The 55JL9000s smart engine and picture features are driven by a dual core processing engine. The network options support DLNA streaming as well as the inevitable access to LGs online content world. Its because of this that the swish aluminium finish sports small holes in its front edge.Inevitably given its LG roots, the John Lewis 55JL9000s integrated 3D playback system adopts the passive approach, with two pairs of glasses provided free. The set-up menus run rather sluggishly at times, but after your initial installation process you shouldnt have to return to them too often.
Given that passive 3D glasses cost peanuts it might have been nice if wed been given more of them, but then you may well already have a few pairs of passive glasses lying around from past cinema trips. Theres still room for improvement in content terms with Smart TV, at least to the extent that the platform doesnt currently support the ITV Player or 4OD. This animated character has been introduced by the webOS platform to help guide you through the initial installation process, and the little fella does a very good job of it too, making it more likely everyone will take all the steps necessary to experience the full potential of the 55JL9000s smart experience.There is one potential practical problem with the sound bar stand, namely that since it runs almost the width of the TV, youll need a TV stand thats also at least that wide, otherwise the set wont stand up on it.
This integrated sound bar is the latest step in a strong phase of TV audio innovation from LG, the brand which is, as noted already, behind the 55JL9000. As discussed in a separate article, this slick, fun and effective interface revolutionises the smart TV world, finally integrating smart features into your day to day TV experience in a totally clear and accessible way.The picture calibration tools at your disposal are extensive, though – so much so the TV comes with the backing of the Imaging Science Foundation group, with two ISF Expert picture preset slots on hand to support a professional install if you want to get one.Yes, you read that right.
One last key element of the 55JL9000s spec is its connectivity. Its a chunky metal bar again finished in brushed aluminium that runs for almost the entire width of the TV, with the John Lewis writ large on its right hand side. The 55-inch screen resides in a trendily slender bezel, combining a thin black screen frame and attractively glinting brushed aluminium trim.For the most part we found the following settings gave the most satisfying results at least when watching a film with the lights down you can get away with more backlight intensity in a normal day room environment: Backlight 50; Contrast 80; local dimming on Mid; Dynamic contrast on Low or possibly off, as this setting can slightly disguise the sets local dimming problems; black level booster on low; motion processing on Clear; and all noise reduction elements turned off when watching HD sources.
The set is also eye-catchingly slim round the back, and that trim rear is adorned in a striking white finish. Tucked inside is 50W of speaker power, turning the stand effectively into a mini sound bar. The 55JL9000 really is a 55-inch TV wearing the John Lewis brand name.
This local dimming system allows the TV to control different clusters of the sets edge LED lighting array separately to boost contrast.Looking more at the 55JL9000s LG background, the rear panel on our test sample not only said John Lewis: Powered by LG but even carried a model number sticker referring to the TV as the LG 55LB870V. Though on the upside, Netflix and Amazon Instant apps are joined on the VOD front by Now TV, which remains at the time of writing an LG and now John Lewis! exclusive.John Lewis 55JL9000: Set UpThe 55JL9000s LG heritage means youre faced with broadly the same picture conundrum discussed in our recent reviews of the LG 55UB950V and 42LB700V TVs.
Heading up the most important features is the Smart TV smart engine, powered by webOS. This LG range sticker may not appear on the models that reach John Lewis stores, but it was handy for us to see as it helps give us an idea of the 55JL9000s relative specification level. Its not just an unusually wide, chunky stand for design reasons, either. And the 55JL9000 is no different.
The popular UK store has decided to extend its range of own-branded products from white goods predominantly kitchen and laundry appliances into the world of home entertainment. But is the result anything more than just a branding exerciseJohn Lewis 55JL9000: Design and FeaturesJohn Lewis-branded products of all types tend to focus on design as a key feature. Which is actually very high, given that the highest-numbered full HD LCD set in LGs own-branded range is the LB730V series. This is strong, thanks to the inclusion of four HDMIs, three USBs, a LAN port, and built-in Wi-Fi.
We might have anticipated a quad-core engine at this level of the HD TV market, but to be fair the processing system doesnt seem to seriously impact the TVs picture quality, while the webOS interface still works slickly. Namely, you have to try and tame a lack of native contrast without making pictures look dull or artificial.Theres a powerful motion processing circuit onboard too, to fight LCDs common problems with judder and lost resolution over moving objects, while the TVs use of an IPS-style LCD panel results in a slightly wider viewing angle than you get with other types of screen.This rear panel is also interesting because it has the letters LG stamped large on it More on this presently.
You can at least wall-mount the TV if you want to, though, thanks to LG providing a different bracket that repositions the sound bar directly under the screen rather than having it protruding forward to balance the TV as happens in the desktop stand configuration.One other element of set up we must mention is the Bean Bird. Highlight options include colour, gamma and white balance management, multiple noise reduction circuits, a black level booster and control over the strength of the sets local dimming engine.The single most eye-catching thing about the John Lewis 55JL9000s design, though, is its desktop stand.