LG Corp was originally Lak-Hui Chemical Industry, founded by Koo In-Hwoi in 1947. Based out of South Korea, Lak-Hui (pronounced lucky) was the first company in the country to begin manufacturing plastics. Plastics proved a good move for Lak-Hui, allowing its establishment of GoldStar Do, Ltd., in 1958. GoldStar would eventually become LG Electronics Inc., the consumer electronics arms of LG Corp. Lucky become a well-known home product manufacturer, creating popular soaps, detergents, and toothpastes, while GoldStar continued to make great strides in the area of home electronics.
GoldStar is responsible for South Korea's first radio, created in 1959. This led to GoldStar becoming a large manufacturer of consumer electronics in the Korean market. It wasn't until 1995 that the company would change its name to LG, an abbreviation of the two major arms Lucky and GoldStar. Since then, LG Corp has become South Korea's third largest conglomerate, producing electronics, telecommunications products, and chemicals. The company now pairs its LG name with its new tagline, Life's Good.
Now that recent 3D release like How to Train Your Dragon and Avatar have shown that the public still enjoys 3D films, LG is attempting to bring the same experience into the living room. Using an active shutter system, new LG televisions will pair a set of shutter glasses with the display refresh rate to create high-definition 3D. The glasses will darken each lens in time with the refresh rate, creating a scenario in which only one HD image enters each eye. This process drastically cuts down on image degradation and eyestrain. And without the need for red and blue anaglyph images, no 3D content will suffer from color distortion.
In May 2010, LG is scheduled to release the LX9500 series, first in Korea and a little later in international markets. These new 3D LCD TVs can produce three-dimensional effects at a resolution of 1080p, and come in 47- and 55-inch models. LG has even created a proprietary LED arrangement, placing the array behind the liquid crystal display, to produce an unheard-of 10,000,000:1 contrast ratio. The televisions will come equipped with a USB 2.0 port, allowing consumers to connect USB devices like flash drives or hard drives. Also available is an integrated Wireless AV Link, allowing connection to Wi-Fi home entertainment network devices. There's even an optional webcam that will allow consumers to use Skype through their TVs.
Both the 47-inch and 55-inch models will include LG's TruMotion 400Hz technology, Spot Control, Pictured Wizard II, Clear Voice II, Infinite Sound, and Intelligent Sensor, just to name a few advances. With all of these great technological marvels included, the LX9500 series will be able to produce both high quality video and sound. Each set comes bundled with one pair of shutter glasses, but additional pairs will cost extra. At only 22.3mm in thickness, LX9500s will be some of the thinnest televisions on the market, though they still can't compare to Samsung's super-slim 8mm C9000. The LX9500 will also include HDMI 1.4 connectivity. This does mean, however, that consumers may have to upgrade to home theater packages that use HDMI 1.4, as most still use the older HDMI 1.3 format. The 47-inch model is rumored to carry a price tag of around $4,150, which is a little steeper than other announced 3D TV prices.
LG Electronics has become one of the main competitors in the global television market, and of the largest in South Korea alone. If 3D television does turn out to be the next great wave in home entertainment, LG is poised right at the forefront of the market. And with a series like the LX9500, LG could very well end up king of the 3D hill this summer.
The 2011 LG 3D TV range consists of both plasma and LED LCD models, with displays that are ultra thin and feature a wide viewing angle along with optional wireless connection. They are DLNA compatible, ISFccc calibration ready, and some screens are even THX certified.
The innovative Japanese manufacturer has caused a stir during 2011 with the introduction of their LG Cinema 3D TV range, which works on passive 3D TV technology. The main benefit of this is in LGs claims that these 3D TVs produce flicker free images and allow the use of 3D glasses which are much cheaper and lighter in weight than the active shutter glasses used with most other manufacturers sets.
Superior Picture Quality
LG Cinema 3D takes the technology used in theaters and brings it to at home viewing; even 2D pictures can be converted to quality 3D. Some TVs feature TruMotion technology, which adds extra frames per second for a picture that is crisp and blur free. Plasma screens have 600Hz Max Sub Field Driving technology for even better results. A Dual XD Engine provides color accuracy, superior resolution, and clarity. The Picture Wizard on LG 3D TV models is a series of built in tools that make it easy to customize settings for constant perfection.
