We got the opportunity to sit down with the LG Electronics 84-Inch Cinema 3D 4K Ultra HD TV (84LM9600) today in a private showing and picked it apart. It was difficult not to let the perfect demonstration atmosphere throw us off (acoustically corrected room, perfect lighting, wonderful sound system and a fancy cologne in the air). We filtered out all the distractions and put our focus specifically on this LG unit so that we can bring you what it’s worth in intel!
First, let’s look at some of the basic features! (we will go into detail at the end of the review after the rating):
- 4K Resolution – 4x that of 1080p (3840 x 2160 pixels)
- Smart TV – It has all your typical apps
- 3D (Passive)
So far, the TV sounds pretty good. However, action is better than words! So into the opinion! The image that the TV displays is outstanding. So outstanding that we spent a lot of time with only a few inches between the TV and our faces as we picked at the images looking for pixels and discrepancies. I have to admit, I personally have never had to dig that deep just to look for error, so that’s +1 brownie point in my book.
The images were very detailed, edges were smooth and without blur, and the smallest of details displayed without grain. The colors were vivid and pronounced without causing any exhaustion to the eyes. The LG 84LM9600 is edge-lit without any bleeding that we could find. At moments we “almost” felt as though we were staring out a windows (this effect heavily required the video scenes that were well shot to show perspective /depth). So far, so good! We all agreed that this TV was going to score highly when it came to video.
So let’s move onto sound. The LG 84LM9600 offers 2.2 sound built-in and although it was very good for a flat TV, we weren’t too impressed. Then again…who’s going to buy a TV like this and not have a sound system to accompany it. Plus to be fair, the sound it does put out is much better than most of the TVs on the market. We couldn’t hold this against the TV nor judge them based on the fact that we felt it was a neutral topic.
The LG 84LM9600 comes with what they refer to a “Magic Remote” with voice command. It’s best to look at this as a Nintendo Wii motion controller as the approach is exactly the same…just point it at the TV and use it as a mouse. You can also use your voice for text input and searches (including a web browser) by speaking into the remote (not yelling at the TV). We found this to be quite user-friendly and exciting to use. It isn’t anything new as the technology has been around with devices like the Xbox 360 and the previously mentioned Nintendo Wii, but the fact that it worked and added so much ease was a big plus. It’s about time we started to see more type of technology in more than just video game systems and cellphones (it even comes with a few games you can play using the remote).
3D performs very well on this unit reminding us a lot about what we saw at CES this year. The image was smooth and didn’t cause any extra strain on our eyes (more than the usual strain any “current” form of 3D comes with). Does it beat out everything else? For the most part, yes it does. The 3D on this set is better than most everything on the shelves. Until holographic imagery can be brought to the living room however, we still won’t be all that impressed with 3D. If you are a big fan of current 3D though, you will absolutely love this one. Plus, it comes with more than enough pairs (6) of glasses right out of the box (for the price it better…).
As mentioned in the quick list of features, the LG 84LM9600 is a smart TV with all of the typical apps. There are plenty of apps to choose from, such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, MOG, MLB.tv, social networking…a browser to surf the web. You can even use Skype to video chat using the TV, although it requires an additional camera (LG Smart TV Camera). Using the word “typical” might not be doing it justice as there are a LOT of apps to chose from, but there are a few TVs on the market that can compete.
With the appropriate antennae attached, it receives OTA (over the air) digital TV just fine (given the quality isn’t going to be all that impressive compared to HD cable broadcasting, outside of the few OTA HD channels). Also, nothing compares to actual 4K Blu-ray content via a 4K compatible Blu-ray player. Once you have experienced 4K, you will find it very difficult to look at other TVs the same. It also up-scales content very well producing a beautiful image on all of your favorite blu-rays, DVDs and cable material (enough to make a notable difference).
The built in WiFi signal seemed to perform perfectly well with no troubles to report. The LG 84LM9600 also supports Intel® Wireless Display (WiDi) technology for direct wireless content transfer from compatible devices with no Wi-Fi network needed. It has a dual-core processor inside for improved image and app performance. It also saves separate picture settings for each video input.
The weight of this TV is massive, weighing in at over 150 pounds. So you are going to want help installing this bad boy. It comes with a stand that swivels and although it supposedly can, we couldn’t think of a safe way of trying to hang it. It does seem to have the typical points on the back where a mount would attach (it’s just so heavy…you would think it would rip right off the wall).
Price is our only complaint. Like every other new tech TV in the past, holy cow does the price tag weigh in at a hefty number. We understand a company needs to make back what it invested into at the start of a new technology, but at $16,999…that is a lot of money. We have a special source that shared with us that before the TV was officially released with a price, an even higher price was proposed by the company (internally) until agreeing on the announced value.
We still lack when it comes to a selection of available 4K media, so don’t expect too many 4K rated movies until (probably) next year. Also, since most cable providers and networks are still working at delivering 1080p TV streams (some are still stuck at 720, or just “up-scaling” to 1080), 4K TV subscriptions will probably be awhile. There are options to choose from at least and as mentioned, once you experience 4K…it’s hard to go back. [Random side note: we have heard the 4K Remastered Spiderman Blu-ray movies aren’t really true 4K as they claim]
Finally, this screen is massive! It is comparable to four 42″ TVs merged together to create one amazing experience. It is very thin for how large it is (and for having speakers built in…which you can’t see from the front). With the image clarity, you also don’t have to obey the normal rules of how far you should sit from the TV, which only intensifies the feeling of immersion.
Based on our experience, we have decided to give this TV an 8/10 rating. We wanted badly to go as far as saying 10/10 as this TV succeeded at “rocking our world”, but the price tag forces it to lose a few stars since it prevents a vast majority of consumers from being able to purchase. Maybe we are acting a little biased due to our pride of not wanting to spend an abnormal amount of money for a TV, but we think the rating is still more than fair.
So there you have it folks! An 8/10 rated TV that has the potential of rocking a 10/10 one day, the LG 84LM9600 would complete anyone’s world (or at least their living room or theater).
Features and Specs
|Screen Resolution (pixels)||3840 x 2160|
|Screen Refresh Rate||240Hz|
|Backlighting Type||LED (edge-lit w/ local dim)|
|Instant Internet Movie Streaming||Netflix,Hulu,Vudu,YouTube,Cine|
|Picture In Picture||No|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|Type of Warranty Service||In-home|
|Total Video Inputs||5|
|Component Video Inputs||1|
|Composite Video Inputs||1|
|Optical Digital Audio Output||1 Rear|
|Coaxial Digital Audio Output||None|
|Analog Audio Output||None|
|Estimated Yearly Electricity Use (EnergyGuide)||482 kWh|
|Estimated Yearly Energy Cost (EnergyGuide)||$53|
|Dimensions & Mounting Information|
|Height with Stand (inches)||47-3/4|
|Height without Stand (inches)||44-1/8|
|Depth with Stand (inches)||15-3/4|
|Depth without Stand (inches)||2-3/8|
|Stand Width (inches)||35-3/4|
|Weight with Stand||180.1 lbs|
|Weight without Stand||155.2 lbs|
|Wall Bracket Included||No|
|Pedestal Stand||Assembly required|
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