Originally Posted by DonMiguel85
It does have a white flash and it also has mild rainbow trails when I wipe the screen. Still, the color doesn't really look worse than the previous S-IPS I had, viewing angles are OK and ghosting is reduced, so I'm pretty happy.
Either the previous set was defective in other ways or S-IPS isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Maverick, you might actually want to try getting a "D" panel and see if it looks better to your eyes.
I have a 2010 LG 42LD550 with S-IPS panel. I also have 2 other LCD TVs in smaller 26" as well as a 2007 Mitsubishi LT-46231. I too am well pleased with my other TVs regarding light leakage and off angle viewing. In my opinion, the S-IPS panel is not the premier panel many make it out to be. My 46" Mitsubishi has an S-PVA LCD panel and is much better for off angle viewing with no "bluish glow" that S-IPS panels seem to exhibit. I have compared it side by side. The LG does have better color accuracy, but I attribute that mostly to being almost 4 years newer and having a 10 point white balance adjust verses just a simple RGB 1 point on the Mitsubishi. Of the other two smaller TVs I have, one seems to possibly have an MVA panel and not sure of the other. I bought those two because they have minimum light leakage and uniform screen lighting as well as fairly decent color for TVs with only RGB sliders for white balance adjust.
The bottom line seems to be each LCD panel has it's merits and few, if any, in consumer grade TVs are perfect. I too have found that the things that are most bothersome to me are light leakage or flashlighting, banding and/or clouding, DSE (dirty screen affect), and poor contrast ratio. As long as these factors are minimized and the TV can be dialed into providing good color balance and a pleasing and uniform image you really can't ask for more. It would seem that larger LCD screens and some other factors make any artifacts or deficiencies more obvious. Back before fixed pixel displays arrived, CRTs had much larger physical pixels, and had pros and cons to their technology. TVs in those days had less in the way of controls to adjust and I think CRTs generally masked or minimized issues that larger flat panels reveal. So, in my opinion, it's the "good and the bad" we experience now with more refined , but sometimes limited, display technology especially in consumer grade TVs. It seems many people want their TV to perform like production or lab grade monitors for 1/10th the price.
Really, because of the variety of LCD panels alone, not to mention the choice of plasma vs. LCD/LED, it makes it difficult at times to find one that suits each persons preferences in viewing quality.Edited by Phase700B - 8/15/12 at 6:45pm