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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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Connectivity

Connectivity 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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Input Ports*(8.0)*


The LG 55LE5500 has plenty of AV connections, making it a good choice for home theater hubs. Notable inclusions are 4 HDMIs, 3 component AVs, 2 composite AVs, and a LAN and optional WiFi for streaming content and home networking.

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All the ports are located on the back, but as you can see from the photo below, some of them face out to the side. The profile is barely raised above the surface behind it, so it's tough to fit certain kinds of cables in here. It's so thin, in fact, that LG includes adapters for the composite and component AV ports located on the side.

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*The ports are arranged in an L-shape on the back *

 

The complete run-down of ports is listed below.

  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

 

Output Ports*(3.0)*


The LG 55LE5500 has three output ports, a digital audio out, an analog audio out, and a headphone jack. That's more that you find on most TVs. Thanks, LG!

Other Connections*(8.0)*


The LG 55LE5500 has a LAN port and the option for WiFi (with a separately purchased USB dongle), both of which allow you to connect to a DLNA home theater network or to LG's selection of streaming content services (more details later in the review). The TV also offers an RS-232C port for professional display tools. 

Media*(2.0)*


The LG 55LE5500 has two USB ports. Both can be used for USB mass storage devices or the separately purchased WiFi dongle. 

Placement*(3.0)*


The ports on the LG 55LE5500 are all located on the back. Even though the TV panel can swivel a little on its base, it might be hard to reach all the ports. The TV is incredibly heavy, so you'll want to get all your wires plugged in when you have a friend to help you spin it around. There are ports more conveniently placed that the side, but they require either adapters or especially thin cables.

 

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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