I'm a happy owner of a new LG 55LM9600 I read all of the bad reviews but decided to get one anyway. I got the Amazon price at BB with price match (~$2K). That made it basically the same price as the Sony 850 and just a bit more than the Panny WT50. All of these sets looked great but the LG stands out in the design department which was important to me. See photo below to see how it looks. I was limited in how large a set could fit in my cabinet. The Sony 850 would have just barely fit, but it just didn't look as good (imho). The larger Sony 950 was just too tall. The LG was just right
So far, things look great. I'm playing with settings to find the right combination for my environment and viewing (which is mostly DirecTV HD sports, news, etc.). I don't plan on much blu-ray, widescreen viewing (have a dedicated theater for that), so not too concerned about the flashing that others have noticed. I did see it during the initial setup (in the lower right corner), but not at all during normal viewing.
The only surprise so far is that the screen is even more reflective than the Samsung plasma that I am replacing. Oh well, I'm pretty used to the reflections and can control it reasonably well if I'm not too lazy to get up and close the blinds.
Not a big fan of the remote, but I have a Harmony, so its no big deal.
I'm curious to hear what settings you use for sports (football, tennis, etc.)? I've tried several of the combinations mentioned in this thread, and am not satisfied. These seem to look good for movies, but are a bit too dark / warm for sports. Is anyone else using color temp of Medium instead of Warm for sports? Turning up the backlight a bit (to around 55) and setting the color temp to medium seem to work well for me.
Thanks to all for sharing your experiences.