LG 55LH50

55LH50 55" 1080p LCD Broadband HDTV in Black

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Brand: LG
SKU: 55LH50
UPC: 719192176195
Color: Black
Type: LCD
Width: 46.1"
Height: 35.5"
Depth: "
Energy Star: Yes
Technical Details
Screen Size: 55"
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Brightness: 500 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 70000:1
Response Time: 2.7 ms
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Refresh Rate: 120Hz
Compatible Technology: HDTV
HD: 1080p

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LG 55LH50

LG 55LH50 55" 1080p LCD Broadband HDTV in Black
MSRP: $2,699.00
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SKU: 55LH50
Condition: Brand New Factory Sealed With 1 Year USA Warranty
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Teaming up with your broadband internet connection and a built-in ethernet port, the LH50 series' NetCast technology allows you to stream video from online sources, including Netflix and YouTube. You can even get up-to-the-minute news and weather with Yahoo! Widgets. While its 24p Real Cinema technology reproduces film-based video as you see it in the theater, the LG 55LH50's TruMotion 120Hz processing eliminates judder for smoother, more lifelike motion. Four HDMI inputs and two HD component-video inputs combine to fuel the full HD 1080p LCD panel with high definition content.

LG 55LH50 Description:

Teaming up with your broadband internet connection and a built-in ethernet port, the LH50 series' NetCast technology allows you to stream video from online sources, including Netflix and YouTube. You can even get up-to-the-minute news and weather with Yahoo! Widgets. While its 24p Real Cinema technology reproduces film-based video as you see it in the theater, the LG 55LH50's TruMotion 120Hz processing eliminates judder for smoother, more lifelike motion. Four HDMI inputs and two HD component-video inputs combine to fuel the full HD 1080p LCD panel with high definition content.

LG 55LH50 Features:

Video from beyond
No, not "The Beyond". But "beyond the conventional. Beyond your movie drawer. Beyond the video store. Beyond the disc. But from where The internet, of course. The first LG LCD series to sport NetCast Entertainment Access, the LH50 series uses its integrated ethernet LAN port to give you access to a wide range of online video content using your existing broadband internet connection. Stream TV episodes, Hollywood movies, and video from online sources, including LG partners like Netflix and YouTube. Or, navigate up-to-the minute news, stock information, and weather using on-screen graphics from Yahoo! Widgets. Go beyond conventional video sources with the LH50 series from LG.

True motion happens at 120Hz
You can't quite put your finger on it, but it seems like part of your action-movie or sports-programming experience is missing. Maybe your favorite running back looks a little choppy as he darts between defenders. Maybe the hero's getaway car seems juddery as it fishtails through a turn. Something is missing. True motion. LG's TruMotion 120Hz, that is. The advanced video performance offered by the 55LH50's 120Hz processing removes common sources of judder, resulting in a smoother, more lifelike moving image whose effect is noticed especially when watching fast-action sports or movies. Best of all, you get to enjoy this advanced performance on a full HD 1080p LCD panel with widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio, wide 178 x 178 viewing angle, and super-fast 2.7ms panel-response time. Further, 10-bit color reproduction and a 70,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio deliver enhanced color and detail. And while a 500cd/m panel brightness is ideal even in rooms with high levels of ambient light, the 55LH50's 60,000-hour panel life lets you enjoy high-performance LCD for decades to come.

The Real Cinema experience, at home
Way out west in Tinseltown, your favorite films are recorded at 24 frames per second. Unfortunately, most television content is recorded at 30fps, so most televisions are designed to display motion pictures at this speed. Until now, the solution has been to interpolate, or add, artificial scenes into 24fps content in order to "stretch" it to fit a TV's 30fps capability. Recent demands on the part of movie lovers for an authentic home-cinema experience have lead to technological advancements making a 24fps experience possible at home. High definition video like that recorded onto Blu-ray Disc contains 24p (or, progressive-scan 24fps video content) that brings true film into your home. But wait! There's still one more piece the puzzle. While true 24fps film makes it from Hollywood to your Blu-ray player, just like a movie-house feature film, it needs a screen to be enjoyed . . . i.e. your flat panel needs to be able to display 24p content. Enter the 55LH50 with 24p Real Cinema video processing. These technology makes your new LH50-Series LCD fully capable of displaying 24fps video thanks to specific video processing that reproduces film-based images as video content.

A custom fit
While it is true that LCD flat panels tend to perform better than their plasma cousins in viewing areas with ambient light, not all LCDs are created equal. The 55LH50's Intelligent Sensor employs a sophisticated algorithm that uses 4,096 sensing steps to evaluate the panel's surroundings, ultimately optimizing the panel's brightness, contrast, color, sharpness, and white balance to the needs of your home viewing area.

Vroom, vroom
Video processing isn't video processing without an engine. An XD Engine, that is. This LG-exclusive technology uses advanced video processing to optimize black levels and panel brightness, to enhance color, and to reduce image noise and artifacts. Additionally, XD Engine technology provides de-interlacing of analog signals, making these compatible with the performance level of modern flat panel technologies. From style on the outside to advanced technologies on the inside, your home HD experience begins with the LG 55LH50.

