Originally Posted by fritzi93
Well, it so happens that I have an LG 65LW6500 (2011 model) very similar to the LG you're considering. So I'll assume my observations on my TV will apply. And I've spent over a month researching the other two, with the addition of the Sharp 70" 640u model (no 3D).
First the LG:
1) LGs have a deserved reputation for good colors out of the box.
2) Passive 3D. No crosstalk or ghosting. No eye fatigue and good bright picture. Cheap comfortable glasses.
3) The onboard media player is the exception to the rule that onboard TV media players generally are poor. Mine will play H264 encoded MKVs (made from my Blu-Rays) with chapters if present or approx 5 minute jumps depending on length of the movie, that can be activated with one menu button push. Or use the magic remote to select a spot on the time line.
I use 2 TB NTFS formatted external powered hard drives with the media player. The hard drive must use MBR (master boot record) partitioning scheme, rather than the GPT scheme needed for hard drives over 2 TB. A GPT volume will not be recognized. Likewise, using the Seagate workaround to make two MBR partitions on a 3 TB drive will not work either, or rather the second partition will not be recognized.
4) Viewing angles are good, since it's an IPS panel. I'd say 45 degrees either way from dead center for 2D, maybe a little less for 3D.
1) Poor blacks and contrast.
2) Passive again. You only get 540 lines of resolution per eye. Mind you, it looks better than the numbers would lead one to believe, and anyway, that would equate more to seeing 720p if you do the numbers. The black matrix mask is a bit more pronounced between pixels, and you can see it if you get close enough. It kind of looks like interlacing. On near horizontal lines you'll see jaggies, again, if you're close enough. Also moire, a shimmery effect you'll see on, say, a tightly patterned plaid shirt. These are not serious drawbacks, IMO, but there you are.
3) LG processing has a reputation for not being as good as the other major players. Motion interpolation has fine control for de-judder and de-blur, but you'll see haloing in fast motion if you use the high settings, a good deal less if you turn it down. OTOH, if you turn interpolation off, the TV can correctly render 24 fps (frames per second) film content.
On to the Sharp and Vizio:
1) As far as I can determine, both use the Sharp X-Gen panel. Expect better blacks and contrast than the LG, but off-axis viewing is not quite as good. Colors are good.
2) You can get active 3D with one of the Sharp 70" TVs. No 3D with the Vizio.
3) Initial reviews on the Sharp point out that it cannot correctly display 24 fps film content without 2:3 judder if the motion interpolation is turned off. Maybe that has been fixed with a firmware update, I dunno and although I read through the official threads, it seems not. The Vizio is supposed to *not* have that problem.
4) The Sharp looks to have a decent onboard media player, much like the LG, and can play content from a powered external NTFS formatted hard drive. The Vizio can only play content from a FAT32 formatted thumb drive.
5) The Sharp has fine controls adequate for a decent calibration. The Vizio does not, although supposedly one can get a good picture with the much less comprehensive controls available.
A few final thoughts:
1) I suspect that if you go down in size you may regret it.
2) The LG I have is rather flimsily built, despite its 90 plus pound weight. My LG developed a vertical line near the right hand side almost two months ago. Looking closely, it seems the frame is slightly warped (it's wall mounted). I discovered I can make the line go away (so far permanently) by putting slight pressure on the right bottom of the set by placing a block of wood behind the lower right side, letting the weight of the TV hold it in place.
When the problem first appeared, I contacted LG support, several times and although they said they'd get back to me each time, they never did. Mind you, the problem developed right at end of warranty and I first contacted them on the last day. The TV I bought was supposedly used, as new (display model), but they denied warranty coverage. Discover card also denied extended warranty coverage, saying the problem developed under the original warranty period, and it was therefore LG's baby. Since the TV is working fine at present, I have not pressed them further.
Now, this was likely my own fault, thinking the TV was covered by original warranty. I registered the TV immediately upon receiving it and never was notified of any problem. Be that as it may, there you are. I'm reluctant to get another LG now. As I said, the TV is still working fine, but I'm looking into another TV just in case.
3) Personally, and although I very much like passive 3D, I find I actually don't use it that much. What I'd truly like to have is an 80" plus 4k passive set, but current prices make that out of the question for me. So it's wait for that to become affordable or find an interim set, assuming I *DO* have to replace my LG soon.
4) All things considered, I'm leaning towards the Sharp 70" 640u model (no 3D). I cordially dislike active 3D and can do without 3D for awhile. Since I actually like motion interpolation, the Sharp's 2:3 judder doesn't concern me, so long as the smoothing is at least as good as on the LG.
I hope this rambling post gave you something useful to think over. Good luck whatever you get.