The Good The LG LM9600 series TV is an incredibly striking piece of furniture with one of the slimmest bezels we've ever seen. Color reproduction is excellent, after a bit of tweaking. The Magic Motion controller has its quirks but is the best Smart TV navigator out there. The feature set is excellent, and passive 3D is virtually crosstalk-free.
The Bad The LM9600 doesn't perform up to its flagship TV pricing or the expectations created by its full-array local-dimming backlight. Its black levels are significantly worse than those of last year's LG flagship, it suffers from blotchy uniformity, and in shadow detail it lags behind other high-end sets.
The Bottom Line While it's got supermodel looks and pricing to match, the LG LM9600 is unfortunately only an amateur performer.
There are many decisions to make when buying a television, and one of them is, "Will this look good in my living room?" The TV is as much a piece of furniture as the stand it sits on, and the LM9600 comes the closest yet to looking like a beautiful piece of industrial art. It's just a pity, then, that the more important consideration -- "Is the picture any good?" -- is met with a reply of, "Not really."
At its suggested price, the 55-inch LG LM9600 is $1,000 more expensive than the much better Panasonic ST50. Picture quality has taken a dive compared with last year's , with noticeably lighter black levels, among other issues.(review coming soon) and $2,000(!) more than the idol-killing
LG's feature set is strong, however, with crowd-favorite passive 3D and a full complement of Internet video services. But as Samsung has shown this year with its gimmicky, features may help sell the TV but it doesn't mean you'll use them. Thankfully LG avoids this trap, but I wish they'd spent a bit more time on improving the picture.
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