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LG Cinema Screen 55LM9600 55-Inch Cinema 3D LED HDTV

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Rated #14 in LED HDTV

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Pros: Rich colors, good black levels, sharp, detailed picture, passive 3D, IPS panel

Cons: Spotty quality control, high price at release

I've had the LG 55LM9600 for about two months now and thought I'd share some of my impressions. This was a 2012 model, but there are a handful of them floating around out there. Internet reviews of this set have been mixed - CNET essentially panned it complaining of multiple issues, not the least of it being the $3300 MSRP price tag that put it near the top of the food chain from a price perspective. However, my research led me to a number of Asian and European reviews in which the set was lauded for it's picture quality and aesthetics. Who to believe? As always, you have to see it for yourself, and after viewing it at BB in person, I took it home for further scrutiny at the bargain price of $1300 - I figured for that money, I might as well give it a shot. So far, I have been pleased with it on almost every front, and below are my extremely non-professional observations during my two months of ownership:

Value: At an MSRP of $3300, I admit that the value might be questionable. Based on the wide scope of reviews, I can surmise that this set suffered from some QC problems. If you got a good one, value was "OK" and if you got a bad one, value was extremely poor. In my case, I paid appx. 1/3 MSRP and got a good one - value for me is off the charts. It really depends on what you paid and your perspective.

Color: Extremely rich and accurate. It took me a LONG time to get the set calibrated to where I wanted it, but I often describe it as the most "plasma-like" LED picture I have seen. Colors are warm, rich, and accurate but you have to put the time in to get it right. I used a combination of trial and error and the Disney WOW disc. The built in THX Cinema presets are quite good for darker rooms, but I found a better balance for every day viewing by sampling some of the settings posted on the internet and then tweaking them to suit my needs. Again, it took a few weeks to get it right where I wanted it, but someone who actually knows what they are doing could probably nail it down within a couple of days. You just have to put the time in.

Brightness: As with any LED, you can configure the 9600 to scorch your retinas, but doing so results in predictably poor results. Unfortunately, I'm guessing this is the fate of many LED sets sold to customers that simply plug it in and turn it on. I was able to configure different presets/modes to suit most viewing needs, but you won't get everything this set is capable of unless you turn it down.

Glare: There is some glare. My viewing room is generally dim, but there is a window directly across from the TV. I need some blackout shades, because the pull downs are translucent and pass enough light for it to be irritating during the day. The panels overall brightness mitigates this to some extent, but it can still get irritating depending on the source material.

Black Levels: It's not plasma; let's get that out of the way up front. A number of reviews complain specifically about clouding and flashlighting; I have neither of those issues save for some extremely minor light bleed in one corner. I don't notice it during 95% of my viewing - even 15:9 with black bars - but it is fair to mention it because this was apparently a big problem with a number of the sets. Aside from that, blacks are rich and almost inky depending on the source material. Shadow detail is excellent for me, and the Star Trek scene mentioned in the CNET review is as close to perfect on my set as I'm likely to find with LED. I've experimented with the local dimming feature and find that it definitely enhances black performance even further. Perhaps this has something to do with the full-array panel?

Motion: I see no blurring or artifacting of any sort, but this might just be my eyes - everyone perceives these things differently and has specific sensitivity to them. There were some complaints about this in some reviews, so it's worth mentioning, but i watch a LOT of sports (baseball, football, racing) and have never once seen a motion-related problem in complicated scenes when things are moving quickly.

3d Performance: The LM9600 leverages passive 3D (as do all LG sets I am aware of) and for me, this is a bonus. I don't watch a lot of 3D content, but when I do, the color and depth seem good and the passive glasses (six sets included) are comfortable and perform well. It's not the best 3D I have seen, but there's enough pop to keep the kids entertained and the glasses are cheap enough that I don't have an aneurism if something gets broken. No batteries to worry about either.

Gaming: I'll admit it - I like to game :-) This set does have some input lag compared to my DLP, but it doesn't hinder my performance. In most games, I don't notice it, the exception being F1 2010; I notice the car felt a little less "sharp". I was able to re-tune my wheel settings and now all is well, and I'm happy to concede that for the incredible color and depth the set lends to the games.

Ergonomics/Aethetics: Pretty standard issue for TV's these days, but everyone raved about the thin bezel and nice stand when it was released. I have it on the stand at the moment, and while I wish it were larger (don't we all....) it looks good sitting there :-) All ports are easily accessible and well marked.

