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Review: Best Buy’s 55″ LG LED 3D HDTV Bundle Forces Me to go 3D

Due to a phenomenal bundle package that Best Buy is offering I’ve been forced to buy yet another new toy (like they had to hold a gun to my head), which happens to be a device to usher me into the land of 3D at home.  I took the plunge yesterday and picked up the LG 55″ 3D bundle, which comes packed with the LG 55LW5300 model HDTV, a 3D Blu-ray player, and 4 pairs of 3D glasses, all for the reasonable price of $1599.99.  Did I need a new TV?  F*ck no, but how can one call himself the Entertainment Buddha if he doesn’t take risks when it comes to buying gadgets that the rest of you p*ssy’s are too timid to buy!  Let me be the a-hole to get all these new toys so you can get the low down if they’re worth it or not.  In the case of this bundle it was definitely worth increasing my Best Buy card’s credit limit.

 

55″ LG LED 3D HDTV Best Buy Package

EB: 9 out of 10 Buddhas

The Awesome: Bundle Price, Great 2D and 3D Picture, Easy to Use

The Not so Awesome: Sound (If you don’t have a surround sound system), Brain Damage

 

The Awesome

Bundle Price

Without a doubt the 55″ LG 3DTV bundle offer going on right now at Best Buy is a steal and a half.  For $1600 bucks you essentially get everything you need to start getting your 3D on at home.  I think the only added expense is for new HDMI cables that support the higher throughput of the HDMI 1.4 technology, but Best Buy has some solid deals on those as well.  If you’ve been sitting on the side lines waiting to see where this whole 3D movement is going, or just waiting for prices to drop then this may be the bundle for you too.  LG offers a great looking TV with affordable 3D glasses that won’t cost you hundreds of bucks to procure.  In fact, with the 4 free pairs of glasses bundled in you shouldn’t have to incur any additional costs related to glasses, which is a great bonus for families and geek’s with imaginary friends.  Overall, I really feel like I got some bang for my buck with this LG 3DTV, and with the bundled deal it was a no brainer decision to enter the land of 3D at home.

You Get the Full 3D Experience in this Bundle with the Included 3D Blu-ray Player

Great 2D and 3D Picture

One of the fantastic features of the LG 55LW5300 is that it can upconvert 2D programming to 3D.  Now the resulting image isn’t something straight out of Avatar, but for a bonus feature it works out just fine.  I tested it last night while watching the Steelers take the “Dream” out of the Eagles new dream team of players, and it did give the game more depth than just the regular 2D broadcast.  Speaking of the 2D picture the LG is no slouch at displaying this old school format.

The picture on a HD channel looks very vivid and clear.  It’s much brighter and crisp than my old Samsung LCD model that it replaced, and I couldn’t help but be amazed at how much livelier it looked than my old model.  I was beginning to think that the old Samsung was on its way out while playing certain videogames the last few weeks, because I had to jack up the in-game brightness to ridiculous levels just to see certain sections of the game more clearly.  In fact, while doing some late night gaming on the new LG I almost considered toning the picture down a bit because it was SO clear and SO bright.  I didn’t do that, but to drive the point home this 3DTV set will have sex with your eyes.

I did view some legit 3D content on the device as well with some Killzone 3 action.  I can honestly say that one of the biggest factors that drove me down the 3D at home path was the gaming industry’s push to make more 3D games.  I’ve had K3 since launch, but never played it in 3D although I was dying to try.  I finally got that chance last night and all I can say is, “Booyeah!”.  I mean holy sh*t.  FPS gaming in 3D is something every gamer has to behold.  K3 didn’t look as sharp in 3D, but it looked awesome enough for me to get past that resolution drop.  The game honestly felt like an entirely new experience, and if I wasn’t playing it on the ball punchingly hard setting I probably would’ve went at it for more hours than I’d like to admit.  Trust me, having a 3DTV just for gaming is totally worth it!

LG’s Passive 3D Tech Allows for the use of Cheaper Glasses Like Those at the Movies

Easy to Use

These days some of the newer technologies that make it to market are almost too complicated for your average dummy to figure out.  This is not the case with the 55″ LG 3DTV.  The hardest part about setting up this TV is the fact that you have to screw the base on to the TV if you’re not going to hang it on a all.  After that it pretty much sets itself up.  The LG doesn’t have a myriad of menus to wade through when it comes to its settings, and it even offers a wizard to set up customized pictures for your videophiles.  Outside of my own dumba*s crossing some speaker wires I’d say the setup takes less than an hour.  After that you’ll be watching shows in 3D before you can say, “How the f*ck am I paying for this thing again?”

 

The Not so Awesome

Sound (For geeks that should be beat for not having a surround sound system)

As I so mildly put it above the whole sound issue with this LG TV can be avoided if your broke as* has a home theater system.  Before I even purchased the bundle I was well aware of this models issues with its native sound output.  It is quite meek and leaves much to be desired on the audio front, but honestly, if you have any type of home theater/surround sound system then this issue is a mute point.

