LED backlights come in a confusing array of configurations, but in our experience the best-performing varieties incorporate local dimming. This technology enables certain sectors of the backlight to dim independently of others, enabling better contrast and black level performance. We liked the
These models, second from the top among LG's CES announcements after the
The LG also includes THX display certification, which might appeal to people who want a quick calibration. Our experience with the LH90, however, yielded better results after tweaking LG's extensive user-menu settings as opposed to using THX mode, and unlike that mode on Panasonic plasmas, the LG's THX settings can't be adjusted at all.
LG LE8500 series features:
- Full array LED backlight with local dimming
- 0.92 inch panel depth
- THX certification
- 240Hz refresh rate
- Netcast Interactive feature suite with Netflix, Vudu, Skype, Napster, YouTube and Yahoo Widgets
- DLNA compatible for music, photos and video
- Optional "Wireless Media Hub" interface
- Optional Wi-Fi connection
LG LE8500 series models:
- LG Infinia 55LE8500: 55-inch, price TBD, availability March 2010
- LG Infinia 47LE8500: 47-inch, price TBD, availability March 2010
Check out the writeup of the step-downfor more details on the other features listed above.