Apps: The LG interface on the LM9600 is good but not great. It is intuitive, and all the standard issues apps are present. That being said, I'm still not sold on the 'magic remote'. It has some accuracy issues and I find myself shaking it at times to get control back. It all works, and generally works well, but it does get frustrating when it takes me longer to select something that I feel it should have. I have apps on my PS3 and I'm considering a stand alone Blu-Ray player tha will probably end up having them as well, so it's not a big deal. Plus, it's nice for my wife and kids to be able to access apps from the set because they don't have to turn on multiple devices and deal with more remotes.

Summary: I really like this set for $2000. For $1300, I LOVE it. It's not without flaws, but my set has performed exceptionally well. I think it's a shame that LG had what appears to be some pretty severe QC issues with this set - it had the potential to be benchmark TV. As it stands - I feel it was a near miss at it's price point on release. It didn't help that some of the more well known US review sites either got bad units or simply didn't take the time to configure the set properly (CNET's posted settings for the LM9600 are a joke...). So what we have here is a diamond in the rough. If you're fortunate enough to get a good panel and a bargain price, you'll be thrilled with it providing you put in the effort to calibrate it correctly. If not, you'll return it within less than a week. There may be a few of these out there, and they are worth considering at the right price, but make sure you have a return window that allows you to spend some time with the set and really learn all the settings.
LG Cinema Screen 55LM9600 55-Inch Cinema 3D LED HDTV
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LM9600 3D/Smart Full LED TV ENJOY THE ULTIMATE IN ENTERTAINMENT WITH LG'S LM9600 SERIES. Enjoy the ultimate in entertainment with LG's LM9600 Series. Unlock the unlimited possibilities of internet entertainment with LG Smart TV. Experience the superior picture quality of LG's NANO Full LED display technology on an elegant, groundbreaking design that looks beautiful, on or off. FEATURED TECHNOLOGY: LG'S NEXT GENERATION 3D TECHNOLOGY Want 3D like you get it in the movie theater? Lightweight glasses, cool 3D effects and a great picture experience? LG's Cinema 3D TV can bring it right into your home. Enjoy easy to use & share 3D glasses, superior picture quality and amazing 3D effects - that's what you get with an LG Cinema 3D experience powered by LG's Film Patterned Retarder (FPR) technology.   3D isn't just for the newest releases anymore. LG's 2D-to-3D conversion feature can turn everything from cinema classics to sports to your TV favorites into larger-than-life 3D. It’s in with the old and in with the new. Not ready for 3D TV yet? No problem. LG's 3D Ready HDTVs still deliver extraordinary color and crisp detail in 2D. You’ll also enjoy a vast array of entertainment like HD movies, HDTV shows and more-all on an incredibly thin TV. So, when you’re ready to experience 3D TV, you’ll be plenty prepared. EASY TO USE AND SHARE GLASSES With LG Cinema 3D glasses it's easier than ever to share immersive 3D images. Battery-free, flicker-free, low cost glasses, just like the ones you get at the movies, allow users to outfit family and friends for an affordable price. 6 sets of glasses included. LG SMART TV An intuitive, easy way to access limitless content, thousands of movies, customizable apps, videos and browse the web all organized in a simple-to-use interface. And, when you can just point and choose selections with LG's unique motion-controlled Magic Remote, it's even simpler. That's what you get with an LG Smart TV experience, the next generation in entertainment organized within a simple interface. WORKS LIKE MAGIC Our magic remote lives up to its name. It's the real deal in the palm of your hand… a sleek sculpture that can take you anywhere on the screen with a gesture, a click, an effortless scroll of the navigation wheel and even the sound of your voice. Just sit back and relax. Magic Remote takes you way beyond the limits of traditional TV and that responds to your every whim and interest. TV remote clicking may just soon be a thing of the past.   PREPARE TO BE DAZZLED Don't settle for anything but the best. NANO Full LED brings you a brighter, smoother, cleaner picture than ever before. Using advanced LED technology, it delivers amazingly refined 2D and 3D, along with an impossibly thin, stylish design. KEY TECHNOLOGIES Dual Play Gamers can enjoy two-player 3D gaming on one TV without a split screen. Now two players can compete against one another independently and catch the action on a full screen! *Requires special glasses sold separately. 