LED-equipped LG LH90 series LCD lands picture quality laurels

Deep black levels and accurate color help propel the LED-backlit LG LH90 series into the front row of the LCD picture quality class.

LG's LED LCD performed very well in our tests. Sarah Tew/CNET

With every new technology release, LCD tries to catch up to plasma in the picture quality race, but never seems to succeed. The biggest potential equalizer attached to LCD's engine is LED backlighting with local dimming , a technology first marketed widely by Samsung two years ago that's slowly spread to other brands' flagship LCD TVs since.

LG's 2009 entrant is the LH90 series, and it closes the gap considerably compared with the best plasma displays. The LH90 models evinced superb black level performance and LG's characteristically accurate color--helped in large measure by the company's best-in-class user-menu adjustments. This is easily the best-performing LG TV we've tested, and despite a few flaws it's a worthy member of the flat-panel elite.

Read the review of the LG LH90 series.

About the author

Section Editor David Katzmaier has reviewed TVs at CNET since 2002. He is an ISF certified, NIST trained calibrator and developed CNET's TV test procedure himself. Previously David wrote reviews and features for Sound & Vision magazine and eTown.com. He is known to two people on Twitter as "The Cormac McCarthy of consumer electronics."

 

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