Some observations with my new 7600, and what I went through to get here.
I bought this TV after a month long search and two returns. So far, it looks like this is the one I'll keep. Here's what I bought and why;
-Panasonic Plasma, GT50. Love the Plasma, nice natural picture. Only PQ critique is the the image isn't as crisp/clean as an LED. I think this is because I work looking at an LCD monitor all day so this is what I'm used to. Same with my wife, she never really loved the plasma. After 3+ weeks I started having IR (image retention) issues since I tend to watch the same news channel a couple hours each day. It hurt to have to return this set, but had to since there's no guaranty the IR problems would go away, especially since I watch the same programming daily. Also, since I'm not a huge movie person, the benefits of plasma weren't my 1st priority. The "deep inky blacks" are nice, but there's a lot of other factors too.
-Next set, a Samsung 6900. I thought this was going to be it. Straight on, the picture is good. I spent about a week messing with settings, and the difference between my final settings and out-of-the-box was significant. HOWEVER, there was one thing I could not live with; the off-axis viewing angle. If you get ~20 degrees off the 90 degree axis then the image became somewhat washed out, like the brightness was turned up. Since we watch tv from different angles this was an issue. I know this is true with many LCDs (and can say the the Plasma was superior in this category), but I decided to look around. For another $500 beyond the Samsung 6900 I could jump to the Samsung 7100 with the clear panel. Image was definitely more contrasty and looked nicer. Wasn't crazy about the price jump though.
Enter the LG (and Panasonic). I learned about the IPS panels, like the ones used on iPads. Learned that they have better viewing angles over other LCDs. I looked in my local BB, and agreed with what I heard. The picture definitely popped more than the 6900, and it was only $100 more. I'm not an LG fan, so going to this brand took a little getting used to.
Apparently Panasonic displays use IPS panels too, but I just couldn't find any info on them. The forums here are pretty quiet about the Panasonic LEDs. So, moving to the LG, I think the 7600 offers the look and quality of higher end LCDs, with the IPS and clear/glossy panel.
So, for now I'm happy. But with all the new technology in the last few years it really seems like there's no perfect display, just a matter of compromise. I hope the 7600 hold up for me for the next few weeks (before my return window closes). I feel a little bad about returned two tv's to BB, but OTOH you really don't know what your getting until you set them up, tweak them, and give them a couple weeks. Multiple employees at BB mentioned that they don't mess with tv settings there, that they just take them out of the box and put them on the wall. If so, this means they're displaying them with manufacturer settings that tend to be overly bright and saturated. Which hides a lot of subtleties and deficiencies.
- I'm not sure what to think of the 60 vs 240hz issue and claims that LG is bs-ing people on this. Are they really scamming us? Does everyone do this? Is it purely a software thing they need to update?
- There's been a lot of talk in the pages I've read here about various aspects of the built in software. Lot of discussions around people having problems with one thing or another, plex, netflix, amazon, other apps. Consider that the whole apps-with-hardware thing is a new trend in the last couple years. I believe that a do-it-all product doesn't do any one thing well. So it doesn't surprise me there's some hickups. If you keep on running into issues consider ROKU or AppleTV. Yes, you *shouldn't* have to spend more money, but OTOH what do you expect from the TV companies. After all, their not used to integrating software with their devices. Having a seperate app device means more supports, better functionality, and a large user base.
Hope this helps anyone considering this tv.