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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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Motion

Motion 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.
{{article.attachments['LG-55LE5500-vanity.jpg']}} • Great motion smoothness • The normal motion artifacts from an LCD TV • Some problems with rescaling 1080i content • Testing done using DisplayMate Software
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Motion Smoothness*(7.13)*


The LG 55LE5500 produced a very smooth motion in most of our test patterns and normal TV viewing. We did notice, however, that there was a big performance gap between 1080p and 1080i video. The latter was much more prone to produce flickering in high-frequency, high-contrast patterns like black and white stripes. ( More on how we test Motion.)

Motion Artifacting*(5.5)*


The LG 55LE5500 was prone to create a lot the same motion artifacts that we see in any LCD TV. There's always going to be some flickering around high contrast areas and the edges of objects. Fine detail can be lost, and smooth color gradients become blockier and subject to color banding. Overall, it wasn't egregious, but we've definitely see better LCDs.

It's worth noting that the LG 55LE5500 offers no motion smoothing or any other features that tinker with how motion is rendered. It's unusual in a TV of this size or price range, but we don't lament the omission. Most often, these features create more problems than they solve.

3:2 Pulldown & 24fps*(8.0)*


The LG 55LE5500 can handle native 24fps content, like most Blu-Ray movies, without any problem. You'll notice a slight stutter during horizontal camera pans, but it's not too bad. (More on how we test 3:2 Pulldown and 24fps.)

Resolution Scaling*(7.45)*


The LG 55LE5500 has a native resolution of 1080p, but most of the signals you'll encounter will likely be of a lower resolution. It's up to the TV's internal processing to take those signals and rescale them to fit the screen. Overall, the TV is decent at this task, but not fantastic. (More on how we test Resolution Scaling.)

480p

With 480p content, the LG 55LE5500 lost 1% of the top and bottom and 2% of each side to overscan. There were also slight problems with high-frequency, high-contrast patterns.

720p

The LG 55LE5500 did the best job rescaling 720p content. We didn't see any significant problems.

1080i

The 1080i content we looked at caused the biggest problem with high-frequency patterns, resulting in a lot of Moires.

 

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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