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55LA9700 and the 65LA9700 hit the streets a week or so ago. Looks to be a solid set.



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Any owners out there ? Any more info ?
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Do these come with HDMI 2.0 or an upgrade solution?
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they are available for few months already, but seems nobody has any interests to get one for them self. over the past few years, LG's several top models are not very successful due to poor review. I get the feeling that this one will have the same fate.
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they are available for few months already, but seems nobody has any interests to get one for them self. over the past few years, LG's several top models are not very successful due to poor review. I get the feeling that this one will have the same fate.

I think there are a couple of factors holding sales back. Clearly no real 4K content for the LG yet, no announced HDMI 2.0 solution, and the higher price vs other 65" 4K sets. This is one of the few sets with FALD, so most are still waiting on reviews to see if it is worth the additional cost. Seeing as you can get the 84" 4K LG for around $9000, it makes this 65" a harder sell at its current price.
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One just came into our local Mediamarkt. EU model 65LA9709, €6,999. PQ was great - very sharp but could not get anyone to change setting on the TV. mad.gif
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I am hoping to get a fresh look at this TV next week. If I can sweet-talk the assistant, (in simple speak) how should I go about checking out the TV for such things as back-lighting uniformity, motion, judder and so forth?

I had contact with LG a few days ago but they were not helpful at all when I asked what LG's intentions are to upgrade the TV to HDMI2. Whilst other TV manufacturers appear to have this in hand, (or have I misread this?) has anyone read anything from LG about HDMI2? smile.gif
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I too am interested in more information on this set from any current owners.

mypretty1, to answer your question about HDMI 2.0, i saw this article on cnet in which LG's Vice President Public Affairs and Communications says "we are reassuring the early-adopter consumers who have purchased LG's first-generation Ultra HD TVs that we'll have a solution to handle 60 Hz 4K content in the future."

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-33199_7-57607131-221/hdmi-2.0-upgrade-path-where-do-the-manufacturers-stand/

Not sure what that means exactly...in field repair? firmware type solution like Sony has promised?

My 5 year old Sammy with FALD just started to flake out on me with some horizontal black lines so I'm in the market for a new set...but it's hard to decide between the current 4K sets...the Sony XBR-55X850A or 55X900A, the Samsung UN55F9000, or this LG set. A lot more activity in the Sony and Samsung threads, I read through them and it seems the short comings (at least for me) of those sets are:

  • Active 3D - I prefer passive, I don't like the shutter glasses, and with 4K the half resolution point is moot. The Sony 900A has passive but the attached side speakers kill that one for me. How does LG's passive solution stack up here...I'm guessing fairly good.
  • 4K content - it seems from posts in the other panel's threads these sets cannot play 4K content from USB or the network, nor does their YouTube app play in 4K. (I am not 100% sure on the Samsung, sounds like it supports some sort of .s4ud file type but i'm not sure if you can easily create your own or if it only plays samsung provided files). Does the LG play 4K from USB or network? It is the only set with USB 3.0, I would think they added this for a reason. Does its YouTube app support 4K?
  • FALD - I don't think either the Sony or Sammy have full array local dimming, but the samsung black levels seemed impressive in the store to me, and in older LG sets people have bashed the LG black levels...how does this new set stack up?

I went into my local Best Buy / Magnolia, but they don't have the LG on the floor so I couldn't check it out for myself to compare to the others.

Then there is also the Toshiba 58L9300U at $1000 less...I don't like the look of the TV very much but for $1000 less perhaps its worth considering...not much info on it either.

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Im in the same boat as tallcoolone. And have the same thoughts. If this set can compare to the samsung/Sony levels it's attractive to me for its passive 3d. I'm going to look for this locally and see if I can get my eyes on it. One factor for me will be the display glass as it seems the glossy finish sets yes have a bit more glare but also much more pop. I think both the Samsung and 900 Sony do a good job with ambient light without sacrificing picture. Just seems the Matte finishes dull the wow factor.
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Some of the web stores are offering a free LG 5400 TV with the purchase of these 4k models. What is with that? To get early adopters? WTF am I supposed to do with an LG 5400 TV. I obviously have higher standards for my viewing if I am looking at a 4k solution. I suppose I can give it to one of the kids or a church. This set is probably only worth about $150 to LG. Still need to see one in person.
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Yeah I saw that too, very strange indeed...I'd rather get several hundred $$ off the 4k set.
I too have looked for one of these in store but can't find it anywhere...seems to be in stock everywhere online, surprising that nobody has them on the floor...I wonder why...
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I have seen them. Comparable to the Toshiba and Samsung 4k. I took them off my list since they are not taking a stance on 2.0. Other companies have announced plans. So LG is off my shopping list. If u have a Pauls TV near you they have them in showrooms
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They actually did say they are going to have a solution for hdmi 2.0, just not clear what that will be. The Samsung looks impressive to me, but I prefer the passive 3d, did you see the LG's 3d by any chance?
No Paul's TV stores in the bay area unfortunately..
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I have the 55la9700. The 3D is amazing bright picture, no ghosting ,excellent back level and no eye fatigue like I get with active glasses. I haven't gotten to see any 4k on it yet.
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I was not able to try the 3d. The overall pop and color production I would say is very similar to the Samsung. If you like the Sammy presentation you will also like the LG and have the passive 3d. I was unaware they commented on 2.0 though wondering at what price to upgrade.
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starchild: Yeah see my post above with a link to the cnet article for what they said exactly...not very much details.

