Experience breathtaking visuals with this LG 55LN5100 LED HDTV, which features 1080p resolution for crisp images with rich detail. The TruMotion 120Hz refresh rate helps eliminate blurring and ghosting in fast-motion scenes.
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54-5/8" screen measured diagonally from corner to corner
For optimal viewing in large rooms.
VESA 400mm x 400mm compliant
To allow simple wall mounting (with optional mounting kit, not included).
TruMotion 120Hz refresh rate
Helps minimize blurring and ghosting during intense action sequences, so you can enjoy movies, sporting events and games in crystal clarity. TripleXD Engine delivers high-quality images.
Enhances the picture quality of standard-definition content. Picture Wizard and 7 picture modes, including vivid, standard, cinema, sport and game and 2 expert modes, let you adjust images to your liking.
Provides a highly detailed picture and is ideal for 1080p-capable content, including Blu-ray movies.
Virtual surround sound
Along with a 10W speaker system deliver lush, immersive audio. Clear Voice II technology ensures crisp sound, and 5 sound modes allow simple audio customization.
Include 2 HDMI/HDCP (1 rear, 1 side), 1 component (rear), 1 composite (rear) and 1 RF antenna/cable (rear).
Include 1 optical digital audio (rear). RS-232C control and service interface via 3.5mm mini jack (rear).
2 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.
USB 3.0/2.0 port
Lets you access media in JPEG and MP3 formats stored on compatible devices (not included).
Overall Customer Rating
4.4 (621 Reviews)
94% of customers recommend this product.
Awesome LED for the price
Posted by: mattwag from: Strongsville, OH on
For a black Friday deal at $500 it was a stellar deal. All this junk about refresh rates basically amounts to snake oil. 60 Hz, 120, 240...who cares. The TV displays a fine picture and personally I think it looks great no matter the program I happen to be watching, granted, I am not a huge sports fan, but I do tend to watch a lot of programming with fast action. It's an LED and inherently it's not going to give the same quality that I feel a plasma does but LCD/LED technology has come a long way since 10 years ago when nothing could compete with the picture quality of plasma. I got it because the place where I put it (my family room# the TV tends to be on 24/7 and my 50" LG THX certified plasma was an energy hog at 295W. This LG only draws 59W by comparison...I will like my electric bill a whole lot better now. Yes, it is very basic with only two HDMI inputs, one component set, and one optical out but that's all my situation required. For the best picture I would suggest the settings below which I obtained from lcdtvbuyingguide.com. BTW, there is no "Tru motion" nor "Just scan" setting...not at least on the one I got.
Aspect Ratio 16:9 #no just scan#
Energy Saving Off
Picture Mode ISF Expert 1
H Sharpness 10
V Sharpness 10
Dynamic Contrast Off
Color Gamut Range Standard
Edge Enhancer Off
Color Filter Off
Color Temp Warm2
Method 2 Points
Noise Reduction Off
MPEG Noise Reduction Off
Black Level Low
Real Cinema Off
Motion Eye Care Off
All other settings should be left at default.
82 out of 86 found this review helpful.
Posted by: King5six1 from: Dallas, TX on
For anyone on the fence about this exclusive model, I contacted LG and was informed that this is a model made exclusively for Best Buy and Walmart. This model is almost identical to the 55LN5400 but doesn't have the smart share features. You can look up the 55LN5400 and see there are a lot of positive reviews on that set. And at $499 for a 55 inch direct lit LED its a no brainer. Smart features were not a concern to me as my Xbox has many of the same features through it, same with it having only 2 HDMI. I only use 1. But beware if you hook all of your components up to a TV and need more than 2 HDMI inputs.
117 out of 132 found this review helpful.
THIS IS THE TV TO BUY!! READ ON!!!
