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post #1 of 1507
Thread Starter 
This page is dedicated to anyone who owns or is interested to own
LG's LE5400 series LED LCD. Pleaes feel free to post calibration set ups as well! Cheers!
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I sure would like to hear some feedback on the set as well. I had a Samsung 5265 I recently had to put out to pasture. That was a gorgeous TV. I hated to see it go, but alas time for bigger and better. I thought I'd take a chance on the Sony 60" EX700 but I haven't been impressed with the picture since I got it home. Seems to lack the pop and color my Samsung had. Ive had my eye on the 55" LG 5400 but have heard limited feedback from this board. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
post #3 of 1507
Well, i have had the 55LE5400 for about a month and it's a keeper. I have it hooked up to a Comcast Moto HD cable box, a PS3, and a laptop. Viewing angles are excellent due to it having an ips panel. Color accuracy is very good too. Black levels are ok and acceptable, but not quite as good as the blacks on the 55ex500 cfl set that i compared it too. The matte screen works well in minimizing reflections if i have any lights on. This panel works great as a big computer monitor too. The Cinema Zoom 8 aspect ratio fills the screen perfectly and text seems crisp to me. One other positive is how cool this puppy runs. Here are settings i have found to work well for me, although done just by experimenting:

Backlight - 10-30(Closer to 30 for daytime viewing and closer to 10 for nightime viewing.)
Color - 60 for hd cable box, 50 for computer use
Color Temp - Warm 30 for hd cable, neutral for computer
Tint - 0
Contrast - 90
Brightness - 60 for hd cable box, 50 for computer
Sharpness - 50
Black Level - Low
Gamma - Medium
Advanced Controls - For the most part i turn all the rest of these enhancements off.
Trumotion - Off most of the time. You CAN adjust blur and judder settings independently if desired.

The other edge-lit led sets from Sony(ex700) and Samsung(6300,6500,ect.) get much more attention here than the LG 5400. All i can say is i am pleased with mine and based on the many positive reviews at Best Buy and Walmart, I'm not the only one.

Regards,
Paul
post #4 of 1507
Thread Starter 
I feel this is a great value for a tv. I tried the samsung 6000 series but the reflective screen gave off rainbows that were very distracting. This tv is a definite winner. Out of the box, I really like the Game setting, I will try the above settings by ptt600 later.

Slapshot
post #5 of 1507
I just got my 55LE5400 over the weekend. Replaced a Sammy PN50C550. Love it so far. Really need to tweak the settings though. Anyone know if the professional calibration is needed? The BB guy was pushing hardcore for the ISF cert.

PTT660, I thought our 55LE5400 has local dimming? Your post mentions edge lit, or are you just comparing?
post #6 of 1507
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Originally Posted by rabidranger View Post

I just got my 55LE5400 over the weekend. Replaced a Sammy PN50C550. Love it so far. Really need to tweak the settings though. Anyone know if the professional calibration is needed? The BB guy was pushing hardcore for the ISF cert.

PTT660, I thought our 55LE5400 has local dimming? Your post mentions edge lit, or are you just comparing?

Our set is edge-lit. The 2010 LE8500, LE9500, plus the 2009 LHX and LH90 are their local dimming models. Did a BB sales rep tell you the 55LE5400 was a local dimming set? Would not surprise me in the least...........LOL! Personally, i have not had my set isf calibrated and don't plan to. I am satisfied with the picture quality based on the settings i am using above. If you decide to have yours calibrated, I would be very careful about using BB for this. From what i have read here, you would probably have better results going with someone local who has a proven rep. It may cost a you a bit more but you would most likely get a more complete calibration.

Good luck with your set!
post #7 of 1507
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Originally Posted by rabidranger View Post

I just got my 55LE5400 over the weekend. Replaced a Sammy PN50C550. Love it so far. Really need to tweak the settings though. Anyone know if the professional calibration is needed? The BB guy was pushing hardcore for the ISF cert.

