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LG INFINIA 55LE8500 55-Inch 1080p 240 Hz Full LED Slim LCD HDTV with Internet Applications



LG INFINIA 55LE8500 55-Inch 1080p 240 Hz Full LED Slim LCD HDTV with Internet Applications

  • INFINIA Series
  • Full LED Slim w/ Local Dimming
  • THX Certified Display
  • NetCast Entertainment Access (Wi-Fi Ready)
  • Wireless 1080p Ready

There’s television and then there’s something better with LG’s INFINIA LE8500. With one TV, you can experience a dazzling THX certified Full LED Slim picture on a beyond-beautiful display, the unlimited possibilities of broadband TV, the freedom of Wireless HD and a host of other groundbreaking innovations from LG. This HDTV is Internet-ready. To view Internet apps on this TV, you may also need:
Broadband Internet service A router Cabling A Wi-Fi adapter (if there is not one built in) A P

List Price: $ 3,499.99

Price: $ 3,999.99

LG INFINIA 50PK750 50-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV

  • INFINIA Series
  • THX Certified Display
  • NetCast Entertainment Access (Wi-Fi Ready)
  • Wireless 1080p Ready
  • 600Hz Max Sub Field Driving

The INFINIA PK750 has taken expectations about plasma and redefined them. A slimmer profile. A seamless design that’s Wireless 1080p Ready. NetCast Entertainment Access, THX Certification and a vast array of other innovations. Simply, a TV that will blow you away.Setting a new standard in picture quality, the 50-inch LG INFINIA 50PK750 1080p Plasma HDTV features THX Display Certification, 600Hz Sub-Field Driving, a protective Skin Glass, Dual XD Engine, and a TruBlack Filter to provide superior

List Price: $ 1,299.99

Price: $ 1,299.99

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  2. Jamey says:
    40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Maybe best 2D choice of 2010, but could be better…, July 14, 2010
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    Jamey

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    This review is from: LG INFINIA 55LE8500 55-Inch 1080p 240 Hz Full LED Slim LCD HDTV with Internet Applications (Electronics)

    First, I just received my second set from Amazon today. The first set had an issue on the inside of the GLOSSY glass screen. I couldn’t tell if it was a thread or a small crack in the screen. It obviously wasn’t supposed to be there, and Amazon swapped it out for me. I’m on my first couple hours on the second set, but I haven’t see the same issue with the second set yet. This does support a couple other reviewers suggesting quality control may be an issue with these sets. This contradicts the weight of the TV suggesting it should be very well built.

    The TV is stunningly simple to look at. There isn’t a lot of extra bezel or showy manufacturer’s name plates. I love this, as I’m usually driven nuts at having to look at a constant advertisment of a product I’ve already purchased. The “LG” that lights up at the bottom when the TV is turned on, can be set to be off when the set is on. This effectively means in a dark room (as mine is), the ONLY thing you see on this TV is the picture…exactly as it should be. The only exception is a small set of lights along the bottom that are only powered during power on and off to inform the viewer of this.

    My general impression on the picture quality is mostly very impressed. I’m not a display expert so I’ll only state what I notice as a slightly more “techy” than average viewer. These sets do seem to have a screen uniformity issue. Large and bright, white or very light colored sections of the screen will show light horizontal bands. These bands are light, but can be distracting depending on the viewer. It seemed to get better with more hours on the first set, but it could have been the firmware issue. Either way, know that if you watch a lot of content containing mostly white screens, you may want to look at another TV. Some people claim to not be able to see this. Others state they see even more of it during panning scenes. Perhaps there is some difference from one panel to the next. Either way, I have seen it on two sets, so anyone looking at purchasing the set should expect it, unless there is an update (software or hardware) to the set at some time.

    I looked at a backlit/local dimmed set like this for one big reason though…CONTRAST. Buying this set to watch solid bright screens would seem to be a waste. Where this particular set really shows it stuff is in the black level it can achieve. Movies are beautiful. I thought my old RPTV had a nice picture, but the sharpness and clarity of the 55LE8500 really put my old set to shame. As mentioned above, when you turn off the LG logo, all you see is the picture. Even if there is letterboxing, you will only see the picture. The rest of the screen will be as black as the bezel, and in a dark room, you won’t notice it as letterboxing at all.

    Colors are vivid and natural looking. The settings from the factory are pretty decent, but count on using the two extra ISF settings that can be customized to your liking. Having a knowledgable Tech to come over to properly set up the TV would be wise if you can afford it, but it’s not neccesary to achieve a nice picture. There is even a built-in menu system to aid you in doing so.

    Summing it up
    Pros:
    Awesome blacklevel
    Sharp picture
    Great colors
    No flashy labels or lights to be bothersome
    Automatic updates if you connect it to the internet
    Tons of access to change viewing settings
    discrete codes for most anything you might want for a customized remote.

    Cons:
    screen has uniformity issues
    possible quality control issues
    maybe a bit too heavy
    screen is a bit too glossy
    no 3D support

    Overall, this is probably the best 2D TV released in 2010. If you can control the lighting in your room, and you don’t watch lots of source material with large patches of very light scenes, this is the TV for you. Amazon is a great source for the set, but know the wireless media kit was offered free with the set last week, and the price has been changing dramatically (down and up and back down again). I gave it 4 stars because it could have been a bit better, and probably should have been.

