Great information here and thanks to all you guys as I am trying to make a purchase decision right now... I want to make a few points before I settle down and give the LG any due it may deserve...:
- I just read this ENTIRE thread, and I dont see one complaint about overall screen power/general brightness/whatever you call it. I went to Sams tonight with the intention of purchasing the LG 60PA5500 for $898.00. The first thing I noticed was that this screen was the dimmest on the rack, and sitting amongst LCDs and plasmas alike. It just seemed dark. I breifly tried to tweak it a bit, but too complex and too many settings. I did manage to turn up the color, brightness, and "sharpness" and basically - IT SEEMED TO MAKE LITTLE DIFFERENCE.!?!? I finally got the autoadjust feature turned off and still nothing. So I dont know. But I can tell you that if I had just got it home, I would be sitting around with a dark looking TV and little means to resolve it easily. And I noted the Panasonic 55" UT series (I think it was about 1100$) and it was just as bright as any LCD or Plasma out there... So it was not an LCCD vs. Plasma brightness issue... So whats the deal, has nobody noticed this as an issue?!?NOTE: I am the first on board the paranoid conspiracy train and suspect of signal tweaking by retailers and customizing settings on TV to make more or less appealing for sale. I am pretty sure this SAMS could give a **** about that, and that all TVs were receiving the same signal..
I would rate the quality and power of the signal the sets were given as pretty solid overall.
2. I noticed some kind of distortion on a horizontal bar of display that was associated with a brief Box put on the screen in the programming. It was like the top Border line of the visual box was blurred, spread, or distorted. I quickly looked at adjacent sets and they did not have it. I was standing close enough to touch the buttons. I kinda let that slide and kept watching and really did not have many complaints otherwise. I may have seen some ghosting of the people in the content of the programming. They were the larger ones that would be the same as watching characters in any show displaying a character to character dialogue, or as intended to primarily consume a good portion of the screen. But kept watching and could not really incriminate on that.
3. The Glare on the screen is freakin off the charts. I had read there were some reflective issues in well lit rooms. There would be no doubt. Anytime the tv was showing a dark screen, I could see the sams banner over the service desk (50' behind me) clearly reflected. I wish I had payed more attention to that aspect on my 2007 Panisonic 50KU 50" models that I just trashed in a borderline divorce my wife Freakout last weekend.. LOL I am sure they did it too, and I probably saw it in dim light in the living room on those, but just never cared as I was just buying them on a friends advise. So I am certain they had their problems.
This is really the three big points. They did not have the remote stuck to the back of this one like the other TVs, so I could not review it. The TV looks sleek and attractive, its very thin with nice slim border trims (very thin), and the picture is overall good. There did not appear to be any heat issues what so ever and was cool to the touch. the energy star rating posted on the set was something like 27$ /year. Good if true on normal modes. And belive me I am used to a Panasonic that would give you a SUNBURN if you made the mistake of getting your face to close on a walkby.. LOL
There is no question the TV merits some review and I am glad I found this thread. But also you gotta admit that for a 60" TV, 900 bucks is a hell of a price. This is REALLY what matters. You have to ask yourself, if someone gave it to you as a present and you just came home to find it mounted on the wall one day - would you complain? The answer is no. It shows TV programs on a really large screen and it does it pretty good. Then again they all do, and we dont want to fork out a dime for this set if the bottom is falling out of the market in lieu of the 3D parade currently apparently ensuing.
1. A little bumed about no CAT 5 connect at all. Could the Vizio internet box for 100 buck even be hooked up? Perhaps through the USB I am thinking. At the Vizio site the say all you need is an HD display to run it. But not sure and did not spend too much time looking at that device (with regard to a Vizio 3d LCD I am also testing now).
2. Obviously no smart TV. This feature is underrated as I can tell you I do not like having a freaking desktop running 24/7 just to surf....
3. No 3D option should the desire strike. 60" is a crapload of TV screen to let go to waste...! I really wonder could firmware modifications be uploaded or made to circumvent lack of things like 3D as future options for this set.?
Other than that its a pretty nice TV for 900 bucks.. It would have been 2500-3K back in 2007 when I got my pani 50's...
My big Questions are this:
1. Brightness - Is that all its got? Is no one else noticing this?
2. A potential perk - I read somewhere that the USB could be used for PVR purpose? Is it possible that this set has built-in PVR function that all you have to do is hook up an external drive? I think I read it would play several video formats. Do you think I could hook up my HHD with my Movies I have backed up and just play them without my HTPC.??
PS, and just one more note: It really kinda bugs me that LG doesnt seem to publish much infor on this TV at their site. Its a joke to select these models and hit the COMPARE button, cuase they have provided nothing but blank boxes.. They dont even officially publish the runing Watt usage and says "TBD
". Really? You cant tell me how much power your set uses!!!?!?! I emailed them this AM an got NO REPSONSE... But what kind of business is this?