PTT660, I thought our 55LE5400 has local dimming? Your post mentions edge lit, or are you just comparing?

Its just another service bb tries to push on the consumer to make additional profit.
post #8 of 1507
I recently purchased an LG 55LE5400 LED HDTV as well as the BD570 Blu-Ray player. I have them connected to each other with a high-quality $140 HDMI cable. I have two prevalent problems with this hardware: (i) When playing a disc, the video and audio frequently drops out (the screen goes black and audio stops) for about a second, then it comes back; and (ii) the second problem is that the audio is always a half-second behind the video, creating a very bad lip sync issue. I've tried ALL the settings on both menus, have tried different cable, different HDMI ports. I even took both units back to the store and swaped them out for another serial number. So this appears to be a design problem with this setup. Both problems are extremely annoying, and if I can't resolve this issue I'm taking both back to the store and return them for something else.

I've called LG and haven't gotten very good response (they keep reading their script to me, and say that no one else has had this issue).

Has anyone else experienced this problem? Any ideas on how to fix?
post #9 of 1507
55le5500 is local dim version. 5400 is not local dim
post #10 of 1507
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Originally Posted by serialmike View Post

55le5500 is local dim version. 5400 is not local dim

Actually the 5500 is both. It has a limited number of local dimming zones.
post #11 of 1507
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Originally Posted by woodyjoe View Post

Actually the 5500 is both. It has a limited number of local dimming zones.

Long time lurker here...first post and all that. I purchased the le5500 over the weekend and I can attest to this limited number of local dimming zones. This is my biggest issue with this set. You can turn off local dimming but it's almost like the set was designed around this feature because the blacks are pretty terrible with local dimming off. Plus, you pay a little more for that feature so you're better off with an le5400 imho.
post #12 of 1507
Love the set so far. I guess the fact my set does not have local is not an issue. Watched Daybreakers last night (blue ray) and the black suits over bright backgrounds looked AWESOME. I think it was better than the PN50C550 sammy plasma I had. I don't think I am going to shell out for the calibration either. I will just wait till others post up their settings and copy em.
post #13 of 1507
(Big time lurker here; first actual post )

Well, I've been looking to upgrade for a while now, and this was one of the sets I was looking at. Can anyone attest to how well this TV performs when used as a PC moniter?
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I've been taking a close look at this TV myself... the 42" model, specifically. My ideal size is 40", but LG doesn't seem to make a 40... 42" would work. Saw it in Best Buy, and I know that in-store isn't exactly accurate as far as what you will get when you have it in your home, it did look like a nice set. I liked the PQ, and the fact that the screen wasn't super-reflective. Seems that not too many people have this set... can anyone comment on any of the following?

A) Speaker placement & quality. Also, any issues with the audio not being in sync with the video (I'm returning the Sharp 810 UN that I bought only a week ago, which I really like overall, for this very problem)?
B) Gaming/input lag. This is pretty important to me, as I will be gaming on whatever TV I buy quite a bit (but I don't really want to go with a plasma, for various reasons). As long as it's not over 30 ms, I'm good. Has anyone had a chance to test this set?
C) Clouding/flashlighting. Some is ok (and this does seem to be something of a recurring issue with edge-lit LED), as long as it's not too bright or covers too much of the screen.

Any info is appreciated.
post #15 of 1507
Hmm... nothing?

Guess this TV hasn't exactly taken off in popularity...

Well, even though there's not much info, I think I will give it a shot. Then it won't be an unknown for me anymore...I can always return it if I'm not happy. Going to Best Buy today, so unless some other TV jumps off the wall at me (not literally, of course), I'll probably be coming home with this one, and I'll answer my own questions, haha. I'll post my impressions here.

Oh, also, I've seen it mentioned a couple times that the 5400 has an IPS panel... any way to confirm this? Or just, how did you find that out, ptt660? Didn't see any info of panel type on the LG site. Just curious.