funkc: have you been able to confirm that the passive 3D on the 55" is actually 1080p per eye? That's a touchy topic in the Sony threads as it turns out the 55" Sony with passive 3d is still 540p even on the 4k set. Also, have you tried the YouTube app built into the TV? does it play any of the 4k content on youtube in full 4k? Will it play 4k through USB (in full 4k resolution)? And finally does it show pictures from a DSLR in 4k via usb and/or via a network share? Sorry for all the questions but you seem to be the only person who has claimed to own this TV and details on this are very vague right now. The answers to most of these questions for the Samsung and Sony is NO. The Panasonic is yes but it suffers from some faint lines. Any uniformity/line issues on the LG when viewing a bright or grey screen?

Thanks for anything you might be able to answer, hope you are enjoying your set!
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I have the 55la9700. The 3D is amazing bright picture, no ghosting ,excellent back level and no eye fatigue like I get with active glasses. I haven't gotten to see any 4k on it yet.

How does the TV perform when watching sport? Is there any motion blur? smile.gif
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There is a fairly new review of the set here:

http://www.digitaltrends.com/tv-reviews/lg-65la9700-review/

However, they don't really answer the questions I posed above...
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As it would turn out, LG was the first to offer up one of its premium Ultra HD sets for us review. And that’s no small thing, considering how expensive these TVs are. With a street price running around $6,000, the 65-inch LA9700 series Ultra HDTV has come down a bit from its original suggested retail price of $8,000; but let’s face it, this is still a pretty pricey TV – almost three times that of LG’s largest 1080p LED LCD TV, the 60LA8600.The justification for that price point isn’t just the TV’s Ultra HD resolution (though that’s a very big part of it)gCmKkL LG has also packed this particular model with a full array of locally-dimmed LED backlights and a motorized speaker system to sweeten the pot. So, the TV ought to look and sound better than LG’s top-of-the-line 1080p TVs; a lot better. Let’s see how it did.

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Saw the 55" yesterday at Fry's in Indianapolis. They were playing The Hobbit and it look spectacular. I concur that the picture was a lot like the Samsung. Unfortunately the remote was not around to play with the settings and I would have liked to see 4k content as well. Hopefully other stores get them soon. I would like to see what this tv can really do....
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Found 4k on You Tube online. The picture definitely looked 4K. The colors really popped. Tv is supposed to have the latest usb version available for 4k. Haven't tried it yet. Not sure if the 3d is 1080p or not but when I get close I don't see scan lines like I do with other passive sets. It's the best 3d I've ever seen. Sorry I don't have more info, still learning myself. Definitely have do more testing.
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Haven't noticed any motion blur sports or movies.
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Found 4k on You Tube online. The picture definitely looked 4K. The colors really popped. Tv is supposed to have the latest usb version available for 4k. Haven't tried it yet. Not sure if the 3d is 1080p or not but when I get close I don't see scan lines like I do with other passive sets. It's the best 3d I've ever seen. Sorry I don't have more info, still learning myself. Definitely have do more testing.


Unfortunately 4K on You Tube is not really 4K. More like 1080p up scaled and streamed. Real 4K should look Fantastic.

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Thanks for the info...if you don't see any lines or any aliasing jaggies in 3D then it is most likely full 1080 per eye.

Latinoheat: 4K on you tube is true 4k, it is highly compressed but it is not all upscaled content...most of the DSLR time lapse videos are true 4k...like this for instance:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scuxovLtYuA

The Sony and Samsung both play only up to 1080p with their native YoutTube app though, which is why I was curious about the LG. Those sets wont even let you select the 4k feed ("Original" option in YoutTube Quality setting). When you play these on the LG can you change the quality option?

And yes the USB on this set is 3.0, which should be plenty fast enough to play 4k content from. To test it out you could download a 4k YouTube video using 4K Video Downloader, put it on a USB stick and see if it plays on the TV in full resolution.
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Haven't noticed any motion blur sports or movies.

Thank you. Good to know. biggrin.gif
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this is a another review for the UK model. Interestingly, they found the tv has poor viewing angle which is not suppose to be for IPS panel.
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The tv has excellent viewing angle! I have it mounted above a fireplace albeit a lower one but I see an excellent image up, down, sideways and straight on.
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With a street price running around $6,000, the 65-inch LA9700 series Ultra HDTV has come down a bit from its original suggested retail price of $8,000; but let’s face it, this is still a pretty pricey TV – almost three times that of LG’s largest 1080p LED LCD TV, the 60LA8600.The justification for that price point isn’t just the TV’s Ultra HD resolution
Well, we have a even more expensive 55" OLED coming today. Chad will be here Saturday to do his thing.......
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The more scary part about the review to me is the light flashes they claim during 3D viewing...although they assume it is a panel specific problem with their set...funkc, seen any light flashes lately?
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