Originally Posted by RacerDave1
Hey, I'm a new owner of an LG46LW5600 I picked up from Best Buy. I've had it for about 10 days now.
I was tired of watching my favorite tv shows on a little 22" pc monitor so I splurged on a big screen TV . I decided to go with this after looking at CNET's review.
First thing I noticed when I turned on this TV was vertical bands when there was a solid picture. They become obvious on scenes that pan. They arent very obvious when watching normal content.
The other thing I noticed was the HUGE input lag with my PC connected via HDMI.. (heavy mouse, lips out of sync) Game Mode helps a bit, but its still laggy.. I have tested a few games, they are playable but the lag is perceivable.
I have to say watching movies in 3D is great with NVIDIA 3DTV play and stereoscopic player. I had a group of 6 people watching 3D at the same time with this TV and have had no shortage of 3D content these days. That was one of the great things about this HDTV, no expensive 3D glasses to buy but resolution suffers and it is obvious...
I have prior 3D experience with NVIDIA 3D vision glasses on an ASUS VG236H and you can notice loss in resolution if coming from active glasses but the picture is much brighter with the passive glasses. You'll want to only use 3D resolution setting ONLY when viewing 3D content otherwise normal 2D content will look blurry.
I'm thinking to return this set next week for a the Panasonic TC-P50ST30 based on what I've read about its low input lag and screen uniformity and good 3D.
I will miss the passive 3D but I really want something that will have better image quality and less artifacts, especially like when there is a sky scene that is panning.
Maybe I just got a a bad luck in the LG panel lottery? Its a great TV if you don't obsess over things like I tend to do. Either way the input lag and vertical bands make me want to return this set.
There's only 2 things that irritate me about this TV and that's the lack of a 4:3 letterbox ratio option and the affect people call DSE (Dirty Screen Effect).
The vertical bars are the DSE effect but if you can see them on a static screen, then you have other problems. I can not see mine on a static blue screen or any other screen. I do notice them in dim solid light colors as greys, browns and smoke, when panning. I don't notice them with a still static image. I can see them with other colors that are not overly bright but they do not stick out and can't be made out in a shape. It's essentially only an issue with dim solid colors while panning and nothing else.
I have seen the DSE effect on Samsung 7 and 8 series LED LCDs in the stores where I can't see the DSE on the LGs in the bright store lights. So I have to think LG is not all that bad and Samsung is worse.
I'll be honest, DSE drives me nuts but it's rare so it's not bad. Image retention and brightness strobing/flickering on Plasma drove me nuts even more so. The DSE however seems to be on some plasmas and mainly LED LCDs.
Their is no panel lottery on the LW5600, LW6500, and LW9800 series as these all use LGs IPS panel.
BTW, we bought my friend the Plasma Panasonic 50ST30, and then I bought the Plasma LG 50PV450. It was only when I bought a plasma that I found I didn't like them as much as my CRT TV because of the quirks and like the LED LCD much more. Plasma has image retention which is like burn in but only lasts a few minutes but messes up picture quality, has dithering which is an analog type of noise of random dots moving around each other, reflection is really bad, the brightness strobing/flickering I mentioned (didn't look or really watch my friends 50" panasonic but I did see it on the Panasonic 60ST30 at Best Buy), and the lack of white level output to overcome daylight brightness like CRT and LCD can.
I really like the 47LW5600 but it's not perfect. I don't think it's a $1700 tv and either does the market since everyone sells these for $1100 which is decent for the 3D and smart TV functionality. I bought mine for hundreds less for which I think I got a great deal.
My friends Panasonic 50ST30 TV with the lower end 3D Panasonic BLuray player, and 4 pairs of 3D glasses was $1435 and his TV isn't a smart TV just has VOD services.
My 47LW5600 with the same bluray player and 4 pairs of glass was $885. I feel I have a better TV for $550 cheaper plus I hate the fickering and jerkiness of active 3D and love the passive 3D.
I wish I would had known more before I helped my friend buy his plasma but I fell into the bias that Plasma is better without having any first hand knowledge. Only found out about the glitches of plasma after I bought my LG and returned it. Also, not all Plasmas are equal at black levels as the LG 50PV450 plasma was really bad and no where as good as the 47LW5600.
I would check your connections and see if you have some wire interference creating vertical barring on your screen. Otherwise it may be defective or in the way your settings are adjusted.
Good luck with your decision.