THE BEST 3D GETS SMARTER
Last year, we had ranked the LG LM8600 as the best television above 40 inches. We reached that decision, pegging it above the Samsung Smart TVs, because it had a great 3D quality, which was what you were paying the money for.
This year, LG is trying to retain its spot at the top with the LA8600 range of “Premium CINEMA 3D smart TVs”. We tested the 55-inch version of the television and were looking for what the new features. Yes, 3D was still as stellar as last year and we think this remains the best in class even today. The first thing you notice, or don’t notice, is LG’s now-trademark thin bezel. This gives the screen a free flowing feel as if it was unbounded.
The picture quality is really good, without or without the 3D. This LED Plus TruMotion 240Hz screen gives solid blacks and shows no ghosts even with fast moving visuals. As we said, the 3D is good. It works better with stereoscopic content and the 2D to 3D conversion is mostly adding depth and not throw. The sound quality is really good and you will seldom have to go beyond the halfway mark on the volume. There is virtual surround too, though we could not feel a big change in sound quality here. Since this is a smart TV, one of the first things you do in the set-is connect to a wireless or wired network. This TV can also connect to your PC. The LG Smart World gives access to hundreds of Android apps and the unit has a 1.2GB Dual-Core CPU with 2GB DDR to make them run.
This is a good choice if you have the money to splurge for a complete entertainment solution.