The other half
The advanced HD video performance offered by the 55LH50's panel is only half of the story when it comes to the complete home-theater experience. "What's the other half", you might ask Audio. LG's 2009 line of HDTVs features a unique invisible speaker system that uses minute vibrations from speakers embedded into strategic areas behind the front cabinet to convert the entire front bezel into the speaker system. You get a clean, polished look coupled with an audio soundstage enhance by a wider sound field. Don't just see the kiss, hear the music swell . . . Don't just watch the car chase take a corner, hear the tires squeal.

The other other half
Now, just wait a second. LG's dedication to the audio half of your home-theater experience doesn't stop with invisible speakers. The 55LH50's Clear Voice II technology automatically enhances and amplifies the sound of the human voice's frequency range during scenes when background noise swells, assuring that you catch every last syllable of crucial dialogue.

A side of PC, please
Coming to the rescue in this multiple-component, integrated-system world, the LG 55LH50 serves up an extra helping of connectivity with a PC input. Surf the net, download online movies, play games or get a little work done, all on 55 inches of stunning HD LCD.

ENERGY STAR of approval
Seeking to meet your demand to reduce energy use and preserve the environment, LG has made sure that the 55LH50 meets the U.S. government's standard for ENERGY STAR qualification. What does the ENERGY STAR qualification mean ENERGY STAR is a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. For the family or homeowner, energy efficient choices can reduce energy consumption and expenses by up to one third while resulting in similar savings of greenhouse gas emissions, without sacrificing features, style or comfort. ENERGY STAR helps you make the energy efficient choice. When a product boasts the ENERGY STAR qualification, this means the product meets stringent government standards set by the EPA and US Department of Energy for conserving both energy and the environment. So whether you are concerned for the environment, your pocket book or both, this HDTV helps ensure both are given an easier load to bear.

The advanced connectivity of HDMI
Bringing you the absolute best in connectivity, LG's 55LH50 features four HDMI connections. HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is the only interface in consumer electronics that can carry both uncompressed high-definition (HD) video and uncompressed multi-channel audio in all HD formats including 720p, 1080i and even 1080p. Your incoming media content comes in a variety of sizes, resolutions and formats, and with that in mind, HDMI systems automatically configure to display that content in the most effective format. Since HDMI carries all channels on video and audio, there is only one cable to plug into any HDMI-enabled source and display device. No more complicated cable set-up when installing your home theater system, and no more ugly cable mess behind your components. HDMI supports standard, enhanced, or high-definition video, plus multi-channel digital audio on this single cable. Also, HDMI is fully backward-compatible with DVI. (Please note that a physical adapter, sold separately, is needed to make the conversion from HDMI to DVI.)

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Types of Televisions:

In Plasma technology, the display itself consists of cells. Within each cell two glass panels are separated by a narrow gap in which neon-xenon gas is injected and sealed in plasma form. The gas is electrically charged at specific intervals when the Plasma set is in use. The charged gas then strikes red, green, and blue phosphors, thus creating a television image. Each group of red, green, and blue phosphors is called a pixel.

Some Advantages of Plasma Televisions are:
  • Larger Screen Sizes Available
  • Better Contrast Ratio, so Blacks are deeper
  • Better Color Saturation
  • Little to no lag in Fast Moving Images

  • Some Disadvantages of Plasma Televisions are:
  • Susceptible to Burn-Ins(Image is “burnt” onto the screen when left on the screen too long)
  • Generates a lot of heat
  • Does not perform well at high altitudes

  • LCD
    LCD stands for liquid crystal display. These types of displays are made of two layers of transparent material, which are polarized, and are "glued" together. One of the layers is coated with a special polymer that holds the individual liquid crystals. Current is then passed through individual crystals, which allow the crystals to pass or block light to create images. LCD crystals do not produce their own light, so an external light source, such as florescent bulb is needed for the image created by the LCD to become visible to the viewer.

    Some Advantages of LCD Televisions are:
  • Low energy consumption
  • Reduced Glare
  • No "burn-in" effect
  • Cool running temperatures
  • No high altitude issues
  • Greater Brightness
  • Lighter in weight

  • Some Disadvantages of LCD Televisions are:

  • Low contrast ratio
  • Fast Moving Images sometimes lag
  • Individual Pixels can burn out and cannot be replaced
  • Smaller Viewing Angle (although not significant difference)

    DLP (Digital Light Processing) technology utilizes a small Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) to tilt more than 1.3 million micromirrors-each of them less than the width of a human hair-toward (ON) or away from (OFF) the light source inside the DLP. This process creates light or dark pixels on the face of the projection screen. The light then filters to a color wheel, which rotates 120 times per second, producing the correct hue. Each mirror can turn on or off several thousands of times per second resulting in a technology that can reproduce up to 1024 shades of gray.