Extras, Add Ons, and Other Features
Smart TV from LG brings the best of the internet to the TV screen, including streaming video, applications, and social networking. The TVs feature SRS WOW sound, which combines SRS Sound with SRS TruBass, and SRS Focus for truly superior sound. The Magic Motion Remote contains only five buttons and works intuitively with a simple point and click. It can even be used for Qwerty tasks, like searching on YouTube. Additionally, the Intelligent Sensor on LG TVs will automatically optimize the picture based on the ambient lighting and color conditions.
LG LED LCD 3D TVs
LG LCD 3D TVs feature Edge Lit LEDs that gives the screen a thinner, smoother look with less energy consumption. LED Plus provides superior backlighting for brightness, clarity and color, and Full LED Slim has achieved THX certification. Full LED Slim has LED segments spread throughout the TV, with each one individually controlling brightness, clarity, and color detail. Full LED Slim and LED Plus both feature local dimming for targeted colors and deeper blacks.
LG Plasma 3D TVs
Plasma 3D TVs from LG feature 600 Hz Max Sub Field Driving technology and a Dual XD Engine. They also have a TruBlack filter that reduces the ambient light reflection to ensure the sharpest brights even in a room with bright lighting. The large plasma screens offered by LG offer crystal clear pictures with deep black, precise colors, and smooth high motion video.
LD920 Series of LG LCD 3D TVs (UK) The 47 screen features Intelligent Sensor, built in Freeview, four HDMI ports and USB connectivity. It uses TruMotion 200Hz technology and is compatible with Sky 3D. The TV comes with passive 3D technology and has a contrast ratio of 150,000:1.
LD950 Series of LG LCD 3D TVs (UK) Available in a 47 screen, the series features built in Digital Freeview, USB input, four HDMI inputs, and Sky 3D compatibility. It also has TruMotion 200Hz and Intelligent Sensor. The panel uses 3D passive technology.
LX6900 Series of LG LED LCD 3D TVs (UK) The LX900 series consists of a 42 and 47 screen. The screens feature Intelligent Sensor, Edge LEDs, Picture Wizard, built in Digital Freeview, and NetCast Internet TV, which includes access to YouTube, BBC iPlayer, and more. The series uses active 3D technology, TruMotion technology, and has a contrast ratio of 8,000,000:1.
LX9900 Series of LG LED LCD 3D TVs (UK) The 47 and 55 screens of the LX9900 series use active 3D technology and Full LED backlighting. They have a contrast ratio of 10,000,000:1 and four HDMI inputs. There is built in Digital Freeview, LGs Picture Wizard and NetCast Internet TV. The series is compatible with the Magic Motion remote control and has received ISF certification.
LW4 Series of LG LED LCD 3D TVs (UK) The LW4 series offers screens of 32, 42, 47 and 55. It features Cinema 3D TV, Intelligent Sensor, Smart TV, TruMotion 100Hz and built in Digital Freeview. The panels have a contrast ratio of 7,000,000:2 and are compatible with Sky 3D. There are eight picture modes, three AV modes (one each for cinema, sport and game), and three HDMI inputs.
LW5 Series of LG LED LCD 3D TVs (UK) SmartTV on the LW5 series offers BBC iPlayer, Facebook, YouTube, and LG Apps store. It is compatible with the Magic Motion Remote from LG and comes with built in Freeview HD. Other features include TruMotion 100Hz, Cinema 3D TV, a wide viewing angle, Picture Wizard II and Intelligent Sensor. The series includes 42, 47 and 55 screens.
LW6 Series of LG LED LCD 3D TVs (UK) Available in 42, 47 and 55, the LW6 series features Cinema 3D, LG Smart TV, NetCast, LG App Store, and Magic Motion Remote Control and Wireless Dongle compatibility. It uses LED Plus backlighting with local dimming along with TruMotion technology, and has a contrast ratio of 9,000,000:1.
PX990 Series of LG Plasma 3D TVs (UK) The PX990 series, available in either 50 or 60, is THX certified and won the 2010 TIPA awards for Best Photo TV Display. It uses 3D active technology, offers 2D to 3D conversion, and 600Hz for zero motion blur. The series features TruBlack filter, NetCast and Freeview HD.
