011) 2.8
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2012) 3.5