Might not appeal to the people who can afford a $2500 TV..aka videophiles, but I'm in love with this. For 95% of people this should be more than enough. After months of shopping around and doing my homework, I bought this set for $728 through Walmart site to store. It was $70 more than the LD450 model on the shelf. But in my eyes well worth paying a little extra and waiting another week for it. The extra hdmi port alone justifies the $$$$.
Picture Crisp! Bright. Color is deep! Pops off the screen when in high def. Nothing in 480 (standard) looks good on this though . Keep that in mind. Initially struggled with adjustments. In the end a couple of tweaks to cinema mode were all it took. Looks as good (maybe better) than the comparible Sony's and Samsungs....at least to me.
Word of advice... I saw one of the 450 models on a store shelf...which basically has the same picture with a few less features. It looked horrible next to a Sony. Huh? The sales guy tried to tell me that the LG wasn't getting as good of a signal. Ummm...why does the 47" inch version way down on the other end also look bad next to the Sony? Or even the Sanyo? Why do I see the same thing when I visit the store down the road in fact? The answer? LG's 'store demo' presets are horrible. I'm not sure why they did this. But they badly misjudged something. Once you get the picture correctly adjusted, you'll see what I'm talking about. It's an "oooh and ahhhh" kind of thing when you see what it is supposed to look like.
My Final Settings:
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Energy Saving Off
Brightness 75 (adjusted)
Color Temp W50
Dynamic Contrast Low (manually enabled)
Dynamic Color Low (manually enabled)
Clear White Off
Skin Color 3 (adjusted)
Noise Reduction Off
Digital Noise Reduction off
Black Level Low
Eye CAre Greyed Out/off
Real Cimema Off
Color Gamut Standard
Intellegent Sensor is useless. Makes picture WAY too dim. It might have been good if they weren't so conservative with the energy savings. I could achieve 100% power savings by unplugging it, but what would be the point? Options to adjust Itelligent Sensor are greyed out too. The IS logo that pops up on the screen is also annoying. Blech! . Strongly recommend disabling this feature.
Trumotion=much ado about nothing. Doesn't add anything great to the experience imho and in many cases makes things worse. Thankfully it's easy to disable. Interloping of frames just creates an artificial feeling to everything . Even on low it's bad. If motion blur/judder is an issue to you, then you to look into Plasma. I really don't notice it though. NBA finals and World Cup matches looked amazing WITHOUT this feature enabled!!!!!
60hz vs 120hz: The difference is slightly noticable. Will 60hz ruin your viewing experience? No. But for the slight price difference it's worth it. You'll notice the difference with Blue Ray movies for sure.
Glare almost non existant. Good job!!!
Off angle viewing isn't flawless, but I don't notice issues unless I'm watching tv from the other room.
Reported LG 'lip-sync' issues: I saw it do this once and the issue never resurfaced. So I'm writing this off.
Remote control simple to use. Well done. Although I can make all adjustments I need to with my Directv remote, so it will go into mothballs.
Noticed a bit of uneven backlighting when I'm flipping channels, on a pure white screen. But don't let that scare you. You shouldn't notice it 99% percent of the time. If it does become an issue to you, then adjust the intensity of the backlight accordlingly.
Sound could have been better. Meh! Having speakers in the back was a bad idea. Asthetics aside..they shouldn't have done this. But I'll be getting a home theatre system soon anyway. So it's a minor issue to me.
The stand: I had heard rumbling about the stand not being very 'secure' on the LD450 models. Definitely not an issue with the 520 series. Seems perfectly stable to me. I've bumped it a couple of times and it barely moved.
Lack of an ethernet port: Would have been nice had LG included this feature just for pulling down firmware updates. But I can live without it
This tv is great! You can't go wrong....as people have said...for the money. If you are looking for something better....wait a year or two for the next generation of led-backlit sets to hit the mainstream market at a reasonable price. But I can honestly tell you that this unit provides the best balance of all worlds. It's candy for the retinas!!!!!!!!!
Well done LG