Here's my mini-review of this TV, comparing it to my Samsung PN58B560 for reference:
- IR protection: I was wrong about no burn-in protection. It does have two anti-burn-in mechanisms built in (ISM feature), so that should ease your concerns about IR.
- No buzzzz: It runs very quiet. The Samsung always has an annoying buzz, but I haven't detected any from the LG.
- DVDs look better: I put on a couple of X Files episodes. They look a lot better (clearer) on the LG than on the Samsung.
- Screen glare: Worst screen glare of the 3 plasma TVs that I've owned (others are the Samsung and an older Toshiba). I mean, it is literally a tinted mirror.
- I've heard of screen glare, but base glare?? The TV base is reflective, which I find annoying. In brighter scenes, or when credits/tickers are at the bottom of the screen, it reflects onto the base and looks as if the base has a light on.
- Weak blacks: I thought 3M:1 contrast ratio would = jet blacks, but nothing is further from the truth. Even after calibrating with Avia, the blacks are a major disappointment. Much weaker than the Samsung.
- LCD-type performance: The LG has a very soft picture, similar to the look of an entry level Vizio LCD TV (which I also own). I put this in the "bad" category because I'm assuming if you're interested in this plasma TV, it's because you prefer plasma over LCD.
- Lines across the screen: The LG also suffers (as most plasma do, i believe) from that thing where lines run all across the screen. I don't know what it's called, but for example, in Bill Maher's TV show, he sits in front of a framed background. Well, even though the frames are limited in their width, the image of the frame extends the entire width of the TV, and it also shows through Bill's face and body, as if he's translucent. The good news is the LG doesn't suffer from this as much as the Samsung, but it's there nonetheless.
Not surprisingly, I'm returning the LG. The price was right, but I guess I learned why that was the case. The screen glare is noticeably worse than the Samsung mentioned above. We're installing the TV in a room with a lot of windows, so if you're in a similar situation, I advise you to steer clear of the 60PN5300.