CNET First Look
LG Infinia 47LW5600While passive 3D has its flaws, the LG LW5600's 2D picture quality is very good for an edge-lit LED-based LCD TV, especially in bright rooms.
I'm David Katzmaier from CNET and I'm sitting next to the LG 47LW5600. This is the 47-inch member of the 5600 series. There's also a 55-inch member. This is one of the first passive 3D TVs that hit the market that use the same kind of 3D glasses that you find at your local theater. Of course, they're a lot less expensive than the active glasses found on other 3D TVs. We'll get to that in a little bit but first let's take a look at the exterior of this LG. It's pretty much all black around the edge of the TV. It's got [unk] sharp corners here and a nice transparent edging. Also, it's pretty understated however. Although, it does have that sleek 1.1 inch depth that you get from a lot of LED TVs. LG equip the5600 with its latest Smart TV Application Suites. So, that includes Netflix, Vudu, Amazon Video on Demand, and a host of other services that's in a Premium Content section. LG also put its first app Store on this TV. If you go to app store, you'll find just a few apps at this point. Although, we expect more to come in. One of our favorite is a HomeCast app. One of the cool new features of this TV is the ability to use its Wii-like remote control. So, it actually got this extra remote control that's got motion sensitivity on it and when you hold it up, you can move it around on the screen just like a Nintendo Wii controller and use that to select icons. LG also design its menu system to take this remote into account, so it really is one of the nicest menu system we've seen whether or not you use the standard remote or this cool little Wii-like controller. Like most LGs, the 5600 has plenty of picture control. You can go to the menu and tweak its grayscale using a 10 point system. There's also a full color management system and we really did like the [unk] of picture presets including a pair of expert modes that lay to access all of those settings. The performance of the 5600 in 2D was pretty impressive for an edge-lit LED display. It does have local dimming which allows those edge-lit LEDs to dim selectively. In darker parts of the image they could turn down and in brighter parts they could turn up. The end result is a very good black levels for again for an edge-lit Led and we do think it improves the uniformity of this TV. LG's color is also excellent especially after all those adjustments. On a downside, you do get some artifacts from that edge-lit display but the extra black levels are worth it. Another bonus on this TV is the matte screen which really improves the performance of bright rooms. The passive 3D does have its picture quality advantages including a brighter picture and a little bit less crosstalk than we've saw on the best active TVs. On a flip side it does have a lot of artifacts, so when we're looking closely we noticed jagged edges and even individual lines if we sat relatively close to the TV which we like to do to get a full immerse of experience. Those artifacts can manifest those crawling lines and Moire especially in patterns and ties and even a long a lot of diagonal edges and it really hard to unsee once you noticed them. Of course, the passive glass has been so inexpensive. A lot a people might not care about those picture quality detriments and of course, this TV does include 4 pairs of glasses which make it a lot less expensive to outfit your family. That's a quick look at the LG LW5600 Series and I'm David Katzmaier.