Originally Posted by CrusaderDave
I just purchased the LG 47LM6700 Friday for $999 from Fry's in Downers Grove IL. Unbelievable deal! Here is what I can tell you about the TV and how it differs from the 5600.
Screen is glossy, not matte. But it's not as glossy as most other sets that I saw in the showroom, including the Samsung models. The tradeoff is a much better off axis viewing angle. The 5600 dims the picture off axis. The 6700 has a very wide viewing angle. Glossy sets usually do better with this than matte sets. Depending on your room, the ambient light and the viewing position, one type of screen may suit you more than the other.
The 2D to 3D upconversion is supposedly improved.
The 6700 set looks great with it's new more stable stand, and the unit has no cabinet border. It's quite sleek and very thin as far as depth goes.
Sound is similar to the 5600 but it has something called 3D Sound Zooming. Sounds more like a gimick than anything of substance.
There are also 20 steps for 3D depth control allowing more customization of the 3D effect.
The 5600 had some issues with input lag, a serious concern for gamers. I will test this out on the 6700 in the next couple days. There is also a split screen function when two are playing games in 3d.
The 5600 audio out was only in stereo, and did not pass thru Dolby. Not sure if the 6700 set corrected that issue, but I doubt it.
I have only seen downsides with the new models compared to the LW5600/LW6500.
The only positive is the extra USB port but with 2 already, there's not much use for a third.
I really think the highly reflective glossy screen is a step backwards. I have seen the 2 , (at least the LM7600) side by side and the matte screen doesn't display 'at all', many of the reflections that are visible within the LM7600's picture.
Another big deal to me, is the loss of 1 component video input and an additional loss of 1 composite video input. Both of which I definitely use for my many components I have. The extra composite video input is a really big deal since this TV doesn't have a front input. I use that for our older DV Camcorder and digital cameras.
The new models look nice and while the loss of the extra inputs is an inconvenience, the glossy screen is what really bothers me. I love the matte screen and always am noticing how the picture is NOT destroyed by all the reflections I was use to seeing with my older CRT TV and even the Plasma TV I tried and hated. Even with my CRT, I always had to wait to watch when the sun went down or when others didn't need lamp light, to really enjoy the Movie. Now I don't have to worry about that because the Matte screen makes the picture enjoyable in all light conditions.
With the great discount prices of the LW5600 televisions, I can't see why anyone would want a newer LM6700 when it less featured than the previous model. You also lose the standard remote with the LM6700 while the LW5600 provides you with a standard remote and a majic motion remote.
I'm just wondering if these new models have actually any true advantages over the older models or have just supposed, unsubstantiated performance claims.