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LG 55LM9600 3D LED LCD HDTV Review$2,999.00
We had high expectations for the 55LM9600, and it didn't disappoint. The 3D is still as crisp and subtle as it was with the LM6700, and since then LG has added even more original 3D content to their 3D World content page and a large number of 3D-ready apps.
While we knew the 3D and internet features would still be as effective and well-implemented as they were earlier in the year, our biggest concern was (and usually is) a TV's core performance: how it handles color, screen dynamics, and how it handles black/white contrast. Fortunately, the LM9600 is a great a TV for color fidelity, and has a wider viewing angle and larger maximum contrast ratio than the LM6700--good things, no matter how you slice 'em. Unfortunately, it had some really bizarre color temperature errors.
For MSRP $2999, users are getting an awful lot. A load of apps and built-in content, solid color and contrast performance, a sizeable 55-inch screen that handles motion with the best of them, and the highly effective Magic Remote to control it all. That's not to mention arguably the best 3D technology on the market.
It'd be hard to go wrong with an investment in the LM9600, but we're not sure there are enough added or improved features to give it the edge over the LM6700, which consumers could buy for a lot cheaper. Either way, LG has made a fine television in the LM9600, and it will definitely play a major part in the perfection of 3D technology this year.
We're not convinced, however, that it's worth the full price of $2999. Its contrast score was good enough, but for that kind of money, 2000:1 seems low. Likewise, its color temperature errors were atrocious, definitely an unacceptable problem on a TV this expensive. We feel that the LM9600 is a great TV overall, but smart buyers might want to wait on a price drop.
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