I'm new to this TV because my 60" LG plasma bricked during a FW update. Costco was great; it just so happened that it died 2 years to the day that I purchased it. It was Memorial day and the concierge service was closed. When I called the next day, the rep basically said "out of warranty is out of warranty". A couple hours later a manager called back and said they would accept it. I wound up getting $949 return credit and purchasing this set for $1479. The first thing I did was look for setting numbers online and came across this (very long) thread.
My SN is 15LFTRNXDQ01101 and FW is V1.30.20.0090 and I'll report any issues (I'm almost expecting them). I don't know how hard I'll look for them unless they become noticeable during normal viewing. But I'll certainly look before my 90 day Costco exchange is up. Sorry to hear about all the complaints about white spots here. I'm hoping against hope that I'll be one of the lucky ones. I agree with someone's thoughts of "only people who look and/or are bothered will complain in this type of forum". I'd guess that the problem is very widespread but only a select few will take the time and effort to let anyone else know.
I didn't plan on using any of the apps. My old TV wasn't smart but it's pretty hard to find a TV in this range that isn't smart anymore. The QWERTY remote would be so handy to switch between accounts. We have a Dish Hopper and a Sony Blu-ray and switching Pandora accounts on either unit is a PITA because they don't store user accounts or passwords so you have to navigate through an on-screen keyboard with the D-pad or T9 when you want to change accounts. But I don't think I can use the TV apps as a source until I find a way to connect the audio back my receiver. This TV says it supports ARC but I don't think my receiver does. ARC is new to me so that will give me something to play with for a few weeks.
My first impressions are great. I've had plasma for the last 4 years and was always happy with it (coming from rear projection). I've lost touch with TV tech over the last few years and was worried about soap opera effect (is n't that where the content looks "realer than real"?). I can see it a little bit but it's not as pronounced as I thought it would be. 3D isn't something that interests me at all, at least in its current state. I recently saw Godzilla in the theaters in 3D. It was the first 3D movie I had seen in ages and even in the theater it didn't impress me yet.
I've seen it asked a few times but I didn't see any answers about calibration numbers on the "Q" set with V1.* FW. I was very happy with the "Calibrated Dark" preset but my daughter liked the "Calibrated" preset. It seemed too bright to me at first but I think I'm getting used to it. I'll go back to "Calibrated Dark" if/when it becomes bothersome.
Best wishes to all with their complaints and I hope there is a resolution in the end. I've seen some owners on their 4th set or so. I can't imagine what it must be like to have to deal with that for so long and so often. In the name of all that is holy, please don't let this be me!
P.S. Regarding the V1.30.20.0090 FW, is there a way to force an update? I saw a V1.34* mentioned previously. I'm using a wired Ethernet connection and was expecting it to update overnight. At the same time, since I bricked my old TV forcing a FW update, I'm almost feeling like "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".