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Video: LG 84LM9600 Ultra High Definition TV

Steve Kindig has been an electronics enthusiast for over 30 years. He has written extensively about home and car A/V gear for Crutchfield since 1985. Steve is also a volunteer DJ at community radio station WTJU, where he is a regular host of the American folk show "Atlantic Weekly," as well as the world music program "Radio Tropicale."

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Today's state-of-the-art digital movie theaters use "4K" projectors to display incredible image detail and depth. With at least four times the detail of your current HDTV, 4K has over 8 million pixels. Now, imagine how much detail you could see with that many pixels on an 84" TV screen instead of a 30-foot theater screen. That's the reality of LG's 84LM9600 4K Ultra High Definition TV.

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This is LG's 84LM9600. It has an 84" screen, and it's the world's first 4K TV. It's also referred to as an Ultra High Definition TV. And what does 4K mean? That means that it has roughly 4000 pixels horizontally. In fact, the specific number is 3840 pixels across and 2160 pixels down. So that's exactly twice the horizontal resolution and twice the vertical resolution of 1080p. So you're getting four times the picture detail.

We got to spend some time yesterday watching this TV, and there were several things that struck us right away. There was just a tremendous amount of picture detail, you know, top to bottom, side to side. For example, there was a guy wearing a sweater and you could really see these little fine threads kind of woven through the sweater. And this was detail that was not, like, shoved out at you. It just felt very natural.

And there was also noticeable picture depth which reminded me of, like, the very best plasma TVs. And another thing that reminded me of plasma was the viewing angle which is the best I've ever seen with an LCD TV. Normally with LCDs as you move off axis, move around to the sides, you tend to lose contrast and color vividness, but with this TV they stayed rock steady. So it was very impressive.

And what we're looking at on the screen now is actual 4K content. However, there really isn't any commercially available 4K content yet. There aren't any discs you can buy. What we're actually using is a hard drive player that LG sent us to use specifically for this. But even though there isn't any 4K content, the TV automatically upconverts any video signal to 4K, so whatever you're watching, you know, you get the full resolution of the TV. For instance, we were watching Blu-rays yesterday and they looked absolutely fantastic.

So on this 4K TV you'll get 4K resolution when you're watching in 2D, but what's also cool is that this is the first LG TV that gives you full 1080p resolution when you're watching in 3D because this uses their passive 3D technology. It uses glasses like these. In fact, the TV comes with six pairs of glasses. But in LG's previous TVs you would only get half the resolution in each eye. Because this has 4K resolution you're actually getting full 1080p resolution in each eye. And it delivers a stunning 3D experience. We had several people coming through the room yesterday when we had the TV set up. We were watching Prometheus in Blu-ray and the reactions were pretty much unanimous — this is the best 3D I've ever seen.

And as big as it is, it's still pretty thin. The panel here is about 2-3/8" thick, and the TV weighs about 180 pounds with the stand, which sounds like a lot but for such a huge screen we were kind of surprised that it didn't weigh more. And if you're considering purchasing this TV, you really need to consider where you're going to put it in your house, because it's so big that when you're moving it into your house you really can't make tight right angle turns, so you kind of need to have a straight shot right into the room where you want to put it. If you any questions about this or any other TV just give us a call.

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