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Life Is Good With 3D TVs
By Andy Sim - on 14 May 2010, 11:15am

You may have caught a glimpse of LG's fleet of INFINIA displays from my recent coverage in Seoul. Well, wait no more. As of today, on this terribly sweltering island we call home, the Koreans are now officially on the 3D bandwagon against the likes of Samsung, Sony and Panasonic. Braving the heat, I was at Ngee Ann City moments earlier to witness their product launch catered for the media. Here's what you can expect from LG between this month and the next. 

LG is rarely the forerunner in the AV industry but the Koreans are looking to change things with their Full LED Slim 3D TV. The LX9500 is powered by 1,200 LEDS located behind the LCD panel. Not only does it offer local dimming features, LG somehow managed to pack all that 3D goodness and direct backlights into a 22.3mm thick frame.

As mentioned in my previous article, the Full-HD INFINIA range is led by the flagship and very appealing LX9500. Besides its 3D sweetener, the 400Hz screen is also packed with tantalizing features such as NetCast web services and DLNA connectivity. Going by the current fad for anorexic displays, it's hardly a surprise that the Koreans' BORDERLESS design boasts of a flushed panel and mere 16mm bezel in the flesh. And yes, I have to admit the LX9500 is one sexy piece of AV equipment. At its heart is an interestingly slim LED structure baptized as "Full LED Slim". More importantly, LG has managed a breakthrough with their direct LED backlighting technology, which does "spot control" (or precision local dimming) with up to 240 addressable segments - all within a 22.3mm slim frame. Interestingly, the INFINIA range also offers an optional Wireless Media Hub and receiver adaptor if you prefer to do away with untidy cables for your consoles. Price wise, the 55-inch LX9500 demands $7,999 from you, while its smaller 47-inch sister is yours for $6,499. They look sweet, but ouch!

The bigger box below is the optional Wireless Media Hub which you can connect all of your AV peripherals to. The smaller gizmo on top is the receiver adaptor unit which goes to the TV via a single HDMI connection. According to LG, the wireless transmission between source components and receiver is RF-based.

Other members housed within the INFINIA family include the 3D-ready LX6500, while the rest of the 2D clan is made up of the LE7500 and LE5500 LED-backlit displays. By the way, LG did not abandon the plasma category for there's also a PK950 PDP model in the mix. Only a single 50-inch edition is available and it's priced at $3,499. Note that the second-tier LX6500 will rely on LG's "LED Plus" technology with 16 edge-lit segments instead of direct backlights. By the way, all 3D HDTVs are bundled with a starter pack which consists of two pairs of active-shutter glasses (just so you can cozy up with your other half) and a BX580 3D Blu-ray player. The BX580 churns 3D of course, and is decked with built-in Wi-fi and NetCast perks. You may purchase it at a standalone price of $799 if you think it's worth your greens. When are they due to arrive? The LE5500 and PK950 will touch down at the end of the month while the rest should materialize in June. To find out how much they'll cost you, please refer to the table below.

Oh yes, don't expect any 2D to 3D conversion with the newfangled INFINIAs, not with the first wave at least. If you are planning to get a dose of LG's 3D experience, you may visit the INFINIA road show at the Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza over the next two days. Their doors are open from 11.00am to 9.00pm. Before I check out, here's to an infinitely wonderful three-dimensional weekend. Have fun.  

Model/Size 32-inch 37-inch 42-inch 47-inch 55-inch
LX9500 NA NA NA  $6499 $7999
LX6500 NA NA $4499  $5499 $6999
LE7500 NA NA $2999  $3999 $4999
LE5500 $1399  $1699 $2799   $3799 $4599


Andy Sim

Andy Sim / Former Senior Tech Writer

Andy is a self-made geek with a penchant for good music and a hearty pint. His domain includes swanky TVs, notebooks and networking gizmos.