CNET First Look
LG Infinia 47LX9500Loads of features, a nearly frameless design and excellent overall 2D performance increase the appeal of the LG LX9500 series LED-based LCD TV, but its 3D picture needs work.
Hi, I'm David Katzmeier, senior editor at CNET and I'm sitting next to the LG 47LX9500. This is a 47-inch LED-based LCD TV. It's LG's best this year. This video will also apply to the 55-inch version of the flagship series. When we say flagship, we mean this is the top of the line LG TV. It's got plenty to talk about but the first thing you'll notice is the styling. Around the edge of the screen is one of the thinnest black bezels we've ever seen. It's about 5/8ths of an inch thick with the black and then a little bit wider if you include the translucent edge. All told, the TV looks like it's almost all picture when it's on and when it's turned off, it's more compact than most of the other TVs of its size out there. Really sleek looks. When seen from the side, you can tell it's kinda got this completely flat plane which enables the TV to, again, seem really sleek and elevates above the stand here with this sort of clear translucent swivel base so, all told, it's one of the nicest looking TVs we've seen. The feature set on this LG is extensive. First of all, it's 3D compatible meaning it will work with the latest Blu-rays and 3D broadcasts. Of course, you need 3D glasses to view them. LG's glasses are about $170 a piece although there's plenty of specials and discounts now, some bundles when you buy a Blu-ray player will include the glass for free, but, all told, you're gonna need a pair of glasses for everybody viewing the 3D. We'll get to 3D performance in a little bit. And unlike other makers, these glasses are actually rechargeable so it comes with a little USB charger, you can plug it in right here when the glasses run out of batteries. The TV also features a pretty good array of internet services including Netflix, VUDU, YouTube, and Picasa for photos. There's also a selection of Yahoo! widgets including Flickr but it doesn't have as many content selection as a lot of the other TVs out there. LG also offers plenty of picture adjustments on this TV. There's a color management system, 10-point IRE, a bunch of gamma points, and the ability to tweak the dejudder control so, all told, along with Samsung, it's one of the most extensive picture adjustments available. Overall, we were very impressed by the 2D picture quality of the LX9500. It has very deep black levels. A lot of those are thanks to the LED local dimming technology employed on this TV. It also has very accurate color again once we took advantage of some of those picture adjustments. On the flip side, we weren't all that impressed by its bright room picture. It does tend to wash out and reflect light in the room. It also has some problems with 1080p24 content, unlike the earlier model we reviewed from LG, it doesn't handle those film-based sources quite well enough. On the flip side ,the 3D performance wasn't that good at all. The TV was hampered by its inability to adjust any picture parameters via 3D. You really only get three presets and all those have really high black levels so the picture looks pretty washed out in 3D compared to the other 3D TVs we've suppled. We also saw plenty of crosstalk on the LG which manifests as a ghostly outline around some 3D objects, so, all told, it feels like 3D is still a work in progress on the LG. Another extra on this TV is secondary remote control that behaves sort of like the Nintenoo controller for the Wii. You can wave it around in the air and use it to make selections as opposed to driving around with the standard remote in your thumb, but we thought the feature was kinda gimmicky but some people might like it. Connectivity on the LX9500 is pretty extensive. You got 3 HDMI on the back panel, two component video and one PC input. The side panel also has a fourth HDMI in addition to a pair of USB ports. That's a quick look at the LG 8600 series an I'm David Katzmeier.