Both of the TVs I was comparing arrived yesterday: the Samsung 46ES7500 and LG 47LM8600. I set them up side by side, tinkered with settings on both for SD and HD broadcasting and Blue ray movies - Wrath of the Titans was what I used in 3D. To be honest I can't see a major difference between both. Both need proper calibration to achieve best results. For gaming on PS3 I tried black ops 2 and fifa 13, no lag on the LG at all with 3D gaming too on black ops using HDMI 1.4 cable - small thing: when I switch on the PS3 the Samsung switches to it but not the LG, don't know why maybe a setting on the LG. For 3D the active glasses for the Samsung produced sharper images as expected but I couldn't stand them more than a few minutes due to eye strain and discomfort. I watched a few demos on the LG and 20 minutes of wrath of titans in 3D and was willing to finish the film as it was a better experience overall, comfortable and I didn't notice the drop in resolution. Images were still sharp, clear and no clouding. LG wins in 3D for sure. The viewing angle of LG is much better than Samsung, colors and black levels don't wash out easily. Samsung images could be much more brighter but too bright for home viewing. I think the highest brightness levels will not be used at all. The interface, with magic remote is much better with the LG and faster than Samsung hub, which gets really slow sometimes when accessing any online content. Sound is way better on the LG, much deeper and clearer. I read about the problems of playing blu ray movies at 1080/24p but I tested 2 blu ray movies there were no problem, and played perfectly. Black levels and contrast were similar but I think I need to do further comparisons in that area to see which shows more details in dark scenes. For motion handling I didn't notice any difference, in the same scenes there is some judder on both sets, so they even out.
For the Samsung the motion and voice control are not usable at all so its just wasted money and the smart interface is good in most basic stuff but for web browsing its sluggish not usable and cant install too many apps as you have only free ~600 mb but for the LG you have 2GB! So for Samsung I feel I'm paying for smart features I will use much more on the LG as its generally faster and easier to use like web browsing which is much better on LG and that justifies why Samsung are promoting their evolution kit for $200-300 but how come LG's interface is faster with the same dual core so seems to be a rip off for me.
I have to decide which to return. My only complaint so far is that stupid light bleed at the edge which I don't see on the Samsung and appears only in dark movies activated when anything bright pops up on the screen, but is that a reason to return the TV for ~30% of my viewing! Will that light bleed haunt me for the duration of this TV set at home! Tough call...maybe I need to continue further comparisons....however I feel I'm trying to justify why not going with the Samsung as it seems a hugely popular TV from the stores I go to and reading online forums but that maybe a silly argument anyway!
Edited by ASD007 - 1/12/13 at 6:23am