I’m of the belief that if you’re going to spend thousands of dollars on a high end TV then why not give it the appropriate sound output that it deserves?  In fact, if you’re someone who has an expensive TV and you listen to the sound only from the TV itself you should walk outside and ask the nearest stranger to punch you in the neck!  It’s an egregious offense to your senses, and I can promise you that you aren’t getting the full movie/gaming experience without one.  So yes the sound on the LG 55LW5300 is weak, but not as beat as someone who hasn’t got the proper sound system for their high-end TV.

Brain Damage

When I first enabled the 3D feature on this TV I got a huge warning telling me to take a break every hour while viewing content in 3D.  I shrugged it off as some legality thing that LG had to put in there and went to work with some 3D Killzone 3 action.  Well after about an hour I felt like the inside of my head had just ran a marathon.  God only knows what viewing content in 3D can do to you, but I can definitely say that after a long session of viewing 3D content my head and eyes definitely felt wore the f*ck out.  It’s not a sickness feeling, but rather a feeling of should your eyes and brain get that much of a workout while watching TV.  There was definitely a feeling of eye strain going on, but not to the point where I woke up cross-eyed this morning.  Let’s just say that having 3D at home will take some getting used to, or it’ll eventually lead to self inflicted brain damage.

She Looks Pretty but Her 3D Will Kick Your Ass if You’re not Careful

 

The Final Verdict

Even with the feelings of brain damage in the back of my mind I’m whole heartedly pleased with my purchase.  The LG 55LW5300 LED 3D HDTV bundle is a great entry point for those tech heads on a budget looking for some 3D action.  The price is right for what you get, and the LG passive technology makes 3D at home more affordable with its cheap glasses.  Both 2D and 3D pictures look very crisp and vibrant, and the ability to upconvert 2D content to 3D is a bonus.  Plus for those of you that struggle finding your way out of a paper bag this 3DTV is quite easy to use with a very understandable interface.  The native sound for this model may be lacking some oomph, but it’s nothing that a surround sound system can’t handle.  The most glaring issue has to be strain put on your peepers and brain while viewing 3D content.  It’s not like watching Transformers 3 in 3D, but it’ll definitely wear on you after an extended session.

Overall, this is the perfect package to get you started in the 3D at home experience.  With all things considered I’m giving it an EB 9/10 Buddhas.  It’s a great bundle to get you into the 3rd dimension, and the LG 3DTV looks luscious in either 2D or 3D.  Even though I may have to sell my first born into servitude one day to pay off my gadget debts buying this TV was well worth it.  You can take a look at what’s under the hood below.  You’ve now been wanting a 3D TV too…

LG – 55″ Class / LED / 1080p / 120Hz / 3D / HDTV 3D Blu-ray Player Bundle

What’s Included

  • 3D Blu-ray player
  • Tabletop stand
  • Remote
  • 4 pairs of LG Cinema 3D glasses
  • Owner’s manual

Product Features

  • 54-5/8″ screen measured diagonally from corner to corner
    For optimal viewing in large rooms.
  • Ultraslim design (1-1/4″ deep)
    Ideal for wall mounting (with optional mounting kit, not included). VESA 400mm x 400mm compliant.
  • 3D technology
    Delivers stunning visuals for a new dimension of entertainment. Includes 4 pairs of LG Cinema 3D glasses.
  • XD Engine
    Improves brightness, contrast, detail and colors and reduces signal noise for cinema-like, high-resolution images. Also includes 6 color temperature modes and 8 picture modes.
  • Incredible contrast ratio (4,000,000:1)
    For an arresting viewing experience.
  • 1080p display
    Provides the highest quality progressive-scan picture possible from a high-definition source.
  • Inputs
    Include 1 RF (rear), 2 A/V (1 rear, 1 side), 2 component video (rear), 3 HDMI (2 rear, 1 side), 1 PC (rear) and 1 PC audio (rear).
  • Outputs
    Include 1 optical digital audio (rear) and 1 headphone (side).
  • 3 HDMI inputs
    HDMI cable not included. High-speed HDMI cable is the only connection that can deliver a full HDTV experience with a full 1080p picture and digital surround sound.
  • PC video input
    Lets you connect your computer to experience high-resolution images.
  • USB 2.0 port
    For quick connection of a digital camera or other USB device.
  • Blu-ray player
    For high-definition movie playback with resolution up to 5 times greater than DVD. Watch films in stunning high-definition just like you do on the big screen.
  • Playback formats
    Include CD, CD-R/RW, BD-ROM, BD-R/RE, DVD, DVD-R and DVD-RW formats for a variety of entertainment options.
  • Surround sound decoders
    Include Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HS Audio Master for a lush soundscape.
  • HDMI output
    HDMI cable not included. High-speed HDMI cable is the only connection that can deliver a Blu-ray experience with a full 1080p picture and digital surround sound.

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Matt Heywood is the founder and EIC of EntertainmentBuddha.com where he strives to make you a better geek, one post at a time! When he's not scouring the Internet for interesting nuggets of awesomeness he can be found in his secret lair enjoying the latest and greatest video games, taking pictures of toys, or talking Star Wars on EB's Star Wars Time podcast show.