Originally Posted by Hi Def Fan
Like I said, I've decided to avoid LG for a few reasons.
1. I don't care to be put through a panel lottery, whereby I'd have to buy from Amazon whom allow free 30 day returns (they pay shipping) and hope to get an IPS.
2. LGs have twice the defect rate of Panasonic and the problems don't always show up right away.
3. I feel Panasonic has far better customer support.
As for LCD vs LED, this year I don't see that it's necessary or worthwhile to pay more for an LED. Last year I was considering the Panasonic D2 model, which was LED and showed noticeably better color contrast than their CCFT models, but had problems with crushing blacks.
This years Panasonic LEDs just seem to have the tradeoff of some colors being displayed noticeably inaccurate, like golf greens looking yellowish. Whats more the CCFT models seem to have a bit better color contrast than last years, without any trouble showing dark gradients (little to no black crushing).
What draws people to LEDs a lot is they tend to make colors pop a bit more, especially blue skies. LEDs are not pure white light though, they're a bit bluish. They can make colors look vibrant, but unnaturally so. It really depends what kind of look you want and how much you're willing to spend.
The LED vs CCFT issue is a lot like HID vs standard Halogen car headlights. The first time you drive a car light at night on a rural road that has HIDs, you realize how much brighter they are, but they also make all the trees and other objects look a bit unnatural. It's a bluish light they put out. Over the years people have gotten used to LEDs and HIDs and saturated colors in TVs. This is why you hear a wide range of what looks good. Some want almost cartoonish looking colors, others want the look to be as natural and realistic as possible.
LEDs, use less power and last longer, but CCFTs in a reliable brand like Panasonic will last a good while too. The energy savings on an LED TV is only around $5 a year maybe. The energy use is more of a talking point for die hard eco heads than out of practicality. Long before the LEDs burn out, something else in the set will have blown, so you very likely will never get all that life out of them.
As for the U3 being a poor monitor, you'll hear lots of testimonials from customers that never spend much time fine tuning a set. Keep in mind too that lack of 4:4:4 color ability as far as text goes mostly shows up with text that is some shade of red. None of the forums I surf use red text.
As I said above I've narrowed my choice down to a Panasonic TC-L32U3. The only problem is I wasn't planning on getting a TV until I get a more powerful GPU to support 1080p. If the price on the 580 drops a fair bit when AMD comes out with their 28nm GPUs, I may get both the U3 and a 580 near year's end. If I can't get a good deal on a 580 though, I may have to game at 1280x720 for a while on the U3.
For any of you wanting to get a very accurate brand/model comparison, or just LCD/LED comparison within a given brand, go to Video Only if you live on the west coast in the US. They have by far the cleanest video feed of any store I've been to, so it's a lot easier to see what the set can really do.