New LG Televisions for 2013

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LG’s long pedigree of television and external display manufacturing goes back more than 50 years. In the 1960s, shortly after the company’s birth, LG (then GoldStar) began to manufacture Korea’s first home-grown, tube-based televisions. Forty years later, LG developed the world’s first 60-inch plasma television, and then in 2006,  the industry’s first 100-inch LCD television panel. By 2009, LG had become the world’s second-largest LCD television provider. A year later,  building on the company’s track record of innovation, LG released the industry’s first full-LED 3D television, followed by the introduction of the company’s first line of Cinema 3D Smart TVs, which combined LG’s latest 3D and Smart TV technology.

For 2013, LG’s TV lineup includes three different television-panel technologies. The 2013 LED TV models can be broken up further into a few different categories. There are standard 2D HD 720p LED TV models and basic 2D Full HD 1080p LED TV models that provide no Smart TV features. Then, there are the 3D Full HD 1080p Smart LED TV models. These high-end options incorporate LG’s Cinema 3D technology, built-in Wi-Fi, and a range of LG Smart TV features. There are also a couple of 2013 3D Full HD 1080p Smart LED TV models that are equipped with the Google TV platform as well. Most of the LED TV models are available in a wide range of screen sizes.

The rest of the 2013 LG TV lineup features a handful of plasma televisions that include standard 2D HD 720p models and basic 2D Full HD 1080p models. There are also plasma options with Active 3D technology and a range of LG Smart TV features. Most of the plasma models are available in a variety of screen sizes as well. Finally, there is the truly unique HECTO, which is an innovative viewing device that marries an LG short-throw laser LCD projector and a massive 100-inch display panel. The HECTO also supports LG’s suite of Smart TV features.

LG HD 720p LED TVs

The most affordable LED TV model of the new LG lineup is the LN4500, which is available in a 22-inch or a 26-inch model. It features 720p (1024 x 768) HD resolution and Edge LED backlighting technology. This model provides a 60 Hz refresh rate and LG’s Picture Wizard II technology, which allows you to calibrate the picture using on-screen reference points. You can adjust black levels, color levels, tint, sharpness, and backlight intensity. The LN4500 is also Energy Star qualified and it supports LG’s suite of Smart Energy Saving features that help you conserve both energy and money.

For connectivity, the LN4500 provides an HDMI input and a USB 3.0/2.0 port that allows you to connect a USB memory device and use it as a media player to enjoy a variety of photo, audio, and video files right on your TV screen. It also supports Mobile High Definition Link (MHL) mirroring, which allows you to transfer video or Internet content displayed on any compatible mobile device to the TV screen. MHL supports up to eight channels of audio mirroring as well. Once the MHL connection is established, the TV will even charge your mobile device, and you can use the TV’s remote control to navigate through your smartphone or tablet’s entertainment apps and multimedia lists.

The LN4500’s other features include multiple picture and sound modes, as well as SIMPLINK (HDMI CEC) connectivity, which lets you use a single remote for all your compatible devices, including Blu-ray players, home theater systems, and more. The TV also has 20W stereo speakers and a Triple XD Picture Engine, which combines three separate picture engines to maximize picture quality for any type of video content. By combining these separate picture engines, the TV’s panel is optimized for better color accuracy and more lifelike images.

Very similar to the LN4500, the LN4510 is LG’s next step up. It features HD 720p (1366 x 768) resolution and LED backlighting. It offers a 60Hz refresh rate, an HDMI input and USB connectivity for playback of select audio, video, and photo files on your large HDTV screen. Most of the other features are the same as the LN4500. The LN4510 also features Picture Wizard II image calibration and it’s Energy Star qualified as well. You can choose between a 22-inch, a 24-inch, and a 29-inch model.

Another HD 720p LED TV model in LG’s 2013 lineup is the 32-inch LN530B. It features 1024 x 768 resolution, Direct LED backlighting, a Triple XD Engine, and a 60 Hz refresh rate. It provides LG’s Picture Wizard II technology, dual HDMI inputs, with one located on the side of the panel for easy access, and a USB 3.0/2.0 port that lets you play videos, music, or photos from a USB drive without needing to use a PC. This model also supports MHL mobile device mirroring, SIMPLINK (HDMI CEC) multi-device control, and LG’s Smart Energy Savings. It has 20W stereo speakers and the government's Energy Star qualification as well.

