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We also turned off the dynamic contrast feature for any film viewing to aid image stability, and we made sure the noise reduction system was always turned off for HD and especially native UHD viewing. LGs mainstream UHD debut last year made a strong impression, and weve already fallen hook, line and sinker for UHDs charms. Excellent. The likes of the Sony KDL-65X9005B and Samsung UE55HU8500 have set the bar very high, though, so LG has a great deal to live up to. And its a great way to get the ball rolling given its combination of a native UHD/4K resolution and the new and potentially revolutionary LG Smart TV with webOS interface.
In fact, the 55UB950Vs picture calibration tools are so extensive that the TV enjoys the endorsement of the independent Imaging Science Foundation ISF, with two ISF picture presets provided where an ISF engineer could store picture settings professionally calibrated during a visit to your house.1-channel system, with its 2 x 10W L/R speakers bolstered by a 15W woofer for expanded bass.0 standard, as well as Smart Mobile Link MHLS 2 support and both LAN and integrated Wi-Fi options for accessing video, photo and music files on DLNA-ready networked devices, and going online with LGs webOS system.Irrespective of this, though, there are a few key rules we recommend you follow.
Even if its 55-inch screen might not give quite as much 4K impact as its 65-inch sibling. So we cant wait to see what the 55UB950V can do. And you know what Now that weve had the chance to live with webOS at home, were happy to say that its every bit as groundbreaking and intuitively excellent as wed hoped it would be.Its important to stress, too, that the 55UB950Vs Netflix portal supports the services 4K streaming.
Its extreme sensitivity as a point and click device takes a little getting used to, but overall it works very nicely indeed with the webOS interface, enhancing the systems already impressive speed. This cute animated little fella helps you through the initial set up procedures, rewarding you with an attractive and amusing animated screen each time you successfully complete one of the set up steps.LG 55UB950V: Design and FeaturesThe 55UB950V is the latest in a long line of very attractive TVs from LG. Its a shame the TV doesnt do this latter change by default, especially with UHD.
It also uses a combination of native refresh rate, backlight scanning and frame interpolation to deliver a claimed 1,250Hz-like motion reproduction engine, while picture processing comes in the shape of LGs Triple XD Engine – many facets of which are controllable through LGs attractive set up menus. Just bear in mind that if you want to take advantage of this, youll be looking at a cost of between 250 and 450 for a typical ISF calibration. But thats certainly not to say were not also excited by the sets 3840 x 2160 pixel count. The black bezel around its 55-inch screen is both very slim and robustly finished, and its offset nicely by the metallic silver grilled section that drops down from the bottom edge.
The grilled finish on the bottom edge is a pointer to the fact that the 55UB950V uses front-firing speaker ports – a rare discovery on a slim TV which experience suggests will serve up clearer, more powerful sound than the usual down-firing speaker systems.What the hells an LG Magic Remote Its one of two remote controls you get with the 55UB950V, and its out to introduce new levels of intuitiveness and speed to the smart TV navigation process via its combination of point and click, voice control and scrolling wheel options. SEE ALSO: Best 4K/UHD TV Round-upIt speaks volumes about webOS that weve discussed it ahead of the 55UB950Vs UHD/4K resolution. As well as enjoying Bean Birds antics, we were also seriously pleased during setup to find that if you tell the TV what set top box you have attached to which HDMI, the TV can automatically set its Magic Remote up to control that set top box.
The screens rear is deeper than some weve seen from LG, but we have no problem with this if it results in better picture and sound quality.LG 55UB950V: Set UpThe 55UB950V sets out its usability stall right away thanks to the Bean Bird. Though experience suggests that IPS panels also struggle with black level response, so thats something well be looking out for in the test phase of this review.When it comes to setting up the 55UB950Vs pictures to get the best from them, its nice to find LG continuing to provide a Picture Wizard tool to handhold technophobes through a few basic picture tweaking activities.
Four HDMIs kick things off, and crucially these are all built to the UHD-friendly 2.The 55UB950V is 3D capable, meanwhile, and inevitably it uses LGs passive Cinema 3D system, with its battery-free, flicker-free glasses – two swanky metal-framed pairs of which are shipped with the TV. Suffice it to say that its content levels are very good with highlights of the BBC iPlayer, Demand 5, Netflix, Amazon Instant and YouTube, its presentation and speed are both outstanding, and the way it helps you get the most out of the TVs Smart potential is inspired.The panel at the 55UB950Vs heart is one of LGs own IPS types, meaning it should support wider viewing angles.
Plus, its actually fun and friendly to use, making it arguably the first smart TV interface that shouldnt alienate anyone, no matter how technophobic they might be. Passive 3D has proved a strong match for UHD resolutions, as the extra pixels enable the passive system to deliver a genuine full HD 3D Blu-ray experience without the crosstalk and flicker issues associated with the active 3D format. Or if you opt to skip a step, Bean Bird again steps in with a funny warning animation to make sure you realise the implications of missing a step.Bean Bird sounds a bit gimmicky on paper, we guess, but actually its done so well you cant help but like it, and anyway, anything that tries to reduce the tedium of a TVs initial install process has to be applauded – especially if it encourages people to set up key features they might otherwise just skip.
Connections on the 55UB950Vs rear are extensive. First, for reasons explained in depth in the picture quality section, set the local dimming to Low, and if youre watching a film, especially in a darkened room, shift the backlight below 50 – 45-48 worked best for us. First shown off in TV form at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to a universally rapturous response, LGs new smart TV interface has always felt like the missing link in Smart TV interfaces. There are three USBs too two of them built to the v2.
The 55-inch LG 55UB950V is the first TV from LGs eagerly awaited 2014 TV range.0 standard. We nudged colour down a little from its default position too, and where motion processing was concerned we stuck with either the Clear mode or, with particularly frenetic content, we turned it off completely.The last things to cover here are the provision of an integrated Freeview HD tuner, and the fact that the sound system is a 2.
Ah yes, webOS yes, the very same mobile OS that debuted on the Palm Pre. The open-framed metal stand provides a classy mount for the screen too.Well be doing a dedicated feature on webOS in the next week or two, so we wont go into detail here.
The panel is lit by an edge LED system, backed up by a local dimming engine that can adjust the light levels of sections of the LEDs separately, to boost contrast. Or webOS for short. That is the news today. Have a great day!