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LG 55SM8500PLA - 55 Inch UHD 4K HDR Smart NanoCell LED TV with Freeview Play - Black (2019 Model) - £619 at Amazon
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LG 55SM8500PLA - 55 Inch UHD 4K HDR Smart NanoCell LED TV with Freeview Play - Black (2019 Model) - £619 at Amazon

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Posted 1st Dec 2019

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Seems to be the best price available and a great price overall. It compares well with the Samsung QE55Q70R which is currently very hot at £699. Not saying it's better - I'm farrrrrr from an expert - but maybe an option for someone.
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For the non-experts out there, like me, trying to get the best for their money, a few notes I've come across. Hopefully these are accurate; I'd welcome any additions and corrections!

+ HDMI 2.1
+ Dolby Atmos

- Not Full-Array Local Dimming
- No HDR 10+

It's IPS so better viewing angles, worse blacks/contrast than VA counterparts.

Honestly, a lot of this stuff doesn't mean shoot to me as I've been out of the tech loop for a few years. But it's interesting to learn. Seems you mostly can't go wrong with an LG or Samsung of this level, at this price point.
Surely the q70 @£699 is the way to go
I have this screen and the local dimming is dreadful; it produces grey vertical bars on bright parts of the image even when local dimming is turned off. Contrast performance on HDR is worse than non-HDR. Settings are limited so the contrast cannot be adjusted sufficiently in HDR mode, which you can't override if the source is flagged as HDR. I have sometimes ended up watching 1080p in preference to 4k HDR for some TV shows which have a lot of dark scenes due to the contrast being so awful in HDR.
Edited by: "89quidyoucantgowrong" 1st Dec 2019
For proper HDR you need of lg oled or Samsung qled. Would like to know if any set's under 500 can do proper HDR. Don't fancy paying 1k.
drunksuperhero01/12/2019 11:40

Camel: …Camel: https://uk.camelcamelcamel.com/LG-55SM8500PLA-Smart-NanoCell-Freeview/product/B07RS3C9DGIt has been a touch cheaper but is generally on the lower end. Features comparison: https://www.zkelectronics.com/comparetv/lg-55sm8500pla/uk/samsung-qe55q70ratxxu/uk/


never seen this at that price must have been on for a short time £619 still a great price
89quidyoucantgowrong01/12/2019 13:18

I have this screen and the local dimming is dreadful; it produces grey …I have this screen and the local dimming is dreadful; it produces grey vertical bars on bright parts of the image even when local dimming is turned off. Contrast performance on HDR is worse than non-HDR. Settings are limited so the contrast cannot be adjusted sufficiently in HDR mode, which you can't override if the source is flagged as HDR. I have sometimes ended up watching 1080p in preference to 4k HDR for some TV shows which have a lot of dark scenes due to the contrast being so awful in HDR.


I think there's something wrong with your set... I've also got it and just ordered the 49 inch version. Every thing you say about the TV doesn't describe what I see on mine, and I've also got an OLED and was happy to get another nanocell TV.
JAMESANN01/12/2019 14:37

I think there's something wrong with your set... I've also got it and just …I think there's something wrong with your set... I've also got it and just ordered the 49 inch version. Every thing you say about the TV doesn't describe what I see on mine, and I've also got an OLED and was happy to get another nanocell TV.


I've got the 55 and the local dimming is really poor, you can see the zones so clearly. But the HDR is great for a mid price LED imo and I'm incredibly happy with it as a whole
JAMESANN01/12/2019 14:31

never seen this at that price must have been on for a short time £619 …never seen this at that price must have been on for a short time £619 still a great price


I managed to pick it up at that price, scheduled the delivery for next week tho. Was assuming it'd drop further in price on Black Friday but didn't
AndySX01/12/2019 15:54

I managed to pick it up at that price, scheduled the delivery for next …I managed to pick it up at that price, scheduled the delivery for next week tho. Was assuming it'd drop further in price on Black Friday but didn't


well done thats was an amazing price paid £750 a few months ago price is in free fall now
JAMESANN01/12/2019 14:37

I think there's something wrong with your set... I've also got it and just …I think there's something wrong with your set... I've also got it and just ordered the 49 inch version. Every thing you say about the TV doesn't describe what I see on mine, and I've also got an OLED and was happy to get another nanocell TV.



I guess not everybody knows what to look for? I bought the set in a bit of a hurry based on reviews because my old set had failed completely. If you can't see the vertical bars produced by the local dimming, perhaps you have the set on 'vivid' or are in a brightly lit room?
AndySX01/12/2019 15:54

I managed to pick it up at that price, scheduled the delivery for next …I managed to pick it up at that price, scheduled the delivery for next week tho. Was assuming it'd drop further in price on Black Friday but didn't


The 15% TCB made it cheaper on BF even than the 584.10 - I reordered!
SeanUSX02/12/2019 07:25

The 15% TCB made it cheaper on BF even than the 584.10 - I reordered!


