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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.
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?
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."
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.
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...
No Paul's TV stores in the bay area unfortunately..
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!
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) 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.
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.
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:
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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