2D, NOW IN 3D With LG's 2D to 3D conversion feature, the TV will automatically convert standard 2D content into 3D. SMART SHARE PLUS Browse and share files from your external storage devices on your TV screen wirelessly, connect your phones via an HD cable or Wi-Fi connection, and watch TV on your smart phone with LG Smart TV's Smart Share Plus. ADDITIONAL FEATURES RESOLUTION UPSCALER Resolution Upscaler is feature that enhances the resolution of original content to a higher resolution. KEEP UP WITH THE ACTION If you love sports and lightning fast action, TruMotion 480Hz is the ultimate feature. Virtually eliminates motion blur from fast-paced scenes and delivers them in crystal clarity. CUT LOOSE WHEN YOU'RE Wi-Fi® READY Getting your LG TV connected to Entertainment Access and other online content is easy when you have Wi-Fi™ built in. If you have existing wireless broadband, setting it up is simple and you don't need to worry about messy wires. DOUBLE THE DETAIL This stunning picture is the reason you wanted HDTV in the first place. With almost double the pixel resolution, Full HD 1080p gives it superior picture quality over standard HDTV. You'll see details and colors like never before. SAVE MORE THAN ENERGY Earning the ENERGY STAR means a product meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. For TVs, it means they save energy both in standby and active (when they're on) modes. ENERGY STAR–qualified TVs use about 30% less energy than standard units. FIND THE PERFECT PICTURE Get easy self-calibration with on-screen reference points for key picture quality elements such as black level, color, tint, sharpness and backlight levels. Take the guesswork out of picture adjustments with this simple-to-use feature. It's not actually magic, but it will sure seem that way. VIEW IT IN THE RIGHT LIGHT Let your TV do the adjustments for you. Intelligent Sensor automatically optimizes the picture to the lighting and color conditions in the room for a more enjoyable viewing experience. WISE AND NOT WASTEFUL With our Smart Energy Saving Features, you can conserve money and energy. ISFccc READY LG's ISFccc Ready HDTVs contain the detailed standards necessary for professional calibration of brightness, contrast, tint, sharpness, color levels and much more to meet local lighting conditions for both day and nighttime viewing. Settings are added to preset modes for easy access from your LG remote. *Disclaimer: For a small percentage of the population, the viewing of stereoscopic 3D video technology may cause discomfort such as headaches, dizziness or nausea. If you experience any symptoms, discontinue using the 3D functionality and contact your health care provider. **Disclaimer: Wireless Internet connection & certain subscriptions required and sold separately. The Magic Motion Remote does not come equipped with all LG Smart TV enabled TVs and a separate purchase maybe required. Content and services vary by product and are subject to change without notice. LG 2012 LED Feature Comparison Series LM9600 LM8600 LM7600 LM6700 G2 LM6200 LS5700 LS4600 LS3500 LS3400 Models: 55" 55", 47" 55", 47" 55", 47" 55", 47" 65", 55", 47", 42" 60", 55", 47", 42" 55", 47" 32", 26", 22" 42", 32" High Definition Resolution 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p 720p 1080p(42"), 720p(32") LG Smart TV Google TV TruMotion 480Hz 240Hz 240Hz 120Hz 120Hz 120Hz 120Hz 120Hz Dynamic Contrast Ratio 10M:1 9M:1 9M:1 8M:1 6M:1 6M:1 5M:1 4M:1 1M:1 2M:1(42"), 1M:1(32") LG Cinema 3D Dual Core Processor LED Technology Full LED LED+ LED+ LED+ Edge LED Edge LED Edge LED Edge LED Edge LED Direct LED Magic Remote w/QWERTY Wi-Fi Built-in DLNA Certified Intelligent Sensor Picture Wizard II ENERGY STAR Qualified Design Cinema Screen Cinema Screen Cinema Screen Cinema Screen Slim & Narrow Slim & Narrow Slim & Narrow Slim & Narrow Slim & Narrow HDMI/USB 4/3 4/3 4/3 4/3 4/3 4/3 4/3 3/1 2/1 2/1

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FeatureNANO Full LED is the most advanced LED technology available from LG. The Micro Pixel Control enables the deepest, darkest and most natural colors for superior picture performance. See it for yourself. With LG Cinema 3D technology you can enjoy amazing 3D effects, comfortable lightweight battery free glasses, 2D to 3D content conversion, 3D depth control and a clear picture from virtually any angle. LG's Dual Core chipset powers faster loading speeds and enables voice recognition technology on the new 4-mode Magic Remote TruMotion 480Hz technology allows you to watch sports, play video games and experience high speed movie action as if you are there in person. You've never experience motion clarity like this before. LG's Smart TV is a revolutionary, easy way to access limitless content, thousands of movies, customizable apps, videos and browse the web all set up in a simple to use interface.
Item Height30.8 inches
Item Length48.1 inches
Item Width13.1 inches
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ManufacturerLG
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Package Length21 inches
Package Weight21 pounds
Package Width16 inches
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TitleLG Cinema Screen 55LM9600 55-Inch Cinema 3D 1080p 480 Hz Dual Core Nano LED HDTV with Smart TV and 6 Pairs of 3D Glasses
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