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LG 47LM8600 LED TV Review

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The LM8600 series is the second tier in LG's 2012 line-up of LCD HDTVs. It handles bright, vivid content well, but struggles to produce deep black levels.

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Black Level

The LM8600 is yet another LG television with an average contrast ratio, owing primarily to poor black levels. We tested a black level of 0.19 cd/m2 against a peak brightness of 218.69 cd/m2, resulting in a contrast ratio (1151:1) that’s very poor against what most modern TVs can do. Sure, the LM8600 is plenty bright, but its blacks are just about grey.

Color Temperature

Color temperature consistency was a problem for this LG. It ranges into overly cool and overly warm across its input spectrum, reaching as much as 5000° K too cool, which is going to be heavily visible. Fortunately, this only occurs during the darkest side of the greyscale, which means it won’t be as distracting at it would be in mid-tones or highlights.

Color Gamut

The LM8600 tested with a very accurate color gamut, matching the red, green, and blue points of the Rec. 709 gamut almost perfectly. The only place it struggled a bit was in matching the white point: its peak white is slightly more cyan than it should be, but human eyes won’t be able to detect this.

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