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  3. Wade Hathaway "mrwade6" says:
    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    First rate television, stunning picture quality, June 26, 2010
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    Wade Hathaway “mrwade6” (Lake Worth, Florida United States) –
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    This review is from: LG INFINIA 55LE8500 55-Inch 1080p 240 Hz Full LED Slim LCD HDTV with Internet Applications (Electronics)

    I had my 55LE8500 delivered last Wednesday and after spending some time with it I know I made the right choice for a new television. The picture is really stunning when displaying HD programming. Bluray titles even more so. I am also extremely happy with the quality of standard def programming, ie non hd cable channels and avi files.

    The black level performance is amazing. This tv has full array LED backlighting with local dimming and does not suffer from clouding or flashlighting problems that are present in other products.

    The glass front is both an image improver lending a crystal clear look to the picture, but it is also very reflective so you will need to be able to control light sources in your viewing room. For me this was not difficult, however, if you have a room with many large windows and also lamps it could be a challenge.

    You may also enjoy the internet features available after connecting the television to your network. You can update the firmware when available, there are movie choices from Vudu and Netflix and many more options.

    This product is an expensive item, but the build quality shows and the display technology is among the best out there this year. My first choice had been a Panasonic 54VT25 plasma; its screen is not so reflective, but I am worried about image retention and burnin so I went with the LCD.

    If you want one of the best HD displays and can control the light sources in your viewing room, you won’t regret owning the LG LE8500.

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  4. S. Patel says:
    24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Top Dollar, Top Quality TV, June 8, 2010
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    S. Patel (Longview, TX USA) –
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    This review is from: LG INFINIA 55LE8500 55-Inch 1080p 240 Hz Full LED Slim LCD HDTV with Internet Applications (Electronics)

    Got the LG55LE8500 TV about 3 weeks ago. So far I am very happy with the TV. anything HD looks great and blu ray is just amazing. black is black on this tv and colors are quite accurate. as great as this tv is, it does have its cons. analog cable tv does not look very good at all on this set. the screen is a borderless glass screen which can be quite reflective during dark scenes especially if you have a very well lit up room. also you will see some horizontal banding(lines) across the screen on bright blue background scenes at times. some people are going to be annoyed by this, others wont care or even notice it. overall, this tv is supposed to be the 2nd best model of LGs LED tvs and it lives up to it. its not the cheapest of TVs but price compared to equivalent Samsung models, its well worth it as far as build and picture quality go.

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  5. Phani Pattapu "techtyrant" says:
    50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent choice if you are on a Budget AND if you are not a videophile, May 4, 2010
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    Phani Pattapu “techtyrant” (VA, USA) –
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    This review is from: LG INFINIA 50PK750 50-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV (Electronics)

    This is one of the Best TVs available on the market, especially considering it’s price. I’ve had this TV for about a week now and have nothing major to complain. I was nervous getting a plasma TV due issues like glare, buzz, weight, form factor, ghosting, burn-in etc. But this TV proved to out live most of the disadvantages of plasmas.

    Pros:

    1. Color Accuracy – Color accuracy great without even tweaking any calibration settings. I like the THX cinema mode the best.

    2. Slick – The TV has a slim form factor and the uniform glass top (Bezel does not pop out of the screen). We absolutely love it’s looks.

    3. DLNA – This is the first TV I owned with DLNA capability. I installed the Nero Home media essentials that came with this TV, on my laptop and I was able to watch photos and videos that are on my laptop, in no time. The video quality also feels upscaled and close to HD.

    4. Plug and Play USB – I connected my USB hard drive and instantly there is a prompt on the TV to play videos, music and photos.

    5. Netcast and Widgets – The TV comes with Netflix, Youtube, Vudu, Picasa widgets and it also supports the Yahoo widget gallery. I haven’t yet tried Netflix or Vudu. But Youtube and Picasa were really good. The picture quality of the youtube videos was not great, but it really is a matter of the video itself, but not the TV. Yahoo widgets were good too. I especially use the Twitter widget a lot.

    6. Games – The TV came with some games pre-installed. I haven’t explored this feature much. But I tried Sudoku and it was simple to use.

    7. No Buzz – Since I read in one of the earlier reviews about the buzz sound, I tried hard to hear it from my typical viewing distance (about 10ft) and I heard nothing.

    8. Ease of use – The menus and features are very easy to navigate and operate.

    9. Remote – The remote is really slick and with big keys and very easy to operate. Also has decent short cuts to most of the frequently used features.

    Cons:

    1. Black Levels – Black levels are not as dark as I’d hoped for, in a Plasma. In fact in some cases I tend to think they are not even on par with some of the latest better performing Sony and Samsung LCDs. I was a little disappointed with this. But hey, you get what you pay for..!

    2. Glare – Like any other plasma TV, this TV produces a bit of glare. But this is much better compared to a lot of other plasmas I’ve seen and in most cases you wouldn’t really notice it unless you are looking for it.

