Sorry guys i am just WAY too busy to start any kind of an actual thread right now.. i didnt even end up taking good pictures while unboxing it. I took a bunch of quick pictures and when i went back to look at it they were blurry! Turns out the baby smudged the lense on my phone camera (Samsung Galaxy S3) which sucks because they would have otherwise been very clear haha
Things ive noticed about the TV so far... packaged totally different in the box. It doesnt include the white plastic strip pieces on the sides of the TV now that you had to take off after you have it all set up.
The TV bezel/casing whatever seems slimmer than the 2012 model, no i did not break out a ruler and get all OCD on it. Don't have a lot of time sorry guys.
The stand is now just one long piece that you screw into the bottom back of the TV. If you want to adjust the angle of the TV you have to be able to move the whole TV, stand included, by using the tiny wheels on the bottom of the stand. Kind of weird. (Also, my stand doesnt align flush with the back of the TV on the ends where you screw it in. The center is flush against the TV but the ends raise up away from the TV a tiny bit. I don't know if thats an issue with my stand and i didnt put it together totally right or a manufacture defect or what but i unscrewed it and checked it and put it back on... same... left it for now)
They only give you four pairs of 3D glasses in one big fat box rather than 6 pairs in three separate smaller boxes.
The Remote is totally different this year over last years model. I've seen pics on the net that makes it look super similar to the 2012 models except for being silver. Well no, the production model i received is shorter and fatter and has a large round edge on the top... it now has additional buttons around the scroll wheel which are useful and means you have one or two less clicks to get into menus i guess. At one point the TV paused and said it was updating the remote software and i had to wait 30 seconds to resume use of the remote/TV. The remote definitely feels better in my hand than the previous remote did.
The Firmware for the TV is current out of the box, sorry i didnt take note of what version its actually at. It's like 3.06.20 or something like that.
They skimped on connections... 3 HDMI and there is no longer an adapter port for component/composite video connections. Now it's ONLY a single component and it all plugs directly into the TV. It has 3 USB 3.0 ports above the HDMI ports. I don't remember if thats the same as last year or not. I would have much rather had one less USB port and had an additional HDMI port instead. Oh well.
The power cable to the TV is not automatically plugged into the back now when you take it out of the box. It has a three prong connection that you push up into the tv. The end that plugs into the wall/surge protector is now a flat style end that saves space if you plug it into the wall. Don't know if i'm explaining it right but i'm sure you guys get the idea. The wall end is also three prong and the round prong seems longer than usual to me. Could be my imagination though.
The initial setup seems a tiny bit more thorough now... you can put your zip code in during setup now and it will suggest things pertaining to your region i guess? Some of the choices like the type of cable box are listed differently than they were on the 7600. For example, the 7600 listed mine as a cisco/scientific american but now the 7400 only lists it as a scientific american and luckily i remembered what my 7600 used. It just says Cisco on my actual DVR. I'm sure most people will be ok though.
The arrow icon is slightly different... its still red with the white border but its a bit more rounded on the sharp edges and almost has a 3D appearance compared to the flatter arrow from the 2012 model. In fact i just noticed that when you make selections on the screen the arrow tip tilts down as if the top point is touching what you're trying to select. Was the 7600 the same? I already don't remember haha
The menus are all very quick now and i did notice the new tile system but i didnt play with it yet. Sorry. I dont know how the speeds are for this dual core processor vs the LM8600 from last year, sorry i can't do any comparisons there.
I have not looked at or messed with the NFC Tag feature yet. I dont even remember what its for but there is a tiny booklet or something that comes with the instruction manual just for the NFC thingie. Havent opened it yet.
I kept hitting the 1,2,3 Menu button so i could change the picture type to "game" to remove all the extra processing on my Xbox 360 source but it just kept bringing up the cable DVR controls... at the top of the virtual DVR controller you can change input type and there is also the gears/settings icon but i couldn't click on it! Was pissing me off... i figured out that you have to press the "Smart" button on the remote itself and accept terms on a couple of pages, and THEN you have to get to the settings menu by clicking on the Smart button on the remote and you can then change the audio/video settings.
I downloaded and tried out the LG Remote app off of the google play store. The remote App works awesomely, you can even change it to a screen that has a little arrow that you move around with your finger and it reflects on your TV and i didnt see much lag between the two. For some reason it says that the 2nd screen portion of the App isnt available on my phone!? Its a Galaxy S3... you'd think out of any current phones it would be supported? Weird. Oh, you can also hit a game controller icon and your whole screen becomes a virtual controller with the joystick and four buttons. I haven't tried that but i thought it was pretty nifty. I'm sure all of this is the exact same as what people were already using with the 8600 though. New to me.
Ok as for the light bleed issues that i had with 3 different panel/TVs... with the 7600 i had bright spots or hot spots or whatever you want to call it. Usually along the top and/or in the corners. With this new 7400 i dont see those bright spots. However, i do see whole sections on the corners middle sides that appear to be a little brighter.. and i was like CRAP! But then i moved around in the room and the spots changed or lessened etc. They even appeared to go away. Huh? I don't know, i havent messed with it enough yet. Maybe i have to change some video settings around or something? As long as it doesnt have the bright ass spots in the corners etc though i am perfectly happy with this TV.
Ok even though the pics are blurry garbage i'll upload them anyway, sorry its all i have right now
Here is the TV after pulling the outer upper box piece off. The stand is one big piece that fits in one long styrofoam piece along the top of the TV. The manual/remote/glasses is now just sitting down in front.
The Manual/Glasses/Remote all come in separate bags but they are all sealed into one piece along the top.
The Stand is just one long piece now as you can see below. You just screw it into the tv with two screws on either end.
This is all we get as far as connections go now... boo LG!
A couple pictures of the remote, top close in and the side.
My son playing Dance Central 3 on the 360... dunno why i'm throwing this one in but what the hey
That's probably it for now folks... tons of other people will probably have this model in a week or two and someone will be able to put up a good official thread.