LG 55LH85

55LH85 55" 1080p Wireless LCD HDTV with TruMotion 120Hz

Quick Specs:
Brand: LG
SKU: 55LH85
Width: 54.1"
Height: 38"
Depth: "
Energy Star: Yes
Technical Details
Screen Size: 55"
Brightness: 500 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 80,000:1
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Refresh Rate: 120Hz
Wireless: Yes
HD: 1080p

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LG 55LH85

LG 55LH85 55" 1080p Wireless LCD HDTV with TruMotion 120Hz
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1080p and LCD go wireless. Thanks to its included media box, LG's 55LH85 lets you watch HD video on the full 1080p LCD panel, wirelessly. While TruMotion 120Hz processing serves up fast-action scenes with more natural and fluid motion, 24p Real Cinema reproduces movies as you see them in the theater. A variety of HDMI and HD component video inputs are ideal for sending HD video to the 55LH85's 10-bit LCD panel, whose Intelligent Sensor optimizes panel performance to lighting conditions in your viewing area

LG 55LH85 Description:

1080p and LCD go wireless. Thanks to its included media box, LG's 55LH85 lets you watch HD video on the full 1080p LCD panel, wirelessly. While TruMotion 120Hz processing serves up fast-action scenes with more natural and fluid motion, 24p Real Cinema reproduces movies as you see them in the theater. A variety of HDMI and HD component video inputs are ideal for sending HD video to the 55LH85's 10-bit LCD panel, whose Intelligent Sensor optimizes panel performance to lighting conditions in your viewing area

LG 55LH85 Features:

1080p and LCD go wireless
Whether you have a challenging home-theater installation or simply don't want the mess or hassle of running cables between your A/V components and your HDTV, there's but one solution: go wireless. LG's 55LH85 LCD sports integrated wireless signal-transmission capability. Simply hook all of your A/V components to the HDMI, HD component video, component video, PC, and RF antenna inputs on the included wireless transmitter/media box, and you can enjoy high definition video on the 55LH85's full HD 1080p LCD panel, all without connecting any wires to the TV itself. Beyond a full HD 1080p resolution, LG's 55LH85 delivers a super-fast 2.7ms response time for clear video reproduction as well as an 80,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and 10-bit color reproduction for enhanced detail and color. A 60,000-hour panel life offers decades of viewing, while a full 500cd/m brightness rating serves up an optimal viewing experience, even in rooms with ambient lighting.

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 55LH85 with 24p Real Cinema and TruMotion120Hz video processing. These technologies make your new LH85-Series LCD fully capable of displaying 24fps video thanks to specific video processing that reproduces film-based images as video content. Further, TruMotion 120Hz processing is ideal for reproducing fast-action movie and sports sequences with natural, fluid motion.

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 55LH85'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.

The Speed
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 55LH85.

The other half
The advanced HD video performance offered by the 55LH85'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 55LH85'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 55LH85 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 55LH85 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.

Bringing you the absolute best in connectivity, LG's 55LH85 features five 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.)

LG 55LH85 Specifications:

Comparison Specifications

Screen size: 55" class (54.6", diagonal) / 1920 x 1080p resolution

Aspect ratio: 16:9

Viewing angle: 178 x 178

Progressive features: Wireless signal transmission with media box / TruMotion 120Hz / 24p Real Cinema / XD Engine

Best video inputs: 4 HDMI/HDCP 1.3 inputs with Deep Color support, 1 output (media box) / 1 HDMI/HDCP (TV)

Other inputs (media box): 2 HD component video +L/R audio / 2 composite video+L/R audio / 1 USB 2.0 / 1 PC (RGB, 5-pin D-Sub) / 1 PC audio / 1 RF

Audio enhancements: SRS TruSurround XT / Clear Voice II / Dolby Digital 5.1 decoder / 5 sound modes

Built-in speakers: 10W x 2 / invisible speaker

Mounting options: Swivel stand included / VESA 400mm x 400mm compatible for wall mounting

Remote control: Unified remote control included

Additional Specifications

Wireless features: 60GHz WiHD / 1.76GHz bandwidth / 1080p/60f video resolution / SIBEAM N/W solution / DTCP-WiHD DRM/content protection / 10m (LOS), 5m(NLOS) distance

Dynamic contrast ratio: 80,000:1

Response time: 2.7ms

Tuners: ATSC / NTSC / Clear QAM

Panel life: 60,000 hours

Brightness: 500 cd/m

Color reproduction: 10bit

Output (media box): 1 digital optical audio out

LG SimpLink connectivity (HDMI-CEC)

ENERGY STAR 3.0 compliant

Manufacturer Specifications

Video features: 6-mode aspect-ratio correction, Just Scan 1:1 pixel matching, 3D and MPEG noise reduction, 3:2 pulldown, ISFccc ready, xvYCC

Video features: Intelligent Sensor mode, 3-mode AV Mode II, 8 picture modes, 3-mode color-temperature control, DTV signal-strength indicator

Special features: Picture Wizard, backlight control, smart energy saving, A/V input navigation, input labeling

Special features: Quick view, quick setup guide, e-manual, V-Chip parental control, key lock, closed caption

Language: English, Spanish, French, Korean

Convenience features: Alvin UI, auto tuning/programming, channel Add/Delete, channel labeling, favorite channel programming

Convenience features: Auto/manual clock, sleep timer, auto Off/auto Sleep

NOTE: LG Design and Life's Good are trademarks of LG Electronics, Inc.

Dimensional Specifications

Dimensions: 54.1" W x 35.1" H x 4.2" D, without stand / 54.1" W x 38.0" H x 17.9" D, with stand

Weight: 74.5 lbs, without stand / 86.4 lbs, with stand

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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.