70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
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After looking at many, many televisions in the 55" and 60" LED LCD Class, we finally settled on the 2013 55LA8600 from LG.
Through reviews from Cnet and Amazon, we had a fairly short list. On this: Samsung 2012 ES8000, Samsung 2013 F8000, LG 2012 LM8600, LG 2013 LA8600, and the Sony 2012 HX850. LCD was a requirement, rather than plasma, as this television sits in a room with a high amount of light. The 4K televisions looked great in-store, but the price is too high for us to justify at this time. If you've got the budget, I'd certainly recommend looking at them as well. 240hz refresh was also required as we watch a great deal of F1, Indy, and Nascar racing and wanted to ensure that there was limited blur.
Home Theater Setup:
We have this set mounted on a cabinet (with future intent to mount on the wall), hooked to a 2012 Yamaha Aventage 720 receiver. Speakers are Polk Floor RTi-A5 and an older Csi A6 center channel with Polk powered sub. We are on Comcast Cable and Internet. I have HDMI run through the receiver and hard-wired ethernet running directly from the router. The set is also on a CyberPower battery backup. I also have the Tivo, Roku, and Apple Tv set up through the receiver. TV is on a cabinet just above eye level, and primary viewing area is about 11' back.
Picture Quality: Samsung F8000 vs LG8600
In-store, we compared this television side-by-side with the Samsung F8000. Both sets were beautiful. When placed at the factory default "standard" video setting, the Samsung was visibly brighter than the LG. However, the LG seemed to be "warmer" and had a better picture / color quality. This was especially evident to us when looking at grass in a golf show. The LG of course can be brightened to mimic the Samsung, but at first glance, the Samsung was brighter. Both sets have crisp, clear images and I have not doubt that either is an excellent choice.
Setup was simple out of the box. Remove the TV, Assemble with stand (4 bolts), hook up the HDMI, Ethernet, and Cable, and place on stand. My husband and I teamed up on this - the TV is around 50 lbs, so you'll definitely want two people to get things set up. Stand is nice-looking, and accents the television well.
Initial startup was extremely simple. Turn on, select language, select input, and you're in business (more or less). There are more steps to get the Smart TV features going, but you don't have to start with this. The set is beautiful with a black frame, and nearly edge-to-edge screen. Glare isn't bad (much better than our older 42" Panasonic Plasma), but you can't completely eliminate it. Default settings are good; we disabled the ECO mode choice, and set picture to "Game Mode" after viewing the initial picture. At first glance, I don't see much evidence of edge lighting or ghosting, but haven't had a great length of time to review yet.
Sound: I can't review the sound as we have this hooked to a receiver and home theater setup.
The TV ships with LG's "Magic Remote" which is very cool! It's got the gyroscope in it, so can be used like a mouse on the menus. We set this up to also control the Tivo, so while it's not quite as good as the Tivo remote, you can get by. The TV will also accept verbal commands and gestures, although we haven't used these much yet. Let's say that they seem to compare to the Samsung's capability.
Interface & Smart TV Features
No difficulties here and pretty straight forward. Changing the TV sound and picture settings is quite simple. The Smart TV menu is intuitive and gives a great selection of options - big ones are Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, and Pandora. I'm hoping we can add Amazon Instant as well. Ideally, this should replace our set-top Roku (fingers crossed). The interface is snazzy and the web browser is good. I still prefer the TV or Ipad, but in a pinch this will do.
Pop-up camera is included with Skype, It works well, does a great job accounting for room brightness, and can be hidden when not needed. This is great in keeping with the simplicity of the set.
We really like this set. Size-wise, this is perfect for our room - 55" was the way for us to go. However, if you're on the fence between 55" & 60", look at price as well - as of June 2013, there is minimal difference in price between the two - this may help with a decision. Picture quality is fantastic, and the interface is very fast. The Smart TV features are what puts this set over the top; being able to use the integrated apps for video watching is a huge bonus, and should replace some of our other boxes. This is a very good TV and initially we can't find too many issues. A slight pixellation up close in action, slight reflection (with any LCD) keep this from a 5-star review (although this will happen with all televisions). Very satisfied with this purchase, and a great looking TV.
Update: June 27, 2013:
Still really like this TV; if there were an Amazon Instant App, it would be 5-star. After about a month, here are few more observations:
1) As of June 27, there is still no Amazon Instant App available. This needs to happen soon! LG - Please Add this Soon; the app is available for the 2012 models, why not the 2013 models?
