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LG 49SM8500PLA 49 Inch UHD 4K HDR Smart NanoCell LED TV with Freeview Play - £489.98 @ Amazon Dispatched from and sold by Hughes Direct
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LG 49SM8500PLA 49 Inch UHD 4K HDR Smart NanoCell LED TV with Freeview Play - £489.98 @ Amazon Dispatched from and sold by Hughes Direct

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Posted 27th Dec 2019

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Reviews are good.any idea if this is the best TV in its class

  • Nano cell technology allows for consistent pixel placement one nanometre apart, creating uniform colour volume and outstanding picture quality, even at off centre angles
  • Ultra HD 4K resolution is four times that of full HD producing brilliant clarity and vivid details that amaze, even when viewed up close
  • Second generation α7 intelligent processor is optimized for LG nano cell TV and LG TV's exclusive processing allows for ideal image quality of LED TV bringing a clearer and brighter viewing experience
  • LG TV's can recognise major High Dynamic Range formats such as HLG, HDR 10, Dolby Vision and Technicolor, so you get the HDR experience, no matter what HDR entertainment you're enjoying
  • Find information and control smart home devices by speaking into LG magic remote or use Amazon Alexa devices to control TV with a simple voice command
  • LG magic remote (purchased separately) or use your Amazon Alexa devices (purchased separately) to control your TV with a simple voice command (Alexa available via update mid 2019)
  • HDMI Ports:3
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Is it worth the extra money for the 49SM8600?

Also can anyone tell me the distance between the feet / stands?
Lancs__mick27/12/2019 10:26

Is it worth the extra money for the 49SM8600?


Only difference is the stand, if you can accomodate the one with feet go for that.
They use IPS panels and so have relatively poor contrast (blacks) compared to a VA panel. Colour accuracy is reasonable off-axis and the (poor) contrast is maintained relatively well at wider viewing angles. I chose this panel as a compromise on a budget in a wide room where the seating is arranged such that most people are sat off-axis. In a dimly lit room, the poor contrast is very noticeable; during the day it's not an issue. I think this is because of the way our eyes react to ambient light. The set would benefit form some 'backlighting' behind the panel for night time viewing. The panel is 'edge lit' so the local area dimming is pretty useless, best to turn it off. In HDR mode, at night you have to turn the backlight down a long way to get a half decent picture. This is one of these TVs where you definitely have to create two sets of picture settings; one for day and one for night. There isn't a way to set it up for both sets of conditions as there's no ambient light sensor.

All this said, it's a good step up from models in the LG range priced about £300-400 and good value for what it is even if you have to be constantly fiddling with the settings to get a decent picture depending on the source material and room conditions. This obviously bugs the hell out of the Mrs.

Oh, and I thought the 8500 comes with a Magic Remote. Worth checking with the seller, as it's pretty good.
Edited by: "89quidyoucantgowrong" 27th Dec 2019
Are there any TV’s on the market where you can set them up and get a decent picture across most general applications such as SD/DH TV input Netflix and the various iPlayers?
good tv great picture for footy and freesat 4k quite good only thing i didnt like was dark scenes in some movies are hard to see but a lot of tv for the money
89quidyoucantgowrong27/12/2019 10:59

They use IPS panels and so have relatively poor contrast (blacks) compared …They use IPS panels and so have relatively poor contrast (blacks) compared to a VA panel. Colour accuracy is reasonable off-axis and the (poor) contrast is maintained relatively well at wider viewing angles. I chose this panel as a compromise on a budget in a wide room where the seating is arranged such that most people are sat off-axis. In a dimly lit room, the poor contrast is very noticeable; during the day it's not an issue. I think this is because of the way our eyes react to ambient light. The set would benefit form some 'backlighting' behind the panel for night time viewing. The panel is 'edge lit' so the local area dimming is pretty useless, best to turn it off. In HDR mode, at night you have to turn the backlight down a long way to get a half decent picture. This is one of these TVs where you definitely have to create two sets of picture settings; one for day and one for night. There isn't a way to set it up for both sets of conditions as there's no ambient light sensor.All this said, it's a good step up from models in the LG range priced about £300-400 and good value for what it is even if you have to be constantly fiddling with the settings to get a decent picture depending on the source material and room conditions. This obviously bugs the hell out of the Mrs.Oh, and I thought the 8500 comes with a Magic Remote. Worth checking with the seller, as it's pretty good.


Totally agree, the one annoying thing with nano cell tvs is that you need two settings, one for day and one for night. I have the sj800v, similar to this TV. I use expert Bright for daytime and Technicolor for night. But I love the soap opera effect, so I use truemotion on everything. Even the animated movies are looking awesome in 60fps. And let's not talk about the ps4 (not pro) games. Yeah, hdr is not the best like on an oled TV, it's decent. Viewing angles are very good, I have my TV in the corner and I can sit anywhere in the living room, it does look the same. I had a Hisense a6200 before, va panel. You had to sit right in the front of the tv
So yeah, these nanocell tvs are highly recommended
TVs around this price range are similar, you have a choice between IPS like this for better viewing angles but poorer contrast at night or VA which have slightly better contrast at night but weaker viewing angles.

Things like Dolby vision etc aren't that important as TVs at this price range can't get bright enough/dark enough to make the most of them. You may get local dimming to get deeper blacks however it won't be that effective. This TV to my knowledge is one of the cheapest with a 100 Hz refresh rate panel, which should improve motion for sports if you play with the settings.

Other things to consider are Smart functions and LG are rated highly for there simple set up.

At this size until next years release of small oled (which will be much more pricey), it's a decent option.

Top spec at this size currently are the Samsung q70 and Sony sony kd-49xg9005 (I have this, one thing to note is it's an android TV and they haven't announced yet it's getting an Android 9 update which I'm disappointed about). However both these get bright and dark enough to appreciate hdr and other formats.

Also 4k on these you need to be practically Infront of the screen to appreciate the extra detail.
Edited by: "Daniboy" 27th Dec 2019
Well I’ve been to Currys PC World and seen a number of sets and having compared the Sony/Samsung/LG side by side the Sony is the big winner.
The guy provided a demo of the various input options and even the SD picture was very impressive. The only thing I didn’t like was the stand, it’s fairly ugly.
The guy suggested a standalone fixing that could rest on my existing cabinet, something like the Sandstorm STSTAB19. But that adds more cost!
So Sony and Samsung are better but 300 pounds expensive so my conclusion is at this price this is the best tv
Can somebody please explain what’s going on with the Hz this TVs all singing all dancing n yet it only boasts 60Hz?? My 7 year old LG 47LA660V-ZA has 400Hz have TVs taken a massive step backwards or have they changed the way quality works??? Would appreciate some help on this as every new tv I think looks good an that’s the 1 I read the stats n get put off after seeing the Hz???
bagiebax28/12/2019 00:20

Can somebody please explain what’s going on with the Hz this TVs all s …Can somebody please explain what’s going on with the Hz this TVs all singing all dancing n yet it only boasts 60Hz?? My 7 year old LG 47LA660V-ZA has 400Hz have TVs taken a massive step backwards or have they changed the way quality works??? Would appreciate some help on this as every new tv I think looks good an that’s the 1 I read the stats n get put off after seeing the Hz???


Where did you read this is 60hz? I think it's 120hz.

rtings.com/tv/learn/what-is-the-refresh-rate-60hz-vs-120hz

Have a read above it might help you
Edited by: "Daniboy" 28th Dec 2019
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