The LG LE8500 series of LCDs features a local dimming-equipped backlight yet measures less than an inch deep.
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 flagship LE9500 series, offer local dimming yet still manage a cabinet depth of less than an inch (0.92 inches, to be exact). Unlike most thin LED sets, however, they're not edge-lit; they include a full array of LEDs behind the screen, and so might avoid some of the issues we've seen on edge-lit models, such as inferior uniformity. LG says that the 55-inch version has a total of 240 addressable zones, which doesn't mean much to us since other makers are mum on how many zones their local dimmers include. Speaking of other makers, the only current TV to combine a thin panel and a full array with local diming is 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:
LG LE8500 series models:
Check out the writeup of the step-down LG LE7500 for more details on the other features listed above.