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post #121 of 356
Hey all - just signed up to talk about my setup and get some advice. So, I think we've established that this TV doesn't have ARC, which would make things so much easier to setup. So to set this up with a receiver, you need to do some sort of mixed setup with HDMI and an Optical Cable to connect everything up.

Here is a list of my AVS items I use:


  • 55GA7900 TV
  • Denon 1713 Receiver with ARC and Zone 2, connected to Energy Take Classic 5.1 speaker set
  • Scientific Atlanta Explorer 4250HD set-top box from Cablevision
  • Old Sony Blu-Ray player that I never use
  • Sennheiser wireless headphones


My current setup is:

  • Cable Box -> HDMI 1 of TV
  • Receiver -> HDMI 2 of TV to allow for updating settings on receiver
  • Blu Ray -> HDMI 3 of TV (never use this anyway)
  • TV Optical Audio Out -> Receiver In
  • Wireless headphones to Receiver Zone 2 via RCA connections

My goal is to be able to have the best quality sound without having to adjust any settings when I switch from various sources including watching Cable TV, using Avia to play both MP3s and MKVs on my server via DLNA, and then over to Netflix to watch other items. My problem lies in that the audio settings for the TV allow you to select one of three options: Auto, PCM, or Dolby Digital.

  • When I select Auto, it works fine for Netflix, MP3s, or MKV files, but does not appear to output DD when watching TV. I am able to change the receiver settings to allow either PLII Cinema, Pro Logic, or NEO6. When I switch to play Netflix or watch an MKV, the auto kicks in and it forces the receiver into DD or DTS.
  • When I select PCM, I am not getting DD at all, but the sound works. I don't want to keep it on this.
  • When I force the TV to output in DD, it works okay for video and when I watch TV it works just fine and outputs Dolby Digital to the receiver. However, when I play MP3s via Avia, it doesn't work and I have to switch back to Auto or PCM.

So, any advice on how to better set this up for the best sound possible and limited user intervention to change sound settings when switching inputs? The way I see it, I have a few options:
  1. Keep the physical setup as-is now and leave it on Auto. Keep the receiver set to PLII, Pro Logic, or Neo6. I am really not sure what the difference is between these and if they are okay.
  2. Keep the physical setup as-is and adjust between Auto or DD on the TV settings every time I switch what I want to do.
  3. Modify the physical setup to run the cable box to the receiver and then to the TV. When I want to use an app on the TV, I switch the input on the receiver. I would then keep the TV on Auto for this as it is only the cable box input that doesn't seem to be forcing DD to the TV.

Edited by brp1264 - 9/19/13 at 10:01am
post #122 of 356
I picked one up for $999 as well.. Couldn't believe it.. I had just purchased a 60" Sharp 757 from Frys and raced back to return it.. I'm thinking about buying another. There are 8 in stock still.
Edited by GAPOWER - 9/19/13 at 9:03pm
post #123 of 356
I would have bought a second one if it had VUDU and CinemaNow app. Hopefully we'll get a update to include them since Sony reports it's new Google based Smart Stick will have VUDU:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1491056/sonys-smart-stick-a-proprietary-google-tv-device-for-150
post #124 of 356
Anybody have any luck sideloading apps on this TV?
I'm trying to sideload Show Box, a streaming app for watching TV shows
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.trendico.moviebox&hl=en

I tried to install via Play Store but it says its incompatible with LG Google TV.. would be perfect for this TV!
post #125 of 356
I know this thread is kinda old but I also reside in Houston, TX and purchased the LG GA7900 at MicroCenter but I got it for $899. There's been a couple of Google Updates on it once I set it up and linked it to my Google Account.

I think the picture quality is excellent. The sound isn't that good but what can you expect from a thin LED TV with one speaker? LOL! Luckily I have it hooked up to my receiver and surround sound so sound is not an issue.

The only time I noticed any LAG was when I was playing a game on my Xbox 360 in 3D. Playing games on either my PS3 or Xbox 360 in regular 1080P via HDMI has been fine, no complaints.

I didn't know anything about the free Netflix service for a year, how do I sign up for that? I already have a Netflix account so when I signed in on it, it just works like normal. I didn't see any 12 month free offer?

Also, since it's hooked up via WiFi on my wireless N router, the browser, streaming movies via Netflix or whatever have been fine, no disconnect issues or loss in quality. I've had the TV for roughly 2 weeks or so and haven't had any glaring issues. I do wish it was easier to see information on the remote, the red lettering is tough to read at times. rolleyes.gif
post #126 of 356
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Originally Posted by NahsiK View Post

I think the picture quality is excellent. The sound isn't that good but what can you expect from a thin LED TV with one speaker? LOL! Luckily I have it hooked up to my receiver and surround sound so sound is not an issue.

IMO, the sound is excellent. This is my first thin LED. Having a house full of fatter LCDs with great sound I find the sound on the GA7900 to be very excellent. I watch it a lot without feeling the need of my 7.1 surround system. I rarely turn on 7.1 while viewing broadcast because the sound is so satisfying.
post #127 of 356
Wow! You think the sound is excellent? Maybe for watching the news. When I'm watching, say, World War Z or Star Trek: Into Darkness in 3D the single speaker from the TV just isn't gonna cut it for me. I want to feel submerged into the film. When my daughter is watching cartoons or I'm watching Chelsea Lately or something, then I use the standard sound from the tv and 9 times out of 10 I have to have the volume pumped up to almost 50.
post #128 of 356
Has anyone purchased the AG-F310DP Dual Play Video Game glasses (that are sold separately)? They allow users to see different content on the screen while viewing at the same time for "split-screen" gaming. I'm considering purchasing a pair if they're worth it.
post #129 of 356
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Originally Posted by NahsiK View Post

Wow! You think the sound is excellent? Maybe for watching the news. When I'm watching, say, World War Z or Star Trek: Into Darkness in 3D the single speaker from the TV just isn't gonna cut it for me. I want to feel submerged into the film. When my daughter is watching cartoons or I'm watching Chelsea Lately or something, then I use the standard sound from the tv and 9 times out of 10 I have to have the volume pumped up to almost 50.