Was that the Currys cashback? I swethered but have never had any luck getting Currys to pay out cashback so decided just to stick
Does anyone know how far apart and how deep the feet are on this?

I've got to fit it on a tv unit that is not the full width of the tv. I'm also thinking that the 8600 version is exactly the same but a different stand, and this would work for me.
89quidyoucantgowrong01/12/2019 20:03

I guess not everybody knows what to look for? I bought the set in a bit of …I guess not everybody knows what to look for? I bought the set in a bit of a hurry based on reviews because my old set had failed completely. If you can't see the vertical bars produced by the local dimming, perhaps you have the set on 'vivid' or are in a brightly lit room?



89quidyoucantgowrong01/12/2019 20:03

I guess not everybody knows what to look for? I bought the set in a bit of …I guess not everybody knows what to look for? I bought the set in a bit of a hurry based on reviews because my old set had failed completely. If you can't see the vertical bars produced by the local dimming, perhaps you have the set on 'vivid' or are in a brightly lit room?


No not on vivid only watch the tv in the dark at night time with no lights on mines fine if the 2nd one I've ordered is like yours it's going back
Edited by: "JAMESANN" 2nd Dec 2019
JAMESANN02/12/2019 11:14

No not on vivid only watch the tv in the dark at night time with no …No not on vivid only watch the tv in the dark at night time with no lights on mines fine if the 2nd one I've ordered is like yours it's going back



I'll describe what to look for. Imagine a completely black screen except for a white square approximately one third of the screen height positioned in the centre of the screen. These displays have a habit of making the black areas above and below the white square appear lighter than the black areas to either side of it. It's due to the panel being edge lit. Now, obviously you aren't going to sit watching a white square any time soon but the effect is the same for any well lit area having a dark background. You end up with the areas above and below appearing lighter and lacking contrast. Think of a candle on a table in a dark setting, etc

These screens are okayish for the money; I bought mine with a heavy discount. Without it, I would not have kept it. The 'Nanocell' bit is supposed to help with colour accuracy off-axis, but they seriously do lack in the contrast stakes. I chose this particular display because it is being used in a wide room and the required angles for viewing either side are fairly wide. The wide viewing angle precluded me from getting a VA panel. It's a reasonable trade-off, but I would have obviously gone for an OLED display if I could have afforded it for both good contrast and wide viewing angles.

Good luck with yours when it arrives. I hope you are happy with it for the price paid.
89quidyoucantgowrong02/12/2019 14:26

I'll describe what to look for. Imagine a completely black screen except …I'll describe what to look for. Imagine a completely black screen except for a white square approximately one third of the screen height positioned in the centre of the screen. These displays have a habit of making the black areas above and below the white square appear lighter than the black areas to either side of it. It's due to the panel being edge lit. Now, obviously you aren't going to sit watching a white square any time soon but the effect is the same for any well lit area having a dark background. You end up with the areas above and below appearing lighter and lacking contrast. Think of a candle on a table in a dark setting, etcThese screens are okayish for the money; I bought mine with a heavy discount. Without it, I would not have kept it. The 'Nanocell' bit is supposed to help with colour accuracy off-axis, but they seriously do lack in the contrast stakes. I chose this particular display because it is being used in a wide room and the required angles for viewing either side are fairly wide. The wide viewing angle precluded me from getting a VA panel. It's a reasonable trade-off, but I would have obviously gone for an OLED display if I could have afforded it for both good contrast and wide viewing angles.Good luck with yours when it arrives. I hope you are happy with it for the price paid.


But surely if you’re going to compare it to an OLED double the price, that isn’t really fair?
SeanUSX02/12/2019 23:05

But surely if you’re going to compare it to an OLED double the price, that …But surely if you’re going to compare it to an OLED double the price, that isn’t really fair?



I clearly wasn't comparing this screen to an OLED at all, I even pointed out that the price of OLED was prohibitive for me and that I had to make a compromise. What's your point?
649??
Scr00ge02/12/2019 11:01

Does anyone know how far apart and how deep the feet are on this? I've got …Does anyone know how far apart and how deep the feet are on this? I've got to fit it on a tv unit that is not the full width of the tv. I'm also thinking that the 8600 version is exactly the same but a different stand, and this would work for me.


3 inches inwards from screen edge.
89quidyoucantgowrong01/12/2019 20:03

I guess not everybody knows what to look for? I bought the set in a bit of …I guess not everybody knows what to look for? I bought the set in a bit of a hurry based on reviews because my old set had failed completely. If you can't see the vertical bars produced by the local dimming, perhaps you have the set on 'vivid' or are in a brightly lit room?

hi well im now waiting for the set to be uplifted not as good as my 55 inch version with night time movie scenes hard to see its a pity was great for normal tv and footy but night time scenes i coudnt see it right ordered a lg c9 in its place
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