LG Full HD 1080p LED TVs

LG’s 2013 LED TV lineup includes two Full HD models that don’t feature built-in Wi-Fi or any Smart TV features. However, this makes them both very affordable Full HD LED TVs. The more affordable model is the Energy-Star-qualified LN5300, which is available in a 32-inch, 39-inch, or 42-inch screen size. The LN5300 features Full HD 1920 x 1080p resolution, Direct LED backlighting technology and a 60 Hz refresh rate.

It provides dual HDMI inputs with one conveniently located on the side for easier access. It also provides a side-panel USB 3.0/2.0 port for playback of select audio, video, and photo files from a USB drive on your HDTV screen. It’s equipped with LG’s Picture Wizard II technology, SIMPLINK (HDMI CEC) connectivity, and MHL mobile device mirroring as well.

The other Full HD LED TV model available without Smart TV features is the Energy-Star-qualified LN5400, which is available in a 42-inch, 47-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch, or 60-inch screen size. Like the LN5300, the LN5400 features Full HD 1920 x 1080p resolution and Direct LED backlighting technology. It also provides MHL mobile device mirroring, SIMPLINK (HDMI CEC) connectivity for multi-device control from a single remote, LG’s Picture Wizard II image calibration technology, dual HDMI inputs with one on the side panel, and a side-panel USB 3.0/2.0 port.

What sets the LN5400 apart from the LN5300 is its improved TruMotion 120 Hz refresh rate, which promotes sharp detail and contrast even while you're watching fast-moving sports or action movies. The LN5300 affords only a 60 Hz refresh rate.

Smart Connections for Your Smart TV

Before we get into the new 2013 LG Smart LED TV lineup, I want to introduce a sub-section into this article that will dissect all the new Smart TV connectivity options that are supported by most of the new LG Smart TV models. For those customers that aren’t already aware of new technologies like MiraCast, Near Field Communications (NFC), Intel® Wireless Display (WiDi) and Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL), I’m going to use this sub-section to briefly break down each of these new technologies. For the customers who are already fluent in these four new Smart TV connectivity options, you can skip ahead to the first model in the Full HD 1080p 3D Smart LED TV section.

MiraCast Wireless AV Streaming for Android Devices

MiraCast is a wireless display standard that is found in many of the latest Android smartphones and tablets. The easiest way to describe the technology is to call it a "wireless HDMI cable." MiraCast allows you to wirelessly stream the video and audio content from any compatible Android mobile device directly to your new LG Smart TV. The technology is often referred to as “mirroring” as well, which simply means that it allows you to “mirror” the content from your compatible Android mobile device’s screen on your larger TV screen. MiraCast is capable of wirelessly transmitting up to Full HD 1080p video and 5.1-channel audio—basically like a wireless HDMI cable.

NFC Technology for Quick Pairing of Compatible Devices

Most of the new LG Smart TVs support NFC (Near Field Communication) as well. However, an LG NFC tag is required to utilize this technology with your 2013 LG Smart TV. Some of the higher-end LG Smart TV models include the “Tag On” LG NFC tag in the box with purchase of the TV, but most of the Smart TV models require you to purchase the “Tag On” NFC tag separately. Once you’ve got the NFC tag set up with your LG Smart TV, you’ll be able to simply “tap” or briefly touch any compatible NFC device to the LG NFC tag. This will instantaneously establish a wireless connection between your compatible LG Smart TV and your NFC-equipped device. It eliminates all the long and burdensome “pairing” processes between device and TV, which makes wirelessly linking your smartphone, tablet or other device to your TV faster and easier.

Intel’s Advanced "Wireless Display" Standard (WiDi)

You can use Intel’s WiDi technology to quickly and easily display content from any WiDi-enabled device on the large screen of your WiDi-enabled LG Smart TV. WiDi is essentially another form of “mirroring” that uses current Wi-Fi Direct technology and your Wi-Fi network to link compatible devices so that they may wirelessly share content between their displays. You’ll be able to send movies, photos, TV shows, home videos, games, websites, and other content from any compatible device directly to your LG Smart TV screen. And like MiraCast, the WiDi standard lets you wirelessly send up to Full HD 1080p video and 5.1-channel surround sound audio.

WiDi also works the other way. For example, you can also send content from your LG Smart TV to your compatible mobile device, which means you’d be able to enjoy TV shows and movies from the LG Smart TV in your living room, while lying in bed with your WiDi-enabled tablet. Today, WiDi technology is mostly found in Smart TVs and mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, but it is already becoming a much more common feature in a variety of other devices including Ultrabook™ computers, gaming systems, camcorders, and cameras.

