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LG 84LM9600 Ultra HD TV First Impressions$20,000.00
Where some of LG's high-end models like the LM7600 and the LM6700 have barely any bezel, the 84LM9600 has a black bezel less than an inch thick bordering the entire screen. The 55LM9600 never had a completely bezel-less design either, but the 84LM9600 is more reminiscent of the LM6200 series. While less bezel is clearly better, there is only so much you can do with an 84-inch screen. Besides, when a TV is this gigantic and can play UHDTV content, who cares about a little extra bezel?
The back of the 84LM9600 is nearly indistinguishable to the 55LM9600. It has identical connections placed in the same area and the on-set controls are also located on the left-side, much like its predecessor. The big difference is the two large circular speakers, each with its own subwoofer. It appears that LG didn't want to impress solely with sight, but also with sound. We talk about the aural experience more in the Performance section, but know this: These 2.2 speakers set the bar pretty high for built-in TV audio.
The 84LM9600 isn't the thinnest TV ever made, but for its size, it looks quite svelte. The tech specs say that the depth is only 1.57 inches—that's only 0.07 inches thicker than the 55LM9600. For comparison's sake, the 55-inch LM6700 (which happened to be next to its 84-inch cousin in LG's lab) is only 1.3-inches thick. Needless to say, the 84LM9600 is about as thin as an 84-inch TV is going to get, at least before OLED technology reaches the masses.
LG's ribbon-styled stand makes an appearance on the 84LM9600. It does look similar to all the other times we've seen this stand, but seeing a version this large is like seeing it for the first time.
When we reviewed Sharp's 80-inch LC-80LE844U, we were giddy with excitement because of that TV's sheer size. LG's 84LM9600 easily trumps that feeling: You can't help but smile when you see a TV like this for the first time. Yes, it's big, but it actually looks good, too. Some of the larger TVs we've reviewed, like Sharp's aforementioned 80-inch LCD or even the Sharp Elite, which comes in a 70-inch model, simply don't have the same wow-factor that the 84LM9600 has. The slim profile and the gigantic ribbon-styled stand put this LG in a class of its own, as far as 80-inch-plus TVs are concerned.