Originally Posted by merlo
I could not stand the light bleed + how sluggish the LM7600 is tp operate when bringing up apps (also launching them) or the home screen etc. (2 seconds or more after pressing the buttons on the remote).
So I went out and got the 55LM8600. It's in the car, just got home, didn't feel like setting it up tonight. Will report back. Really hope I got lucky....
For those of you torn between the 7600 and 8600, the dual-core and the faster user experience alone are worth the price difference, which by now has shrunk to about $100-150.
So fellas, I just finished setting-up the 8600. Sep 2012 production date, made in Mexico.
Took down the 7600 and set up the 8600 at the same spot with the exact same LM7600 image settings (Cnet forums post settings here
I can't see a difference in PQ between 7600 and 8600 but I should mention I am not competent with a screen qualities like an audiophile would be with sound.
Unfortunately, my 8600 set has some light bleed in the top right corner and a very small amount in two spots along the right side of the screen.
It's less than the 7600 overall and probably would personally consider at "an acceptable level".
I really wanted the perfect screen some luck forums members showed off though.
I tried to capture it with my celphone camera but at this point a longer exposure on tripod would be required to see it like the human eye sees it.
The 3rd shot below show where the problem is.
This while playing a video from youtube showing a black screen to test light bleeding.
This with the standby screen from the Verizon FiOS box when it's off:
And this is after hitting the home button when in the Netflix app. The screen is black, the TV cranks up the levels before returning to the Home screen.
Now I am trying to determine whether I should exchange the 8600 for another set or not. sigh...
This is such a hassle but I do want to drive it home to LG so they understand they have to improve.
Exchanges/ returns = $ = leads LG to pay attention.
Beyond the edge lighting technique used on LED screens nowadays, the problem is probably a mix QC and faulty packaging design on LG's part.
The TV is just not protected enough. I can imagine how the panel would get roughed-up during a 1,000 possible occasions from factory to the customer's living room even with the upmost care from anyone handling it from origination to destination, which we know is not realistic.
I don't have any experience with the packaging from other OEMs so I cannot compare. Someone please chime in.
Also, I had complained in prior posts about the top corners not feeling firm to the touch or slight pressure on the my 7600.
The 8600 is solid in the right but has the same problem in the left corner.
Though in this case, while the small amount of play in the top left corner is there, it doesn't correlate to light bleed since there is none. It is in the right top corner where it's firm to pressure.
I have decided get rid of the 7600.
Aside for the light bleed issue on my 7600 set, the differences in features (see below), the dual-core (the 7600 is really too sluggish to operate for my taste) easily justify the price difference.
Differences between the 55LM7600 and 55LM8600 (hope this wording gets picked up by Google and helps someone looking for an answer).
** The 8600 has a faster dual-core processor
** The Magic Remote for the 8600 has a mic which is used *only for now* for the search function of the TV so you don't have to type the query.
Wasted potential because it could have been used to command the TV as well.
** The TV wrapping trim (left, top and right flanks) is black instead of silver. The bottom chin is silver instead of black on the 7600. I would have like black all around... oh, well.
I discovered a few more differences between the two models which I had not seen mentioned anywhere in the last few months I researched both:
** The LG logo lights up and this can be turned off (mine turns off when I select off and lights back up when I exit the settings = bug?) or its intensity adjusted in the settings. The ability to turn off the standby red LED from the settings is not there on the 8600.
** I have the LG ANVC400 USB camera which I got to use Skype on the TV.
I had read that gesture controls were avail but could find no info about it anywhere on the web or the 7600 itself.
On the 8600 it is supported, though I haven't managed to get it to work.
Look under Settings > Support > User Guide > Advanced Function > To use the Motion Recognition function and under Settings > Option > Camera Setting Help and below it Motion Recognition (on/ off).
** the iPad/ iPhone/ Android LG Remote app (for 2012 models) allows live streaming from the TV to the mobile device on 8600 to use it as a mini screen. I could not get this to work on the 8600. All other features identical otherwise in the App.
Screenshots from the TV used in this post were taken with the app and then transfered via Bluetooth to my laptop. Pretty cool.
Cool features common to the 8600 and the 7600:
Support for wired and wireless mice and some wireless Keyboard via USB (a couple of models from each: Logitech, Microsoft and LG itself).
Tested with a wireless USB Logitech and it works. I love it!
I take the mouse to the top edge, it shows a full horizontal band with a remote image/ icon on the right, clicking it then brings up the full bottom horizontal bar with the inputs and settings icons on the left and which controls my Verizon FiOS Motorola set-top box.
It can replace the remote. I hate the stiff clicking sound from the central button on the Magic Mouse.
I have considered the 60ES7100 at one point and then decided against it:
Love the LG design
I really enjoy having 4 HDMI ports as opposed to just 3 on Samsung.
3 USB ports are also very useful.
Love the passive 3D tech on LG as opposed to the active tech on Samsung.Edited by merlo - 12/13/12 at 6:00pm