So I happened to be at JB HiFi Chadstone today and believe it or not, they had the 55LW9500 in stock!
I can confirm no 3D at all, $2598 ticket price.
The biggest bummer of all.... It's a glossy screen!
Given my room is backlit by complete floor to ceiling glass, the whole point of my upgrade from the 50" plasma was to reduce the reflection.
Picture quality was quite good. They had this, the 55lw6500 and the Sony HX925. The Sony and LW6500 were side by side and the PQ was worlds apart. The LG had a lot of judder and being edge lit, the fine detail in blacks was almost completely lost. The Sony and LW9500 on the other hand had quite a lot of detail in the blacks, although there was still some judder on the LG's part. Admittedly the source material, while HD (Human Planet doco) was delivered over component and a multiplexer.
The other thing to note was that the sales guy, who in this case wa actually quite knowledgable (was able to definitively answer my questions and new the technologies involved) said that at least on their product list, there was no further models due to be released this year from LG.
Have to take that with a grain of salt of course.
Pics attached. Apologies for the angles, but that was my intention to gauge the reflection.
LG 55LW9500Attachment 214029
Sony 55HX925Attachment 214030