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No I don't agree with the review. I especially take exception to the 3D part of the review with regard to the ghosting and crosstalk. I just watched the scenes he referred to in Hugo, him reaching for the mouse at 5:01, the tuning pegs on the guitar at 7:49, the face of the dog and I see none of the ghosting and crosstalk that he describes. He also states that he sees it pretty much everywhere? Either the glasses are defective or the set is defective.
This TV has the same or better 3D than the couple of year old LG 47LW5600 I have in another room. Calling it the worst he has seen tells me his set is not operating correctly. I am wowed by 3D on cable, after recording to Tivo and on Blu-ray. Yes the other artifacts associated with the passive panel (line structure) are there but I accept those as part of the current passive tech.
Some other points that he made I agree with. My set has excellent uniformity, the sound is pretty bad from the speakers so it really needs an external system to play through.
I find it irritating that LG didn't build the RF receiver for the Smart remote into all it's 2013 sets. I didn't mind paying for the remote separately, but people are selling just the remote and causing confusion when people try to use it and it doesn't work because it needs the RF dongle to do so. Stupid decision by LG.
Other things I take some issue with:
Black level is OK for me and could be better overall but this is currently around $700 on Amazon for the 47 inch model. Compared to their Editors Picks I am sure it is bad but the cheapest of those is twice the price of the LG. I would expect better performance for twice the money. It can be calibrated to be acceptable, not amazing.
I also watch this in daylight and don't have an issue with the picture being washed out or losing detail. I did apply the settings from the ShowroomCali posting and did not watch much before doing so.
He complained about too many calibration points. Really? you prefer 10? He says it didn't work well in testing but doesn't elaborate on what didn't work. LG evidently provides too many options resulting in his term of overkill for this and Color Management.
Of course the review is about the 47 inch model but the "What You'll Pay" link at the bottom of the review takes you to the Amazon page for the 60 inch model at the same price as the Ed's Pick for the Panny TC-PST series so we can compare apples to donuts I guess. Corrected as noted below
Last but not least the Smart interface IS cluttered because every possible app is crammed onto the screen or else people would complain like they have about the lack of even one, namely Amazon Instant. The firmware update last week to 04.00.20 resolved that issue and I would hope he would update the review, which was just published yesterday, to reflect that. HBO GO would be nice but not an app I personally miss on this set.
Everybody has different expectations with regard to picture quality and set functionality. I think his expectations for a $700 set that also does 3D exceeded his reality.
Based on my experience I would recommend this set as what it is. A nice, good looking mid price LED direct set that has 3D. Everything is relative isn't it?