    3. PIP/POP – I’d hoped that a 2010 TV comes with the basic PIP/POP features. But seems like this TV does not have it. It’s not a deal breaker for me though.

    4. Zoom – The picture zoom feature is a little cumbersome.

    5. Typing – Netcast widgets use the number pad for typing. But Yahoo widgets (twitter) rely on the visual keyboard and entering each alphabet takes a lot of strokes. I wish LG offered a remote with QWERTY keyboard, something similar to the one that comes with Vizio VF552XVT.

    6. Video format compatibility – I tried playing several videos of different formats – divx, divx HD, mpeg, mp4, wmv, avi etc. It was able to handle all formats. But within a given format some videos were not recognized (videos that I have are, even though of the same format, are different in bit rate, compression, resolution etc). Sometimes it does not recognize the audio. I wish LG comes up with a firmware update to expand it’s support.

    One feature I haven’t tried is the wireless connectivity. This TV is both WiFi ready and Wireless 1080p ready. But both of these optional accessories which I do not currently have.

    I haven’t played around with a lot of picture settings yet (Mostly, because I didn’t need to). But as I explore more, I shall come back to update this post.

    This may not be the best TV on market. But for a little over 1000 bucks, you can not go wrong with this TV, especially if you are not a videophile and picky about deep black levels.

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  6. beankounter says:
    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great TV for the price, July 5, 2010
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    This review is from: LG INFINIA 50PK750 50-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV (Electronics)

    I really like this tv. I researched tv’s for a while before purchasing. It was between the Panasonic G25 and the LG PK750. Although the picture was an important factor the looks of the tv weighted in heavily as well.

    The Pani G25 is an extraordinary tv, but it comes at a premium and it looks are a bit dated in comparison with the beautiful Infinia PK750.

    I purchased the tv three months ago from Amazon. Excellent experience all around, even with the free shipping received. I did the prerequisited 100 hrs break in process, running only full screen programing for hours at a time. The BBC Life blu ray is excellent for this, as is has a 3hrs plus disc. The tv looks better now than when I purchased back in April. the colors pop and it renders a very good black, not as good as the PK950 model, but good.

    Pros
    1. Beautiful tv, it resists dust
    2. Options – THX and various watching and color adjustments – Tweek them to obtain best
    3. Internet able – Netcast, Netflix, etc.
    4. Price
    5. Multiple connections – 4 HDMI
    6. Thin and very light

    Cons

    1. Screen glare from certain watching angles
    2. Image retention for the first 200 or so hrs, this is different than burn in. It will go away, but it is a little annoying nonetheless.
    3. Sound – speakers under perform – I have mine connected to an Onkyo receiver.

    Overall I give this tv 4.5 stars.

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  7. SamE "SamE" says:
    24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    The Buzz About a Great TV, April 22, 2010
    By 
    SamE “SamE” (Atlanta, GA United States) –

    This review is from: LG INFINIA 50PK750 50-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV (Electronics)

    Great TV, with ever so slight a buzzing noise that is the function of the picture brightness.

    I can only hear it when everything is absolutely quiet and I am fast forwarding the remote DVR. It sounds like a transformer or capacitor noise. I cannot hear it over the TV’s volume – only when the TV is on mute and it is displaying a very bright image (I sit 8′ away).

    The LG Certified Tech verified everything and said that he believes that it is due to the 2010 panels being much thinner – less material to absorb and dampen out the vibrations (once a Mechanical Engineer, always a Mechanical Engineer).

    The long story: Bought it a couple of weeks ago from another vendor. It arrived late Sunday night, so I did not have time to really enjoy it until the following weekend, by which time I had also completed the 100 hour Plasma TV burn in.
    I gave my wife the option of this TV, the equivalent and equally priced Samsung 50″ (with 2 million contrast ration in place of the LG’s 3), versus the Panasonic G25 for an additional $300. I took her to a store that had all 3, and she picked this for its beautiful clean lines.

    I had a concern about the Panasonic TV retaining its deep black levels, so I was relieved (if it was not for that, I would have just picked the Panasonic and not mentioned the other two). I was also concerned about the Samsung’s buzzing noise, which seems to afflict random sets (even in the 2010 models).

    I sat to watch the TV over the following weekend. Everything was fine during the day, but at night, when the hose was perfectly quiet, I started to hear a very slight buzzing noise whenever I fast forwarded or paused the DVR’d programs – especially whenever the image was very bright. Upon further investigation, I realized that the noise was coming from the back of the TV, and that if I pushed in on the back of the TV (bottom right quarter, as you are looking at the TV from the front), I could cut the noise by 2/3rds.

    Had the tech come out and he verified it. Had the store bring a replacement today, and it had the exact same issue (sitting on a different table), so I sent the new one back. FYI: The Tech said that the Samsung’s noise is more of a very loud (by comparison to my LG’s noise) rattle, caused by a vibrating coil. He also offered to replace the LG’s board, but said that he doubted very much if that would resolve anything.

    I could still return this and get the Panasonic, but I will not: It looks much more impressive than the Panasonic and I can only hear the light buzz if it is mute, at night, on a torch bright screen.

    I am loving it and keeping it.

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