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- LG 55LM9600
- A great TV overall, but smart buyers might want to wait on a price drop.
LG 55LM9600 3D LED LCD HDTV Review$2,999.00
The 55LM9600 is bringing a lot to the table, including a huge amount of smart content, a motion-based infrared wand remote, and a pretty sizeable screen at 55-inches. But one of the most important aspects of any TV is its core performance, and you'll be happy to know that the LM9600 delivers in that area as well. It didn't test a massive contrast ratio, but over 2000:1 is plenty of black-white differentiation in our book; in this same vein, its color accuracy and color temperature weren't perfect, but they were still very good.
Tested against the comparison models we pulled (and we purposefully put it up against some stiff competition), its viewing angle and screen dynamics were well within acceptable range. More importantly, it tested well in areas that are usually quite spotty: audio and 3D. These two features tend to be weaker points for many TVs if they get mentioned at all, but the LM9600--like the LM6700--showed us a clean, subtle application of 3D that felt refined and even tasteful when compared to the kind of 3D that leaves you with a headache and a bunch of crossover. Its audio wasn't surround system worthy, but for a TV of this size, it was plenty loud and had good diversification between treble and bass amplitudes.
It's great that LG has given us such a solid model as a base for so much content and so many extra features, because at $3000, anything less would be a huge party foul. For that kind of price, we expected a little more from this TV in contrast and color performance. Smart content is not an excuse to skimp on core performance.
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