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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 Vizio XVT553SV

Vizio XVT553SV Summary
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Value Comparison Summary


The Vizio VXT5533SV is cheaper, offering equally good color performance and built-in WiFi, something the LG lacks. We weren't crazy about the contrast performance on the Vizio, and it lacks DLNA home networking support. The price tag itself will probably be enough to sway most people, and we think they'll be pleasantly surprised if they end up buying the Vizio VXT5533SV. 

  Comparison Specifications
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  LG 55LE5500 Vizio XVT553SV
Size 55 inches 55 inches
Price $2799 MSRP $2199 MSRP
Type LED-backlit LCD LED-backlit LCD
Format 1080p 1080p
Other Streaming content and DLNA support Streaming content

Blacks & Whites


The Vizio VXT5533SV had some problems in our tests that showed it to have a fairly bright black level. That didn't stop it from being one of the more impressive TV's we've reviewed in 2010, but there you have it's true performance, at least according to our calibrations. The peak brightness was pretty good, though, which resulted in a disappointing, but not terrible, contrast ratio. 

Blacks & Whites Comparison Chart
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Color Accuracy


The Vizio VXT5533SV and LG 55LE5500 were both very strong color performers. The color temperatures were rock solid and the RGB color curves were very, very smooth. 

Color Temperature Comparison
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LG 55LE5500 Score: 10.00
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Vizio XVT553SV Score: 9.91
RGB Comparison

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LG 55LE5500 Score: 8.87

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Vizio XVT553SV Score: 8.24

Motion


The Vizio VXT5533SV had fewer problems with motion artifacting than the LG 55LE5500. Not that the LG was particularly bad, but the Vizio was better. 

  Motion Scores
  LG 55LE5500 Vizio XVT553SV
Motion Smoothness 7.13 8.00
Motion Artifacting 5.50 7.25

Viewing Effects


The Vizio VXT5533SV managed a significantly wider viewing angle than the LG 55LE5500. 

Viewing Angle Comparison
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LG 55LE5500 Score: 4.49 Vizio XVT553SV Score: 6.73

Connectivity


The Vizio VXT5533SV offers one additional HDMI, but far fewer component and composite AV ports, which means fewer older devices can be plugged in simultaneously. However, the Vizio has built-in WiFi, while the LG requires a separately purchased USB dongle.

  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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