MHL Mobile Device AV Transmission via HDMI

MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) technology requires an MHL cable or adapter, and it allows mobile devices like smartphones and tablets to connect to your LG HDTV via the HDMI input. Since this connection is achieved through the TV’s HDMI interface, MHL mirroring is not limited to just LG Smart TVs. It also works with several of the standard LG HDTVs that have no Internet connectivity at all, but do still have at least one HDMI input. MHL mirroring allows you to send audio and video content from your mobile device to any compatible LG HDTV.

MHL connectivity supports up to Full HD 1080p video transmission and up 7.1-channel surround sound audio transmission. Conveniently, the MHL interface will even draw power from your TV to charge your mobile device while it is connected.

LG Full HD 1080p 3D Smart LED TVs

The list of new 2013 LG 3D Smart TVs is extensive. All of the TVs in this section feature LG’s Cinema 3D technology, as well as Full HD 1920 x 1080p resolution and Smart TV connectivity for access to a plethora of online services and features.

The first model we’ll look at is the 60-inch LN6150. Aside from 3D technology and Full HD resolution, this Smart TV model features built-in Wi-Fi and an Ethernet jack for wireless or wired Internet access. The TV’s Smart features include LG’s Home Dashboard 3.0 user interface and access to a variety of online entertainment apps including Hulu Plus, Netflix and YouTube. It also supports a full web browser as well as access to the LG Cloud and LG’s SmartShare media sharing function, which lets you create a network with multiple compatible devices via DLNA home network sharing, NFC for mobile device pairing and mirroring, or WiDi, which supports wireless display tethering to any compatible device ranging from tablets and smartphones to Ultrabooks and desktop computers. This TV features MiraCast and MHL mobile device mirroring as well.

For those customers that aren’t already aware of all the new and convenient technologies like MiraCast, NFC, WiDi, and MHL, which allow you to enjoy content from your compatible mobile devices directly on your large TV screen, I’m going to use this section to briefly discuss what each technology does. For customers that already understand these modern connectivity options, you can skip ahead to the next TV model.

The LN6510 is also outfitted with LG’s numerous image-enhancing features, including a Triple XD Picture Engine, multiple picture modes, Picture Wizard II image calibration technology, LED backlighting, and a TruMotion 120 Hz refresh rate that lets you enjoy fast-moving sports, video games, and action movies with virtually no blur. For improved audio, the LN6510 offers dual 12W stereo speakers for 24W of total audio output, as well as six different sound-mode settings, Virtual Surround technology and Clear Voice II technology.

This model also works with LG’s Magic Remote Control. However, this must be purchased separately. The intuitive LG Magic Remote is a unique remote control that lets you pick and choose what you want to watch by utilizing a point-and-click, mouse-type control pad. You can also choose what you want to watch with your voice by using the remote’s integrated microphone and LG Voice Mate function. Voice Mate recognizes how you naturally speak, so there are fewer errors when you use your voice to communicate channels and settings. You can also download the LG Remote App and use your mobile device to control this TV.

The LN6510’s other features include three side-panel HDMI inputs and three side-panel USB 3.0/2.0 ports. There’s a digital optical audio output as well. This model supports LG’s suite of Smart Energy Saving features and it is Energy Star qualified, which means that this unit uses about 30% less energy that standard LED TV units. There are four pairs of 3D glasses included as well, so you can start enjoying 3D content as soon as you set up your new TV. Other features include SIMPLINK (HDMI CEC) connectivity for multi-device control from a single remote, a resolution upscaler for non-HD content and DTS audio decoding.

This next batch of LG Smart TVs shares many of the same features and functions as the LN6510. First, we’ll look at the stylish LA6200, which is available in a 42-inch, 47-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch, or 60-inch screen size.

The LA6200 offers LG’s Cinema 3D technology, which provides improved 3D viewing, thanks to the comfortable battery-free and flicker-free Cinema 3D Glasses that work with the TV. Four pairs are included as well.

