Hello everyone. First time poster here who just purchased my 47" LA6200 3 days ago.
I spent a lot of time reading reviews online as well as the thread here before taking the plunge, since this TV immediately caught my eye comparatively to others I saw at Best Buy and Sears. This is also my first digital TV, having my trusty 10 year old Sony Trinitron Wega tube TV finally die on me last week. I loved that TV - great HD picture on all sources, but at 180lbs it was time to gain some much needed living room space. As great as that TV was, there's really no comparison, at least on Blue Ray and HD sources. The LA6200's picture is staggering! Beautiful crisp, vibrant picture with exceptional detail. Overall, I'm extremely pleased.
Having said that, however, there are a few issues so far that may or may not be easily remedied, so I'm hoping for some input. As stated, I'm relatively new to this technology:
1. Enclosed Remote
: for starters, I can't get the remote to control my Verizon FIOs cable/channels. The initial LG setup asks you various questions about your provider, provider's location, cable box manufacturer, etc., then gives you 4 choices of remotes to try on channel up button. None worked for me. The cable box is only connected to the TV via HDMI input 1 right now. Do I need to connect a coaxial out as well? I tried that initially but still couldn't switch cable channels with it, as it kept telling me I could only do so if I went to TV antenna input. The remote works fine controlling all other functions of the TV. Or is the Magic remote the only one that can control cable box? One other thing: I really dislike the design of the remote, with the blue Smart button right above recessed arrow buttons. Find myself accidentally hitting it again and again.
2. Limited INs/Outs
: Truthfully, this is probably a blessing in disguise, as it's forcing me to retire some old components that get very little use. (VCR, CD changer, turntable, cassette deck!). Just means the odd format AV material I occasionally play will need to be converted, and this might be the shot in the arse I need to finally get it done. My previous setup was a wiring clusterf**k, since the Sony Trinitron only had 1 HDMI input so I had to use a HDMI splitter, but it had a multitude of different INs/Outs that enabled me to hook about up 9 different components. Naturallly, my Logitech Universal never did control every one of them, so I was still juggling different remotes. Current setup with LG is FIOS cable (input 1 HDMI), DVD-R (component YGB), Apple TV (HDMI 2), and PS3 (HDMI 3), with all audio out via optical to my Denon receiver. Still, wouldn't mind another component or composite input.
3. No iPhone 5/Mac Support
: I must admit a Smart TV wasn't really a selling point for me, as I have more than enough devices to surf the net, e-mail, etc. that likely do a better job at it. But having it now, I like the options available. I don't like that there isn't an app yet for controlling the TV with an iPhone 5. Come on, LG, get with the program! iPhone 5 has been out for over 7 months now. Several other options are not Mac compatible either it seems (SmartShare), as I hooked up a couple of my external USB hard drives but couldn't access the content.
: some have reported some issues using a network to stream content via the TV vs. other options like Apple TV and PS3. I happen to own an AppleTV and PS3, so there's some redundancy there at least with certain offerings like Netflix. I tested streaming Netflix HD content from all 3 devices, and found performance to be consistent with one another. Very good. The only issue I encountered was when I streamed 3D content from the LG's available programs. The screen would buffer often. Note that I have FIOS throughout the home via wireless Airport Extreme/Airline transmitters, so perhaps hard wiring via an Ethernet connection direct to the TV would help?
5. DSE/Vertical banding
: I've been reading about the effect, and yeah, this TV displays it, particularly on sporting events where the camera's panning across a grass field or sky. Is this inherent in most LEDs?Color Uniformity
: color and picture are outstanding, as mentioned, but I do notice a very slight inconsistency in color from left to right, It's really only evident in images of a full background white or very light tint, (i.e. graphics, menu pages), where the right side of the screen displays an ever so slight pinkish cast comparatively to the left side. Changing the viewing angle helps a little, but it's still there. I haven't done a true calibration yet, as I've only adjusted color according to suggestions made here and the Picture Wizard. Could adjusting white balance or other parameters help?
Sorry for the long post. I don't want it to sound all negative. I really do love the LA6200 overall, and for the price (I paid $748), it smoked every other TV I looked at. But I just want to determine of some or all of these issues I've mentioned are fixable or grounds for returning it.