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LG 47LM860V - Conclusions

John Archer

By John Archer

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

User Score:

At this stage you’re probably starting to wonder why such an apparently brilliant TV has only snagged an 8 score. There are actually a quartet of reasons why we’ve felt compelled to dock the LG 47LM860V a couple of marks.

The smallest one is that skin tones look a touch mannequin like, even with HD sources. Next, the TV’s screen is a little more reflective of ambient light than we’d ideally like.

Problem for gamers

Then there’s the TV’s susceptibility to input lag. We measured a delay between the pictures leaving our timing source and finally appearing on the 47LM860V’s screen of 100ms. This is three times as high as the figures recorded with most other TVs, and could potentially damage a gamer’s performance.

The biggest problem with the LG 47LM860V, though, concerns the operation of its edge lighting system while handling very dark material. It becomes apparent that if you don’t activate the set’s Local Dimming feature, its basic black level response is surprisingly limited, leaving dark scenes looking washed out and greyed over.

LG 47LM860V

There are also fairly obvious patches of ‘clouding’ caused by the edge LEDs’ inability to light the screen uniformly - and none of these issues can be satisfactorily solved by adjusting the backlight, brightness, contrast or black level options.

If you call in the Local Dimming, though, while it profoundly improves core black levels, it also introduces some occasionally quite obvious backlight blocking, where bright objects that appear against dark backgrounds are surrounded by rectangles of extra brightness that can run right from the top of the screen down to the bottom.

Letterbox problems

To be fair, the LG 47LM860V’s problems in this regard are usually only really obvious when you are watching 21:9-ratio films, where the black bars above and below the picture routinely exhibit quite obvious clouds and blocks of lighting inconsistency. The problems are much less apparent with screen-filling 16:9 footage, and are completely invisible with predominantly bright footage. So if you only watch films on your telly very occasionally, the backlight inconsistencies may not be an issue you’ll need to worry about much.

LG 47LM860V

If you do expect to watch a lot of films in low-light conditions, though, you should certainly try and experience the backlight issues yourself before deciding to buy a 47LM860V. It also occurs to us here that most edge LED TVs nowadays position their lights down the sides of their screens rather than along the top and bottom - an approach which, while far from flawless (as noted recently with the Panasonic L55WT50), does generally seem to cause less obvious consistency flaws, especially when watching 21:9-ratio films.

Verdict

If you’re after a gorgeous looking TV that makes most broadcast fare look nothing short of spectacular, especially if it’s HD, then the LG 47LM860V is a hugely persuasive option.

Serious film lovers and hardcore gamers, though, may struggle to ignore the backlight flaws noted with dark scenes and the high levels of measured input lag - especially now that Sony has recently changed the edge LED backlight landscape with its outstanding HX853 series.

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • 2D Quality 8
  • 3D Quality 9
  • Design 10
  • Features 10
  • Sound Quality 8
  • Value 8

kellywilliams0448

June 19, 2012, 12:42 pm

This TV looks so good!! I should've got this TV instead of my Panasonic.. I had no idea LG could make such nice TVs.

tedmathew90

June 19, 2012, 12:57 pm

This TV is gets my five star rating with no reservation. It has a perfect design, especially the super thin bezel.

andrew369s

July 10, 2012, 12:35 pm

The LG47LM860V has all that it needs to be at the top of the food chain. The contrast ratio is outstanding. The images are very bright and they don't come at the cost of over-driven colors. If you adjust the picture quality a little bit everything will feel natural. The 3d has a great support. Cross-talk is at minimal level. It might need a small portion of improvement on the edge dimming system but overall it is a great choice. 3d feature has been categorized beautifully for any novice to start right away. I believe this is a must buy.

marburybary

July 17, 2012, 10:18 am

Looks fantastic, the design and quality is very good. The thing I like most about LG televisons are their magic remote. Magic Remotes make life so much more easier and convenient. Browsing through applications and surfing the web on the television has not been better.

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