I picked up the 42" model on Saturday and have been very impressed with the TV, esp considering the price. This replace a 32" Dell LCD from 2005 that I probably paid about $1K for refurbished. Amazing how TV prices have dropped.
I had demoed the LG passive sets numerous times leading up to my purchase and I have not been disappointed.
First off with my set up I sit about 8-9 feet from the set, but there is not a vertical shift, we also have two couches at odd angles to the set and the great part is the 3D works from all sitting positions.
The non-premium glasses that come with the set are my preferred set, because they fit perfectly over my glasses, if I decide to order more they will be the basic set. I doubt I have a need to buy more glasses, because the Real 3D theater glasses work and for some reason we had a few of those sitting around the house (even in kids sizes which is nice).
I have watched a real mixture of content, covering everything from Directv 3D channels to PS3 movies and games. The IMAX specials running on 3Net are solid programs both from an entertainment perspective and 3D effect. The fact you can DVR the 3D content is another added plus. The IMAX Under the Sea documentary is included on the LG demo reel, so I was able to get a direct compare to that and was equally impressed. The large purple fish comes out at you as well with this set as the it did with the LG passive models. (If you have seen the demo, you know what I am talking about). The Space Station IMAX doc is another must-watch.
Saturday night, my son and I watched Tron Legacy and that was all the confirmation I needed that the TV was a good purchase. The Disney logo prior to that film starting is one of the single coolest things I have ever seen, it is the definition of jaw-dropping.
Sunday was spent tinkering more by downloading and trying out some PS3 game demos, I tried the Killzone 3D demo, I had not tried much 3D gaming and the impressions from others had been very luke-warm, after playing for about an hour Sunday I don't understand why more people are not pumped for 3D gaming, it was an amazing way to play a First Person Shooter. Granted I have not tested game play under long play sessions, but first impressions were that I would definitely play games in 3D.
Through all my testing I have yet to see the dreaded black lines and the digital audio out works great, I ran it to my set of Turtle Beach headphones and enjoyed surround sound as I played the Killzone demo.
The only negatives and they were limited were:
1)The remote is not great, it is not as responsive as I would have liked and it is not back-lit.
2) The set does not auto-detect the 3d mode and actively adjust for it, plus you have to confirm that you want 3D when you go into 3D. This one is a little weird, because the PS3 auto-detects the 3D when displaying 3D content, but I still have to confirm that I want 3D. Directv actually requires that I switch over to SBS 3D and switch back to 2D when leaving 3D channels. Not a huge deal, but it makes the TV a little harder to use and means I have to keep the lackluster remote nearby.
3) No supported Directv codes for the remote, none that i could find at least
4) Some of the 3D effects don't hold up, esp when stuff flies out of the screen, i.e. water droplets flying at me in the Space Station IMAX doc. I am not sure if this is a byproduct of home 3D in general or specific to passive tech or even to this TV, but it does lose some of the effect, but is a minor annoyance more than anything else, again that big purple fish in the Under the Sea doc had no problems coming right at me, but faster moving stuff gets lost.
Hopefully this helps people that are looking at this line of TVs, I highly recommend it based on my few days with it. The 120hz 2D mode picture quality is also very good, my 5 year old son noted how his Disney channel shows now look like Mom's shows (ie the soap opera effect on 120hz sets). We may have a young AVS geek in the making, because I had never mentioned that term or concept to him.
Fire away with the questions if you have any. I think that these passive displays will get a lot of fence-sitters to jump into 3D. It just plain works and the glasses are affordable and I don't feel bad about handing over a pair to my kids or their friends. From a content perspective it feels like the early days of HD, lots of nature docs, but I actually believe there is more 3D content at this point, esp if you have a PS3. That is the great thing, aside from the TV, there was no additional investment for me to get 3D content, my Directv box was ready to go and I can already play 3D blurays and games from the PS3 and the Xbox 360 for the latter. Once again, I am very pleased with the set and can't wait to pick up Killzone 3 to get a full game experience in 3D.