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LG 47LM960V review

John Archer



Our Score


User Score


  • Stunning design
  • Excellent operating system
  • Bright pictures and colours are excellent


  • Black levels are disappointing
  • It’s very expensive
  • Game-spoiling input lag

Review Price £2,349.99

Key Features: 47in direct LED TV; passive 3D playback; 7 pairs of glasses included; Smart TV online services; Nano tech for slimmer design

Manufacturer: LG

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: making a TV really, really skinny is all well and good so long as it doesn’t lead to major compromises in picture quality. After all, for the vast majority of the time you’re looking at a TV’s front, where its pictures are, rather than its rear. So frankly we don’t give a monkey’s if a TV’s posterior is a Vanessa Feltz or a Pippa Middleton, so long as what comes out the front hits the spot.

You probably won’t be too surprised from this introduction to hear that LG’s 47LM960V falls foul of our dislike of ‘style over substance’ TVs. Though it must be said that its style is truly exceptional! For despite using direct LED lighting - where the LED array sits behind the screen - rather than edge LED lighting, the 47LM960V delivers a bezel so skinny at under 4mm that you can barely see it, and a rear that sticks out just 38mm. Truly stunning.

LG 47LM960V

The 47LM960V’s rear depth is barely half that of a typical direct LED TV, and is achieved thanks to LG’s Nano technology, whereby a diffusion sheet is introduced in front of the LED lights so that they need less throw distance to illuminate the screen.

However, it seems to us that it’s also this Nano technology that’s chiefly responsible for the feelings of disappointment we’ve felt with the 47LM960V’s picture performance.

Here’s the deal. Usually when we test a direct LED TV rather than an edge LED TV, we expect that set to deliver as pretty much its main picture starting point a superb black level response. After all, the most obvious advantage of going the more expensive direct LED route is that it can give you true local dimming, whereby the light levels of different parts of the image can be adjusted on a much more local and therefore accurate basis than is possible with edge LED lighting.

LG 47LM960V

This should result in a much richer contrast range and much deeper black levels than you can get with any edge LED TV. Yet on the 47LM960V, this just doesn’t happen. During very dark sequences the 47LM960V’s pictures look rather grey and noticeably low on shadow detail, meaning that you can find yourself squinting to try and pick out even key picture information at times. Given that LG’s set does definitely feature local dimming, we have to think that it’s the light diffusing sheet the 47LM960V uses that’s causing the TV’s contrast performance to suffer.

Tellingly we’ve actually seen edge LED TVs produce better black level performances than the 47LM960V. The Sony 46HX853 delivers far more convincing dark scenes than this LG set, for instance, despite costing a massive £900 less. Come to think of it, we felt more satisfied with the black levels from LG’s own mid-range LM660 and LM670 models than we do with those from the 47LM960V. Which isn’t exactly great news when the 47in 47LM960V costs not far shy of £2,500.

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May 15, 2012, 12:40 pm

I want to be passive than active. In short I am already going passive with my latest LG LW550T that I bought 6 months ago. The passive 3d glasses are really light and comfortable. It definitely beats paying 40 pounds a pair.


May 15, 2012, 12:42 pm

With an ultra thin 1mm bezel, I think this LM960V TV set is really a perfect choice for my living room.


June 22, 2012, 12:34 pm

Is it true that LG 47LM960V offers 7 pairs of glasses as well? Because http://3d-tvbuyingguide.com/3d... says that active 3D TVs give one pair of 3D glasses for free and it costs at least£65 to buy each extra pair. Any help will be appreciated


July 3, 2012, 9:01 am

It really looks like there is no bezel! The design is so modern. I'd love to see the picture quality in person. It'll probably be stunning.


July 10, 2012, 12:32 pm

The LM960V is in the nominee for best tv for 2012 and best gadget of 2012. The LM960V comes with 7 pairs of glasses which other brand that supply with active glasses can't compete. People may look at the price at first and think twice but if you try it out, you will fall in love with it. The black level has been reduced greatly that you can hardly see a reflection. Moreover, there is no problem in the lighting area. The light does not bleed out to the side. Hd picture looks great. Detailing and color reproduction is amazing. I haven't noticed any motion blur and the angle that I can watch this tv is extra-ordinary. Smart feat and 3d is also a great con. I don't even have to mention the internet speed or 3d quality. If you are looking for the best experience I guarantee this will deliver.


July 17, 2012, 9:10 am

I really like the thin bezel frame. Makes the TV look even bigger. LG has done a great job with their design and thus far their image quality has been unmatched. Samsung has been a competitor against LG for their televisions, however, if you cmopare a Samsung screen next to an LG television screen. You will see the difference in quality.


August 13, 2012, 1:18 pm

I do not mean to sound bias but I believe this is the best TV at the moment. Nano full LED looks fantastic. MCi is up to 1000 so there are no worries in motion losses. Dual Core Processor really helps the smart interface. The speed and organization is absolutely remarkable. Magic motion corresponds with the smart platform perfectly. The only down side is the SD performance and price but this cannot even be a slight fragment issue when thinking on purchasing it.

Chris Rayner

September 3, 2013, 5:47 pm

Well I am 9 months with mine now. Picture quality etc etc is brilliant. Wifi and staying connected is pants! Flash is a problem too, uses very old grade, can't be up-graded so ITV Player for real-time or catch up TV ( a main broadcaster for the UK) is impossible. Every other week there is some system up-date but we're never told what it is. For normal 1080p viewing and thin edge 10/10... for SMART 3/10 and 3D, well for some reason it's just nice to have, even though I get headaches after 30 mins and forget about it for another 2 months! Overall, wish I had not spent £1,800 on it, and that was discounted down from £2,600 by all leading retailers!!

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