Originally Posted by scottjen26
Mchaney - did you get my PM? I wasn't sure if it went through. Sure would appreciate any advice/input you have on my questions, I'm pretty sure I'm pulling the trigger this week...
Yep, just replied. Since it pretty well sums up my opinion of the 65LW6500, I'd might as well post it here too (I pasted my reply to you below). Maybe it'll be helpful to some even though my opinion is just that... one more "reviewer's" opinion:
Some of what you ask I couldn't venture a guess because I've not seen the Toshiba. If it's any consolation, we all do the "Monday Morning Quarterback" thing. I sometimes wonder if the passive Vizio LCD's might have better light uniformity for example, and wonder if I should have tried one of those instead of the LG. Every show I watch, I see at least a half dozen scenes (mostly panning scenes) where you can see the poor uniformity of the screen in the form of some faint clouding. I can't unsee that but I've gotten to the point that it doesn't distract me much.
I think it's like anything else tech related. You have to pick your battles. None of the current sets are perfect and all have some tradeoffs. It's like buying a car when you know every car will have 6 door dings. So you pick the one where the dings are least noticeable to YOU. Not having seen the Toshiba, I'd venture a guess that it's probably pretty close to the LG. I know LG has the spotlight, maybe because they lead the way in the passive 3D arena. I don't know, but I can tell you that I would not classify the HD on the LG as anything higher than mediocre. It's good. It might even be a notch higher than "average" (whatever that is), but picture-wise, the LG is really no better than my 3 year old 65 inch Sharp Aquos LCD that it replaced... although the Sharp was about $1000 more than this LG. I got it for the 3D, which is nice, but other than that, my honest opinion on the LG 6500's is about this: "Eh, they're pretty good. Nothing special in 2D, but the 3D excels."
I don't know if the THX modes do anything more than set specific settings that, when you know them, you could do in other modes. I definitely AM impressed by the amount of hacking you can do on these sets. That's something I like to do so that really suits my needs. Feature wise and hackability-wise, I'm really happy with the set and I think it is at the top in that regard. My prior "whatever" attitude was WRT picture quality. I've seen better. But the THX modes do make it easy to get really good (accurate) color which is nice.
Sound wise, I have an older Yamaha. It does have HDMI switching but I got it just before they supported 1080p so it's useless to me in that regard. I simply run the optical Toslink to it and I'm happy. I have an aversion to using TV speakers. It's almost like wearing your underwear on the outside of your pants.
The input lag: I really don't think you have to label the input as "Game". That was someone's idea but I suspect it's a myth that it really does anything. It's nothing but a text label so it doesn't affect other features (you can get to them all). What does affect features is when you choose the "Game" picture mode in the video settings. When you do that, you're limited to only basic controls. I play Xbox 360 with another guy and we play on the same two sets (his/mine alternating) every week and neither of us have noticed any problem with lag even when the set is using the THX mode. Lag is about 65ms on that mode... and we don't notice. There are so many laggy things going on with online multiplayer that 65ms isn't really bad. Maybe if you are Americas #1 gamer.
You said BB has the 5600's. You've looked at those to compare with your Toshiba, haven't you? That should give you some idea of how the Toshiba would compare with the 6500's.
To sum it up... I like the LG and I love the ability to customize it, but I don't think anyone is going to argue that the 2D HD picture is a contender for any "best in category" awards. The light non-uniformity bothers me but I've learned to live with it. For 2D HD, I prefer a plasma, like a Panasonic GT30 unless viewing in a bright room in which case the race is close. For 3D, I far prefer the LG set. So it's a tradeoff.
Oh, and as to the settings, you can have separate 2D and 3D settings. The TV switches between the two seamlessly so once you set your 2D prefs and your 3D prefs, nothing has to be done manually.
Kind of a random mind meld, but those are my thoughts.