Like many LG TVs the LV5500 comes with a wealth of setup options including the picture tweaker's favourite, the 10-point calibration menu. For the less technically minded, the TV also includes a Picture Wizard that will give a much better picture than Vivid and Standard mode do, though not as good as you'd get from an inexpensive calibration DVD.
|HDMI inputs||4||Component video inputs||1|
|Composite video input(s)||2||VGA-style PC input(s)||1|
|USB port||2||Ethernet (LAN) port||Yes|
The selection of connections leaves nothing to be desired, although the second component/composite jack requires a breakout cable.
The LG LV5500's picture quality was decent for the price, mainly due to color accuracy and video processing, but its black levels were lighter than those of the competition. Models like the and both offer much better picture quality as well as the option of 3D.
The LG's Cinema mode was best out of the box although still too bluish. Setup is one of LG's main strengths, and using the TV's advanced settings we were able to get extremely accurate color and gamma.
It's worth mentioning here that we received two LG LV5500 TVs but the first was faulty with a broken backlight and a woefully inaccurate 10-point system. The second TV worked fine.
|Comparison models (details)|
|46-inch edge-lit LED|
|47-inch edge-lit local dimming LED|
|Sony Bravia KDL-46EX720||46-inch edge-lit LED|
|Panasonic TC-P50ST30||50-inch plasma|
|Pioneer PRO-111FD (reference)||50-inch plasma|
Black level: The LV5500 showed the lightest shade of black among the models in our lineup, coming up a hair short of the Sony and looking quite a bit more washed-out than the others. Dark scenes, such as the 'solitary' sequence in "Batman Begins" appeared less realistic and punchy as a result. We also noticed that bright areas appeared a dimmer than on the Samsung and the Sony (an issue we also noticed on the LW5600), robbing more contrast from the scene.
The LV5500 exhibited the same tendency as its bigger brother LW5600 to crush shadow detail: the dark exteriors of the rebel Romulan ship in the "Star Trek" reboot looked crisp and dynamic on the competing Samsung, but washed-out on the LGs.
Despite LG's claim that the TV doesn't do local dimming we noticed signs of blooming, where stray light from bright areas illuminated darker ones. It wasn't visible in most scenes however; we only really noticed it in areas like white-on-black credits and the icons of our PS3 in the letterbox vars, for example.
Color accuracy: After calibration the TV was among the most accurate in our lineup, delivering spot-on color with natural-looking skin tones. On the flipside the LW5600 and especially the Samsung looked a good deal richer and more saturated thanks to their deeper black levels.
Video processing: The TV employs a 24p mode called Real Cinema, and we found it worked quite well, preserving the correct cadence of film in tracking shots. In addition, we found that employing the TruMotion setting's User mode--maxing out antiblur while simultaneously turning off antijudder--gave us the TV's full motion resolution without the extra smoothing or haloing artifacts associated with dejudder. That's one improvement over the LW5600, which introduced smoothing in the same User settings.
Uniformity: In addition to the minor blooming, we noticed that the left side of our LV5500's screen showed stray illumination that spilled out into darker areas. It wasn't bad enough to spoil our viewing, but it was more noticeable than any of the uniformity issues on the Samsung or especially the LW5600--albeit not as annoying as the bright spots on the Sony.
Off-axis viewing is not especially good, and it's even worse than on the Samsung UND6400, which we criticized for poor off-axis performance at the time of our review.
Bright lighting: The LG has a matte screen and we didn't experience any problems with reflections in a well-lit environment.
Power consumption: The LV5500 is a miserly consumer, using fewer watts per square inch than just about any TV we've tested this year.
|Black luminance (0%)||0.004||Good|
|Near-black x/y (5%)||0.3132/0.3378||Good|
|Dark gray x/y (20%)||0.3142/0.3324||Good|
|Bright gray x/y (70%)||0.3127/0.3283||Good|
|Before avg. color temp.||6944||Poor|
|After avg. color temp.||6480||Good|
|Red lum. error (de94_L)||0.947||Good|
|Green lum. error (de94_L)||1.4461||Good|
|Blue lum. error (de94_L)||1.0347||Good|
|Cyan hue x/y||0.2312/0.3353||Good|
|Magenta hue x/y||0.3307/0.1595||Good|
|Yellow hue x/y||0.4262/0.5096||Good|
|1080p/24 Cadence (IAL)||Pass||Good|
|1080i Deinterlacing (film)||Pass||Good|
|Motion resolution (max)||900||Good|
|Motion resolution (dejudder off)||400||Poor|
|PC input resolution (VGA)||1,920x1,080||Pass|
Power consumption:The 47-inch 47LV5500 we tested is a miserly consumer, using fewer watts per square inch than just about any TV we've tested this year.