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LG 47LX9500 review: LG Infinia 47LX9500

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The Good Industry-leading black levels without "iris" effects. Bright, clear images. 3D-capable. BigPond Movies.

The Bad 3D mode is poor. Some light bloom in local-dimming mode. Screen reflective in a lit room.

The Bottom Line While you wouldn't buy it for the 3D mode alone, the LG 47LX9500 is capable of excellent image quality in a home cinema environment.

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8.3 Overall

Though we won’t see the model here, when it comes to 3D televisions LG has made what we believe is one of the best 3D systems we’ve seen yet. It’s a passive 3D TV — similar to what you’ll find in the cinema — which Sky TV in the UK bought by the container load for local pubs, but unfortunately won’t be sold in Australia.

Instead, LG is offering this — its flagship television — the LX9500. In addition to 3D it does a number of other buzzwords as well, but can it take the competition to leaders Sony and Panasonic?

Design

LG's latest "Infinia" range has taken the company’s borderless concept almost to the limit — there is very little bezel or frame to speak of at all. Most TVs need a bezel to hide connections and so on, but here there's barely anything to "design".

You could argue that the TV shares a similar look to Samsung's 8 series from last year, with its crystal edge giving the TV a sophisticated air. The crystal accents continue down to the see-through stand.

The TV has a number of technologies that enable it to remain slim, but unlike Samsung's televisions this hasn't necessitated a phalanx of adapters to plug stuff in — just one component adapter.

The remote is a little different to the one shown off at CES 2010 in that it's no longer a magic wand but a normal, piano-black one. It’s fairly easy to use and we appreciate the big red "3D" button, which makes it easy to change settings.

Features

In terms of features, only Samsung and Panasonic can hold a candle to this LG: it's pretty much got everything bar last year's Time Machine recording feature. But it's arguably 3D that will help shift those units, and the TV comes with a pair of glasses that support 3D movies, PS3 games and Multi-Picture Format photos. Further glasses will set you back AU$99, which makes them the cheapest rechargeables on the market, and half the price of Panasonic's coin-battery models.

The Infinia 47LX9500 is full of non-3D tech as well, and it features an LED backlight that can be dimmed locally for greater contrast, a claimed dynamic contrast ratio of 10,000,000:1, and the company's TruMotion 400Hz technology that's designed to smooth motion.

The television also offers internet connectivity with the biggest drawcard being the BigPond Movies service, which will eventually be extended to something Telstra is calling "BigPond TV". Other video services such as YouTube and weather are also available with the click of your remote control. LG is reportedly in talks to add further content in the future.

Connectivity is a strong point of the TV with four USB slots, two USB ports (for playing back content on USB disks), three component slots, three AV ports and a VGA.

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