Kogan 50-inch 3D LED TV

This cheap LED TV has a big screen and attractive design

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Kogan 50-inch 3D LED TV


  • Low price
  • Good picture quality


  • Some blurring with fast motion
  • Imperfect 3D

Bottom Line

Kogan's 50-inch LED TV may be a generation behind the big names, with a refresh rate that occasionally blurs fast-moving video, and 3D which sometimes doesn't look great, but it's still a reasonably large screen with acceptable picture quality for a low price.

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Kogan has been making strides over the past few years, driving the prices of its home-brand TVs down while making them thinner and better-looking and including higher-quality components.

We first looked at a Kogan television, the 1080P-47 in March 2009, it was a 47-inch Full HD panel for $1699. At the time, this was a bargain, but these days Kogan has larger screens for half the price.

Kogan 50-inch 3D LED TV: Design, setup and features

The Kogan 50-inch 3D LED TV is one of the best-looking units the company has produced. It doesn’t have any particularly unique styling cues — a dark silver brushed aluminium bezel, slightly thicker at the base to hide stereo speakers, and a dark glass stand — but it looks well-constructed and generally pretty modern.

The TV screws together with four screws connecting the stand to the backplate, and five screws connecting the backplate to the television itself. The setup is sturdy and there’s only a small amount of wobble in the stand, which is able to swivel acoss an approximately 30-degree range of motion.

Four HDMI ports means this Kogan TV has as many digital video inputs as the best televisions on the market. If you need this many ports, you’re probably too high-end a buyer to be looking at a Kogan television in the first place. Older devices can use the VGA, composite or component connectors.

The 50-inch also has two USB 2.0 ports on the side that can play a small variety of compressed music, movie and picture files from USB portable hard drives or flash drives. Both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 drives are supported.

Kogan 50-inch 3D LED TV: Performance and picture quality

Being a Full HD display, the Kogan 50-inch 3D LED TV is able to display a good amount of detail when you’re watching a high quality free-to-air digital TV broadcast — our usual favourite being a recorded session of Formula 1 — or a Blu-ray movie.


The screen has an acceptable level of contrast in its default settings, being competitive with other budget sets like the Toshiba TL900A and the LG LM6410. You’re also able to get a bit more detail out of the 50-inch 1080p display by reducing the brightness, contrast, and sharpness slightly. We did notice a bit of blurring in scenes of fast motion, like some of the wide panning shots of Avatar.

The 3D effect that the Kogan TV can create is generally OK, although the glasses that Kogan supplies are slightly bulky with small lenses. It's a good effect that will distract the kids for the length of a movie, but it's not up to par with more expensive passive systems like the ones you'll find at the cinema. There is very minor flickering in fast-moving scenes.

As is standard with most budget TVs and most edge-lit LED TVs (as this one is), the Kogan 50-inch 3D LED TV’s screen loses a bit of detail from the darkest and brightest scenes of our The Dark Knight and Batman Begins test Blu-ray movies, and the end credits of each movie display some blooming around white text on a black background. These issues aren’t unique to the Kogan, and they’re hardly problematic, but to avoid them you’ll need to spend more money on a plasma or back-lit LED TV.

The display of the Kogan 50-inch TV is not especially glossy, which means it’s good for a bright day-lit room where there might be direct light sources like windows or lamps shining at the screen. If you point a torch at the screen you’re able to see its reflection reasonably clearly, but it’s not as distracting as on a glossy set like the LG 55LM9600.

The speakers built into the Kogan 50-inch 3D LED TV aren’t great. They’re acceptable at low and moderate volumes, although they don’t have a great deal of power and are mainly useful for dialogue rather than music. High and maximum volume playback does make the speakers sound distorted, so we’d use an external sound system if you plan to use this TV in a large living space or boardroom.

Kogan 50-inch 3D LED TV: Conclusion

The Kogan 50-inch 3D LED TV is simple, reasonably attractive, and has a good quality LCD panel given its affordable price. At a couple of hundred dollars cheaper than its direct competitors, it’s good value, although if you’re willing to spend slightly more than that few hundred dollars, you get into the territory of excellent value screens like the Panasonic ST50A.

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The tele looks good & I would buy one the only thing is the postage! $103 are you sure? Sounds a bit much for a battler



The comment above:- "so we’d use an external sound system if you plan to use......" may have a severe lip-sync problem with this model like it does with the KALED46XX1ZA. Using an external amp on the AV out gives about 120 m/s delay from lip to sound. Not good. Using instead a digital to analogue converter from the SPDIF output (and feeding the amp from this) reduces this greatly to a probably imperceptible delay. A D/A converter adds about $100 to the price.

Kerry Seymour


I have this tv and I think it is brilliant,I have connected it to the Kogan soundbar with subwoofer.I have it installed in the theatre room which is 5.00m x 4.00m and I believe it is a much better experience than going to the movies.The great price of this unit makes it affordable to most people who wouldnt normally afford to have this experience.

Matthew Moore


I have this TV. It started making knocking noises and turning its self off at 6 months use. It then took a month to come back from Kogan for repairs and when it did come back it was returned without the full stand, remote and 3D glasses (all were asked to be returned at time of repair). So it has been over a month since I have been able to use the TV and I am still waiting on the parts to deem my TV usable.

The customer experience in the purchase of this TV has been the worst I have ever has to endure. Even to the point of when notified the TV was on its way back I asked the question on the phone as to what was actually wrong with the TV with no response given. When asking what would occur if we were not happy with the repair the phone operator hung up.

I have two Kogan TV's in my house, a small screen which the remote no longer works on (or any universal remote) which occurred just out of warranty and the one from this review, was a great TV when I received it and I was very happy with the quality considering the price. But the issues with Kogan has convinced me to part with a few hundred more and steer clear of unproven brands from now on. Kogan will never get my business ever again.

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