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Although experts generally prefer plasma TV to models with LCD screen technology because of darker black levels and wider viewing angles, LG Infinia LW5600 reviews say this series proves the exception to the rule. The Infinia LW5600 boasts an LCD panel with LED backlighting along the edges, a design feature that Digital Trend's LG Infinia LW5600 review says shows black levels, colors, and contrast nearing the standard set by plasma displays. The passive 3D technology underlying the Infinia LW5600 doesn't deter experts, either; the cheap passive glasses no doubt help, but LG Infinia LW5600 reviews say 3D viewing surpasses expectations. CNET commends the bright display and near absence of crosstalk (score two for passive 3D in the shoot-out with active 3D) but grumbles about some artifacts in 3D mode (strike one against passive 3D). The 2D performance of this series also pleases experts. An LG Infinia LW5600 review in PC Mag calls it superb, with deep blacks and a clean, crisp picture -- performance that helped it earn an Editors' Choice award for LCD TVs.

The LG Infinia LW5600 (47-inch set starting at $1,000, Amazon) is an LCD TV with edge-lit LED backlighting and passive 3D technology. The set comes with four pairs of passive 3D glasses -- a nice bonus -- and reviewers say you can go the distance with them because they're so comfortable. Features include a full 1080p display, a 120Hz refresh rate, and Wi-Fi connectivity using the appropriate Wi-Fi adapter. There are four HDMI ports, two USB ports, two component connections, a PC connection, and an Ethernet port. Only two screen sizes are available in this series: 47 inches and 55 inches, the latter with a starting price of $1,337.

If you're hankering for a good 3D LCD TV, check out the LG Infinia LW5600. Its black levels are darker than what you'll get with most LCD TVs (even when helped along with LED backlights), and you won't have to buy 3D glasses unless you need more than four (not much of a hassle if you do; passive 3D glasses go for about $10 a pair). The 3D effect of passive 3D may not be quite as deep and convincing as active 3D, but the comfortable passive 3D glasses may help you overcome any doubts about the experience.

by Michael Sweet (Google+ Profile) – January 2, 2014
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