Don’t you just love the code names hardware manufacturer’s come out with for TV’s? They often sound more like a matrix address than the name of the latest addition to the home entertainment line-up. But nonetheless, this is the norm and we may as well do our best to remember their geeky little titles. On yesterday’s Global News tech segment we talked about LG’s top of the line full LED television with 3D capability – the LX9500. This 55″ television is the thinnest LED TV on the market today.
I had the opportunity to chat with Frank Lee from LG this week where he explained to me why LED technology in television is providing a richer, higher quality cinema experience for consumers. Firstly, LED provides local dimming which means that the TV can control black and white levels with greater precision; creating more vibrant colors and a better distribution of light. LCD technology, in contrast, doesn’t reach true black and white levels. In fact, when you look the colours on your screen using LCD, the blacks are actually a deep purple or blue. With the LX9500…who, for my own sanity, I’m going to nickname Charlie moving forward, there are 240 regions or clusters on the screen. Charlie automatically controls the black and white levels and reproduces an image on your screen that maintains the integrity the film maker originally intended. This means that when you’re watching dark scenes in Lord of the Rings or the Dark Knight, you’ll see them in more detail and quality than you’ve seen before on your home television.
In addition to superb quality, Charlie is extremely energy efficient. LED TV’s use 62% less power than LCD TV’s according to Frank, which is not only environmentally friendly, but also save you a few dollars on your hydro bill. Charlie also has some added energy saver features such as something called “Screen Off”. This function allows you to turn off your screen, but listen to the sound which comes in handy for those that like playing the television in the background, but aren’t necessarily watching it.
Finally, let’s talk about the 3D functionality of Charlie. Words cannot fully describe the 3D experience that Charlie provides. You really need to try it out to get the full impact. If you’ve been to the theatres to see Avatar, Alice in Wonderland, or one of the other 3D movies that came out this year, then you understand the amazing affect that this technology can have. You literally feel like you’re inside the moving. It’s a truly immersive experience.
Many people have asked me whether buying a 3D television is right for them. In response to that, I would recommend 3D televisions for people are avid gamers, animated movie fans, or those who want to start shooting 3D home movies and photos.
As for wearing the glasses, the public is divided on this. But for me personally, it adds to my 3D experience. I think the glasses are part of the fun! Just my dorky side coming out there though ;)