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Bigger, better, thinner

This LG TV has good features and picture quality, but comes at a steep price. Read on to find out if this TV can put its money where its mouth is.

india Updated: Nov 23, 2010 15:40 IST
Siddharth Basrur

The LG 55LX9500 is an absolutely magnificent beast. Slick looks, powerful performance and a highly promising viewing experience make this model a must-have. Read on to find out if this TV can put its money where its mouth is.

Design
It takes two people to lift this TV out of its box — it really is that huge. The first thing we noticed was how thin the bezel was (16 mm). The thickness was even more amazing (2.3 to 31.6 mm). The border is piano black in colour, which also means that it’s a magnet for fingerprints. The remote has large, rubberised and backlit buttons. The volume and channel buttons have a different hump-shaped design, so they stand out. This remote also has lots of shortcuts to features such as 3D and AV mode.

Features

The LX9500 has a bunch of connections at the back. It has four 3D-ready HDMI 1.4 ports, and three component-video and analog PC ports. You can play back 1080p DivX HD as well as MKV files from the USB ports. LG’s also thrown in Ethernet and Wi-Fi connections to connect the TV to the net. The 3D glasses come in a standard size, which may be a problem if kids want to use them. However, they were quite comfy when we tried them on. These glasses can be recharged through USB or via the TV.

Performance
We first tested this TV with LG’s 3D Blu-ray player and a test Blu-ray disc in 2D, and the picture quality was breathtaking. The black levels, skin tones and response timing were spot on. But the images could have been sharper.

Next, we popped in a test 3D Blu-ray disc of a documentary called Space Station 3D. This experience was a little disappointing. The images seemed blurry at times, and the depth of 3D was not enough for us to be satisfied. We tried the Avatar game on this TV, and although it wasn’t in 3D, it was quite enjoyable. The colours and movement were quite realistic and before we knew it, we had been exploring the land of the Na’vi for almost an hour.

The built-in speakers are pretty good. What struck us the most was the dialogue quality while watching Blu-rays, especially once you turn on the Clear Voice II function. It’s definitely better than most other built-in TV speakers we’ve heard.

What we like
Gorgeous, super slim
Awesome features
Good viewing experience

What we don’t
Very expensive
Average 3D capabilities
Average whites