so yesterday I went down to my local BB to pick up the LG LK42450
, yet to my suprise they didn't have the 42" OR the 37" for sale....The same deal happened at Future Shop while some guy was trying to sell me the LG 520 claiming that the 120hz feature would enhance the motion....Meanwhile I'm thinking wouldn't 'that' just make film look like Video and give it the soap operah effect? Either way i passed considering people on here have been saying the the LG 520 wasn't so great in the lag department. But what made it so appealing was that it was pure black 'design wise' and didn't have that awful looking Brown stripe that clearly rocked the LK450....I seriously don't like it, knowing me I'll probably find a way to cover it or take it off.lol
SO anyways, instead just because i wanted to test it out for input lag, i picked up the '32
" LK450. If i were satisfied with the input lag and PQ i'd just order the 42" anyways which i could probably snag in a week or two once they were to get it in, but I think I'd rather just try and score it at Visions instead since i really need it now and waiting isn't exactly an option for me consideirng I've got a massive horror movie marathon 'and' some gaming to blast through for this halloween. B-)
Anyways, so i hooked the tiny little sucker up yesterday, along with my Wii via Component Cables and WOW, i was instantly suprised with how fantastic and responsive it felt.
It felt Just as good as my 2 year old LG LH30 and THAT tv is regarded as one of thee best LCD's for gaming. I don't understand some of the naysayers. I've been gaming for years on a CRT, I've come across some pretty horrid HDTV displays(the most recent before this being the Samsung 42" D450 plasma, which was dissapointing)for gaming lag and the LK450 is flat out brilliant in this regard.
By the way i tested the lag out in Standard and in Cinema mode, 'not' game mode. I'm more than happy with the results. I swear it may seem even slightly 'better' than the LH30. I need to test it out some more today to make sure. The pointer controls worked nearly identicle if not identicle to my CRT. I tested out some Mega Man 9, Super Smash Bros, Splaterhouse 2(Genesis Virtual Console) ect ect and they worked amazingly well.
However, I'm still trying to get the PQ to look just as good as my LH30. Here's what I've sort of noticed so far. I think the brightness is on par, it's just hard to notice maybe because the display is a bit smaller, the colors look good, but I'm not sure if they're quite as good as the LH30's...The dynamic color mode doesn't seem as colorful or as big of a change compared to the LH30's. Again maybe it just seems like it's somewhat lacking considering the smaller size. Black levels are just as good, but for some reason the sharpness seems a bit rougher on this set....Or it just works differently.
Where is the EDGE enhancement
mode? It seems like it's automaticaly turned on. Is there any way to find that option so i can make sure it's off? I couldn't seem to find it in the picture settings...
As for it being an ISP or VA pannel, i have no idea....Couldn't find any 'Y' in the product number, there was a D however. Guess I'll have to take a magnifying glass to the screen to find out. I did notice that the viewing angles seem pretty great however, so maybe that's an indication that it is infact an ISP panel. Anyways, i need to play around with it much more today before returning it and hopefully getting the 42" at visions.
As I said, the Input lag is phenomenal on this set....The PQ however, i still need to play around with! I'll post more impressions regarding the input lag later on through more games, be it retro, motion controlled for the Wii, the VC
(Nes, SNES, GEN) and PS3.
Also, i had my eye on the gorgeous(design wise) Sony 40" 1080p 60hz 'BX420'....I loved the design, but the BB rep told me to stay away from Sony considering the higher input lag.
I'd also rather go with the LG 42" 520 not just because of the 120hz, but because of the pure black design...But again, if the input lag is worse than the LK450 than I'll definitly pass.