Thanks to those who own this TV and posted earlier in the thread! Good to know you guys are enjoying it.
post #16 of 1507
I just purchased this TV today as well. Haven't hooked it up yet, as I don't move in to my house until next week.

Looking for some calibration setting if anyone has them?? Would love for this thing to operate at it's prime!

Thanks
post #17 of 1507
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A) Speaker placement & quality. Also, any issues with the audio not being in sync with the video (I'm returning the Sharp 810 UN that I bought only a week ago, which I really like overall, for this very problem)?
B) Gaming/input lag. This is pretty important to me, as I will be gaming on whatever TV I buy quite a bit (but I don't really want to go with a plasma, for various reasons). As long as it's not over 30 ms, I'm good. Has anyone had a chance to test this set?

I've heard both can be an issue when Truemotion is enabled [which makes sense]; thats one of the things I've been waiting to hear on before getting this set...
post #18 of 1507
Just picked up the 32 inch version from BB today. They had it on sale for a couple bills off list price. Funny how the equivalent Samsung model (UN32C6500) at the same list price is only available through the Magnolia section. Anyway, here are my thoughts so far using only the FIOS cable box (using HDMI at 1080i fixed) and a laptop HDMI connection. Only had it for a couple hours so far, and I have not tried the tuner, component inputs, any of the Ethernet connections/features or a Blu-Ray player yet.

1) I see VERY little flashlighting on this model; I see just a very small bit along the right edge and none visible on the top, bottom or left edge.

2) The TruMotion 120 is somewhat interesting with 1080i content from the FIOS STB. I do see the effect having some goodness on sports but other content seems to cause some juddering that is still visible no matter what the judder setting is. This isn't really a fair test until I've tried some 1080p/24 material from a Blu-Ray player. It will be a while before I've got a Blu-Ray hooked up.

3) Blacks are really nice compared to some other LCD sets I have. I definitely notice a shiny/inky performance. The brightness is off-the-charts. I've not done any calibration yet, just running with slightly reduced backlight and contrast from the "normal" setting.

4) Use on a computer seems very nice so far; totally usable as a monitor. I have moderate myopia (I need reading glasses) but sitting 3-4 feet away at 1920x1080 with no zooming is very comfortable. I had to set the aspect ratio to "Just Scan" to eliminate the overscan and see all the pixels. For the laptop I'm running in GAME MODE which defeats any of the TruMotion features. With it set this way, there is only a minor lag in video response, I'd say in the 10's of milliseconds without running any sort of formal tests.

The negatives (very minor ones):
Having such a thin screen is pretty cool, but I wish they had designed the input jacks on the rear so that entry/exit is vertical instead of horizontal. Your cables basically stick straight out the back unless you have right angle connectors. Contrast this with the edge-lit 6500 series Samsung which has its HDMI ports designed to connect "in parallel" with the rear panel - very nice! Although the Sammy has them exiting towards the SIDE and very near to the left edge of the panel. So if you were to wall mount the Samsung and articulate the TV by swinging the left side out, you will see all your cabling glory right there.

The other slightly odd thing is that the AC cord is permanently mounted to the panel. So if you are planning a wall mount installation, you cannot pull the AC separately before you mount everything; you'll have to mount the TV, THEN pull the AC cable through the wall using the male/plug end. Unless of course you plan to mount an AC receptacle in-wall behind the TV. In that case, you're also stuck with the entire cord having to be folded up since you cannot replace it with a short one.

One other little nit is the side component input. These are implemented with a pair of 1/8" (3.5mm) 4-conductor jacks - one for the Y/Pr/Pb video and the other for audio L/R plus a composite video. In the box you get a couple of cable adapters that convert to the normal RCA style jacks. The adapters are made with very thin (cheap looking) cables; about the size of a thick headphone cable. I have just never seen this before on a television. I suppose most people would be using that side input for temporary connections such as a digital camera, camcorder or video game and the adapters they give you are probably equivalent to what you would get with your camera/game anyway so I don't consider this a big deal.

