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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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Calibration

Calibration 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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Calibration


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The LG 55LE5500 will produce the best color performance if you use the calibration settings below. Note that we turned off the LED Local Dimming feature. We've heard from both readers and manufacturers that Local Dimming should be enabled during testing. We disagreed, but for the sake of argument, ran the tests again with the feature enabled. The result: contrast actually got worse.

Setting Default Calibrated
Picture Mode Cinema
Energy Saving On Off
Backlight 30 100
Contrast 90 87
Brightness 50 53
Color 50 44
Color Temp W50 W50
LED Local Dimming On Off

If you don't see a processing feature listed above, assume it was disabled. In Cinema mode, most of them are disabled by default.

Video Modes


There are several video modes on the LG 55LE5500. We recommend Cinema mode, then a manual boost to the backlight and a few other changes we detailed above.

Mode What it Does
Vivid Boosts color saturation, contrast, and sharpness
Standard Less saturated, but maintains the bright backlighting
Cinema Best for watching movies. Most color accuracy, but we needed to raise the backlighting, which was set too low 
Sport Emphasizes color and brightness
Game Most video processing turned off to reduce signal delay 
Expert This is the mode to adjust the video in detail for video quality expert and general user

 

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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