Originally Posted by frito
no stay away from Samsung and Sony they are the worst offenders when it comes to input lag.
buy a Sharp or Panasonic for a good well built TV that will have decently low input lag.
buy a Toshiba if you want but i think Sharp and Panny's are better TV's overall (build quality and performance)
LG is another option and are good TV's but they will have a little bit more lag than most Sharp's or Panasonic's
until more 2010 models get tested by owners this is pretty much all the recommendations i can make and they are based mostly on those brand's past performances on 2008 and 2009 models, Panasonic's used to be the best but they have increased their input lag to about 32-35ms area, still good but not as good as they used to be.
unfortunately with the way things keep going in the TV market all brands tend to get laggier as the new model lines come out and its because of peoples ignorance to the problem mainly
I can live with 30ms of input lag I believe. Again, not a scientific test, but My 5 years old Sammy 32" LCd shows 25ms lag doing the Rock Band 2 calibration test (using the RB 2 guitar to captur flashes of light from the screen). When I ran the same test on the Samsung LN46C650, I had an average of 56ms and the lag was noticable while it's not on my 5 years old TV.
I went to best buy last night and had a discussion with one of the sales guy. For a first, the guy actually knew about input lag and I had some discussion with him, We looked at the Panasonic and the LG (for some reason, not a lot of stores carries Sharp around here). the panasonic black level bugs me a lot (c22). It looks so much worst than everyone else.
Than there is LG. The store clerk told me he had last year LH40 (120hz, with option to turn of motionblur) model and said that he didn't have any noticeble lag when playing games. He then showed me 2 LG sets, the 42LD450 (60hz) and the 42LD520 (120Hz). Both much cheaper than the Sammy C650 I bought and retuned because of input lag.
At least, the LG picture quality was something a lot better than what I was seeing from the pannies in the store.
I'm torn, I'd like to try both but don't want to play the buy / return every single time. When I return my C650 at costco, I got a warning that If I were to start doing this often, I could get my refund refused at some point.
Any data on the 42LD520 or 42LD450? What type of pannel, if it's an IPS or if any of them have good chances of being good input lag wise. For the record, the 42LD520 shows a 2ms respond time and the 42LD450, something like 4ms.