Originally Posted by Hand76
Called LG and they were no hope. May still try callignaround to a few other stores but after that thats it.
After hearing of the LG panel lottery, I was thinking about getting a Panasonic LED that was cheaper and had an "IPS-Alpha" panel. The review site I visited, however, said that there was a huge trade-off with the wide-viewing angle of the IPS panel. They said that yes, you got much better horizontal viewing angles, but if you weren't positioned correctly VERTICALLY in front of the screen, you would lose a lot of contrast/color.
In other words, if you positioned it on a wall that was above your sight line, you'd be very disappointed, even by a few degrees! That scared me off from that. I don't know if that was an anomaly for that particular model or something inherent with IPS or IPS-Alpha panels. (Note: IPS-Alpha might be a brand name for IPS panels).
So, it's possible there's "no free lunch" where panels are concerned, meaning possible tradeoffs no matter what you get.
The panel was a TC-L42E30. Snippet of the review with the weird vertical IPS info:
Here is where the testing for the Panasonic TC-L42E30 ran into some odd results. Because the Panasonic TC-L42E30 has a type of LCD screen that uses in-plane switching (IPS), the horizontal viewing angle is very wide for an LCD screen, but there are tradeoffs. Namely, the vertical viewing angle (how far away up and down from center you can view the TV) is quite poor, and you will notice a huge drop in contrast even 10 degrees above or below the center of the TV. This will frustrate Panasonic TC-L42E30 owners who elect to mount their screen on the wall to no end unless they are able to angle or level their screen to accommodate an extremely specific viewing height.