Posted by: MrSummers from: Ohio on
FOR THOSE LOOKING FOR A NEW TV...I AM GIVING MY FULL SUPPORT BEHIND THE BESTBUY EXCLUSIVE 55" LG 1080p/120hz LED MODEL LN5100--it is on sale for $499.99, just to clarify about anyone confused regarding 60hz/120hz and people debating whether this tv is 120hz as stated on the box or 60hz as noted on page 29 of its owners manual. Currently ALL tv shows and blu rays broadcast in 60hz, however much like when HDTV first started and you had an HDTV but there werent HD channels, you weren't getting them in 'HD' just because you had an HDTV. buying a tv that is 120hz is simply meant for the future essentially. This tv will broadcast in 60hz with the ABILITY to show 120hz for a true 120hz device down the road. The fact that page 29 states 60hz it simply means if you connect a blu ray player to it, it will play in 60 hz because again blu rays do NOT play in 120hz, if you connect an xbox or playstation it will play in 60 hz. THIS particular model does NOT give you the option to what people call the 'soap opera' effect where movies look like home video, not having this option does not mean that the tv is not 120hz it just means it does not falsely create 120hz by using this effect. The example is say there are 10 frames shown, with 60hz you will see frame 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10..if it has this 'soap opera effect' it will show frames 1,1,2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8,9,9,10,10. essentially doubling the frames giving a more crystal clear appearance but still not actually in 120hz. The advantage of a 120hz over 60hz tv is that down the road when 120hz programming/video becomes available you will not have to replace your set. Also, save your money on a SMART tv, and get a SMART blu ray player instead, by doing this you save a few hundred bucks and can just stream directly from the blu ray player #as long as you have wifi# This is a wonderful deal and you CANNOT beat the size/price/brand combo..that is all
86 out of 96 found this review helpful.
Fantastic TV and a steal for $500
Posted by: MonsterSteve from: New York, NY on
This TV is a 1080p TV with 120htz. Yes, it is a 60htz TV but they use their TrueMotion technology to simulate the 120htz. Do people realize that every major company has their own form of Truemotion? LG has Truemotion, Panasonic has its backlight scanning, Samsung has CMR (clear motion rate), Sharp has AquoMotion, Sony has MotionFlow, you get the picture. People act as if this is a bad thing. These technologies are a love or hate type of thing, and as someone who spends time at AVSforum, you will know there are people who love the soap opera affect and people who hate it (which in essence is what they do). Good thing, all of the TV's that use this technology are optional, so you can go into the settings and turn them off or adjust them. My Samsung has the same thing, advertised as 120htz, ended up being 60htz with the CRM and its amazingly good to look at. Don't forget, you're getting a 55" 1080p LG LED panel for 500 bucks. Cmon, stop complaining.
52 out of 57 found this review helpful.
No true 120Hz TVs at price range or close...
Posted by: LeoWill from: on
This TV is great for the price and features. The device operates at a native 60Hz with an internal refresh of 120Hz. The native 60Hz exceeds the Hz of the actual sources. The TV pumps up the image to 120Hz via TrueMotion (Motion Interpolation) in order to eliminate artifacts and provide an overall better image. Other manufactures do the same thing but call the process something different.
No 120Hz TVs/screens are at this price range and size, or even close. There is no need since consoles are barely capable of doing 60Hz and other forms of media are around the 30Hz range.
Monitors are the only true 120Hz screens, since computers are capable of putting out 120Hz if not more. A 120Hz 23" LCD (not LED) monitor costs at least 199$. Add another 100$ for LED. The biggest common monitor is only 27".
Motion interpolation is used in various display devices such as some HDTVs and video players, aimed at alleviating display motion blur, a common problem on LCD flat-panel displays.
Film motion smoothing-
Films are recorded at a frame rate of 24 frames per second (frame/s) and television is typically shot at 25, 50, 30 or 60 frames per second (the first two being PAL, the other two NTSC). Normally, when a fixed framerate display, such as an LCD screen, is used to display a video source whose framerate is less than that of the screen, frames are often simply duplicated as necessary (e.g. 3:2 pulldown) to match the video refresh, which may introduce a visual artifact known as judder, perceived as "jumpiness" in the picture. Motion interpolation intends to remedy this by generating intermediate frames that make animation more fluid.
65 out of 74 found this review helpful.
So far so good, but need more time with it
Posted by: Grooovylou from: New York, NY on
Obviously purchased this TV as part of the Black Friday door buster deal. Was it worth 5-6 hour long wait? Sort of I guess. Don't get me wrong, for the price, this TV can't be beat (for now). 55", LED, 1080p, 120HZ, and a good brand like LG. If you can do without the gimmicky features like 3D and SmartTV features, then you'll be paying a great price. You sacrifice them for a larger size screen.