    Some Advantages of DLP Televisions are:
  • Little to no affection by ambient light
  • Better Contrast Ratio, so Blacks are deeper
  • High refresh rate
  • No lagging images or burn-ins
  • Not affected by altitudes
  • Tuner built-in in most models
  • The only thing that can burn out is the bulb, which can be replaced, so you could use this TV virtually forever
  • Many connections available - Can also be used as a monitor

  • Some Disadvantages of DLP Televisions are:
  • Must be viewed at eye level for the best picture
  • While a bulb will only cost around $200, a professional will need to install it, incurring an additional cost.
  • They are heavy and cannot easily be moved.

  • Direct View(CRT)
    Direct-view TVs, also known as the traditional tube television, consist of a single cathode ray tube (CRT) and electron beam that excites and illuminates phosphors on the inside surface of the TV screen.

    Some Advantages of CRT Televisions are:
  • Low in cost
  • Best black level, contrast, shadow detail and color performance of any video technology out there
  • Not affected by ambient light
  • Can be viewed from any angle
  • Very Long Life Expectancy

  • Some Disadvantages of CRT Televisions are:
  • Size and Weight of Television make it very heavy
  • Limited screen size - 38 inches is about the max for CRT TVs
  • Uses old technology

  • Choosing the Best TV Size:

    Where you are putting your television and what you are using it for will determine the perfect TV size for your room.

    Living (or Family) Room
    For living rooms and other spaces with high TV use, 37 inch and larger are the most popular choices. In large rooms, the largest size possible is usually best.

    For bedrooms, offices and other medium-sized spaces, a tv that is from 26 to 37 inches is your best bet.

    Kitchens & Smaller Rooms
    For kitchens and smaller rooms where you will be close to the TV, a 15 to 19 inch screen is best suited.

    Refer to the below chart for the mimimum distance you should be from the television.

    TV Viewing Distance Chart
    Diagonal Size Minimum Viewing Distance Maximum Viewing Distance
    26" 3 ft. 6 ft.
    32" 3.5 ft. 7 ft.
    37" 4 ft. 8 ft.
    42" 5 ft. 10 ft.
    47" 6 ft. 12 ft.
    50" 6.5 ft. 13 ft.
    60" 7 ft. 15 ft.

    High Definition vs. Standard Definition

    Standard definition is analog signals with resolution of 480i (480 lines drawn onscreen in an interlaced pattern, odd lines separately from even), the format in which TV content is delivered over regular analog broadcasts and basic (non-digital) cable. On the best TVs, the picture quality can be very good or even excellent, but it doesn't compare to the best that HD can offer.

    Enhanced definition falls between standard and high definition. ED signals are digital, with resolution of 480p (480 lines scanned progressively). This is equivalent to DVD quality, which is a little better than standard definition but not as good as high definition. Some ED sets can accept HD signals, but they convert them to a lower resolution that they can display, so the picture quality won't match that of true HD. On the best EDTVs, it can be quite good.

    High definition offers the best TV viewing possible. HD is a digital-TV format that contains more and finer detail than other formats, so images can have almost lifelike clarity. The picture quality can be stunning, especially on a large, wide-screen set. In technical terms, HD images have higher definition, meaning more picture elements (lines or pixels) make up each image. Most HD broadcasts today are either 1080i (1,080 lines drawn on-screen separately in an odd/even pattern, then interlaced to form one image) or 720p (720 lines scanned in one sweep, or progressively). Another HD format, 1080p, has 1,080 lines drawn in a progressive pattern, which potentially yields the finest detail. This format isn't yet being used for TV broadcasts, but some HD DVDs that support 1080p are expected to arrive this year. TVs with 1080p native resolution have already started to appear on the market.

    The below chart explains further the difference between Standard and High Definition Signals.

    Resolution and Picture Quality Table
    Picture Quality Good Quality Better Quality Best Quality
    Standard Definition TV Standard Definition DVD Enhanced Definition TV 720p High Definition TV 1080i High Definition TV 1080p High Definition TV/Blu-Ray
    Aspect Ratio Full Screen 4:3 Full Screen 4:3/Widescreen 16:9 Widescreen 16:9 Widescreen 16:9 Widescreen 16:9 Widescreen 16:9
    Resolution 640 x 480 720 x 480 854 x 480 1280 x 720 1920 x 720 1920 x 720
    Scanning Interlaced Interlaced Progressive Progressive Interlaced Progressive

    Which Audio/Video Connection is the best?
    Connector Type Quality Signal Type Description
    HDMI Highest Digital HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is an uncompressed, all-digital signal that combines both audio and video. This connection gives you the optimal 1080p signal and up to 7.1 channel sound.
    DVI Highest Digital DVI (Digital Video Interface) is a video connection that will deliver 1080p video signal, but it does not carry audio signals.
    Component Video Good Analog Component Video, or RGB, is an analog signal connection that splits the video into 3 separate signals, 2 for color and 1 for brightness. The maximum resolution on this connection type is 720p or 1080i.
    S-Video Decent Analog S-Video (S for Separate) is a type of component video signal because the color and brightness signals are transmitted on separate wires. S-Video is not used for high definition resolutions.
    Composite Video Average Analog Composite, or RCA, connections can be found on almost all video components. Color and brightness pass over the same cable. Although it is the most common connection found, it is also the least quality.