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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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Audio & Menus

Audio & Menus 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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Audio Quality*(4.0)*


The LG 55LE5500 does not offer very good audio quality. Dialogue could cut through the middle well enough, which is the arguable most important quality for TV watching, but there was an overall muffled, tinny sound, like listening through a long cardboard tube. The bass response was terrible, and music listening was pointedly unpleasant. If you're serious about home theater, you'll definitely want a dedicated audio system. 

Menu Interface*(7.0)*


The menu system on the 2010 batch of LGs is pretty good, but not the most efficient. When you hit the Menu button on the remote, you're presented with the screen you see below, a 5 x 2 grid of option. Which one do you pick? Well, that's a good question, because you can't see what the options are in any of the submenus.

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*The first page of the menu is too much eye candy, not enough useful info *

Once you choose any of the options, all those submenu headers are listed vertically along the left side, with all of the options in that submenu listed alongside. So why isn't this the first screen you see?

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*This what the first page of the menu should look like *

Overall, the navigation of the menu is fairly simple. If you get lost, you can always hit the Back and Exit buttons on the remote.

Instruction Manual*(7.5)*


The LG 55LE5500 manual that actually ships with TV is kind of a catch-all for any LG TV. It only contains information about safety and how to connect your TV. For actual information on the 55LE5500, you need to read the digital version, which comes on an included disc. You can also find the LG 55LE5500's manual online here.

The digital manual is still far too broad, because it covers 26 different models across several series. As such, there are constant asterisks stating that a certain feature is just for model x, or is missing from series y. All the facts are there, in great detail, but you need to be careful that you're reading the information that actually pertains to your TV.

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*The menu is full of info, but covers too many different models *

 

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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