The build quality is pretty good although the long term can be questionable. Being a BestBuy 'exclusive', LG could have outsourced the manufacturing of the set to another lesser known company, who could have used questionable and cheap parts to bring the price down. This can't be proven unless you really dig for the information. But there are no reviews for this particular model and it was only available during Black Friday so buyer beware in this regard.
Picture quality is pretty good, you will definitely need to fine tune everything though when you get it home. Installing the stand was easy. It'll take two people to make things easier though, make sure you have a long screwdriver cause the holes are pretty recessed and hard to reach with anything else. Otherwise, plug and play. Sound quality is not great, really no power, bass, and no oomph to it. If you're not an audiophile, you probably won't care. Otherwise, invest in a sound bar for a much improved cinematic and sports experience.
Only 2 HDMI ports is disappointing, and there are no PC out (DVI or VGA) connections. I suppose this is where the cost cutting measures are noticeable. Remote is pretty basic, it's definitely not ugly (looking at you, Sharp) but you can tell it belongs to a cheap TV set. Not a big deal for many. Can't notice the 120HZ refresh rate kicking in when watching a Thanksgiving football game. There is still some motion blur. Might be a deal breaker for some. Opt for 240HZ sets if you really hate the judder or blur of fast paced TV programs, such as sports.
I end the review with a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays to all you wacky shoppers out there. Stay safe and don't get crazy.
36 out of 38 found this review helpful.
Great TV for the price.. Recom. Ext warranty
Posted by: Mayhem311 from: Baltimore md on
Ok.. This TV is a steal at 500$.. Yes no 3D (Who cares) no Smart technology but PS3 gives it the same abilities (Not to forget X1 box from Comcast makes every TV smart) and the 2 HDMI (Buy a 20 dollar switch to give you more) but 500 dollars? Thats crazy cheap!
Negatives. Does take abaout 20 minutes to find that sweet spot for best picture
After all said and done.. This is a great buy.. Great picture and features. The refresh rate is good enough to give this TV a great grade and I have no regrets!
So people who are upset about No WIFI or Smart technologies.. It clearly said LED tv not LED smart tv.. No worries here
Just get yourself a PS3/PS4 and a HDMI switch to make this perfect.
37 out of 40 found this review helpful.
Good TV, Great Price
Posted by: blueshirt6476 from: Missouri on
In the interest of full disclosure I am a BestBuy employee and I work in the Home Theater department, but I am also a purchaser of this TV. So I know what I am talking about, and hope the following helps (BestBuy employees are not on commission and I am not being compensated in any way for this review):
I read many of the reviews between buying the TV and when I picked it up. I was originally concerned with some of the reviews' statements about picture quality, especially with regard to the refresh rate (eg. 60/120Hz). After having setup the TV, though, I can say from experience that the TV is great. It was a great buy for the price $499 (black Friday pricing down from $999 originally).
I am normally a Samsung purchaser, but there was no way I could pass-up such a great bargain on a top-notch brand, like LG. Now, I do wish it had more HDMI ports, but seriously I don't NEED more than the 2 it has. I have Satellite and a BluRay player, and no gaming systems. Someone with additional devices will either need a different TV or need to purchase a $79 HDMI port selector.
Setup was easy. It does take 2 people to setup the TV, not due to weight, but merely size. One will need to steady the TV while the other attaches the base. As long as each can lift 25-30 pounds, it can easily be lifted on the whatever TV-stand or piece of furniture on which the TV will rest. I got off work late, so I did not mount it. I plan to mount it, though. My DirecTv remote programmed to it easily (code 11423). I did poke through some of the picture and sound settings, as well. Mainly I changed from Eco setting which can dull the picture to "Standard" which has good saturation without washing-out the picture.
As for the size, it is a bit overwhelming in my living room, which is smaller. And considering that I went from a 37" Samsung LCD to this 55" LG LED, I am having to get used to the increased size and clarity. But just like a new pair of glasses, after a couple of days getting used to it, I will likely have no issues with its size. After all, this is why I bought the TV, right?
