Originally Posted by enzymez
I have been checking prices everyday for a 55 since September! I am coming very close to biting. I am moderately familiar with the pros / cons affiliated with this model. Just want to get more owners' feedback.
Despite those pro/cons would you guys (those that own) say you are happy with the purchase? Would you have made a different choice? I would like to hear what individuals think, and also want to hear what you think the general populace of 7600 owners feel collectively about their tv. Also if buying online, do I really have to be ready to keep swapping? Sounding like that is almost a given. That can be so annoying.
Had mine almost a month now. So far I'm happy with it. The PQ is definitely better than any other HDTV TV I've owned (LG 50" plasma, 37" LCD). HDTV technology isn't perfect yet across the board yet, so there will always be some issues with source material (i.e. crappy TV stations, or shows that refuse to or can't upgrade their content). But all premium HD sources look absolutely fantastic on this set once you get it calibrated.
I'm going to estimate that 80% of the LG edge lit LED TVs are getting some level of "flashlighting/bleeding" effect. Jury is still out as to the cause, but most have stated and I completely agree that it has ZERO impact on picture quality when there is a signal.
The magic remote (works like a mouse) is actually pretty cool and easy to use. What might annoy some... and it did me for a day or two... is that when you point to something on the screen, then go to move your thumb to a button to click/select whatever it might be... the cursor moves a little due to the motion of your hand. Sometimes this moves the cursor off the item you're trying to select, and you have to re-adjust. You get used to it, and learn to compensate pretty quickly. The ease of navigating menu's makes it worth the initial annoyance IMO.
Remember that there are how many thousands who have bought this model already? And how many truly all-out negative reviews/feedback have you read? Most of them are due to excessive flashlighting/bleeding. Maybe a few for other screen/panel problems. And then most of those end up getting resolved one way or the other. The percentage of folks that have to continually return their TV is probably pretty small. That said, the flashlighting problem did seem to be worse for models prior to Aug 2012. It's not likely that higher volume sellers are going to have those older models anymore, so your chances of getting a horrible flashlighting TV should be greatly reduced by now.
If I were looking for the 55", i'd bite from a reputable seller at 1299 or 1399, though it's probably still worth more. I wouldn't be surprised to see it on sale for this range by superbowl time. I would avoid sellers who have shady return policies that sell cheaper. It's not that they are bad necessarily, but they are probably passing some of the savings from not having to pay for return shipping, and time/effort to take these TV's back and deal with LG themselves. As long as you buy from an authorized seller, you have your warranty and can deal with LG directly to resolve any issues. So you have to weigh if that's worth the $50 - 100 you might save.
Can't stand active 3D. Passive is the only way to go at this point, so most other high end manufacturers are out. Unfortunately the Visio's don't put good processors in their TVs, so they aren't really an option for me.
The set's been on the market a while now and there aren't many reported issues with power boards/blown caps, etc.. So this is a good sign for durability. Overall assessment, has to be the best value for the dollar for 2012 and 2013 so far. Newer technology coming right around the corner though as always.