LG LW9800

  • 55" 1080p LED-backlit
  • 3D
  • Internet enabled
#1 in LG TVs
Released September, 2011
Backlight uniformity across the screen was solid, if not quite as good as on the other full-array LEDs.
Rated 76% by by c|net (Oct, 2011)

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First reviewed December, 2011

Features Key features of the LG LW9800

Back view of LG LW9800
As expected, the THX Cinema mode came closest to our ideal picture settings out of the box.
Rated 76% by by c|net (Oct, 2011)

size

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Both types of 3D TV can handle any of the new 3D formats used by Blu-ray, TV broadcasts, and video games, and both require viewers to don 3D glasses, but each has its advantages and disadvantages.
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Color and shadow detail were both very good on the LW9800 in THX 3D mode, and black levels were comparable to 3D on the other sets.
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thickness

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LG LM6200
LG LM7600
Although graced with a single-pane face-meaning the bezel and the screen are fronted by one sheet of plastic-a transparent-edged frame, and a relatively thin bezel, the LG LW9800 ultimately isn't as stylish as competing TVs like Sony's monolithic XBR-HX929 or Samsung's stunning, all-picture UND8000.
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It's still plenty sleek, however, from the glass-topped stand to the top of its thin, jewel-like panel.
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Performance Real world tests of LG LW9800

power consumption

LG LW9800
Samsung 8000 Series (2011 LCD)
LG LM7600

black levels

LG LW9800
Samsung 8000 Series (2011 LCD)
While solid in Low mode, the black levels of the LG LW9800 were visibly brighter than on the other high-end TVs in our lineup.
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Under lights the image appeared washed out-meaning the LG did a bad job of preserving black levels-and showed the brightest reflections of any TV in our lineup.
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contrast ratio

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LG LW6500
Toshiba WX800U
The glass-topped stand looks sharp.
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It was about the same as most of the other LEDs in this regard, although the washout was subjectively less noticeable since its black levels were lighter to begin with.
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Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • Full-array LED
  • 5:5 Pulldown @ 120Hz
  • Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Netflix, VUDU, YouTube
  • Picasa
  • MOG, Napster
  • Facebook, Twitter
  • MP3
  • JPEG
  • supports professional calibration to achieve the most accurate color reproduction
  • video chat with friends from the comfort of your living room
  • 2.21
  • SimpLink
  • backlight zones are selectively turned off to enhance the picture's contrast
  • access streaming content over the Internet
  • 2
  • FPR 3D Glasses, 15 dollars
  • enjoy realistic 3D videos at home
  • 55"
  • easier to share and enjoy your digital photos, music and video
  • 6,482K
  • 25.4 mm
  • built-in, 802.11n
  • 1080i content is smoothly rendered at the TV's native resolution
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • 1
  • 1
  • 400 mm x 400 mm
  • 1,200 lines
  • 1
  • 25.4 mm

cons

  • 5,910K
  • only proprietary remote controls can control the TV
  • 12,688:1
  • 270 Watts

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 76%
Read the review (Oct, 2011)
The LW9800 did evince improved uniformity compared with the two 2010 LG local dimmers, as well as excellent color, but overall its 2D picture fell short of the best 2011 LEDs, including the Sony XBR-HX929 and Sony KDL-55NX720.

Panel

On one hand it was plagued by the line structure and jagged edges we've come to associate with the current generation of passive 3D TVs, but on the other it did have a brighter picture and less crosstalk than the active 3D models.
LG LW9800 55" | Rated 76% by by c|net (Oct, 2011)
Sitting far enough from the screen so you don't notice these issues is one remedy, but it also takes away from the immersive nature of home theater.
LG LW9800 55" | Rated 76% by by c|net (Oct, 2011)
As with 2D there are no adjustments available to the LG's THX 3D mode, although the two Expert modes do make all controls available in case you want to calibrate for 3D.
LG LW9800 55" | Rated 76% by by c|net (Oct, 2011)

Picture quality

High and Medium had other problems too: loss of shadow detail as well as too-dark highlights and shadows (both symptoms of dark gamma).
LG LW9800 55" | Rated 76% by by c|net (Oct, 2011)
Since the wand is radio-controlled, it doesn't require a clear line of sight to the TV.
LG LW9800 55" | Rated 76% by by c|net (Oct, 2011)
The loss of shadow detail also extended to dark areas in brighter scenes, like the too-murky leather jacket and outfit at 34:04.
LG LW9800 55" | Rated 76% by by c|net (Oct, 2011)

3d

Less expensive compatible circular polarized glasses are available from online merchants, and if you happen to own a pair of the type of passive 3D glasses used in your local theater, they should work too.
LG LW9800 55" | Rated 76% by by c|net (Oct, 2011)
If you want passive 3D and have money to burn, this 55-inch model (it's not available in any other size) seems appealing on paper.
LG LW9800 55" | Rated 76% by by c|net (Oct, 2011)
The LG is unique among the three as the only one with passive 3D TV capability-combining local dimming with the brightness, crosstalk, and practicality advantages of polarized 3D glasses.
LG LW9800 55" | Rated 76% by by c|net (Oct, 2011)

Video

It's worth noting that the default setting for THX Cinema is Low mode.
LG LW9800 55" | Rated 76% by by c|net (Oct, 2011)
As usual we didn't calibrate any of the TVs, instead relying on the default Cinema/Theater-or THX, if available-modes for each.
LG LW9800 55" | Rated 76% by by c|net (Oct, 2011)
We used the Expert settings to make improvements during calibration and, as long as we kept the Local Dimming setting to Low, they worked well, delivering a smooth gamma and excellent color.
LG LW9800 55" | Rated 76% by by c|net (Oct, 2011)

Cinema mode

For LW9800 owners who want to see how High and Medium look, we'd recommend choosing those settings from within the THX Cinema preset-that's how we performed the evaluation described below.
LG LW9800 55" | Rated 76% by by c|net (Oct, 2011)
Unfortunately, unlike THX on Panasonic TVs, you can't adjust these modes on the LG beyond local dimming and dejudder.
LG LW9800 55" | Rated 76% by by c|net (Oct, 2011)
Two THX modes are available for 2D and a third for 3D.
LG LW9800 55" | Rated 76% by by c|net (Oct, 2011)

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