Again, the TV only has 2 HDMI ports, but that's really all I or most people need, unless they have many HD devices, like game systems. The TV's shared component and composite ports are sitting empty on my TV, because I have no older devices, like a VCR or DVD player. The TV would accommodate 1 of any such devices.
The one port I do wish it had for my use is a headphone (also referred to as a 3.5mm or audio out) port because I am using a unique audio setup. The TV does have the standard Digital Optical audio port. People with older surround sound systems (without HDMI or Digital Optical options) will need to buy a newer audio receiver (also sometimes called a tuner/amp/head unit). But this situation is not unique to this TV, as most TVs sold now do not have Digital Coax or other audio output. Sharp is one of the few brands that consistently offers some of the older standards, as well as the current.
So it is worth mentioning for those people new to HDTVs, the TV's speakers are lackluster. This TV has 2 10w speakers on the back of the TV, which is typical for new TVs. This, though, provides unfulfilling sound. Even when turned at maximum volume, there isn't much sound, and what sound there is, is very limited in audio range (no high "highs", no low "lows"). For ALL new TVs going in living rooms and family rooms, some additional sound equipment will be necessary (not so necessary for bedrooms, except in certain cases). Whether the audio solution is a full surround sound system or simply a soundbar, either will be a dramatic improvement over the level and quality of sound provided by this and all new TVs.
Not so much an issue with the TV, but with LG is that their website isn't as great as Samsung's, which only matters for issues of finding accessories for the TV, such as a smart adapter. Also this TV does not have a manual available on the LG website. Because it was a special run model for the holiday season, I do not know if they will be adding one. So, be sure to keep the paper manual that comes with the TV, something I usually don't do because of the availability of manuals online. The TV also does not have a page on the website, which means that looking up specifications and features is not possible. One of the other reviews I read said that the writer, having called LG, was told that this model was essentially the same as another model, but still I'd prefer to have information specific to this model that I know pertains to it 100%. Maybe I am being picky.
Now for the widely debated issue of refresh rate, here is the truth. Unless you are watching fast action, such as video gaming, action movies or really fast sports (Nascar, Hockey and maybe Basketball), then refresh rate doesn't matter at all. Assuming that it does matter to you for one of the above reasons, then you should be getting a Plasma, anyway (unless you are in a room with so many windows that it will cause glare). Most people asking for 120Hz TVs don't know why they want or need one, but merely that they've been told by friends and family to get one, and higher numbers are always better, right? The fact is that if you are not watching video games, fast-paced sports or action movies, then 120/240/600Hz will not matter. Now, I turned on an action movie to see how it displayed it and noticed some pixelation during close-up, fast-paced scenes, but the motion was moving so fast, I was having a hard time keeping up with the action anyway (it was a car chase scene in the movie "G.I. Joe"). For my TV watching, which includes some action movies as a part of overall watching, the motion rate of this TV works fine.
There is no comparison. For the price, this TV can't be beat. Whatever features it might be lacking, are more than made-up for by the price I paid. The only 55" LEDs at this price otherwise are MUCH lower-end (inferior) products. And for those features it does not have, such as smart or 3D, I would have had to pay at least $1,500 for a TV at this size. LG and Samsung are the top tier brands in terms of R&D, features, and quality (truly a Coke and Pepsi preference situation between the 2 though). So comparing this to other brands' 55" is misleading because this TV has quality that the others won't. Again, I hope this information helps.
33 out of 36 found this review helpful.
It does have TruMotion 120 Hz
Posted by: DustyNutz1992 from: Melbourne, Florida on
I spoke to LG on the phone about the issue of 60hz and this is what they said..
It is 60hz with TruMotion 120hz. TruMotion is Video software that duplicates frames to offer a smoother picture.
Hope this helps!
41 out of 47 found this review helpful.
Posted by: SaganFan from: Des Moines, IA on
I never write reviews but since there was so little information on this TV, I figured I'd put my two cents in. I'll give a little background first so you know where I'm coming from.
