Two 3D-priced TVs from LG
It is not very easy to make your way in the middle of this offer of LCD TVs. Nowadays, LED and 3D technologies, televisions connected to that side, DLNA certification and other marketing arguments are increasing daily with new models belonging to every big TV producer out there.
Last year, after the announcement of the 55LX9500, a stylish 3D LCD TV LED back-lighting, LG has launched two models. They are smaller, slightly cheaper, but still compatible with the 3D technology. Their names: 42LX6500 and 47LX6500, tested for the today’s review. Both these LCD TVs have a more basic design compared to the LX9500 series. There’s a matte black frame crowned by a light blue button. These models are compatible with various 3D display technologies active in the market and operate a system of LED back-lighting. This is a sort of compromise between the LED and LED Edge Local dimming. The contrast ratio can, in theory, increase for this technology up to 8.000.000:1. Not bad, huh ?
These two models of TVs are, moreover, ISF Ready, which should please any picky user. They’re DLNA certified, which, will, again, interest many people who want sharing multimedia files. Many web services are integrated and accessible through a function called Netcast Music and through widgets (Yahoo!, YouTube, Picasa, Orange News, weather and Skype).
There is no communication in Bluetooth standard for both TVs. Consumers have instead the possibility to add a USB Wi-Fi sold separately. The two USB ports on the side of the device allow you to play HD DivX files, MP3 and JPEG. On this side there is actually a little bit of limitation compared to other devices.
200Hz mode frequency
On the video processing front, you have a lot of features and options: from TruMotion with its 200Hz mode technology, to the Dual XD Engine processing, 24p Real Cinema mode for Blu-ray and activation (or not) of a sensor (Intelligent Sensor II) able to make adjustments to lighting conditions. In our testing phase, this feature worked very well. Note that these two TVs are also 3D Wireless and AV Link Ready. In other words, they can communicate through WHDI wireless. They sport optional enclosure which can be connected to all sources (the device’s price is about 299 euros).
At the chapter of energy saving, there is nothing extraordinary on the LG 47LX6500 and you can note just the presence of an intelligent energy management (via sensor) mode and a function enabling the cutting of images; while leaving only the sound. Given the quality of speakers belonging to this type of television, one wonders if this function is often used.
Connectivity includes, among others: 4 HDMI 1.4 ports, a YUV, SCART, optical digital audio output, an Ethernet port and a VGA input. As for prices, they are about 1599 euros for the 42-inch and 1,899 euros for the 47 inch. The new LG Infinia 47LX6500 is available in stores from the April 2010.
Positive points (pros)
* able to work with 3D technology;
* Skype service is integrated by default;
* Good prices for both devices;
* Good capability to connect to other gadgets (WHDI box, Wi-Fi USB key);
Negative points (cons)
* Not a very impressive design;
* Multiple media compatibility is limited to only some types of files;
* Just two pairs of 3D glasses are provided;
Technology: LCD LED;
Diagonal Screen Size (cm): 117;
Image Format: 16:9;
Nominal resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels.