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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2013: Editor's Choice - Part 1

Best 4K TV

Best 4K TV

With 3D a standard feature in almost every new TV, manufacturers have started working on delivering the next big thing: 4K (or Ultra HD 4K). Just look at the number of UHD TVs showcased in this year's edition of CES. While more of these ultra high-resolution (read: 3,840 x 2,160 pixels) TVs are expected to arrive this year, in 2013, the contest was between the two 84-inch behemoths from LG and Sony.

Nominees: 

 

  • LG 84LM9600
  • Sony Bravia KD-84X9000

 

And the Winner Is...

LG's 84LM9600 primary strengths lie with its elegant profile, robust sonic arsenal (with two woofers), and compelling picture quality. We also fancy its dashing Smart TV Home Dashboard interface, peer-to-peer wireless standards like Intel's WiDi and Wi-Fi Direct, and not forgetting LG's 2D to 3D conversion feature which was truly out of this world when tried with 4K content. The practical Magic Remote is another plus too. Performance wise, we did not expect LG to pull off a miracle when upscaling DVD content, and true enough, minor defects such as aliasing and noise artifacts of the film's smaller resolution were evident on closer inspection. Nonetheless, the overall image quality was laudable at an ample viewing distance, considering there are 3,840 by 2,160 pixels to fill. On the contrary, its rendition of Blu-ray and native 4K materials were downright impressive. And the same goes for its gratifying 3D delivery as well. Coupled with its more affordable price tag, it is only right we award the Best 4K TV accolade to LG.

Scoring Breakdown
Criteria/Model LG 84LM9600 Sony Bravia KD-84X9000
Physique 9.0 9.0
Features 9.0 8.5
User-Friendliness 8.5 8.0
3D Performance  9.0 9.0
HD/SD Performance 9.0 8.5
Value 8.5 8.0
Overall 9.0 8.5
Price S$24,999 S$35,999

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed at the References section at the end.