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LG 47LM960V - More Picture Performance

John Archer

By John Archer



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To be fair to the 47LM960V, aside from failing to live up to expectations with its black level response, it’s a very polished performer. Its local dimming system does at least work to the extent that it allows very bright parts of the image to look punchy and dynamic in a way that arguably only Philips’ high-end direct LED TVs can rival.

It’s also a relief to note that LG has hugely improved the ‘haloing’ and ‘banding’ problems caused by the local dimming functionality on last year’s Nano sets. In fact, we hardly spotted any rogue light spillage at all around bright objects for the vast majority of our viewing time.

LG 47LM960V

Colours, meanwhile, are rich, cover a huge gamut, and are also reproduced with impressive subtlety and blend finesse. Again, we’re not sure the 47LM960V quite rivals the efforts of the Sony 46HX853 where colour subtlety is concerned, but it’s certainly outstanding by any most standards.

The 47LM960V handles motion very well too. Its more advanced picture processing means there’s less resolution loss with motion than you get with LG’s otherwise very accomplished LM660T and LM670T sets, and the processing also delivers its judder and blur-removal benefits while generating less unwanted side effects - certainly so long as you stick with one of its Clear modes rather than going for anything more heavy duty.

The clarity of the 47LM960V’s motion handling plays a part, too, in how stunningly crisp and detail its HD pictures look, aided and abetted by the quality of the set’s general image processing and, we suspect, by the ability of the local dimming system to ‘push’ bright parts of the picture extra hard.

So far we’ve been talking about 2D pictures, but if anything the 47LM960V is even more enjoyable with 3D. The set inevitably uses LG’s passive system rather than the rival active one - a fact which results in five pairs of free 3D glasses, and 3D pictures which are brighter, more colour-rich, less flickery and much more relaxing to watch than their active counterparts.

LG 47LM960V

They also suffer less with crosstalk ghosting noise than those of the majority of active 3D sets, so long, at least, as you don’t have to watch from a vertical viewing angle of more than around 13 degrees. The marginal dimming effect of the passive 3D glasses even means that you feel slightly less aware of the 47LM960V’s black level limitations than you do while watching 2D.

The 47LM960V isn’t immune to passive 3D’s weaknesses, namely the appearance of some line structure and jaggedness over small bright objects or around bright curved edges, and a marginally less textured and dense look to passive 3D images than active ones. But for many people passive’s advantages will likely prove irresistible.

Interestingly, the 47LM960V doesn’t just ship with five pairs of normal 3D glasses. You also get two pairs of ‘dual play’ glasses, which allow each wearer to see just ‘half’ of a 3D image so that it’s possible for two players to enjoy simultaneous full screen gaming on the same TV so long as a game supports the feature.


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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