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Overview

Corner detail

Side view

Inputs

Optional 3D glasses

3D warning #1

3D warning #2

3D mode selection

Remote

Magic wand remote

Wand remote main menu

Wand menu home

Wand menu keypad and extra controls

Big options wheel

NetCast streaming media

Yahoo widgets

10-point IRE adjustment

Picture quality

We really liked the LG LE8500 series, so it's little surprise we also like the company's LX9500, reviewed here, which is basically the same TV plus 3D compatibility. Unless you really want 3D or love the LX9500's thin frame, however, the less-expensive LE8500 is the better choice. Both offer nearly identical 2D picture quality--with a couple of caveats, it's among the best you can get this year from an LCD--that benefits from deep black levels, highly accurate color and better-than-expected off-angle fidelity. Unfortunately LG seems to have rushed with the 3D portion of the LX9500, saddling it with a washed-out picture that's as lackluster as the 2D one is punchy, and no way to adjust it. With two-dimensional material, on the other hand, the stylish, well-featured LG LX9500 series is one of the most impressive LED-based LCDs we've tested this year.

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The sides and top of the LX9500's frame measure less than an inch wide.
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Seen from the side the 1.3-inch depth becomes obvious.
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Plenty of connectivity is onboard, including four total HDMI, to component video and a PC input. A wireless HDMI module is a $350 option.
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The proprietary 3D glasses cost $169 (list) per pair, and none are included with the LX9500.
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Like most 3D TV makers, LG wants to be covered in case somebody sues over 3D.
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Really, really covered.
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You can choose from the standard array of 3D modes.
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The standard remote works fine...
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...but LG also included a Magic Wand remote, which works like the controller on a Nintendo Wii.
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Hitting the Home key on the wand calls up a simplified menu system and a big cursor control, and moving the remote itself to point the cursor activates menu items.
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The home menu has larger icons but leaves out more-advanced controls. You can adjust pointer settings, although we found accuracy at the default settings was excellent and needed no adjustment.
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If you're feeling really magical, you can use the wand to enter numbers.
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LG's options wheel of TV shortcuts is supersized in Wand mode.
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LG's 2009 models were among the first to include Netflix, but since that service is now available on most Internet TVs, the company's Netcast array of streaming partners is now pretty pedestrian. However, there are no major missing links aside from any kind of audio service like Pandora or Slacker radio.
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Most of the nonstreaming apps--with the exception of Picasa, a clock for time zones around the world, an onscreen calendar and a few games--come courtesy of Yahoo Widgets.
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We liked the LX9500's picture adjustment selection in 2D, but 3D was a disappointment.
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Overall the LX9500 is an excellent performer with 2D material, and extremely similar, as expected, to the LE8500. Both deliver some of the deepest black levels and most accurate color available today, and off-angle viewing was better than that of any LED we've tested. On the other hand we saw the same uniformity and bright lighting issues on both sets, and unlike the LE8500 the LX9500 couldn't handle 1080p/24 content properly.

The LG LX9500 delivered worse 3D picture quality than any of the other 3D-compatible comparison models. The main culprit was light black levels in 3D mode.

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