The LG Cinema 3D technology also supports LG’s own Dual Play technology, which affords two-player independent split-screen gaming in 2D. All that you need to take advantage of this feature are two pairs of LG’s special battery-free Dual Play Glasses, which are sold separately. Once you put on the optional glasses, each player will be able to see only his/her unique gaming point-of-view in 2D across the entire TV screen. This allows you to enjoy head-to-head gaming without having to sacrifice half of the screen to your opponent. Dual Play also prevents cheating since you won’t be able to see your opponent's screen. LG’s Dual Play technology is compatible with most current gaming systems. It also works with several older consoles as long as you’re playing a split-screen-style game.

The LA6200’s Cinema 3D technology also supports 2D to 3D conversion of virtually any 2D content. This feature automatically converts shows and movies into 3D, which ensures that you’ll never run out of exciting 3D content to view on your new LG Smart TV. Plus, like the LN6510, the LA6200 provides all the same Smart TV features and SmartShare media-sharing functionality. The LA6200 supports a TruMotion 120 Hz refresh rate and LED backlighting as well. Both models also share the same side-panel connectivity options with three HDMI inputs and three USB 3.0/2.0 inputs. The LA6200 works with the optional LG Magic Remote Control and it is Energy Star qualified as well.

Another model that is similar to the LA6200 is the LG LA6900, which is available with either a 47-inch or a 55-inch diagonal screen size. The LA6900 shares all the same Smart TV features and Cinema 3D features including built-in Wi-Fi, SmartShare media sharing, a full web browser, Dual Play technology, 2D to 3D conversion, and access to premium online content from entertainment apps including Hulu Plus, Netflix, and YouTube. It also shares the same TruMotion 120 Hz refresh rate and Picture Wizard II image calibration.

However, there is a handful of features that sets the LA6900 above its counterpart. First of all, the LA6900 is outfitted with Edge LED backlighting and LED Plus technology. The Edge LED setup adds brightness, clarity and color detail to whatever you’re watching. Edge LEDs also provide deeper black levels for enhanced contrast. The LA6900’s LED Plus technology affords greater control over the TV’s brightness and contrast levels as well. Another advantage of the LA6900 is its 2.1-channel integrated sound system. While the LA6200 features only stereo speakers, the LA6900 is outfitted with both stereo speakers and a powerful subwoofer that’s seamlessly built right into the TV panel. This 2.1-channel audio setup adds much needed low end and bass response that’s conspicuously absent from most TVs with a standard stereo speaker setup. The 2.1-channel system also benefits from the LA6900’s automatic SmartSound audio optimization modes, which add richness and color to whatever you’re watching. There are automatic optimization modes for standard TV, movies, sports and games. There is also an auto SmartSound setting for when you’re are listening to music through the television.

LG’s unique and stylish Cinema Screen design is another upgrade that LA6900 enjoys over its cousin, the LA6200. The Cinema Screen is just a panel design LG uses that features a much slimmer bezel. A narrow bezel allows your flat panel television to blend more seamlessly into your living room or bedroom—no matter what the aesthetic. LG’s advertising of the Cinema Screen panel suggests that the LA6900 would look equally at home in a modern Manhattan loft apartment or a rustic, century-old Midwest farmhouse.

The final two advantages that the LA6900 holds over the LA6200 both concern included accessories. The LA6900 comes with both the “Tag On” LG NFC tag and the LG Magic Remote Control, while the LA6200 ships with no NFC tag and only a standard television remote. This means that you’ll have to buy both accessories separately if you go with the LA6200. However, both models ship with four pairs of LG’s battery-free, flicker-free Cinema 3D Glasses.

The next step up in LG’s 2013 Smart LED TV lineup includes two models: the LA7400 and the LA8600. The LA7400 is available in a 47-inch, 55-inch or 60-inch screen size, while the LA8600 is only available in a 55-inch or 60-inch model.

Like the Smart TV models already discussed, these two TVs both feature Full HD 1920 x 1080p resolution, Cinema 3D technology, built-in Wi-Fi, and an assortment of Smart TV features and Smart connectivity options. Both models also employ Edge LED backlighting with LED Plus technology and a 2.1-channel audio system with stereo speakers and a powerful built-in subwoofer for added bass response. These models showcase LG’s Cinema Screen panel design as well.

These models are very similar to the LA6900, but I was still able to find a couple of improvements and extra features. The major difference is that the LA7400 and LA8600 both employ LG’s TruMotion 240 Hz technology, instead of the LA6900’s TruMotion 120 Hz technology. However, TruMotion 120 Hz and TruMotion 240 Hz both support an actual refresh rate of 120 Hz.

