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LG's high-end passive 3D LED TVs get 240Hz

The LG LW6500 series of LED-based LCD TVs is the company's step-up offering with passive 3D.

LG announced two series of LCD TVs with passive 3D technology, including the LW6500 pictured above. LG

Update August 16, 2011 We won't be reviewing this TV, but we did review the LG LW5600 series. The two are extremely similar except that the LW6500 has a 240Hz refresh rate--a difference we don't expect to have much impact on picture quality. For more, check out the full review of the LD LW5600 series.

After Vizio, LG is the second TV maker at CES to announce a lineup of TVs equipped with so-called passive 3D compatibility. Passive 3D differs from the active variety found on nearly all current 3D TVs in a number of ways, including the fact that it uses significantly cheaper glasses.

LG is calling the feature "LG Cinema" and putting it in the LW5600 series as well as the step-up LW6500 models described here.

The 6500 series comes in three screen sizes, including a massive 65-inch version reminiscent of the already-shipping 65-inch Vizio XVT3D650SP. It has a 240Hz refresh rate, compared with the 120Hz rate found on the less-expensive 5600 models. We're not sure how the lower Hz will affect 3D performance, but for 2D it doesn't provide much visible benefit.

Aside from the refresh rate and screen size differences, the two series of LG passive 3D TVs are identical according to the company's press release. For more details, check out our full write-up of the LW5600 series.

Pricing and availability were not announced.

LG Infinia LW6500 series features:

  • Edge-lit local dimming LED backlight
  • Passive 3D compatible
  • 4 pairs of 3D glasses included
  • 240Hz refresh rate
  • Magic Wand remote
  • Smart TV with NetCast and Web browser
  • Wi-Fi USB dongle included

LG Infinia LW6500 series models:

  • LG 47LW6500: 47-inch
  • LG 55LW6500: 55-inch
  • LG 65LW6500: 65-inch