I bought the last one of these from my local Best Buy last Friday and have been trying it out ever since. They are hard to come by but if you check stock on Best Buy's website there are a few stores near me that have them. The manufacture date on the TV is December 2012 so it hasn't been sitting around too long.
Overall the set is a mixed bag. The overall brightness and color on the panel is pretty even across the screen, the best out of the ones I've tried in the past year (been on a quest for a decent TV for months). Flashlighting is minimal with just a little bit in the bottom right corner. Color out of the box is good, and there are a lot of adjustments. Contrast is better than the Panasonic ET5 LEDs I've tried but not as good as the Sony HX850. Passive 3D is great as always and I enjoy having the extra 5 inches of real estate over the 55" sets I've tried up to now. Game mode works well and lag seems minimal.
The problem is that my set has some fairly bad banding issues. Both horizontal and vertical bands all over the screen. These combine with panning shots or blue sky to create some of the worst DSE I've seen so far on my quest. I don't have a pic but on a gray slide it looks pretty similar to this picture.
The magic remote is okay. I don't hate it like some people, though I would prefer a traditional remote. My complaint is not that it is like a Wii remote. I wish it was, since the Wii remote uses a camera in the controller and two IR lights in the sensor bar to determine the position of the cursor with a high degree of accuracy. No, the magic remote solely uses motion sensors to control the cursor which means it is often uncentered and sometimes annoyingly imprecise. But really that is a minor quibble.
Originally Posted by raynist
Use the scrolling wheel on the remote to switch between inputs.
This doesn't work for me. It gives me an error message that basically says I need to change to the Tuner to use that feature. I assume it would switch channels if I had anything plugged into the coax.
There is a feature that is supposed to allow the TV remote to control your cable box. I could not get this to work at all, despite picking the right provider and box manufacturer. Now I want to turn it off but I haven't found how yet.
I'm not sure if I am going to return the set or not. The DSE is mostly unnoticible on a lot of content, and very bad on some. I've been through so many sets and I'm just sick and tired of the whole exercise.
Panny 55ST30 - Terrible buzzing on bright content
Panny 55ST50 - Same terrible buzzing
Panny 55ET5 - Uneven screen lighting with left side brighter than right, flashlighting across the top, odd vertical bar artifact in game mode
Panny 55ET5 (#2) - Exactly the same as the first plus some minor banding.
Sony 55HX850 - Highly uneven screen lighting with the left and right sides much brighter than the center in game mode. Vertical banding.
Despite the bad banding/DSE, out of all of these the LM7200 is the best one I've tried. I really like passive 3D. Should I try "massaging" the screen or something? Will that help with this or is that just for clouding?
Also, do we know if these sets are IPS panels? I noticed when I touched the screen that it "rippled" and I didn't think IPS panels did that.