The TruMotion 240 Hz technology combines other performance-enhancing features that work along with the 120 Hz refresh rate to eliminate virtually all of the blur from fast-moving action. These added features make the difference between TruMotion 120 Hz and TruMotion 240 Hz technology very noticeable. The LA8600 also features a fourth side-panel HDMI input.

LG Full HD 1080p 3D Smart LED TVs with Google TV

LG also included two new Smart TVs for 2013 that are equipped with Google TV as well. The GA6400 and the GA7900 both feature many of the same Smart TV features including built-in Wi-Fi, MiraCast, MHL, NFC, and WiDi. They also both employ Cinema 3D technology. What sets theses two models apart is their integrated Google TV platform. The GA6400 is available with a 42-inch, 47-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch or 60-inch screen size. The GA7900 is available in either a 47-inch or 55-inch model.

The main difference between the GA6400 and the GA7900 is the TruMotion refresh rate. The GA6400 features TruMotion 120 Hz technology, while the GA7900 features TruMotion 240 Hz technology. The GA7900 also provides Edge LED backlighting with LED Plus technology, as well as a 2.1-channel, 24W stereo speaker setup with an integrated subwoofer. Both models feature four side-panel HDMI inputs, three side-panel USB 3.0/2.0 ports, digital optical audio outputs, multiple picture and sound modes, Cinema 3D technology, automatic 2D to 3D conversion, LG Dual Play two-player split screen gaming, and L9 dual-core processors for faster multitasking and better Smart TV performance.

The other main similarity between these two models is their integrated Google TV platform. Google TV offers several features, including the Google Chrome web browser, the intuitive Google TV home dashboard user-interface, and Google Play, which affords access to thousands of apps and games that you can use with the TV. Google TV also provides Google Drive, Google PrimeTime, Google TV Search, Voice Search, and premium-content access, including use of entertainment apps like Hulu Plus, Netflix, YouTube, and more.  It’s also worth noting that both of these Google TV-equipped Smart TVs don’t include the MLB.TV offer that the other LG Smart TVs feature.

The other highlight shared by both of these Google TV models is the included Google QWERTY Magic Remote, which is essentially a remote control, a mouse and a keyboard all integrated into a single device. You can use simple gestures to move your on-screen cursor through TV channels, movies releases on Netflix, friends on Facebook, and more. The full built-in keyboard provides an easy way to type search commands, channels, shows, movies, websites, Facebook updates, and more. The QWERTY Magic Remote also supports Voice Search commands, thanks to an integrated microphone.

These two models are also Energy Star qualified and they both feature Triple XD Picture Engines, LG’s suite of Smart Energy Savings features, Picture Wizard II image calibration, SmartSound optimization SIMPLINK (HDMI CEC) connectivity for multi-device control from a single remote, SmartShare connectivity for DLNA home-network connectivity, and mobile-device connection via MHL, NFC, MiraCast, and WiDi. They both are equipped with LG’s narrow-bezel Cinema Screen panels as well.

New 2013 LG Plasma TVs

For readers who are interested in the 2013 LG plasma TV models, the most affordable LG plasma TV options for 2013 are the PN4500 and the PN6500.

The PN4500 is available in either a 42-inch or 50-inch model. It features HD 720p (1024 x 768) resolution and 600 Hz Sub Field Driving technology, which supports clear viewing of high-speed sports, video games, and action movies. The PN4500’s other features include a Triple XD Picture Engine, Picture Wizard II image calibration, HDMI and USB 2.0 connectivity, Dolby Digital decoding, SIMPLINK (HDMI CEC), and Energy Star qualification.

This model features an Intelligent Sensor that automatically optimizes lighting and color levels. It supports LG’s Clear Voice II technology as well, which helps you to hear dialogue—even at low volume levels. The PN4500 is also ISFccc Ready, which means that it contains the detailed standards necessary for professional calibration of brightness, contrast, tint, sharpness, color levels and other settings, to meet local lighting conditions for both day and night viewing. These settings are available as preset modes so you can access them easily from your remote.

The PN6500 is similar to the PN4500, except that it features Full HD 1920 x 1080p resolution instead of standard HD 720p resolution. The PN6500 is available in either a 50-inch or 60-inch model. All of the other features listed above, regarding the PN4500, also apply to the PN6500. Both models also feature dual 10W stereo speakers, Virtual Surround technology, Noise Reduction technology, and 3D Sound Zooming.

