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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 Samsung PN50C6500

Samsung PN50C6500 Summary
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Value Comparison Summary


The Samsung PN50C6500 is a plasma TV, and as such it offers a far wider viewing angle and deeper black levels. The price is also much cheaper, although it's five inches smaller. If you can deal with the smaller screen, the price is enticing enough to make it worthwhile.

  Comparison Specifications
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  LG 55LE5500 Samsung PN50C6500
Size 55 inches 50 inches
Price $2799 MSRP $1499 MSRP
Type LED-backlit LCD Plasma
Format 1080p 1080p
Other Streaming content and DLNA support Streaming content and DLNA support

Blacks & Whites


The Samsung PN50C6500, as a plasma TV, offers a much deeper black level than almost any LCD, and definitely better than the LG 55LE5500. Even though the Samsung's peak brightness was nearly as good, the black level was so good than it created a great contrast ratio.

Blacks & Whites Comparison Chart
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Color Accuracy


The Samsung PN50C6500's color performance was definitely not as strong as the LG 55LE5500. The Samsung had a less stable color temperature and the RGB curves, while good, were not as uniform or smooth. Expect more color banding in the Samsung. 

Color Temperature Comparison
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LG 55LE5500 Score: 10.00
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Samsung PN50C6500 Score: 8.53
RGB Comparison

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LG 55LE5500 Score: 8.87

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Samsung PN50C6500 Score: 7.84

Motion


Plasmas frequently offer smoother motion, but the LG 55LE5500 was a particularly smooth LCD TV, so we didn't see that much difference. In terms of overall "look," expect the Samsung to have a slightly more mosquito-like noise.

  Motion Scores
  LG 55LE5500 Samsung PN50C6500
Motion Smoothness 7.13 7.50
Motion Artifacting 5.50 6.50

Viewing Effects


Plasmas always offer a wider viewing angle than LCDs. As you can see in the chart below, the 160-degree viewing angle of the Samsung PN50C6500 is much wider than the 52-degree angle of the LG 55LE5500. 

Viewing Angle Comparison
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LG 55LE5500 Score: 4.49 Samsung PN50C6500 Score: 10.67

Connectivity


The Samsung PN50C6500 has nearly the same offerings for connectivity as the LG 55LE5500. The Samsung lacks one of composite AV inputs and swaps the RS-232C for an EX-LINK. 

  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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