CNET First Look
LG Infinia 47LE8500With the excellent picture quality of the local-dimming LE8500, LG challenges other LCD makers for videophile appeal.
>> Hi, I am David Katzmaier, Senior Editor with CNET and I am sitting next to the LG 47LE8500. This is one of two screen size in the 8500 Series. There is also a 55-incher and this review will apply to both. This is LG's second from highest end LCD TV for 2010 and it really has plenty of features and a whole bunch of picture quality to talk about, we will get to that in a second. First off, I would like to call your attention to styling of this TV. One of the highlights is this one sheet of glass design on the front here. It basically makes it looks like the TV is pretty much a single piece even when viewed from the side, which is a pretty sleek look. Speaking of the sides of this TV, it is 1.4 inches deep, so there is LEDs and the backlight really do help get it a lot thinner than a standard fluorescent lighting used on most LCDs. As for the stand on this TV, it is actually a little squared off compared to most and that is a nice little touch. There is also a glass base, so all in all it is one of the sleeker looking models on the market. The feature set on this TV is extensive. It begins with the interactivity which includes Netflix, Vudu on Demand, YouTube, Google's Picasa feature, as well as a whole host of others headed by Yahoo widgets. So, all things considered, this TV has plenty of video streaming and a good deal of widget functionality which include stuff like weather, stock, ticker information, sports, that sort of thing. You can also stream the videos, photos, and music via home network or a USB connection. One downside, this TV does not have any audio streaming capabilities, although YouTube has plenty of music videos and stuff like that. So, if you are looking for Pandora or whatever, you might have to wait for firmware update or look for another television. The picture effecting features on this TV are extensive as we expect from LG. You turn on the TV you can go into the menu and play around with a lot of different features. There is a 10-point IRE system for calibrating the color temperature. There is also new gamma point this year as well the ability to play around with the color management system, so all things considered there are plenty of tweaks on this TV. There is also 2 THX modes. You can adjust those without a special code, but there is a day mode and night mode from THX, so that is a new feature for this new edition in the standard array of picture presets. The back panel of the LG has three HDMI inputs, two component video inputs, a PC input and a LAN port here for Ethernet connection. On the side, there is a fourth HDMI input as well as a pair of AV connections that work with included breakout cables, the AV and additional component video or AV input. There is also a pair of USB inputs and a headphone jack. The performance of the LE8500 is among the best we have seen from any TV, LCD or plasma. A lot of that has to do with the local diming LED arrangement that leads to excellent black levels on the set, again, among the best we have even tested. There is also a very goods shadow detail. The color accuracy on the LG is among the best we have tested. Its 10-point IRE system allowed us to really nail the color and there is also very good out-of-the box color from the primaries and secondaries. The TV's video processing did slip up a little bit. It does not allow you to adjust the dejudder and the blur mode as well as a lot of the other TVs we have tested, Samsung in particular. The TV also has relatively poor bright room performance, so when you have reflections or bright objects in the room the TV screen doesn't do a very good job of attenuating those. On the other hand, the set does look relatively good from off-angle compared to some LED sets we have seen in the past. Pictures still falls off a little bit when you are one or two seats cushion from the side, but again, not as bad as we have seen in the past. Also, the LG LE8500 is one of the best performing TVs we have tested in 2010. That is a quick look at the LG LE8500 and I am David Katzmaier.