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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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Viewing Effects

Viewing Effects Summary
Editorial Note: This is a review of the LG 55LE5500. Test results are for this model, but should indicate the general performance of other sizes in the xxLE5500 series. The xxLE5500 series includes the following models: 42LE5500, 47LE5500, and 55LE5500.  Read here for more details on series differences.
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Formats*(10.0)*


The LG 55LE5500 has a native 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution, but can adequately handle all NTSC formats. 

 

Viewing Angle*(4.49)*


The LG 55LE5500 is no champ in viewing angle, but it's about what we expect from an LCD TV. Our tests showed that after 52 degrees (26 degrees from center on either side), the TV lost a lot of contrast. As you can see in the chart below, this is about the same as the Sony KDL-52EX700. The Vizio XVT5533SV, another LCD, was much better. The Samsung PN50C6500 is a plasma TV, and easily trumped then all. (More on how we test Viewing Angle.)

Viewing Angle
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Compare the LG 55LE5500 to other HDTVs
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Vizio XVT553SV 55 inches Sony KDL-52EX700 52 inches Samsung PN50C6500 50 inches

Reflectance*(5.0)*


The LG 55LE5500 has a reflective screen, and you'll lose a lot of contrast if you don't take steps to either move the TV or the light source. When light hits the screen directly, it reflects back as a diffuse glow. If the light is on you, or another object in the room, you might see it mirrored back at you in the screen. (More on how we test Reflectance.)

Video Processing*(3.75)*


The LG 55LE5500 has several video processing features, but we don't recommend them, or at least encourage you to use them in moderation. 

Setting Claimed Function Our Impression
Dynamic Contrast Adjusts the contrast to keep it at the best level according to the brightness of the screen. The picture is improved by making bright parts brighter and dark parts darker. Boosts contrast based on screen content. Can be distracting.
Clear White Make the white area of screen brighter and more white. Works as described. It can make the video look too contrasty in some situations.
Skin Color It detects the skin area of video and adjusts it to express a natural skin color. Fairly accurate at detecting skin color, but also picks up any other objects that have skin tones, such as surrounding walls and furniture.
Noise Reduction Reduces screen noise without compromising video quality. Minor improvements in noise
Black Level Low: The reflection of the screen gets darker. High: The reflection of the screen gets brighter The default setting is Low. Leave it there
Eye Care Adjust the brightness of the screen to prevent the screen from being too bright. Dims extremely bright pictures.   You could do the same thing by just permanently lowering the backlight. 

 

Other Models in the xxLE5500 Series
This is a review of the LG 55LE5500. The other sizes of HDTVs in this series should be similar in terms of performance and usability. For details about any differences, click on the image to jump to the Series Comparison page.
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LG 42LE5500 42 inches LG 47LE5500 47 inches LG 55LE5500 55 inches
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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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