The next step up for 2013 LG plasma TVs is their 60-inch PN5700, which features Full HD 1920 x 1080p resolution and built-in Wi-Fi, with LG’s suite of Smart TV features. These features are similar to the Smart LED TV features. They include the LG Home Dashboard user interface, compatibility with the optional LG Magic Remote Control, a full web browser, access to the LG Smart TV app store, and access to premium content from entertainment sources like Netflix, Hulu Plus, and YouTube. The PN5700 also supports MHL mirroring and NFC pairing. You can access the LG Cloud and use LG’s SmartShare connectivity options, such as DLNA home-network sharing.

For traditional connectivity, the PN5700 is equipped with two side-panel HDMI inputs, one rear-panel HDMI input, two side-panel USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet jack, a digital optical audio output, and more. Plus, the TV supports SIMPLINK (HDMI CEC) for multi-device control from a single remote control. The TV’s other features include 600 Hz Sub Field Driving technology, Picture Wizard II image calibration, a Triple XD Picture Engine, and a display that features LG’s protective skin glass.

The last LG plasma TV we’ll look at in this article is the 60-inch PH6700, which features Active 3D technology, Full HD 1920 x 1080p resolution and LG’s suite of Smart TV features, including built-in Wi-Fi, a full web browser, SmartShare media sharing, NFC pairing, MHL mobile device mirroring, MiraCast Android device streaming, WiDi wireless display transmission, and access to online entertainment from sources including Netflix, Hulu Plus, and YouTube.

The PH6700 also features dual side-panel HDMI inputs, one rear-panel HDMI input, dual side-panel USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet jack and a digital optical audio output. Plus, it supports 600 Hz Sub Field Driving technology, Picture Wizard II image calibration and LG’s suite of Smart Energy Saving features. This model works with the optional LG Magic Remote Control as well. Unfortunately, it doesn’t include the LG Magic Remote or any Active 3D glasses for enjoying the TV’s 3D content.

