Yes, you are correct: the LG, when fed a perfect signal (blu ray), looked quite good. The main difference between it and the samsung is that the LG looked darker. This is with dynamic contrast on, the normal contrast setting near max, and the energy saving feature off. I was watching at night, too, with low artificial lighting. Basically, an ideal setting. The LG still could not match the contrast or brightness of the samsung.
By way of contrast, no pun intended, the samsung display looks bright and has excellent contrast even with settings dialed down to the medium range.
As far as the satellite source signal, it is basically a perfect signal -- it looks very, very, very good on the samsung. Not quite as good as the very best blu ray sources, but still, I'd say it's impressive.
On the LG, satellite tv is noisy and the picture ridden with artifacts.
I've said this before several times, but the ongoing popularity of the LG set just baffles me.
Originally Posted by grizzledyoungman
Hi audio/videoman - thanks for answering my question. Your feedback is actually really helpful, as it reveals a limitation of the LG display. But if I'm reading your remarks correctly, the limitations of the LG display don't apply to my viewing environment.
To elaborate: your complaints lead me to conclude that the LG xxLK450 deals very poorly with broadcast signals, whether terrestrial or satellite in their origination. However, those sources tend to exhibit both much higher compression (and especially, less intelligent compression using older codecs) and much lower overall resolution (even a "perfect" satellite signal doesn't come close to the resolution in actual TVL of a blu ray disc or a well constructed 720p/1080p source of the sorts I'm using).
In particular, your remark that the LG looked great with blu ray would seem to confirm this train of thought: that the LG display can produce excellent PQ when fed a correspondingly high quality source, but does little to assist any signal that's already been stepped on.
One final question for you, audio/videoman, when you say that the blu ray picture did not match the samsung, what exactly do you mean? Differences in colorimetry are to be expected, but are you referring to the potential brightness/contrast? Or something else entirely?
Thanks again! Every bit of feedback helps.