I first tested this TV with LG’s 3D Blu-Ray player and my test Blu-ray disc in 2D, and the picture quality that this TV provides is nothing short of breathtaking. The black levels, skin tone and response timing was spot on. Although I’ve watched this disc over and over again, it took me a while to pry my eyes from it. My only problem with it was that I thought the images could have been a tad sharper. Also, they’ve not done too much to improve the viewing angle, as it still rests a around 40 degrees, and is in now way comparable to a plasma TV.
Next, I popped in a test 3D Blu-ray disc that LG generously provided us with. It was a documentary called Space Station 3D, and although there weren’t too many fast moving scenes, I was able to get an idea of how good the picture quality was. This experience was a little disappointing. The images seemed blurry at times, and the depth of 3D was not enough for me to be satisfied. This is something LG seriously needs to work out if they’re going to price this TV so high. However, if it is any consolation, my eyes didn’t hurt after watching the disc for around 45 minutes.
I also tried my hand at gaming with this TV with the ‘Avataar’ game, and although I didn’t try it in 3D, the experience was quite enjoyable. The colours and movement were quite realistic and before I knew it, I had been exploring the land of the Navis for almost an hour.
The 3D glasses aren't that bad
My final stop for video testing was with DisplayMate, and the LX9500 passed with distinction. I had quite a lot of adjusting to do before I began the actual testing, but once that was done, I saw that the blacks and greys were all impeccably reproduced. The whites, however, could’ve been a little brighter. I also noticed that the colours were a little dark around the edges, which is definitely not a good thing for a TV of this stature.
The inbuilt speakers are pretty good, and are 10 watts each, with a subwoofer. What struck me most was the dialogue quality while watching movies on Blu-ray, especially once you turn on the Clear Voice II function. Sure, it’s nowhere close to what you’ll get with a high end home theater system, but it’s definitely better than most other inbuilt TV speakers I’ve ever heard.
There are plenty of good things to be said about this TV. It has the most delicious black levels I’ve seen, and it is definitely one of the best looking TVs in the market right now. But there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration such as the average 3D performance. The fact that the whites could’ve been better and that the colours were a little dark around the edges during my DisplayMate test also show that a little more work could’ve been put into this product to justify its price. Nevertheless, I give this TV 4 stars, as the actual viewing experience is top-notch.
This TV is VERY expensive with an MRP of Rs. 3,00,000, and that’s around the amount I bought my car for. My pockets aren’t that deep, but if yours are, I definitely recommend buying the 55LX9500. If you want something a little smaller, you could also try out the 47 inch in the same series, which has an MRP of Rs. 2,00,000.