LG 55LHX LCD HDTV First Impressions Review
The most impressive aspect of the LG 55LHX is its wireless connectivity features with its media box.
Display Size & Technology
The LG 55LHX has a 55-inch LCD screen and utilizes an LED backlight for increased brightness and richer colors. The television also uses wireless technology, called Wireless HD, in order to receive signals from the wireless transmission media box.
Format & Resolution
The 55LHX supports full HD 1080p and the media box is capable sending this signal via an uncompressed wireless transmission. The maximum resolution of the television is likely 1920 x 1080 based on its 1080p format support. The aspect ratio of the television is 16:9 (wide screen).
Brightness, Blacks & Contrast Ratio
Like the LG LH90 series, the 55LHX utilizes a 'full array' LED backlight. The backlight is broken into 240 individual sections, which should allow for more detailed control over picture quality, a brighter image, and a wider color gamut. The contrast ratio according to LG is 2,000,000:1, which is extraordinarily high. Of course, manufacturers tend to use artificially low black levels when generating contrast ratios, thus producing biased results. Once we get the 55LHX into our labs for a full review we'll run our own tests, which attempt to reflect actual use and offer a more accurate depiction of the television's true contrast ratio.
Refresh Rate & Motion
The 55LHX is one of a number of LG models that features a new 240Hz refresh rate (double the rate from last year's TVs). In our limited viewing experience with the television, the motion looked excellent, although it was difficult to tell how much of an improvement the 240Hz refresh rate is actually providing over last year's models. As with brightness and contrast, we'll run extensive motion testing on the 55LHX when it comes through our labs for review.
The 55LHX also supports a 24p Real Cinema mode, which is a feature present on a number of LG models this year. This mode should give images a film-like look by simulating the 24 frames per second frame rate accustomed to cinema.
The 55LHX maintained a quality image at a 45-degree angle, which is similar to what we saw on the 55LH90. The colors were better than most LCD televisions at these angles, which is likely due to the LED backlight improving the overall image quality. The colors continued to remain strong even at angles smaller than 45-degrees, although the image didn't look nearly as bright when viewing the television from the side.
LG claims the LED backlight on the 55LHX produces a wider color gamut than would be found on an ordinary LCD television. Other than this, no special color modes are present on the television.
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