PW4 Series of LG Plasma 3D TVs (UK) The 42 and 50 panels of the PW4 series use Active 3D technology and feature 2D to 3D conversion. It uses 600Hz Max Sub Field Driving technology and features a Razor Frame bigger picture that takes up less space. Other features include Dual XD Engine, built in Freeview HD, nine AV modes, Intelligent Sensor and SimpLink.
PZ2 Series of LG Plasma 3D TVs (UK) The PZ2 series includes 50 and 60 panels with Razor Frame Design, which feature 600Hz Sub Field Driving technology and 2D to 3D conversion. The panels have a contrast ratio of 3,000,000:1, a Dual XD Engine, built in Freeview, and active shutter 3D technology.
PZ550 Series of LG Plasma 3D TVs (UK) The PZ550 series includes panels of 50 and 60. The screens have a razor thin design, built in Freeview HD, a contrast ratio of 3,000,000:1, and are THX 3D certified. The series uses 600Hz technology and feature 2D to 3D conversion. Other features include Intelligent Sensor and SimpLink with HDMI CEC.
PZ570T Series of LG Plasma 3D TVs (UK) The 50 and 60 screens of the PZ570T series feature Smart TV, Smart Share, Home Dashboard, and Magic Motion Remote Control compatibility. They have a contrast ratio of 3,000,000:1 and 600Hz SubField Driving technology along with THX certification. There is a Dual XD Engine and Intelligent Sensor.
PZ950 Series of LG Plasma 3D TVs (UK) The PZ950 series consists of 50 and 60 screens. The series includes LG Smart TV, which provides access to BBC iPlayer, YouTube, Facebook and LG Apps TV. The series is compatible with Magic Motion Remote Control, and features Smart Share, Home Dashboard, THX certification, 600Hz technology, 2D to 3D conversion, TruBlack filter, and built in Freeview.
LW5600 Series of LG LED LCD 3D TVs (US) The 47 and 55 screens of the LW6500 series feature LED Plus with local dimming, a dynamic contrast ratio of 8,000,000:1 and TruMotion 120Hz. The panels are Magic Motion Remote Control compatible, DLNA certified, ISFcc ready, Energy Star qualified, and Wi-Fi ready. The LW5600 series features Picture Wizard II and Intelligent Sensor.
LW5700 Series of LG LED LCD 3D TVs (US) The LW5700 includes screens of 47 and 55. They feature Smart TV, Magic Motion Remote Control, Cinema 3D, 2D to 3D conversion, and LED backlighting. The panels use TruMotion 120Hz technology to reduce motion blur. They are Energy Star qualified, Wi-Fi ready, and DLNA certified.
LW6500 Series of LG LED LCD 3D TVs (US) The LW6500 series features TruMotion 240Hz, a dynamic contrast ratio of 9,000,000:1, and LED Plus with local dimming. Features include LG Smart TV, LG Cinema 3D and LGs Magic Motion Remote. The panels are Energy Star qualified, DLNA certified and IFScc ready. They have Intelligent Sensor and Picture Wizard II, along with four HDMI ports and two USB ports.
PW350 Series of LG Plasma 3D TVs (US) The PW350 series features 720p resolution, 2D to 3D conversion, Intelligent Sensor, Picture Wizard II, and a TruSlim Frame. The panels are Energy Star qualified and ISFcc ready. They have 3 HDMI ports and 1 USB ports. The screens are available in 42 and 50.
PZ550 Series of LG Plasma 3D TVs (US) The 50 and 60 panels feature NetCast, 600Hz Max Sub Field Driving and a 3,000,000:1 contrast ratio. They are Wi-Fi ready, DLNA certified, Energy Star qualified, and ISFcc ready. The panels are equipped with four HDMI ports and two USB ports, Intelligent Sensor, Picture Wizard II, and 2D to 3D conversion capability.
PZ750 Series of LG Plasma 3D TVs (US) The PZ750 series includes 50 and 60 screens that feature LG Smart TV, 600Hz Max Sub Field Driving, and a dynamic contrast ratio of 3,000,000:1. The series is Magic Motion Remote Control compatible, Wi-Fi ready, DLNA certified, Energy Star qualified, and THX 3D certified.
PZ950 Series of LG Plasma 3D TVs (US) The 50 and 60 screens of the PZ950 series feature LG Smart TV, TruSlim Frame, TruBlack Filter, and a THX 3D certified display. They are compatible with LGs Magic Motion Remote Control, and include Picture Wizard II and Intelligent Sensor.