LG has revealed details of its new range of TVs and home cinema systems for the UK. The Cinema Screen series of TVs has ultra-thin 1mm bezels, LG’s Cinema 3D system with new, more lightweight passive glasses included and the Dual Play gaming mode, which enables two players to each see a different full-screen image simultaneously.
There is also built-in Wi-Fi for Smart TV connectivity (LG will reportedly add Google TV in Europe from 2013). This year’s TVs see the introduction of a new “Magic Remote” system with browser wheel, gesture commands and (for top-end sets) voice recognition.
The Cinema Screen ranges are headed by the LM960V, which comes in three sizes, 47in (£2,300), 55in (£2,900) and a massive 84in (£TBC). They use LG’s Nano Full LED backlighting for very slim screens but with more fine control over rear illumination and contrast levels. These high-end TVs also have 1000Hz picture processing, two pairs of Dual Play glasses and a dual-core chip for Smart TV functions.
The LG LM860V and LM760T series use LED Plus backlighting with Micro Pixel Control and 800Hz processing. Both of these series come in three sizes, 42in, 47in and 55in and include two pairs of Dual Play glasses. The LM860V models include dual-core Smart TV. Prices range from £1,250 to £2,250.
The entry level models are known as the LM660T, LM669T and LM670T series, available in sizes from 32in to 55in (only the LM660T offers a 32in edition). The 42in models cost around £1,100, rising to £1,850 for the 55in LM670T. They are 400Hz sets with LED Plus backlighting. Five pairs of standard passive 3D glasses are included but Dual Play glasses are extra.
Complementing the TV range are four new home cinema systems, including the BH9420TW, which has four tallboy speakers that emit sound vertically and horizontally to create “360° surround sound” using 9.1 channels.
For adding Smart TV features to older TVs – as long as they have an HDMI port – LG is also refreshing its Smart TV Upgrader set-top boxes. The SP520 is on sale from this month and the SP820 follows in May. Both are Wi-Fi equipped, while the SP820 adds the Magic Remote, a second USB input and a “Screen Shifter” PC to TV feature.
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