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.
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.
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.
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.