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LG 47 LE8500 INFINIA LCD TV
It’s been a while since a full fledged HDTV has made its way to our labs, but now all the brands are pipelining models one after the other. Today we have LG, and their newborn Infinia Series of LCD TVs. The LED8500 model came packed in a wooden freight carton. Removing it took us a good 90 minutes. We hope this new crop of HDTVs has something nice to offer, what with all the hype created at CES. It’s got a local dimming Led backlight that should interest the techie readers instantly.
Design and Features
This is easily the slimmest TV around, at least when not perched on its stand. It’s a seamless bezel, completely covered by a glass sheet that extends out and borders the black bezel. The age old plague that haunts all TVs is here too: ugly looking fingerprints. The bottom panel has a row of flush, touch sensitive buttons labeled in white behind the glass panel. The back is bare, with a small window for i/o on the bottom left.
This model has no 3D capability, that is only available on the LE9500. The main feature is local dimming LED backlight, which actually totals 216 zones for our 47 incher, as sourced from the press release. Besides 3D the TV can do everything in the book, from internet video courtesy NetFlix and applications like Twitter, Yahoo, generic weather, stocks, sports updates etc. There's local gaming ability (small time games), along with the ability to play videos and music off a USB flash drive. It comes with a plethora of image processing features like XD Engine, Dejuddering, IRE adjustment. As a final note that is more of a marketing weapon: this model claims THX certification.
Brightness/Contrast not rated
Refresh rate 240 Hz
Response time 1 ms
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Display TFT Active matrix LCD
Backlight Local Dimming LED
HDMI 3 back, 1 side
Component 2 back, 1 side
Composite 1 back, 1 side
RF input 1
Digital audio output 1 optical
USB ports 2 side
Ethernet (LAN) port 1
The first thing we realized was how deep and extensive the UI is, with an Expert Mode for calibrating the thing. Gamma can be set to fine tune the grayscale, besides regular brightness and contrast settings. The color setting is very fine too.
The first thing we realized was that the blacks are really deep. I’m not talking LCD deep; this is in the plasma realm. But then there is one issue; that is reflectivity of the panel, which is something that can get in the way of pure black experience.
The entire grayscale is quite well balanced with little to no coloration or tinges all the way up to white. The whites are very bright, but still well controlled, displaying no instance of blooming. The backlit LEDs make a huge difference from edge lit, as the contrast is in another dimension here. The colors are very vibrant due to such good brightness and contrast.
Motion again has no problems, and in films like Ghost In the Shell we had virtually no complaints in both static properties like color and dark levels, and also dynamic things like ghosting. While watching a DVD of Everything is Illuminated (A well shot film with beautiful countryside textures), we could see the efforts being made in pulldown and upscaling by the TV. It wasn’t perfect, we did see small flaws here and there. But the only flaw that can make a difference is the reflective panel, it can irritate sometimes.
The price is a a whopping Rs. 1,75,000, but that actually doesn’t surprise me considering the fact that it’s a brand new, next to flagship model of LG, with local dimming LEDs and a basket of features. The blacks and overall contrast is really something to praise, it’s a true high end TV, with just a slightly reflective panel. In India at least the 3D content is going to take time to come, thus this model is a better choice as it has everything beside 3D. Worth planning for financially.