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LG 84LM960V review

LG's huge Ultra HD TV

Our Verdict

For

  • Astonishing images
  • High-end build quality
  • Excellent Full HD 3D
  • Superior smart TV

Against

  • Uneven Edge LED backlighting
  • Stratospheric price
  • Micro-second processing lag
Buying Guide
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There's no getting away from it: the LG 84LM960V is a hell of a harbinger of next gen TV tech. Visually it's a knockout, even without native Ultra HD content.

The immaculate solidity of its pixel-dense images is beguiling, whether you're watching upscaled Blu-ray 1080p/24 or HD TV at 1080/50i.

If this does indeed represent the future of television, then someone get Marty McFly on the phone. We want to borrow his DeLorean.

We liked

The LG 84LM960V's native Ultra HD performance is game-changing, and pixel-dense upscaled Full HD looks terrific. Even the beefy integrated audio system sounds great.

We disliked

The pronounced lag takes the edge off serious gameplay, and a clumsy, oversized user interface undermines the sophistication of the proposition. If the TV's picture performance does have a weakness, it's with backlight uniformity issues. And then there's that numbing price tag.

Final verdict

The LG 84LM960V may be unfeasibly huge, but you'll want to sit close because it looks so good. As a Ultra HD future-proofed display, it's well ahead of its time. With Ultra HD content, the TV's fine detail performance is phenomenal.

Fingers crossed the incoming HEVC codec will maintain all this thigh-slapping clarity without any obvious sacrifices. The pixel-packed panel does a grand job of remapping Full HD too, and breathes startling life into contentious 3D, doing away with the resolution loss seen on regular passive 3D screens.

As a multimedia hub, the TV also cuts the mustard. LG's smart TV portal may not offer Ultra HD content (yet) but there's plenty of IP TV on tap, while network functionality is on the money. All things considered, this is a pretty easy behemoth to live with, even if the repayments are sure to sting.

Also consider

When it comes to tomorrow's TV technology, there's obviously little else available at the moment. This big LG television's main rival is the Sony KD-84X9005, which sells for £25,000 in the UK (around AU$38,765) or $24,999.99 in the US, where it's known as the Sony XBR-84X900.

The Sony uses the same 84-inch Ultra HD FPR panel, sourced from LG Display, but uses its own proprietary electronics.

If Ultra HD isn't a priority but a huge screen is, consider Sharp's far more affordable 80-inch Aquos LC-80LE646, which is a snip at £4,000 (around AU$6,210/US$6,514).

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal Standard4K UHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyLM960V
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA
Smart TVYes
Brand NameLG
Screen Size213.4 cm (84")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityErP, CEC
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)81.40 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
Operating Power Consumption256 W
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand1214 mm
Width with Stand1916 mm
Depth with Stand39.90 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyPolarized
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year374 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate800 Hz
Height1120 mm
Width1916 mm
Depth39.9 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Surround Sound
Product SeriesLM960V
Maximum Resolution3840 x 2160
FeaturesFlicker-free, Motion Clarity Index, Flashback, Channel Labeling, Web Browser
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model84LM960V
Product Name84LM960V LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number84LM960V
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing InformationEXPERIENCE LG ULTRA HD

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ULTRA HD TV

LG 84 inch ULTRA HD TV presents a whole new level of picture quality, boasting a resolution four times higher than Full HD. Naturally, it is incredibly immersive, vivid and crisp, even when viewed from close distances. Ultra High Definition TV is the future of TV viewing and brings the cinema experience home.

Package Contents
  • 84LM960V LED-LCD TV
  • 7 x 3D Glasses
  • Remote Control
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)70.40 kg