So far, so good. Helluva PC monitor, and everything is great with the FIOS STB.
post #19 of 1507
Thanks for the review HTBruceM, would you comment on the viewing angle of the set?
post #20 of 1507
Gonna give a bump! Hooking up Friday! Any calibration settings?
post #21 of 1507
Finally hooked up my 55LE5400 this week. Really enjoying pt660's calibrations listed above (and I also keep TruMotion off). Such a great TV!!

Big question is, has anyone else experienced lip sync issues when playing DVDs? I use my Philips sound bar which has a built-in DVD player; it's plugged directly into my TV.

Not sure how else to approach this issue except to contact LG at this point...pain.
post #22 of 1507
Any reviews out on this set yet? I'm looking for a TV for a bedroom and prefer one of these slim models. How does the video quality compare to last year's lh90 series?
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I'm looking at possibly getting the 47LE5400 to use as a computer monitor to replace another 47" through a replacement policy through BB. This is the only 47" monitor they carry so its likely they are going to give me this one.

That said, can somebody comment on how well this particular model would be for that use? E.g. is there no noticeable input lag, does it evenly 1:1 pixel scale, does it force overscan from hdmi, and finally does it support DPMS power save functions? (automatically turn off)
post #24 of 1507
What's the european name of the 32LE5400?
post #25 of 1507
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Originally Posted by lifestyle View Post

Any reviews out on this set yet? I'm looking for a TV for a bedroom and prefer one of these slim models. How does the video quality compare to last year's lh90 series?

Best buy has the most user reviews that i have seen for this model.

55" 4.8 out of 5, 30 reviews
47" 4.8 out of 5, 17 reviews
42" 4.5 out of 5, 25 reviews

Overall it is getting better user reviews than the comparable led samsung 6300- 6500 and led sony ex-700.
post #26 of 1507
Well I pulled the trigger on this 47" model from BB. I waver back & forth, down to the only 2 w/ non-reflective screen. So far so good, I will keep this thread updated.
post #27 of 1507
Are the 5400's better than the 5300 series with regards to black level, off angle viewing and overall PQ?
post #28 of 1507
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Originally Posted by sjhu77 View Post

Are the 5400's better than the 5300 series with regards to black level, off angle viewing and overall PQ?

I havent seen the 5300 but the 5400 is a higher end model so it should have more features. I havent seen the specs on the 5300 so I cant really answer. Not sure anyone can unless they've compared side by side.
post #29 of 1507
Thread Starter 
For questions about gaming lag, I use "game mode" for my ps3 and that seems to pretty much eliminate any noticable lag. When I wasn't using game mode there was a bit of lag that made MLB the show a bit tough to hit accurate pitches and swings. Game mode on, no problems at all. My xbox360 is hooked up via the vga connection and I notice no lag that is noticable, call of duty and other games play superb.

Odd that there are no professional reviews, but I am thrilled overall with this set. I originially looked at the samsung 6000 series, but the shiny screen reflected rainbows that were very distracting so I pulled the trigger on this LG and am much happier for it! The matte screen performs well and off angle viewing is just fine.
post #30 of 1507
So do you LED owners feel LED is worth it without calibration?
Went to buy the 55le5400 tonight. The sales person talked us out of it after we advised we were not interested in calibration. He said the extra expense of the LED technology was not worth it without calibration, because the difference between LED and plain LCD would not be discernible without calibration. He indicated that plasma sets were better looking than LED without calibration. We left without a TV since we did not have time to re-evaluate our purchase options. We saw the calibration display and were not impressed $300 worth. We are considering the Viera 54g20 plasma that the store did not stock. He said that whatever black level issues there were in the G10 series were solved in the G20. The rep did not mention the existence of a g20 in anything obigger than the 50" unit he stocked.(which we liked, but was too small.)
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