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LG 84LM9600 Ultra HD TV First Impressions$20,000.00
As usual, LG packages six pairs of their passive 3D glasses with the 84LM9600, which are the same passive glasses that come with every 3D LCD TV that LG released in 2012. They're possibly the most comfortable 3D glasses on the market.
There was only one ultra high-definition 3D clip on hand and it only lasted about 30 seconds. Those 30 seconds ended up being the best home 3D we have ever seen. Images popped out of the screen and we were treated to added depth—it was the kind of 3D that you wanted to reach out and touch.
Part of the reason 3D looked so impressive has to do with the huge resolution. LG uses passive 3D, which means each eye sees an image, but that image is half the resolution of the TV. For LG’s current LED TVs (and any other company that uses passive 3D like Vizio and Toshiba), that means each eye is only given a 540p image. With the 84LM9600, each eye is given a 1080p image and the results are gorgeous.
Yes, active 3D shows each eye a 1080p image on current 3D HDTVs from the likes of Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony. We haven’t seen active 3D that produces images as well as models like the LG 55LM9600 or the Vizio CinemaWide, which both champion passive 3D technology and took home our 3D TV of the Year and runner-up awards, respectively.
Blu-ray 3D was also very good. We watched Under the Sea 3D and depth was impressive. Some shots popped out as well, although the effect wasn't nearly as jaw dropping as the UHDTV 3D. The 2D-to-3D conversion wasn’t anything special, at least after being treated to excellent native 3D content. We didn’t notice much of a 3D effect with the conversion, not to mention it made the picture much dimmer, and images were much less detailed.
None of the 3D material we saw produced any crosstalk. Our eyes are thanking you for that one, LG.