LG Cinema 3D LW6500 review

LG Cinema 3D LW6500 review

Posted by Raden Wijaya on Wednesday, August 03, 2011

LG Cinema 3D LW6500 review -
LG is now bringing their Cinema 3D TVs to the market with the LW6500 model. The Cinema 3D TV technology is the first to utilize the much cheaper polarized 3D glasses that you know from cinemas. This means lighter and brighter 3D glasses without batteries or flicker. LW6500 is also a traditional 2D TV and comes with LG’s new Smart TV platform.


The Cinema 3D technology looks interesting but is it a real alternative to the active 3D TVs? Will it affect 2D picture quality? And are the Smart TV features worth anything? FlatpanelsHD will find out in the LG Cinema 3D LW6500 review. LG Cinema 3D LW6500 is available in 47, 55 and 65 inches called 47LW6500, 55LW6500, and 65LW6500 in the US. LG Cinema 3D LW6500 is available in 42, 47 and 55 inches called 42LW6500, 47LW6500, and 55LW6500 in EU.

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Size: 47" widescreen
Resolution: 1920x1080
Response time: 8 ms
Contrast ratio: -
Brightness: -
Color support: 16,7 million colors
Signal processing: 8 for each color
Viewing angles (H/V): 178/178
Dot pitch:
Panel type: LCD-TV with Edge LED

Wall mounting:
Swivel stand:
Dimensions (HxWxD): 68.3cm x 111.5cm x 3.0cm (without stand)
Weight 20.7 kg

Built-in speakers:
Input formats: 480p/i, 576p/i, 720p, 1080i & 1080p (50, 60 & 24p)

Inputs
VGA
DVI (but possible to convert through HDMI)
Audio (type) (Audio in/out)
SCART (1 input)
S-video
Composite
Component
HDMI (4 inputs, 1 HDMI 1.4)
Other
Outputs
Audio (type) (analogue out)
SCART
S/PDIF (optical)
Other

Tuners
Analogue
DVB-T
DVB-T (MPEG4)
DVB-C
DVB-C (MPEG4)
DVB-S
DVB-S (MPEG4)

Our first impressions
LG LW6500 has a design in matte black plastic with a transparent line around the bezel. In the right side of the frame LG has integrated some touch buttons.
The stand is made from the same glossy black plastic and transparent outer layer. It has a manual swivel function.
Inputs are located on the back and besides the analogue audio outputs and a service port, all inputs and outputs are either pointing downwards or to the side.
LG’s Cinema 3D LW6500 is also pretty slim because of the Edge LED backlighting system

Test tools
Our TV signal is DVB-S (satellite) from Canal Digital and DVB-T (terrestrial). We also have an analogue TV connection. Testing is done with the DVE (digital video essentials) and Peter Finzel test DVD. Testing is also done with DVD, TV, Blu-Ray and Media center/PC.

We use our own monitorTest. The software supports some of the traditional test patterns used to evaluate displays as well as some new and unique test patterns developed by the people here on FlatpanelsHD.

Sony PlayStation 3 is our Blu-Ray player.

All contrast measurements are based on the ANSI methodology.

Functionality
The remote control has not changed much from the 2010 models. Some buttons have been added to control the Smart TV functionality but besides that it still feels and looks a bit cheap.
DLNA is also supported for streaming video, music and picture to the TV from other devices. Most video codes are supported. For the full list see LG’s official site.

Let’s move on to the Smart TV interface, which we took a preview of in this article. The Smart TV interface has a lot of functionality and we won’t cover everything but below you can see the main screen that also has some of the DLNA and other media features.

MediaLink is LG’s new media platform to stream video, music and pictures from other devices in the home – such as a PC, smartphone or iPad – to the TV. It uses the so-called Plex interface and therefore you should install Plex (supported on PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad and Android) for the best experience. From here you can select which videos to share and now you can wirelessly stream the videos to your LG TV.

In the middle you see the Premium Apps such as movie rental Apps, Facebook, YouTube and more. At the bottom you have Apps and some other features such as the web browser and App Store.

The App interface is pretty logical and navigation is easy but I had hoped for quicker load times. Often you have to wait more than 10 seconds to enter some of the Premium services. Video quality depends largely on the App and the supplier. LG’s Smart TVs will have excellent picture quality if the App supplier allows – unfortunately most don’t.

Calibration settings
On the new LG TVs with Smart TV you need to enter the menus with the Home button and then head to the settings option on the screen. In the menus LG Cinema 3D LW6500 has these picture setting options: backlight, contrast, brightness, sharpness, color, tint, color temperature, TruMotion and Eco mode.

In the advanced menu you can control: Dynamic Contrast, Dynamic Color, Clear White, Skin Color, Noise Reduction, Super Resolution, MPEG Noise Reduction, Gamma, Black Level, Eye Care, Real Cinema, Color Gamut, and xvYCC.

You can also choose from these picture modes: Standard, Vivid, Cinema, Game, Expert1 and Expert2.

Picture quality on LG LW6500
In this section I go through picture quality with the calibrated settings.

LG LW6500 has a matte screen and therefore reflections from windows and lamps is not a big issue. The glossy bezel, however, has some reflections.
Let my start out by addressing the issue that some people have been discussing about Cinema 3D TVs and the effect on 2D picture quality. LG’s 3D technology used for the Cinema 3D models does not affect 2D picture quality in any significant way. The pixels are all reproduced like on a non-3D TV when you watch 2D and if you want to buy LW6500 and use it mostly for standard 2D watching, then no problem. In the picture below you see how the pixels are reproduced as intended (with an alternating black and white pattern).


In the calibration section I talked about color accuracy but color gradation is equally important. We want a TV to distinguish and reproduce all the small steps in colors and we use a smooth color gradient to test color gradation. What we want is a perfectly smooth gradient with no “color bands“.
Color gradation on LG LW6500 is fair but not on par with high-end models. We saw some bands in the semi-dark and dark colors suggesting that the panel reproduces not all colors correctly. LW6500 is pretty much on par with other mid-end LCD-TVs here.
SD picture quality is fairly good but comparable to most mid-end TVs. Detailing is fairly high but I personally think that Samsung’s Edge LED based mid-end TVs has the edge here and that SD picture quality is better on Panasonic’s mid-end plasma TVs such as the G20 from 2010.


HD picture quality is beautiful as always and LW6500 reproduced HD pictures with beautiful detailing. The real problem is with fast motion and like most Edge LED based LCD-TVs some blurring occurs and detailing is reduced in very fast action scenes. LW6500 is not slow but the motion reproduction is not on par with the best plasma-TVs and newer LCD-TVs with backlit LED scanning backlight systems.
On the other hand I didn’t notice Overdrive trailing (haloes around moving objects), which is a good thing. Input lag varies depending on the different circuits and if you want to lower input lag you should aim to deactivate the TruMotion system. Input lag was measured to 25-30 ms with the calibrated settings.

LG’s TruMotion circuit is designed to make fast moving images such as sport and action smoother. TruMotion is a fairly good system at that in my opinion but it also introduces a fair amount of artefacts in especially sports. I personally prefer to turn it off. But I know that some people prefer the smoother pictures so try yourself.

LG LW6500 also has a “LED local dimming” function in the menu but it’s not an actual local dimming function. LW6500 utilizes Edge LED which means that the LED are placed around the LCD panel and not behind. LG plans to release some backlit LED models with true local dimming in 2011 such as their Nano TVs. I hope that this review may help anyone who need complete information about it.

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