Price (RRP): $7499
A year after several makers showed off their enormous 84 inch Ultra HDTVs, models are appearing which are practical, and even affordable to those who place a high priority on their viewing pleasures.
So here’s the LG 65LA9700, a 164cm TV offering 4K resolution – the full 3,840 by 2,160 pixels – selling for $7,499.
Aside from what 4K can do for regular viewing, this TV also fixes the one drawback of 3D in LG TVs: reduced resolution.
If 65 inches, or 163.9cm according to the official measurements, isn’t big enough already, LG has made it look even bigger by wrapping around the picture a very thin bezel.
It measures just 10mm at the top and sides, and even at the bottom it’s only 16mm wide. The panel maxes out at 55mm deep, but that’s only at the bottom. Most of it is 35mm deep.
So where do the speakers go?
In a bar that whirs down from the bottom of the TV by about 35mm when it’s switched on. This has four small forwards firing drivers. There’s also a rear-mounted woofer on the body of the TV. If you switch the sound to external speakers then it whirs back up into the TV.
All that makes for an extremely neat looking unit.
The Nano full LED backlighting offers 144 separately mapped areas for light control in different parts of the screen.
One of the TV’s three HDMI inputs supports the Audio Return Channel, so a modern home theatre system can handle all the TV’s sound without the need for additional connections. But there are also optical digital and analogue audio outputs. You can also plug in a component or composite video based device.
But of course modern media inputs are also supported, including streaming video from your network and the Internet via WiFi or Ethernet.
There are three USB sockets, one of them of the USB 3.0 standard for higher performance data transfers. Obviously you can play back media files using these, and you can plug in a hard disk drive for recording and time-shifting live TV.
You don’t need them for a Skype camera, though, because a slide-up camera is provided at the top of the TV.