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LG 55LE5500 LED LCD HDTV Review

55 in.

Color performance is outstanding, but TVs with nearly-as-good performance that can be had for a lot less.

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Vs Sony KDL-52EX700

Sony KDL-52EX700 Summary
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Value Comparison Summary


The Sony KDL-52EX700 is much cheaper and a little smaller than the LG 55LE5500. The Sony's black levels and contrast ratio are far superior, as are its streaming content options. Given the sheer price difference, it's difficult to make a case for the LG, unless you are ultra-serious about color performance. 

  Comparison Specifications
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  LG 55LE5500 Sony KDL-52EX700
Size 55 inches 52 inches
Price $2799 MSRP $1979 MSRP
Type LED-backlit LCD LED-backlit LCD
Format 1080p 1080p
Other Streaming content and DLNA support Streaming content and DLNA support

Blacks & Whites


The Sony KDL-52EX700 produced a very deep black (for an LCD) and a bright white, resulting in a great contrast ratio. The LG did not have nearly such a deep black. 

Blacks & Whites Comparison Chart
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Color Accuracy


The Sony KDL-52EX700's color performance was not as strong as its black & white testing. The color temperature was somewhat erratic, and the RGB color curves were good, but not as uniform as the excellent performance of the LG 55LE5500. 

Color Temperature Comparison
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LG 55LE5500 Score: 10.00
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Sony KDL-52EX700 Score: 4.63
RGB Comparison

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LG 55LE5500 Score: 8.87

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Sony KDL-52EX700 Score: 8.19

Motion


The Sony KDL-52EX700 produced an outstanding motion performance that showed none of the minor artifacting problems we saw on the LG 55LE5500.  

  Motion Scores
  LG 55LE5500 Sony KDL-52EX700
Motion Smoothness 7.13 8.25
Motion Artifacting 5.50 7.75

Viewing Effects


The Sony KDL-52EX700 and LG 55LE5500 have virtually identical – and narrow – viewing angles. 

Viewing Angle Comparison
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LG 55LE5500 Score: 4.49 Sony KDL-52EX700 Score: 4.91

Connectivity


The Sony KDL-52EX700 has many of the same ports at the LG 55LE5500, minus one composite AV and one USB. Both are good choices for home theaters. 

  Connectivity Comparison
  LG 55LE5500 Vizio XVT553SV Sony KDL-52EX700 Samsung PN50C6500
HDMI 4 5 4 4
Component 3 1 2 2
Composite 2 1 1 1
S-Video 0 0 0 0
VGA 1 1 1 1
Analog Audio In 5 2 3 3
Digital Audio Out 1 1 1 1
Analog Audio Out 1 1 1 1
Ethernet 1 1 1 1
WiFi Requires separate purchase Built-in Requires separate purchase Requires separate purchase
USB 2 3 1 2
Memory Card 0 0 0 0
  DLNA Yes No Yes Yes
Other RS-232C N/A N/A EX-LINK
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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Multimedia & Internet
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Vs Vizio XVT553SV
  14. Vs Sony KDL-52EX700
  15. Vs Samsung PN50C6500
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
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