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LG 55LE8500 Review

 

Model: LG 55LE8500
Description: 55" LCD/LED TV with 240Hz Processing
Resolution: 1980 X 1080
Includes: Swivel table top stand
Reviewers: Robert Wiley and Jack Burden
Summer 2010

LG 55LE8500 Review
This shot from the Blu Ray Version of Blood Diamond shows excellent contrast and definition

The LE8500 is loaded with extra features (some good, some not) and striking good looks. It is the next to highest end TV produced by LG for 2010 falling just below the LE9500 which has the simulated 480Hz rate that I cant imagine makes much difference. We enjoyed testing this high end offering and comment on Picture quality characteristics and almost all of the various features below.

Strengths

  • Clear Glass Face adds picture depth
  • Striking Looks, Thin Design, Heavy Solid Construction
  • Color Rendition, Bright, vibrant
  • Good Contrast
  • Viewing angle good
  • Internet Options
  • Remote and Menu Functionality

Weaknesses

  • TruMotion 240Hz feature distorts picture for normal programming with soap opera type picture presentation. Feature is only good for sports programming
  • Visible Judder/Jerkiness in motion with TruMotion turned off when scene pans side to side
  • Some visible irregular light patterns caused by back light
  • Audio Sound Quality

Neutral

  • Black Levels
  • Value Proposition/Price

LG 55LE8500 Review

This is a heavy, beautifully manufactured TV with a few flaws but also some great attributes. It sells for $3200 currently at authorized dealers. It's loaded with features; some you might call bells and whistles and some very useful. It lacks only 3D compatibility when you think about it. Competition comes from the Samsung UN55C7000 and the Sony KDL-52NX800.

Rating scale from 70 (denoting poorest quality) to 100 (signifying the very best quality). Picture quality is double-weighted in the Overall Rating Score calculation.

LG 55LE8500 Specifications

 



Review Equipment Used: Sony Blu Ray BDP-S1 High Definition DVD player, Sony DVP-S50 DVD player, Sencore Color Pro 5000, Sencore Auto Cal Pro, Sencore signal generator.

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