CNET First Look
LG Infinia LV5500 seriesThe LG 55LV5500 is a decent performer at its price level and features a great smart TV package, but paying a little more reaps big rewards.
Hi, I'm Ty Pendlebury from CNET.com and this is the LG 47-inch LV5500. TV manufacturer LG has a dream and no doubt it's shared by most companies: to be #1. For a long time, it's lagged behind compatriot, Samsung. And where it hasn't been able to compete on technology, it's competed on price. But could this new 47-inch LV5500 be the model that brings technological superiority at a budget price and turns the company's fortunes around? The LV5500 is an LED edge-lit TV which features a mix of technologies including some form of local dimming control and LG's excellent connected TV offering. But, it doesn't include 3D. Included though is the excellent Magic Motion remote which is designed to navigate the smart TV interface and the web browser. Unfortunately, only some buttons work in apps such as Netflix. Design though is simply okay. It's piano black like all the rest, but it has this strange foil effect along the edges that doesn't have the panache of some other televisions. In performance terms, colors are almost spot-on and the TV gives you plenty of control with setting the picture. But it's the poor black levels that cause most of the problems. Even the addition of a dimming backlight can prevent the TV from washing out shadow detail and causing excessive blooming effects instead. For $1299, the 47-incher is reasonably good value with a lot of real estate and a decent feature set. However, we'd spend a little more and go for either the step-up 5600 or Samsung's 6500; the both of which offers superior picture quality. This has been Ty Pendlebury with a review of the LG 47LV5500.