55LW5600 (Cinema 3D) vs. Samsung UN55C7000
by LJoe2000 - 6/20/11 7:54 AM
I've had a Samsung UN55C7000 for about a year now and recently decided to watch some 3D. Well, it turns out that the 2011 Samsung 3D glasses don't work with the 2010 TVs, and scrounging up 4 pair of 2010 compatible glasses was going north of $500. So I decided to move the Samsung to another room and try the LG 55LW5600 with the Cinema 3D.
First of all, the Cinema 3D works flawlessly. The 3D was perfect with both with the glasses that came with the TV and some I brought home from the theater. There was absolutely no bleed through between channels. I firmly believe that in a few years shutter glasses will be a thing of the past. One small complaint is that the glasses that come with the TV are too small to fit over some normal glasses, so you may have to take a trip to the theater one more time. The salesman also offered me some LG "demo" glasses from the store that were theater sized (I don't know if this is normal practice). Since I already have some, I didn't take him up on it.
With that said, here are a few thoughts of how the 55LW5600 stacks up against the Samsung as a 2D TV.
- Wireless: The wireless dongle was included with the LG, but a $70 option on the Samsung
- Remote: The LG comes with both the wand remote and a normal remote. You can put the normal remote in the closest because I haven't found anything that can't be done with the wand. My Samsung had a nicer looking normal remote (all chrome and brushed steel), but the wand is clearly superior. I don't know if the 2011 Samsung has a wand or not.
- The 2010 Samsung was not an "internet" TV like the 2011 Samsung, so although this means the LG is better in this regard, I've never used the 2011 Samsung.
- Overall, the UN55C7000 has a better picture than the 55LW5600.
- The Samsung is constructed a little better. The LG is built like a $1000 TV, and the Samsung is built like a $2000 TV. By this I mean the appearance, frame, stand, etc., are all a little nicer on the Samsung.
- Everyone says the LG speakers are poor. And they are. So if you don't have a stereo, this may be a real issue.
If you primarily want 3D, the LG is the only choice. The glasses are light weight, and don't require batteries. Plus if you break a pair, they are $5 to $10 to replace. The 3D on the LG is perfect with no bleed through. I think shutter glasses are on their way out.
However, overall the LG looks and feels like a cheaper TV. the LG is $1900, and the 2011 UN55D7000 is about $2300 with a couple glasses bluray player. I think that puts the Samsung TV at around $2100. For two TVs in the same price point, the Samsung has a higher end look and feel.
So if you're not going to use 3D, I would personally think hard before picking the LG. I think the LG 55LW5600 would be a solid choice at the $1400 to $1500 range, but I'm not sure it quite stacks up with other $2000 sets - unless 3D is important to you.