I'm a 31-year-old guy who is REALLY price conscience. I also take really good care of my stuff so it lasts forever. I'm good with technology but I can't afford to spend a lot of money on every new device that comes out. I have been doing fine with my 39-inch box TV and a Roku system for Netflix (despite laughs from friends). So, last Thursday I decided to check out the whole Blackfriday craziness for the first time for fun. The "craziness" turned out to be letdown, and a plus at the same time, when I drove to a less popular Best Buy. I showed up at 4pm for the 6pm doorbuster opening and saw practically no one! At 4:30, the employees started handing out tickets for all the door busters and I was right there for all of them!
I originally wanted a new laptop or tablet but I had read online about this $999 TV that Best Buy was selling for $499 and I couldn't believe I actually got a ticket for one (I'm never that lucky!). I had also gotten a ticket for the $199 Blackfriday PS3 bundle with The Last of Us and Batman Arkham Origins games (which is another great deal since the games are $60 each and the control is $55 on its own). So, on the spur of the moment, my game plan changed and I bought the TV and the PS3. I figured I could always return it if I didn't like it.
I think the TV is amazing! I have seen my friend's TVs and this one could easily hold its own. At 55 inches, it is so big that you kind of get lost in the screen. Regular SD channels on the TV look fuzzy and are tough to look at but HD channels are insanely clear. The color is incredibly rich and vibrant. I watched the new Star Trek movie on Blu Ray and I spent the whole time thinking how great every scene looked. I was also able to play games and watch movies using the full screen (16:9 ratio) without any stretching or distortion. Only older TV shows on Netflix looked a little fuzzy. I think this has something to do with how they were filmed at the time. Newer shows like House of Cards look great.
A lot of people have complained about the 2 HDMI ports but I am only using one to hook up my PS3 and that is all I need. The PS3 turns the TV into a smart TV with Netflix, Youtube, Facebook, etc. Since it is also a Blu Ray Player, I only need the one port. You can also turn the TV into a smart TV with any PS3/Xbox/Roku/AppleTV device so you don't have to spend a fortune for that added feature.
The speakers are not great. But there is something unique I've found that is an accidental plus. I live in an apartment with thin walls. I can sometimes hear my neighbors TV and I've always worried that my TV is too loud. With this TV, since the bass is not the best, I can actually hear everything at very low volumes. For example, I was up until 5am last night playing The Last of Us (great game!) and I didn't worry about my neighbors at all. For me, the speakers are perfect. In the end, you might want a sound bar but those are cheap.
The other issue people talk about is the 120Hz. Unlike most people, I really like the soap opera effect. My friend's TV is set up that way and I wanted a TV that was 120Hz so I could get the same effect. Unfortunately, this TV won't do it because it is not really 120Hz. As everyone else has said, the TV is really 60Hz with LG's TruMotion effect that tries to create the 120Hz effect. A little research on the Internet will tell you that this is pretty much the norm on most HDTVs now. Every brand has their version of TruMotion. However, most people HATE the soap opera effect. If you don't like the soap opera effect, then you will love this TV even more. The picture and clarity are pushed to their full potential right before looking like The Days of Our Lives. The clarity is so good that you will get over any concerns really quickly. There is still a little blur on sports, but I'll take a little blur over spending $2,000 for a true 120Hz TV any day!
I'll admit that this is my first HDTV so my only reference points are my friend's TVs and the display models at Walmart and Best Buy. Still, I've had this TV for a few days and I'm blow away every time I turn it own. I started to second-guess my impulse buy pretty quickly, especially since this was a Best Buy exclusive. I started wondering if it is really worth $999 or if that is just Best Buy's fake markup since they are the only one's selling it. The price conscience side of me asked, "Did I just get conned?" So, I started researching online and I could not find a 55" NAME brand TV online anywhere for $500!
Bottom line: If you need a smart TV but don't have a PS3/Xbox/Roku/AppleTV, this one obviously is not for you since it is just the TV. If you are one of the few people who likes the soap opera effect and cannot live without it, you will have to get a different TV (and bring your wallet). If you are looking for an AMAZING TV with an outstanding picture to watch TV, movies, play games, stream videos, and have the option to turn into a smart TV with a PS3/Xbox/Roku/Apple TV, this is the one!