2 expert reviews - 0 user reviews
We have collected 2 reviews of the LG 55LM9600. Experts rate LG 55LM9600 5.5/10. Reviewsor.com helps you find reviews, best prices, user reviews of the LG 55LM9600 and LG LCD TV.
Picture quality is arguably the most important aspect of an HDTV. A set can be well designed, it can have tons of features, it can be easy to use, but if the picture isn't very good, it isn't worth it. The LG 55LM9600 stuffs loads of goodies including passive 3D and built-in Wi-Fi into its attractive metal frame, but a mediocre picture makes this $3,599.99 (list) 55-inch LED-backlit LCD HDTV an overpriced set that skimps where it counts. DesignThe screen itself looks very striking, with a single pane of glass stretching nearly edge to edge, framed by a millimeter-wide silver metallic bezel connected to a metal frame. The stand is also metal, and lets the screen pivot left and right. A row of basic controls including Power, Menu, Input, Channel Up/Down, and Volume Up/Down sit behind the right side of the screen. Four HDMI and three USB ports occupy the left side of the back of the HDTV facing left, and the component, composite, cable, Ethernet, and VGA ports sit facing down. Like previous LG HDTVs, the 55LM9800 uses LG's motion control remote to manipulate an on-screen cursor like an air mouse. Waving the remote moves the cursor across the HDTV's Smart Hub and through various menus and services. The curved, wand-shaped remote has only a few buttons for Home, Back, 3D, Menu, Mute, Channel Up/Down, and Volume Up/Down.
There are many decisions to make when buying a television, and one of them is, "Will this look good in my living room?" The TV is as much a piece of furniture as the stand it sits on, and the LM9600 comes the closest yet to looking like a beautiful piece of industrial art. It's just a pity, then, that the more important consideration -- "Is the picture any good?" -- is met with a reply of, "Not really." At its suggested price, the 55-inch LG LM9600 is $1,000 more expensive than the much better Sony HX850 (review coming soon) and $2,000(!) more than the idol-killing Panasonic ST50. Picture quality has taken a dive compared with last year's flagship LW9800, with noticeably lighter black levels, among other issues. LG's feature set is strong, however, with crowd-favorite passive 3D and a full complement of Internet video services. But as Samsung has shown this year with its gimmicky Smart Interaction, features may help sell the TV but it doesn't mean you'll use them. Thankfully LG avoids this trap, but I wish they'd spent a bit more time on improving the picture. High-end LCD shoppers mulling over this TV and the similarly priced and still-current Sony HX929 should have no doubt which one to get: the Sony. It still has the best LCD picture on the market without having to trade up to the astronomical Sharp Elite Pro.