LG 55LM8600 3D LCD HDTV Settings

Unit-to-unit sample variations, the viewing environment, and the source might render these recommendations less than optimum. They are provided only as a potentially useful starting place.

The settings here that are most likely to translate reliably from one sample to another are those involving specific features with only a few setting options, such as Color Gamut, Gamma, and Noise Reduction. The ones most likely to be subject to sample variations are video controls offering a wide range of settings. This will be particularly true for color temperature, white balance, and color management adjustments (where available).

We strongly recommend that you find the optimum basic video settings for your TV by using one of the many display setup DVDs that are available, such as Digital Video Essentials (DVD) or DVE HD Basics (Blu-ray). A full calibration, particularly of the gray scale and color gamut, is best left to a trained and properly equipped technician, such as those certified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) or THX.

2D 3D
Energy Saving Off Off
Picture Mode Expert 1 Expert 1
Backlight 42 100
Contrast 80 88
Brightness: 56 65
H Sharpness 5 5
V Sharpness 5 5
Color 49 50
Tint +2 G 0
Dynamic Contrast Off Off
Super Resolution On On
Color Gamut BT709 BT709
Edge Enhancer Off Off
Color Filter Off Off
Expert Pattern
Gamma 2.2 or 2.4 2.2 or 2.4
Picture Options:
Noise Reduction Off Off
MPEG Noise Reduction Off Off
Black Level Low Low
Real Cinema On On
Eye Care Off Off
LED Local Dimming High High
TruMotion Off User (De-Blur 0 and De-Judder 10)
White Balance:
Color Temperature Warm Warm
Method 2-Point 2-Point
Pattern Outer 2-Point
Luminance 130 130

White Balance 2D (Custom)


White Balance 3D (Custom)


CMS Settings (3D)

Color Saturation Tint Luminace
Red 0 (0) –30 (–20) 5 (3)
Green 0 (0) 0 (0) 5 (5)
Blue 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (–1)
Cyan 15 (–5) 0 (10) 1 (5)
Magenta 0 (0) 7 (10) 2 (0)
Yellow –30 (0) 2 (12) 13 (4)
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caseycc's picture

I would really appreciate if you would post your calibrated settings as you did with the LM9600. I've been using your 9600 settings on my 8600 and would love to compare the two.


Kevin Newlove's picture

I found some settings for the LM8600 here if you want to take a look. The past few TVs I've had have been from Samsung and the settings they post for them on that site are usually spot on. For my taste in picture quality at least. I'm going to look for my TVs here on hometheater.com to give them the test. Give it a nice comparison to what you have going on to see what you think. Hope this helps. -Kevin

DSharkey's picture

We have owned this TV since August 2012. I bought this on sale from Tigerdirect and saved hundreds of dollars. My previous TV was just a normal 47" LCD with a low 60hz refresh rate. I was tired of seeing all the ghosting of dark images and there were color fluctuations...so I bit the bullet on this set. Simply put, the set is amazing! My friend has a Samsung 55" LED and this is a better image all around. The image quality is pristine and color reproduction is fabulous. Blur is nonexistent. Blacks are sharp and deep. Also, the 120hz-240hz refresh feature on most LCD/LED sets creates a "soap opera" image effect but this doesn't happen with the LG model. Thank goodness because that looks ridiculous. My friend's Samsung LED TV looks like that and drives me crazy. Even over-the-air HD programming looks great.

I have it hooked up to my PS3 and a Panasonic DMP-BDT220 3D Blu-ray DVD Player and the images are phenomenal. The 3D feature is incredibly realistic and makes the movies look even better. We were watching A Christmas Carol the other night and I was blown away and how flawless the image was. It is also nice wearing the passive glasses as they are lighter and don't need to be recharged...and if you need new glasses they are so cheap.

The smart apps are great, but we only use Netflix. I wish it included Amazon Prime streaming, but that works on our PS3 and bluray player. The image quality is just as beautiful using Netflix. We also use the network streaming features and it connects without any issues and streams perfectly. We have watched hours of TV over our home network.

Some downside that I experienced is that the TV broke after about 1 month of use. The left half of the screen began to flicker and was dimmed, which shouldn't be happening with such an expensive TV. Fortunately, LG was quick to send out repair people and the TV was repaired to perfection again. Also, the screen is incredibly glossy and this can cause viewing problems during daylight hours because of glare issues, however, it doesn't really bother me anymore. The remote isn't perfect and can be annoying when dealing with it going inactive or being unresponsive, but it was easy to learn how to use it. The last complaint I have is that the audio was out of sync with this TV. I didn't have an issue with my last TV, but I was able to fix the problem through a setting on my receiver, but it was incredibly frustrating until I found the fix.

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Overall, I absolutely love this TV. It has better image quality than any of the Samsung models I have looked and the 3D feature is a giant bonus that really brings movies and games to life. I would rather have purchased the 7600 model, but I got this one for cheaper so I cannot complain about that.

PvB's picture

LM8600 - I want to keep this beauty so bad but without the calibration settings the picture just isn't right. PLEASE PLEASE post them here like you do for other LCD's
Much Thanks

caseycc's picture

Until the author is willing to post the settings (or even respond) I would highly recommend the settings in the review for the LG 9600 on this site. Quite frankly I would have returned this tv if I hadn't run across these settings. I adjust all the "preference" type settings to my own taste ie, back light, contrast, etc, but the color settings are excellent for the 8600.