So my 55LM8600 was delivered today (and P50GT50 plasma hauled away), and so far I'm really, really pleased with what I'm seeing. I don't know if it's just the relief of not seeing ABL kick in during hockey replays, the Knicks game (which I'm watching right now on ESPN and just looks pretty damn amazing) or playing NHL on Xbox, but I'm just really enjoying the set so far. Naturally, I'm still messing around with settings, trying different calibration settings that I've found looking for the ideal one for my not-so-dim living room, but the picture just looks really nice so far. Again, I don't watch in a dark environment, so for me, the blacks seem pretty close to what I saw on the GT50. Granted, not quite at that level, but the black is represented well enough on this set for me.
Navigating menus and moving between apps is pretty snappy, as well. Streaming videos, which I struggled getting the GT50 to play consistently smoothly, has been a much better experience. I have a few .mkv videos that are playing without sound though, so I need to look into that. Videos start up quickly, and using the Magic Remote to skip to certain parts is a breeze and basically instantaneous. This is where the Magic remote makes perfect sense to me, as I found it to be a chore to skip around videos on the GT50. On the negative side of things, it's a little annoying to have the process of switching inputs take multiple steps, but fortunately my Time Warner remote can be programmed to control the TV, and has a "Video Source" button so it
I've heard praises of 3D on this set, but I must say I'm a bit underwhelmed. Sure, it works well enough, but coming from the Active 3D on the Panny plasma, it looks as though the resolution just isn't there. It's quicker to switch between 2D and 3D and more convenient (6 pairs of glasses included, who can complain about that?), and 2D->3D conversion is pretty impressive, but overall it just doesn't seem to have the overall sharpness in the picture I saw on the Panny. Overall, it is brighter in 3D mode though, so I don't have to go reaching for the light switch with this set when popping in a 3D movie...though it doesn't hurt. Perhaps I'm just sitting to close to the set (55" at 8 feet) and can see scanlines, but overall it still looks good enough for me. I'm only into the occasional 3D movie anyway.
I've heard glare mentioned as being a bother on this set, but I believe this is generally coming from people who purchased this set to replace an matte LCD. Coming from the GT50, which itself is reflective but with a great filter, this one is similar, if not just a tad glossier. I have overheard lights that don't reflect directly onto the TV itself, but during especially dark scenes, I can see a darkened reflection of myself and items around the room. It's hardly a mirror so it's not too big of a deal, jut thought it was worth mentioning.
As for gaming, which I've also heard discussed, it's true that this set seems to inherently have pretty bad lag. I don't know how it compares to other new LED-LCD's, nor am I a teenager any longer with super sensitive reflexes, but there was definitely noticeable delay in playing Xbox 360 games when using the Expert 1 settings I used for my cable viewing. I switched over to Game mode and problem solved. Now, I haven't done any lag input tests, nor do I plan to, but switching over to Game mode (and labeling the input "Game") has proven to be an adequate solution for me, and I'm sure it will be for others who have this concern.
So yeah, I'm not regretting my decision at this point, which is a relief. I'm still working out the odds and ends, like I said, with things like LED Local Dimming and whether I want it on or off or not. I saw some slight vertical banding during a soccer game earlier, and noticed that cranking it up to High seems to get rid of it, so that's where I have it right now. Generally speaking though, my feeling is that this was a quality purchase.
Oh, and maybe my eyes are going the way of my reflexes in my old age, but I never really quite noticed the superior motion capability of the plasma while I had it, as it is described in every gloring testimonial I've read. Maybe I would need to see them side by side, but in sitting here watching the Knicks game, with TrueMotion off, and I'm not seeing any of the blurring or trails during fast action that thought I was supposed to be seeing in an LCD. It's handing motion well.
EDIT: ...no need to apologize, WKampff. I'll try out your settings and bump up the backlight. Thanks!
Edited by TerminallyOdd - 12/19/12 at 6:03pm