Originally Posted by Matt Stieg
I read a lot about how LG's black levels fare worse than those of Samsung and (especially) Panasonic...but how do they compare to a typical LCD?
I purchased my 60PZ950 ~3 months ago for mostly the same reasons, and I'm pretty happy. I have not done the black-level tweaks, and the black levels on the LG beat the snot out of the old (~2008) Sony KDL-46V300 46" LCD that it replaced.
The one regret I have with the LG is that I believed their marketing hype with respect to the "connected TV" stuff. I was disappointed because:
o The LG's network playback of 1080i/720p MPEG2-PS files recorded on my HTPC is unacceptable because it is unable to seek around in these files. I was hoping to use the on-board PLEX as a replacement for a media extender, but without the ability to skip commercials, using the built-in PLEX client is a non-starter. I've also tried playing the same files via DLNA, and I cannot skip forward there either (though I think ffwd works up to a whopping 2x).
o LG does not (and apparently will not) support Flash, which means that PLEX plugins for many popular sites do not work.
o The Amazon Video interface is painfully slow. There is a lot of great content, and the playback quality is great for streaming video (as long as you don't care about subtitles), but it is just so horribly painful to navigate through the interface to find a show to watch, or to skip forward/back in it. Also, for some reason, only a limited subset of the video presets are available in Amazon VOD playback mode, and not the one I use most often.
If I'd have known these things before purchase, I *might* have gone with a Samsung. Part of the problem I had was that the PZ950 was not in stock anywhere locally, so I could not play with it & had to buy it sight-unseen.