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Best TV 2012

There's no getting away from it: the LG 84LM960V is a hell of a harbinger of next gen TV tech. Visually it's a knockout, even without native Ultra HD content.

The immaculate solidity of its pixel-dense images is beguiling, whether you're watching upscaled Blu-ray 1080p/24 or HD TV at 1080/50i.

If this does indeed represent the future of television, then someone get Marty McFly on the phone. We want to borrow his DeLorean.

We liked

The LG 84LM960V's native Ultra HD performance is game-changing, and pixel-dense upscaled Full HD looks terrific. Even the beefy integrated audio system sounds great.

We disliked

The pronounced lag takes the edge off serious gameplay, and a clumsy, oversized user interface undermines the sophistication of the proposition. If the TV's picture performance does have a weakness, it's with backlight uniformity issues. And then there's that numbing price tag.

Final verdict

The LG 84LM960V may be unfeasibly huge, but you'll want to sit close because it looks so good. As a Ultra HD future-proofed display, it's well ahead of its time. With Ultra HD content, the TV's fine detail performance is phenomenal.

Fingers crossed the incoming HEVC codec will maintain all this thigh-slapping clarity without any obvious sacrifices. The pixel-packed panel does a grand job of remapping Full HD too, and breathes startling life into contentious 3D, doing away with the resolution loss seen on regular passive 3D screens.

As a multimedia hub, the TV also cuts the mustard. LG's smart TV portal may not offer Ultra HD content (yet) but there's plenty of IP TV on tap, while network functionality is on the money. All things considered, this is a pretty easy behemoth to live with, even if the repayments are sure to sting.

Also consider

When it comes to tomorrow's TV technology, there's obviously little else available at the moment. This big LG television's main rival is the Sony KD-84X9005, which sells for £25,000 in the UK (around AU$38,765) or $24,999.99 in the US, where it's known as the Sony XBR-84X900.

The Sony uses the same 84-inch Ultra HD FPR panel, sourced from LG Display, but uses its own proprietary electronics.

If Ultra HD isn't a priority but a huge screen is, consider Sharp's far more affordable 80-inch Aquos LC-80LE646, which is a snip at £4,000 (around AU$6,210/US$6,514).