Ul­tra tele­vi­sion!

With its 65-inch di­ag­o­nal, this LG UB950T model is large enough to de­liver the full benefits of 4K Ul­tra High Def­i­ni­tion res­o­lu­tion, and does so with great class.

Sound+Image - - 4K ULTRA HD -

It’s as­ton­ish­ing how quickly the lead­ing edge can be­come com­mon­place. The first Ul­tra High Def­i­ni­tion (4K) TVs first ap­peared only in sizes ri­valling those of pro­jec­tion screens, and with prices that re­called the very early years of plasma tele­vi­sions. Last year the prices fell sub­stan­tially and smaller sizes ap­peared. Now, in 2014/5, LG is of­fer­ing five sep­a­rate ranges, at sizes from 49 inches to 84, in­clud­ing curved screens, a sub-$2000 non-3D en­try-level model, and with still more vari­ants shown at CES last month (See News).

The 65UB950T is the larger of two mod­els in the mid­dle range, and is presently avail­able for an RRP of $4399. It is a 100Hz model, rather than the 200Hz of the top-of-the-line mod­els, but it shares LG’s We­bOS con­trol sys­tem and in­cludes sup­port for Ul­tra High Def­i­ni­tion sig­nals up to 60Hz.

EQUIP­MENT

The TV is at­trac­tively styled, with a spi­dery but very wide stand. You will need a bench al­most the whole width of the TV to prop­erly sup­port it. The panel is only 37mm thick and the bezel at top and sides is 10mm from pic­ture edge to open space. There’s a slightly wider bot­tom edge to ac­com­mo­date the Har­man Kar­don­branded speak­ers, some fir­ing down­wards, some for­wards. There also ap­pears to be a larger rear-fir­ing driver on the back of the TV.

The panel is LCD, of course, with LED back­lights that can op­er­ate in 12 in­de­pen­dent sec­tions. The res­o­lu­tion is UHD: 3840 by 2160 pix­els. There are four HDMI in­puts, three USB con­nec­tions, Eth­er­net, dual-band Wi-Fi, com­po­nent video, com­pos­ite video and stereo au­dio. Both op­ti­cal dig­i­tal and ana­logue stereo au­dio out­puts are pro­vided.

The HDMI in­puts are not all the same — one of them sup­ports MHL, an­other han­dles HDCP 2.2 (the new con­tent pro­tec­tion racket — sorry, ‘scheme’ — likely to be used with forth­com­ing 4K sources). You can use the Au­dio Re­turn Chan­nel with a suit­able AV re­ceiver or sound­bar only on HDMI 2. All sup­port 4K sig­nals up to 60Hz, but one of them also sup­ports full 4:4:4 chroma sub­sam­pling and 10-bit colour. That is not the HDCP 2.2 in­put, though. So you will need to plan your plug­gage care­fully!

The USB in­puts sup­port de­vices, as we will see, other than just mem­ory, although they’ll do that. You can plug a hard disk into the USB 3.0 one and use it to record TV pro­grams, or to al­low live TV rewind­ing. The TV has two dig­i­tal tuners so you can record a dif­fer­ent pro­gram to the one that you’re watch­ing.

For the past cou­ple of years we’ve been point­ing to (and with) LG’s Magic Re­mote as the most ef­fi­cient and eas­i­est of the smart re­motes on of­fer from the var­i­ous brands. Rather than us­ing a touch­pad, you sim­ply point the LG re­mote, and an on-screen pointer

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