Originally Posted by frito
motion focus is defiantly a scanning backlight, works pretty well with video/movies actually it gives a much more natural picture on movies than 120hz+ motion enhancement imo that being said i do enjoy some mild SOE when i watch movies so the toshbia wins here in my book but for bedroom use/PC use gaming none of this really matters all that much
I had an L37S1 briefly, at the start of my ongoing quest for a mid-size gaming-friendly TV. My experience with it was very similar to yours -- minimal input lag, weak blacks, good off-angle viewing, etc. The reason I gave it up was that the motion focus didn't quite work for me.
I play a lot of Rock Band with vocals, and finding a set with clear scrolling lyrics and at the same time low lag has been a real challenge. The motion focus feature sounded like exactly what I needed - 120Hz scanning backlight without any smoothing/interpolation to slow things down. Unfortunately, motion focus didn't "track" the lyrics quite right, so they would alternate between totally clear and sort of doubled and blurry every few seconds. Without it they were just plain blurry all the time. It was agonizingly close to working brilliantly, yet so far away.
Other than this, I found that motion focus had a subtle but significant reduction in blurring, at the expense of a small amount of flicker. Movies looked great on it, despite the weak blacks. A really nice set overall, but I hoped I could do better.
I've since tried a Panasonic P42S1 plasma, which had almost no blur, but the input lag was at least 50-60ms, despite being a Panny and a plasma. Also, I think it had an early-onset case of the rising black level, since the blacks never seemed much better than LCD. Sent that one back, too.
Currently I have an LG 37LH20. I had hoped that a basic 720 set like this would be a good fit for gaming, but it's not that great. Surprisingly it has an LG panel (not AUO like the LH30s have now), but I don't think it's IPS, since the lag is in the 50ms range. Blur isn't too bad -- the 5ms pixel response does seem a bit clearer than the 8ms on the S1 with motion focus off -- and I like the overall image quality, aesthetics and menu design. I could probably live with it, but I'm still on the lookout for something better.
Currently under consideration:
This is the model down from the L37S1; 720p and no motion focus, but still an IPS panel. Known for having very low lag, but I'm not sure about blur. Sources for these are drying up. I might take a demo set from Best Buy to give it a whirl.
This one's an odd choice, since it's a Best Buy exclusive, which is a little scary, and the specs say it does not have a gaming mode. However, it does have an IPS panel, though I've seen conflicting reports on its input lag (one post said 15ms, another said 50+) Essentially this would be a bigger, more expensive alternative to the X1, but otherwise pretty similar.
Panasonic P41G10 Plasma
This one's not very likely, since it's pricey and only available mail-order, but it promises to have the low lag and deep blacks that the P42S1 didn't deliver. If I get fed up with blur, I might have to give this more serious consideration. I really wish I could see one in person first.
Does anyone know if these are still coming with IPS panels? Given that I rather like the 37LH20 design, I'd consider the LH40 if it's IPS and the 120Hz schlop can be disabled to get low lag.
Moderate lag, decent image, not sure about blur. Might be worth a look if the others fail.
I might even come full circle and go with another L37S1.
I actually brought a laptop and camera into Best Buy and did some lag tests on a few of the demo sets. They were pretty nice about it, though they definitely thought I was a madman.
I did something different from the usual stopwatch tests. I'll try to follow up with some notes about how I did it and what I found out after I go through the pics.