2)TV speakers are very good for a TV. Very acceptable (though nowhere near the surround sound setup.
3) Menus are very intuitive
4) Skype app works very well
5) Web browser is surprisingly good.
6) Picture in Picture is terrific - this is great when using the Smart Interface or showing a guide
7) Only error we've found - when trying to use the mic on the remote - for some reason it keeps telling us that we need to enter smart setup (which we've done numerous times).
With the exception of the Amazon Instant App - this TV meets all needs. Still Very Impressed!
Update: September 7, 2013
Finally! LG has now provided a terrific Amazon Instant app for this TV. It is very user-friendly. With this addition, I'm revising my review from 4 to 5 stars. Very satisfied with this television.
31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Don T. Gaspar
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I purchased this 60" unit recently, and have been using it for about two weeks now. First off, the picture is so good, it's almost a spiritual experience. The colors are so vivid, and the picture so clear it is truly amazing, especially under panning or action scenes. The TV is very thin and the picture goes right to the edge with a very small bezel -- this space savings from having a small bezel makes this LG 60" the same dimensions as my Samsung 52" from 5 years ago but with a 60" picture, and it's only 1/5th as thick. Downloading content does happen very rapidly with no interruptions. The magic remote works well, and I have had no issues with using it. The built-in Skype camera works great, and we've used it to contact my parents over video call and experienced no issues. While this is a near-perfect TV in so many ways, there are a few issues that need to be addressed.
Here are the issues I have experienced (and YES, I have the latest firmware):
1. My wife and I were watching Abraham Lincoln - Vampire Slayer in 3D. The picture did make you feel like you were right in the middle of the action with such great colors and sound. However, there was a lip syncing issue that cropped up a few times while watching. Stopping the Blu-Ray, and restarting it over did appear to resolve the issue, but we had to do this a few times during watching the movie which is annoying, otherwise it looks like some cheesy foreign movie with bad English dubbed in as an afterthought.
2. I set the TV up for DLNA since most of our home content is on a NAS. Streaming the content worked really fast, and it should since it is on the LAN. The picture and sound quality were amazing as well. However, we do experience a lip sync issue frequently. Occasionally while playing content, the TV would automatically jump to the next video file on its own. The magic remote is a little challenging to get used to when fast-forwarding or rewinding content, but it's really nice once you get used to using it. Playing music over DLNA worked amazing with a clean UI, so if LG can fix the issues with video this unit will be world-class.
3. Unable to get ARC to work. I tried everything, including multiple HDMI 1.4 cable swaps and finally gave up. I did connect the optical-out audio cable to my receiver which was a work-around, but it does work. I was really hoping to have one less cable and this functionality to work properly as advertised.
4. When using a wireless network, my settings were not being saved between power cycles of the TV. Turn the unit off, and everything had to be re-entered the next time I turn the power back on. I connected a physical cable as a workaround and have no issues with it.
5. There is no Amazon Instant Video app. The Netflix app works fantastic, and adding Amazon's content here would add a lot of value to this TV.
Please do not take my issues out of context, as this is a beautiful TV with one of the best pictures I have ever seen. I do not regret my purchase, and would certainly do it over again since the picture quality is that amazing. It's just that this TV has a few bugs that need to be fixed to make it near-perfect. Once the issues above are addressed, I am certain to purchase a second unit for our game room. While I would give most features of this TV a 5 star review, lip syncing, ARC not working, and other items knocks it down a few notches in my book.
I will update this review if/when these items are addressed, but for today I give this TV 3 stars.
*** Update 9/1/2013 ***
There is now an Amazon app, and it works great! Streaming The Avengers over in HD. I am going to update my review to 4 stars now that this killer app is available. Still a few issues listed above, and once addressed I will update.
*** Update 2/16/2014 ***
The picture is breathtaking, as always. The issues with the network preferences not being saved were addressed, along with lip syncing from Blu-Ray. I still see a lip-sync issue when streaming over DLNA, however, if I play my network content via the LG Blu-Ray player's DLNA feature there are no issues.
Netflix and Amazon content steam nicely.
I did see some other reviews that mentioned the unit powers off, and encountered this a few times. I turned off the ECO mode and have not seen this since. Overall a nice purchase that I am very pleased with, but there are a few minor issues, so I will keep the review at 4 stars.