Keep in mind owners who bought TVs that are issue free and have no complaints are happily watching the TV. NOT on a forum somewhere telling about non issues
[/color][/b] Apparently, there are more people, even background lurkers here, who have no big concern with the LK series. And, from what I read, this years 32" panels LG is using possibly come from Sharp. LG sells so many TVs world wide and there are only about 3 major LCD panel makers including LG itself.
As you note in most of your posts, you like the color, black level, etc. Any banding that occurs is usually due to a batch of panels that may have had marginal production. An LCD panel is a sandwich of several different layers of materials rolled together with adhesives. Temperature change, a halt in the assembly process, uneven pressure on the panel, possibly even shipping of the panel and of the finished TV can affect overall quality. LCD TVs should be shipped, warehoused, and stored upright in their boxes. If not, any number of panel issues can develop.Yet, I've gone into "Wally World" and have seen LCD and plasma TV lying flat face down in their boxes below display models. . . and sometimes, even two or three stacked on each other
So I wouldn't be so quick to blame LG for an issue. Besides, Panasonic, Sony, Samsung, Sharp. . . all went on a "who can have the thinnest LCS panel" binge. Personally, I don't get it.
Who watches the the "edge" of a TV?
My Mitsubishi LT-46231 is about 3 1/2" thick, my LG is about the same. And I have a lowly Sanyo 26" LCD that is at least 4" thick and it has a pretty decent picture for a $238 TV.
The whole consumer electronics industry is in a constant flux of new and maturing technology, cost/value balance, and marketing trends. So some of what we get depends largely on "where" where and when be buy any piece of equipment in the stream of things.