Originally Posted by MartyGillis
Sorry this post is so lengthy but I am trying to cover everything I can think of so far.
Received my 9600 4 days ago from Amazon. Box was mint, contents were as well. I was initially worried because the build date was MAY 2012 but this turned out to be a non issue at least so far. Banding and DSE during multiple content of all resolutions is the most minimal of all my 2012 LG's. (6200 , G2 and 7600) It really is VERY minimal. I used a BD of "Frozen Planet" as the ultimate banding test and it is just barely visible even on solid white , panning left and right and only partially visible and not all the time. Best I can hope for with a LCD I think. Screen uniformity on mine is REALLY good and I am just not used to this with LCD/LED panels. Very nice. I expected much more banding, honestly.
Also, the perceived level of visible fine detail is a good 22 to 25% MORE than my 7600 which is a 47inch panel and SHOULD render even MORE perceived detail. Of course this can be both a good and bad thing, depending upon your source maternal. I can certainly see MORE of my Fios "HD Lite" compression rearing it's ugly head.
SO what, if anything is wrong with the thing so far? Well, when I first powered up, there was a MASSIVE amount of flashlighting emanating from the lower right hand quadrant of the panel. I about freaked! Adjusting the local dimming and doing a quickie Contrast/Brightness/Backlight calibration did little to solve things.
After letting the unit settle in and playing a wide variety of content of varying aspect ratios I soon noticed the corner problem was fading fast. At this point a 2.35:1 aspect ratio is giving me jet black bars on top and bottom with just 1 and 1/2 inches of SLIGHT light bleed in the lower most right hand corner. And that too is fading. I did a quickie calibration today after leaving the panel ON for basically 3 days and I am using MED local dimming with a 2.2 gamma. MY blacks are VERY black. I watch in a totally dark room with a bias light mounted directly on and behind the panel. I am very pleased with the black levels and except for that 1 and 1/2 inch little area of slight light bleed, the panel has an excellent black/white response. I do not see the local dimming pumping in any way and I do not see ANY halos. I popped in THE BD of Star Wars
and played credits, front and back to check.
I notice a small amount of intermittent judder on ANY type of program material, 60hz, 50hz (upconverted) and 24. My sources are a Motorola Fios HD DVR and Oppo BDP-95. By setting the Tru Motion to "user" and just nudging Blur and Judder to "1" that is enough to eliminate all visible judder and at the same time avoid the dreaded "Soap Opera Effect"......
While I would prefer NOT to use the Tru Motion at all, this is a good compromise for me and only takes a few minutes to adjust to the slight "hyper reality" this low setting seems to impart. It is very subtle and gives me totally smooth jerk free motion on ALL my content.
Posting settings is really a crap shoot as everyone uses different source components and has different ideas about what looks "good". For me, I am looking for an accurate greyscale (within reason) and something that has good dynamic range while trying to remain glare free. I suffer from eye strain normally so it is important for me not to clip the panel in any way. LG is very picky when it comes to finding their "sweet spot" and I have found that every out of the box setting they give you is pretty bad. I basically turn them on and ignore what I see at first, let the panel physically break in and then do a quick Speers and Munsil run through to ballpark it.
I found the FlatPanelsHd 2 point color settings pretty accurate and until the panel has been used for another week or so I will use them.
Currently my settings while the panel burns in are as follows:
Every single processor set to "OFF" except for Tru Motion which I have set to "User" with "1" and "1" for judder/blur.
For problematic BD's or DVD's the "LOW" Noise Reduction setting is very helpful without introducing annoying artifacts.
***My settings are working for me, but may not for you.
Mode: Exp 1
Sharpness: 10 and 10
Local Dimming: Medium
Energy Saver is OFF, Just Scan pixel mapping is ON
Gamma is 2.2 , Temp is WARM and for now I am using
the flatpanelshd.com quickie color settings of:
RGB Method 2 point
R high 0
G high -8
B high 9
R low -1
G low -3
B low 3
I have checked and rechecked using BD's ranging from Indiana Jones/Last Crusade, Star Trek II:Wrath of Khan , The Decendants , The Wizard of Oz and Maltese Falcon. Also, some Pal DVD , both color and B&W , some NTSC DVD of the same and assorted Xvids and MKVs. Colors looks correct. I am mostly fiddling with the brightness/contrast levels using increments of "1" notch at a time. I notice it takes the panel a few hours to settle in to any change in settings.
Unless this TV decides to star doing strange things, turning itself off, giving solid lines across the screen or sending up smoke signals. I am very pleased with the 9600. The initial price was a bit steep but for 2000 bucks I feel it is a very good buy and while it's not a Sharp Elite it is miles ahead of any LCD I have ever owned. I had a blast today watching "Casino Royale" and was really sucked into the film.
A final word: Whoever thought it was a good idea to trim this TV in chrome needs to find another job. Highly reflective and annoying with my room lights on. Otherwise a nice looking television.