  PN4500 PN6500 PN5700 PH6700
Screen Sizes Available 41.6" / 49.9" 49.9" / 59.8" 59.8" 59.8"
Panel Type Plasma Plasma Plasma Plasma
Aspect Ratio 16:9 16:9 16:9 16:9
Resolution 1024 x 768 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Sub Field Driving Rate 600Hz 600Hz 600Hz 600Hz
Dynamic Contrast Ratio 3,000,000:1 3,000,000:1 3,000,000:1 3,000,000:1
Video System ATSC, CATV, NTSC-M, QAM ATSC, CATV, NTSC-M, QAM ATSC, CATV, NTSC-M, QAM ATSC, CATV, NTSC-M, QAM
HDTV Compatibility 720p 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
3D No No No Yes
Speaker Power Output 10W + 10W 10W + 10W Not Specified by Manufacturer 10W + 10W
Subwoofer No No No No
Speaker Orientation Stereo (1-Way, 2 Speakers) Stereo (1-Way, 2 Speakers) Stereo (1-Way, 2 Speakers) Stereo (1-Way, 2 Speakers)
Inputs & Outputs 1 x HDMI Audio/Video Input (Side)
1 x HDMI Audio/Video Input (Rear)
1 x RCA Component Audio/Video Input (Rear)
1 x RCA Composite Audio/Video Input (Rear)
1 x USB Audio/Video/Photo Input (Side)
1 x Digital Optical Audio Output (Rear)
1 x RF Antenna Input (Rear)
1 x RS-232C Control/Service (Rear)
1 x HDMI Audio/Video Input (Side)
1 x HDMI Audio/Video Input (Rear)
1 x RCA Component Audio/Video Input (Rear)
1 x RCA Composite Audio/Video Input (Rear)
1 x USB Audio/Video/Photo Input (Side)
1 x Digital Optical Audio Output (Rear)
1 x RF Antenna Input (Rear)
2 x HDMI Audio/Video Input (Side)
1 x HDMI Audio/Video Input (Rear)
1 x RCA Component Video Input (Rear)
1 x RCA Composite Video Input (Rear)
1 x RCA L/R Stereo Audio Input (Rear)
2 x USB Audio/Video/Photo Inputs (Side)
1 x Ethernet LAN Input (Rear)
1 x Digital Optical Audio Output (Rear)
1 x RF Antenna Input (Rear)
2 x HDMI Audio/Video Input (Side)
1 x HDMI Audio/Video Input (Rear)
1 x RCA Component Audio/Video Input (Rear)
1 x RCA Composite Audio/Video Input (Rear)
2 x USB Audio/Video/Photo Inputs (Side)
1 x USB Audio/Video/Photo Inputs (Rear)
1 x Ethernet LAN Input (Rear)
1 x Digital Optical Audio Output (Rear)
1 x RF Antenna Input (Rear)
1 x RS-232C Control/Service (Rear)
Built-in Wi-Fi N/A N/A Yes Yes
Google TV N/A N/A N/A N/A
Supported File Formats Not Specified by Manufacturer Not Specified by Manufacturer Not Specified by Manufacturer Not Specified by Manufacturer
Picture Modes APS, Cinema, Game, ISF Expert 1, ISF Expert 2, Photo, Standard, Vivid APS, Cinema, Game, ISF Expert 1, ISF Expert 2, Photo, Standard, Vivid Not Specified by Manufacturer 16:9, 4:3, APS, Cinema, Cinema Zoom, Game, ISF Expert 1, ISF Expert 2, Just Scan, Photo, Set By Program, Standard, Vivid, Zoom
Sound Modes Standard, Music, Cinema, Sport, Game Standard, Music, Cinema, Sport, Game Not Specified by Manufacturer Standard, Music, Cinema, Sport, Game, User
Swivel +/-20° +/-20° Not Specified by Manufacturer +/-20°
VESA Mount 400 x 400 mm 400 x 400 mm 400 x 400 mm 400 x 400 mm
Power Requirements AC 100 - 240V (50/60Hz) AC 100 - 240V (50/60Hz) AC 100 - 240V (50/60Hz) AC 100 - 240V (50/60Hz)
Power Consumtion (Operating) Not Specified by Manufacturer Not Specified by Manufacturer Not Specified by Manufacturer Not Specified by Manufacturer
Power Consumption (Standby) 0.3W (42") / 0.3W (50") 0.3W (42") / 0.3W (50") 0.3W 0.3W
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C) 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C) 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C) 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Operating Humidity 0 - 80% 0 - 80% 0 - 80% 0 - 80%
Storage Temperature -4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C) -4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C) -4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C) -4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
Storage Humidity 0 - 85% 0 - 85% 0 - 85% 0 - 85%
Energy Star Qualified Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dimensions (Without Stand) 42" Model: 38.7 x 23.5 x 2.2" / 982.98 x 596.90 x 55.88 mm 50" Model: 46 x 27.5 x 2.2" / 1168.40 x 698.50 x 55.88 mm 60" Model: 54.5 x 32.3 x 2.2" / 1384.3 x 820.4 x 55.9 mm 60" Model: 54.6 x 32.4 x 2.2" / 1386.8 x 823.0 x 55.9 mm
Dimensions (With Stand) 42" Model: 38.7 x 25.6 x 9.8" / 982.98 x 650.24 x 248.92 mm 50" Model: 46 x 29.7 x 11.5" / 1168.40 x 754.38 x 292.10 mm 60" Model: 54.5 x 34.4 x 13.3" / 1384.3 x 873.8 x 337.8 mm 60" Model: 54.6 x 34.5 x 13.5" / 1386.8 x 876.3 x 342.9 mm
Dimensions (Without Stand) 50" Model: 46 x 27.5 x 2.2" / 1168.40 x 698.50 x 55.88 mm 60" Model: 54.6 x 32.4 x 2.2" / 1386.84 x 822.96 x 55.88 mm N/A N/A
Dimensions (With Stand) 50" Model: 46 x 29.7 x 11.5" / 1168.40 x 754.38 x 292.10 mm 60" Model: 54.6 x 34.5 x 13.5" / 1386.84 x 876.30 x 342.90 mm N/A N/A
Weight (Without Stand) 42" Model: 40.6 lb / 18.42  kg 50" Model: 54.5 lb / 24.72  kg 60" Model: 76 lb / 34.47  kg 60" Model: 76.1 lb / 34.52  kg
Weight (With Stand) 42" Model: 43.2 lb / 19.60  kg 50" Model: 57.5 lb / 26.08  kg 60" Model: 83.1 lb / 37.69  kg 60" Model: 83.1 lb / 37.69  kg
Weight (Without Stand) 50" Model: 52.9 lb / 23.99  kg 60" Model: 76.1 lb / 34.52  kg N/A N/A
Weight (With Stand) 50" Model: 56 lb / 25.40  kg 60" Model: 83.1 lb / 37.69  kg N/A N/A

LG HECTO 100-inch Laser LCD Smart TV

The last model we’re going to cover in this article is the LG HECTO, which combines a high-end LG LCD projector and a 100-inch display panel. Together, these two items make up the HECTO Laser TV System. The HECTO provides Full HD 1920 x 1080p resolution and LG’s Laser Diode Based Light Source technology, which delivers a wider color range with more penetrating color saturation than is common with conventional projectors. The HECTO’s laser-light source is fast enough to eliminate motion blur and color breakup as well.

