LG 55LHX LCD HDTV First Impressions Review
The most impressive aspect of the LG 55LHX is its wireless connectivity features with its media box.
Connectivity & Media
Audio & Video Ports
The LG 55LHX has only one HDMI port and a power input on the television itself. The rest of the ports and inputs are located on the media box, which will wirelessly transmit the signal to the television. The media box has an easy-access HDMI and USB port on its front, with the rest of the inputs located on the back.
The easy access HDMI and USB ports located on the front of the media box.
Two Component Video inputs and two Composite Video inputs (each accompanied by Analog audio inputs) are located in a cluster on the back of the media box. Beneath this collection of ports are 3 HDMI inputs and one HDMI output, a PCI input for connecting a computer, a 3.5mm audio input (for PC audio), a Digital audio output, and an Antenna input that is capable of receiving either an Analog or Digital signal. The media box also has its own power input as well as an on/off switch located on the back of the box.
The back side of the media box
Media & Other Connectivity
The main draw of the 55LHX (besides its slim design) is its wireless transmission media box, which should help reduce the amount of those sinister cables that can clutter a living room. The 55LHX itself must only be connected via one cable—it's power adapter. Everything else (DVD players, gaming systems, media players, etc.) can plug into the media box, which will then wirelessly transmit a signal over to the television. The media box uses a 60 GHz frequency to send uncompressed HD 1080p signal with no reported loss of quality and no interference. According to LG the media box is capable of transmitting a signal from up to 30 ft away. Since this wireless transmission technology is still in its early stages, it's impossible to tell as of yet if the system works perfectly and is without flaws. We'll pay close attention to this feature when we bring the 55LHX into our testing labs.
The 55LHX media box has a USB port that, combined with the TV's built-in software, can be used to play digital music or view images on the television. The 55LHX does not support NetCast or internet video streaming that is found on the LG LH50 and PS80 series of televisions.
Port placement is quite good on the 55LHX—especially considering how much easier the small media box is to access than the back of a 55-inch television. Reaching the one HDMI port on the back of the TV is rather difficult and it's not easy to locate considering it's the only port back there. It would have been good move for LG to put the lone HDMI port on the front or side of the TV, rather than hiding it in the uninhabited expanse that is the back of the television. The media box has an easy-access HDMI port on its front (along with a USB input) and the rest of the ports are located in nice clusters on the back of the box. Everything on the box is also labeled in a uniform fashion.
LG didn't release too many specs about the built-in audio system on the 55LHX. It does have Invisible Speakers and Clear Voice II, which are features found on LG's entire HDTV line this year. Invisible Speakers is much like it sounds—you can't tell where the speakers are located and their placement doesn't muck up the smooth design of the television. Clear Voice II is an automatic dialogue enhancer that we didn't see (or hear) in action, so it's difficult to say how well it works or if it really provides any audio improvement at all.
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