Review Price £1,499.00
LG 55LM760T - Picture Quality
Further areas of the LG 55LM760T’s ‘story’ that continue to impress include its built-in Freeview HD tuner, and passive 3D playback complete with four standard pairs of glasses; a pair designed to clip onto existing prescription glasses; and two pairs of ‘dual play’ glasses, designed to support the TV’s ability to show two different full screen gaming images to two different players simultaneously.
The LG 55LM760T continues LG’s fine tradition of providing truly extensive suites of picture calibration tools. Colour management, gamma adjustments, black level controls, the ability to set different levels for almost all aspects of the video processing - if you like to tinker, then the LG 55LM760T has got your back. Indeed, the set even sports the endorsement of professional calibration group, the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF).
LG 55LM760T Picture Quality
As with its design, the LG 55LM760T’s pictures sure know how to make a great first impression. In their out-of-the-box state they look nothing short of radiant, thanks to LG’s talent for producing massively vibrant colours, extreme brightness levels, and also in this case a pretty dynamic contrast range.
Look closer, though, especially if you’re watching standard definition TV, and the initial settings do also cause a few problems. Colours look so vibrant they tip into being unnatural at times, and the aggressive brightness can exaggerate source noise.
Fortunately it doesn't take much effort to get the LG 55LM760T's pictures looking much more balanced and effective. Taking the backlight down to around its 60-70 level (or even lower for watching films in dark room environments) and its contrast down to its 75-80 level has an immediately beneficial effect.
There's also plenty to be gained from playing with the set's various colour and black level features, and you should definitely treat the noise reduction systems with suspicion, especially when watching HD.
With the picture 'calmed down', the image loses a little of its initial aggressive appeal, but starts to appeal on a deeper, more long-term level. Colours look more consistently believable, for instance, while still producing a very wide but subtly delineated palette. The LG 55LM760T's standard definition upscaling starts to look very respectable, adding noticeable density and sharpness to even quite low-quality broadcast feeds without making the picture look excessively soft or noisy.
The LG 55LM760T also makes a great first impression with HD. Both HD broadcasts and Blu-rays look phenomenally crisp and textured, with the effects of this extreme clarity looking all the more pleasing thanks to the large size of the screen.
Colours look even better too, thanks to even more finesse in the way the screen portrays colour blends.
It's also easier with 2D HD footage to appreciate the mostly impressive motion handling capabilities of this relatively high-spec LG TV. Judder isn't an issue at all, and while there is a marginal trace of motion blur during fast-paced scenes, it's never really severe enough to be distracting.
We should add here that we elected to use either the Clear setting of LG's motion processing system or its User mode, with the De-Judder and De-Blur elements set down to their four or five levels. The Smooth setting the TV uses by default makes sources look a little over-processed, and leaves films looking more like cheap video.
Most if not all of the LG TVs we've looked at so far this year have come a cropper with dark scenes, so it’s no great shock to find the LG 55LM760T following the trend.
If you've got the local dimming engine active - which for the most part we recommend that you do - you can sometimes see subtle 'blocks' of light around any bright objects that appear against very dark backgrounds. These 'blocks' don't crop show up on bright scenes and are hard to see in bright room environments. But you certainly can become aware of them at times when watching high-contrast films. Especially if they're presented in a Cinemascope, 21:9 aspect ratio, with black bars above and below.