I'm in a dilemma now both tvs are around the same price. I'm interested in black levels and vivid picture. I know last years LG models suffered form poor black levels, but how does this years model compare? I have seen no reviews on the new LG plasmas. The LG does have 3d and built in wifi which is a pro. Which one would you go with?
I just bought the LG from BuyDig, so I suppose i'll give it a review when I get it!
That being said, the comparison is with the 60F5300. For the same price, the LG is an attractive set if you care about 3D (although active 3D is known to be fatiguing and extra glasses can end up being costly) and Smart TV features (which again you can compensate for with a $30-$40 chromecast/roku). In terms of black levels, the Samsung is definitely superior. Both Samsung and LG sets can be tweaked via voltage settings after opening the back panel to reduce black levels (AVS forum posts for both sets are easily findable via google). Samsung still holds the edge in that department. The other thing that should be attractive for the LG set is that because it is a 3D set, the peak brightness even in 2D, daytime watching should be brighter than the Samsung and that would be much nicer for day time viewing. On the flip side, the LG panels have double glass panes at the front unlike the Samsung that has a single glass pane. This makes the LG even more reflective when it comes to glare compared to the Samsung (which is pretty reflective to begin with). LG is supposed to have more black level detail than the Samsung though I haven't compared head to head so I can't confirm/deny that claim.
It's a pretty tough call at the same price point. For a dumb TV with great PQ, I'd still get the Samsung, but only if you can easily return/swap it due to the pink tint issue that seems to affect most F5300 panels.
Last edited by stans39; 09-01-2014 at 02:39 PM.
OTOH, non-uniform black levels and flashlighting, etc pretty much impact all movies that have any dark scenes (most movies) and there is nothing that you can do to avoid it. The completely uniform blacks on plasma coupled with viewing angles totally makes up for any of the other minor issues...which again are not something you are bound to have on your plasma as they are defects on specific panels (and you can trade the TV in for an exchange if you are affected by the issue).
LCD tvs certainly have their advantages over Plasma and can be the better option for certain situations, but there is no way one can compare any non-uniformity issues you pointed out on Plasmas as being equivalent to issues on LCD sets.
Samsung has had a reputation for high quality plasma TVs for some time. LG did not. If LG made changes, perhaps as simple as tweaking set points, that close that gap, you'd see wide variation in subsequent reviews, as new product filtered into the market.
I just got a PB6900 and I see no issues with black levels and shadow detail. I'm seeing 10,000:1 in high contrast images.