LG 65SK9500 LED LCD 4K TV Preview

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A direct LED backlight is better suited to HDR

by Steve Withers Jan 30, 2018 at 10:26 AM

  • SRP: £2,699.00
    Despite LG's emphasis being very much on OLED in 2018, it's worth remembering that they also have a solid line-up of Super UHD LCD TVs this year. The high-end SK9500 is a good example and uses a direct LED backlight with local dimming and comes in two screen sizes, the 55-inch 55SK9500 and the 65-inch 65SK9500.

    This SK9500 uses a NanoCell IPS panel which is intended to deliver better colours and a wider viewing angle. It also uses the A7 processor found on all of LG's LCD TVs as well as the B7 OLED TV and, although based on the processor from last year, it adds the Technicolor HDR standard, along with existing support for Dolby Vision, HLG and HDR10.

    Also new for 2018 is the AutoCal CalMAN calibration software by SpectraCal which should greatly aid the speed and accuracy of the setup possible with the SK9500 in the home. This has been combined with the ThinQ AI system which enables voice control integration with Google, Siri and Alexa allowing the 65SK9500 to become part of a network of voice controlled, interconnected items.

    In physical terms, the SK9500 also looks very similar to both the mid-range SK9000 and the B7 OLED, with a curved stand, silver finish and an elegant design. It's also surprisingly slimline for a TV with a direct LED backlight and the SK9500 is feature-packed in audio terms, boasting on-board support for Dolby Atmos.

    Suggested retail price when reviewed: £2,699.00

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