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LG 55LM760T review: LG 55LM760T

On the whole, it's one of the better smart apps platforms out there at the moment. Unfortunately, Netflix is missing from the line-up at present, although LG says it should be added in the future. If you're a Netflix fan I'd advise checking it's been added before you buy.

Design and connections

Like the other sets in LG's new line-up of TVs, the 55LM760T is a stunner. The most impressive thing about the design is just how small the bezel around the screen is. When the TV is off it looks completely bezel-free with only a thin aluminium band running around the outer edge of the display. Switch it on though, and you'll see that there's a very narrow gap of around 1cm between the edge of the actual screen and the aluminium trim.

LG 55LM760T design
With a virtually bezel-free design, the set looks stunning.

It's hugely impressive and it makes the TV look much more contemporary than many of its competitors. The angular stand is gorgeous too, although it's a little disappointing that it's made from chrome-covered plastic rather than actual metal.

Despite the slim 33mm chassis, the TV boasts an abundance of ports. There are four HDMI sockets down the left, along with three USB ports. The rear panel, meanwhile, houses the RF input for the Freeview HD tuner, optical digital audio output, Ethernet jack and mini jack inputs for Scart and component connectors. LG has built Wi-Fi into the set, so you don't have to use an Ethernet cable to get the smart TV features up and running.

LG 55LM760T 3D ports
The four HDMI ports are mounted on the left.

Audio quality

LG has paid a lot closer attention to the audio on this year's models than it did with its previous TV ranges. Like the 42LM670T, at the bottom is an area that extends out towards the rear to provide more space for the speakers. This pays dividends because the sound quality is rather good by LED TV standards. It's not quite as bassy as the subwoofer-packing 47LM960V, but the speakers still have plenty of poke and deliver crisp and well-rounded audio.

LG 55LM760T 3D speakers
The set bulges outwards at the bottom to makes space for larger speakers.

2D picture quality

LG has improved the picture presets on its TVs of late, but they're still not as good as they could be. A little tweaking in the picture menu really does help to draw out this model's strengths and LG gives you lots of control over the images.

Pictures are very bright and dynamic so it has no problem working in rooms that get a lot of direct sunlight. Colours are warm and lush, especially when you're using the cinema mode preset after you've done some tweaking. The panel's high brightness levels also give colours a lot of extra punch. As the panel has very wide viewing angles, colours don't shift and contrast doesn't wash out to the same degree as on Sony's 55HX853, for example.

Motion is pretty well handled. With motion processing switched off, it suffers from just as much motion blur as other mid and high-end LED sets. Included is LG's Motion Clarity Index 800Hz processing, which is achieved using a mixture of a 200Hz panel and a 400Hz scanning backlight. With this enabled, motion resolution is quite good, although you have to select the correct mode for any given signal. If you overdo the processing for movies, for example, you'll end up with a very flat, video-type look.

Upscaling standard-definition pictures to a 55-inch screen without making them look soft or noisy is always a challenge, but it's one that the 55LM760T rises to admirably. It even makes the more heavily compressed channels on Freeview look quite watchable, which is an accomplishment in itself.

LG 55LM760T controls
The TV gives you plenty of control over picture quality.

This model uses edge LED backlighting with dimming to try to improve black levels. In a bright room, black levels look good and contrast performance is strong. However, in the evening in a dimly lit room, the set's weaknesses come to the fore. Blacks aren't quite as deep as I would like, but the biggest problem is backlight uniformity.

Admittedly, this can vary from one panel to another, but on my model there was quite noticeable backlight pooling at all four corners of the display, and this remained even when local dimming was enabled and I had turned the backlight down. Also, as I've seen on some of the other 2012 LG models I've looked at recently, the set isn't fantastic at teasing out finer detail in very dark scenes.

3D picture quality

LG's passive 3D technology has been gaining a lot of converts recently. Looking at the 3D performance of this model, it's easy to see why. It comes with seven pairs of 3D glasses as well as two pairs of dual-play gaming specs that can be used for full-screen, two-player gaming. The glasses are very light and comfortable to wear. As there's no flicker, they don't fatigue your eyes in the way that some active goggles do.

This model's high brightness also means that pictures retain their punch when you're watching in 3D and colours still look very vivid. The ever-so-slight dimming effect of the glasses also helps to mask the set's black level weaknesses.

LG 55LM760T 3D glasses
The passive 3D glasses are very light and comfortable to wear.

Images have very believable depth to them -- something that's further enhanced by the lack of image ghosting. On the down side, 3D pictures aren't quite as sharp as on the best active 3D screens. If you sit close to the screen, you can see some line structure and jagged edges on curves and diagonal lines. Overall though, this models 3D performance is impressive.

Conclusion

LG's 55LM760T has a stunning design, a great line-up of smart apps and impressive passive 3D performance. Even its sound quality is a cut above the norm. But black levels could be better and the review model suffered from backlight pooling in all four corners of the screen, which was distracting during darker scenes in movies while watching in a dimly lit room.

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