The HECTO features built-in Wi-Fi and the same LG Smart TV features that are included with their Smart LED TVs. This model also features the ON Now feature, which makes it easy to find programming tailored for you. You can enter information about the programs and movies you like into the ON Now system and it will analyze the data and make recommendations for you. ON Now will also find what content is currently popular, what content is currently trending, and even what your friends recommend. The HECTO supports WiDi and it provides access to online entertainment apps.

The HECTO features three HDMI inputs and two USB ports. It also ships with the LG Magic Remote Control, which enables intuitive content selection, hand-gesture control and Voice Search capabilities. The HECTO is outfitted with Bluetooth 3.0, which affords wireless Bluetooth device streaming from any compatible Bluetooth device. The transmission range extends up to 32.8 feet (10m).

The HECTO is definitely LG’s most unique mainstream 2013 TV release. However, their other LED and Plasma models offer a range of features and sizes that should satisfy everyone. If you’re looking for information on any of the TVs covered in this article, be sure to check out the B&H Website or stop by the SuperStore in Manhattan. You can also talk with one of our Live Chat experts if you’re interested in any of these 2013 LG TV models, or if you'd rather speak than type, call us at 1-800-606-6969.

HECTO
Screen Sizes Available 100"
Aspect Ratio  16:9
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Projection Distance 20.87" (53 cm)
Projection Size 100" (254 cm) max
Ratio of Upward Projection 123%
Reception Type NTSC, ATSC
Reception Channels VHF 2-13, UHF 14-69, CATV 1-135, DTV 2-69, CADTV 1-135
Supported Resolutions 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
Inputs & Outputs 3 x HDMI Audio/Video Inputs
1 x VGA (RGB) Video Input
1 x RCA Component Video Input
1 x RCA Composite Video Input
1 x RCA L/R Stereo Audio Input
1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Audio Input
1 x RF Antenna Input
2 x USB Audio/Video/Photo Inputs
1 x 12V Trigger Output
1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Audio Output
1 x Ethernet Jack
1 x Digital Optical Audio Output
1 x RS-232C Control/Service
Built-in Wi-Fi Yes
Supported File Formats Divx 3.11, DivX 4, DivX, 5, DivX 6, XVID, H.264/AVC, Motion JPEG, WMA, WMA Pro, VC-1, AVI, ASF, WMV, MP3, MPEG1, MPEG2, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, LPCM, ADPCM, DTS, MPEG4 Part2, MP4, M4V, MOV, AAC, HE-AAC, VOB, MKV, TS, TRP, TP, JPEG
External Antenna Impedance 75 ohms
USB Device Power 5V (0.5A) max
Audio Output 10W + 10W
Bluetooth Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Frequency Range 2400 - 2483.5 MHz
Bluetooth Max Output Power 10 dBm or lower
Bluetooth Max Data Rate 3 Mbps
Bluetooth Max Transmission Distance 32.8' (10 m) line of sight
Power Requirements AC 100 - 240V (50/60 Hz)
Power Consumtion (Operating) Not Specified by Manufacturer
Power Consumption (Standby) Not Specified by Manufacturer
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Operating Humidity 0 - 80%
Storage Temperature  -4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
Storage Humidity 0 - 85%
Dimensions (Excluding Feet) 21.5 x 5.7 x 16" (546.3 x 145 x 406.6mm)
Dimensions (Including Feet) 21.5 x 6.2 x 16" (546.3 x 156.1 x 406.6mm)
Weight 30.9 lb (14 kg)

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Thank you! This was incredibly helpful in making sense of all the terminology and new features. I am a non electronics scientist and I was lost in the TV shopping maze until I read this!!!

Great!
But you seem to have left out the LN5700 entry level smart tvs. Were they not released in 2013?