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LG 47LM960V - Features and Conclusion

John Archer

By John Archer



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Turning next to standard definition pictures, while they’re perfectly enjoyable on the 47LM960V, they’re not converted to the screen’s full HD resolution with quite as much precision and noise suppression as you see from rival top-end sets from Samsung, Sony and Panasonic.

It occurs to us at this point that our urge to get our Nano-related contrast moan off our chest right at the start of this review means we haven’t yet given any serious scrutiny to the 47LM960V’s other features. So let’s quickly cover the key points.

LG 47LM960V

Connections are expansive, with four v1.4 HDMIs, three USB ports and built-in Wi-Fi leading the way. The set supports DLNA networking and, of course, can be taken online with LG’s exceptionally content-heavy Smart TV service. It remains the case that around three quarters of the apps available here are utter rubbish, but that still leaves 20-30 that offer plenty of goodies - including lots of streamed video.

Also worthy of note are the TV’s extensive picture calibration tools and ensuing endorsement by the Imaging Science Foundation, and LG’s superb operating system. The onscreen menus are well organised and look glorious in full high-definition, while the so-called Magic remote LG supplies alongside its standard handset offers a really intuitive ‘point at the right part of the screen and click’ alternative to the normal boring cursor control buttons.

LG 47LM960V

To wrap up, there are two further performance points to cover - one good, one bad. The good one concerns the 47LM960V’s audio, which while hardly ‘hi-fi’ in nature is considerably better than we would have expected from a TV with such a stunningly skinny chassis. The soundstage avoids the thin, harsh tone that usually arises when speakers don’t have any room to work with, while action sequences even benefit from that rarest of skinny TV commodities, a bit of bass. Doubtless this surprising degree of audio success is down to LG’s inclusion of a large, rear-firing speaker on the 47LM960V’s back.

The final chink in the 47LM960V’s armour, meanwhile, is an all-too-familiar one with LG TVs: input lag. For the past couple of years we’ve consistently found LG TVs taking as much as 100ms to produce their pictures on screen after receiving them from their various sources. And you don’t need to be a rocket scientist - or Call of Duty obsessive - to realise that a delay of this magnitude can severely damage your console or PC gaming performance. By comparison, most rivals TVs keep input lag down to 40ms or less.

LG 47LM960V


Having been thoroughly impressed by LG’s latest round of mid-range TVs, we had hugely high hopes for its flagship LM960V series. But sadly the quest for fashionable slimness seems to have ended up compromising the 47LM960V’s picture quality in the very area - contrast - where we’d most expected its direct LED engine to shine. A fact which also ends up making its £2,350 asking price look very high indeed.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • 2D Quality 7
  • 3D Quality 8
  • Design 10
  • Features 9
  • Sound Quality 8
  • Value 5


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... 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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