|NuVision NVU55FX5LS LED HDTV Review|
|Home Theater Flat Panel HDTVs LCD HDTVs|
|Written by Thomas Spurlin|
|Wednesday, 20 January 2010|
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Historically, traditional LCD televisions haven’t faired terribly well as gaming monitor due to response rates and motion, but most of those days are behind us now that technology has refined itself to become open to consoles. NuVision’s 55” LED, however, doesn’t skip a beat when throttling forward with gaming – both in 720-1080p and in 480i/p. To test this, Sony’s Playstation 3 (reviewed here) was given a workout via HDMI, while Nintendo’s Wii console operated on a progressive-scan capable level with RGB component cables. All consoles were operated with and without the motion-enhancing FFM and FX5 capabilities in use, as well as with the Game Mode toggled both on and off. Mostly, all of the motion-enhancing features offer meek enhancement to the image, with only a few notably minor occurrences.
Positives: Outstanding Picture, Robust Black Levels, Crisp HD Colors, Rich with Inputs, Very Attractive
NuVision’s 55” NVU55FX5LS is, undoubtedly, an excellent flat-panel LED, one that’s impressive both as a 120 Hz-enhanced model and as a “standard” HD flat-panel piece of equipment. It offers a beautiful picture in high-definition, one that carries an aptitude for contrast and robust black levels to fine degrees. Colors absolutely pop from the screen, yet they’re controlled to a natural degree when they need to be. As a Blu-ray cinema screening panel, it’s exquisite; handling both big-budget pictures and independent classics, the level of richness in its ability to replicate the home cinema impresses to incredible lengths.
Along the same lines, it works great with high-definition gaming consoles, expressing very admirable refresh rates and fine replication of motion. Furthermore, it’s working with a healthy amount of inputs that’ll satisfy most with their variety, including 4 HDMI 1.3 ports and PC VGA/Audio ports to ensure that this will stand strong as the central item in a home theater. Finally, it does all this while carrying attractiveness about its chassis that helps it out as a pleasing addition to a living room or screening room.
Negatives: Price, A Few Missing Features, Mediocre SD Gaming, Passable Speakers
With current 55” Samsung, Toshiba, and LG models performing to healthy degrees at roughly half the cost, it becomes slightly more difficult to throw a vote clearly behind this athlete of a flat-panel screen. Is the performance stellar? Without a doubt. The question you need to ask yourself is if the quality and aesthetic value outweighs the price difference of mass market models. In that, it’s worth mentioning some of the middling negatives about the set, such as neglecting to include a SD Card input and a Toslink output (though, again, a coaxial jack is included with the mix for digital audio). And, though it’s partially expected, standard-definition gaming isn’t really bolstered forward with this set’s capabilities. Finally, the speakers aren’t really robust on their own. But, again, these are secondary elements that partially steer away from the set’s central focus, which is handled proficiently.
In short, you get what you pay for. NuVision’s NVU55FX5LS 55” LED set offers an exquisite home theater experience, whether we’re acknowledging the enhanced 120 Hz technology or not. Whether you’re a cinema fan, a TV enthusiast, or a high-definition gamer (preferably a combination of the three) this set will certainly satisfy those with sharp eyes and a knack for quality. The television isn’t so much about what all it can do, since it’s not overwhelmingly elaborate with its mechanics, but more about what it does well. And it performs extremely well -- which is a good thing, because the investment placed in the set isn’t something to scoff at. Weigh the options heavily and take a look around at the other edge-lit LED televisions available, but know that there’s a clear and definite boost in quality when investing in NuVision’s splendid set.