Hey everyone. Wow this is a decently long thread
This past Saturday, I purchased the 47LM7600 from Best Buy. I did about a week of reviewing all of my options for a new TV beforehand, demoed some sets, figured out I wasn't going to do a plasma (I'm a huge gamer, and I know everyone says burn-in isn't an issue anymore, but I'm superstitious, and besides, I like gaming and watching TV in a brightly-lit environment anyways), so I decided this LG was perfect. Best Buy price matched my local Fry's at $849, and now I'm just waiting for the store to receive it from the warehouse, which should be either tomorrow or Thursday.
I'm coming from a 40 inch Samsung 1080p LCD, model LN-T4066F, that I bought for almost double the price at the end of 2008. I was happy with it for awhile, but about 2 years ago I started to notice some very bad color banding in my PS3 games and some TV/Blu Ray content (extremely apparent on the PS3 home screen, which showed roughly 15-20 different color bands). No setting I messed with on TV has alleviated it, although I admit I'm not too savvy with picture settings. A couple of months ago, the set started to take a very long time to come on, would randomly power cycle, and would sometimes display a pinkish-purple series of dots/static. I looked it up and found this was a big cap issue, and I actually have a free tech service scheduled at the end of the week to replace the caps.
I used this as an opportunity to buy the LG for my media room, since the Samsung once repaired will be replacing a 32 inch Sony in the Living Room.
I've read most of the thread, and I don't really have much in the way of questions as of yet. Maybe one, but it's more subjective than anything else. How much better should I expect the quality of the picture on the LG? Will it only look like a modest upgrade from the Samsung, or will I be blown away coming from a 40 inch LCD from 2008?
Thank you for everyone who has shared their knowledge in this thread.