I would not watch World War Z without or Star Trek without 7.1 but as I stated I watch mostly all my broadcast tv and feel satisfied with the sound. I watched entire season of Luther on Netflix via TV recently and still enjoyed it. You need sound at 50? That's high. I normally watch with sound around 20. Never found need to go 30 or higher. The two speakers are 12 Watts each and that is more than most HDTVs. The Samsung LCD it replaced was 10W X 2.
post #130 of 356
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Originally Posted by NahsiK View Post

I didn't know anything about the free Netflix service for a year, how do I sign up for that? I already have a Netflix account so when I signed in on it, it just works like normal. I didn't see any 12 month free offer?

http://www.lg.com/us/tv-audio-video/netflix/redeem.jsp
post #131 of 356
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Originally Posted by wdwms View Post

Watch more hockey last night. Love the TV but it has a nasty darker spot on it, symptoms of dirty screen effect. Normal TV viewing you don't see it at all, but when watching hockey.. ugh, it rears its ugly head...

Will call Best Buy and have the swap it out... Anyone have any DSE effects, or screen uniformity issues?
post #132 of 356
What is the best picture mode/setting you have found for hockey?
post #133 of 356
I tried playing a game in 3D [recent Mortal Kombat] on my tv and I noticed that the screen went blank a couple of times, for a few seconds. It was kinda glitch. It's never happened while watching cable or viewing movies. I'm gonna try some other games and see if it happens again. eek.gif
post #134 of 356
Another great deal at Micro Center. LG 55LA7400 is $899.99. My local Best Buy would not touch the price. Telling me that MC is not on their list of approved retailers. BS! mad.gif

Went to MC store and got an azz-hole manager who told me the price was online purchase only and I could not buy in-store. I proceeded to buy the item on my cell phone, took a while because I had to build an account, when the salesman involved found me still in the store and said the manager is full of it. I was about to purchase from my phone, which gives you the option to pay in-store but the salesman rang it up for me.
post #135 of 356
The email clearly states in store only. Guess they don't bother reading them. Does the la7400's support ARC?
post #136 of 356

Glad I found this forum! I just bought this TV and think it is great but don't understand certain things:

 

1) Support tells me there is no way to control volume (from soundbar) with the TV remote even though both are LG? Does anyone know a way to do this? The IR blaster looks dubious.

 

2) Google TV, If I input my zip code will it pull my cable providers lineup? Meaning that I will be able to contol it like I do directly on the cable box (channel guide, info and all). If so, can I link back to the cable box if I don't like it?

 

Thanks in advance, any information will be greatly appreciated.

post #137 of 356
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Originally Posted by alxx1 View Post

Glad I found this forum! I just bought this TV and think it is great but don't understand certain things:

1) Support tells me there is no way to control volume (from soundbar) with the TV remote even though both are LG? Does anyone know a way to do this? The IR blaster looks dubious.

2) Google TV, If I input my zip code will it pull my cable providers lineup? Meaning that I will be able to contol it like I do directly on the cable box (channel guide, info and all). If so, can I link back to the cable box if I don't like it?

Thanks in advance, any information will be greatly appreciated.

Both of these can be done and are supported by the IR Blaster, abliet with caveats.

The IR blaster is easy to setup, and it actually has two IR blasters that connect to a Y cable to one port on the TV. I have one connected to the top of my cable box and one to the top of my receiver, using the removal sticky tape to affix them.

I would say go ahead and temporarily (don't stick them anywhere) run them in and set them up where you think they are gonna go to allow the signal to hit the IR receiver on the device you want to control. Setup the cable first by selecting your provider and box type. All my channel guides and such work fine. I hear some people have trouble with the DVR, but I don't have one, so no comment on that. I no longer use my cable remote, I just use the LG remote. What's great about the microphone on the remote is you can do click it, then say "Jeopardy" and it will switch to the station automatically that is showing Jeopardy. Works great.

For the receiver or soundbar, you go to the sound settings and setup an external speaker and input the model name and go through the prompts till you find the right code to control it. Volume up and down work great, which is what you really want, but the MUTE button does NOT work. For some reason they idiots at LG decided that the mute button should only control the TV's volume, even if you have it setup to control an external speaker. Other than that, works just fine. To turn the speaker on and off, you have to use the Ctrl+X key on the keyboard of the LG remote, which is impossible in the dark. I find sometimes I have to hit the combination twice before it will turn it on or off.

Good luck!
post #138 of 356
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Originally Posted by rocky567 View Post

Soap Opera effect makes the picture on your tv look like a video taken using your HD cam. It looks more like the raw video (not like the cinematic version). I didnt try the Trumotion option yet, but switching to 720 p movies is much better for viewing without soap opera effect.

Eww, don't hobble the resolution to get rid of the soap opera effect! I don't see any reason why that would work anyway. Just turn off any creatively-named features that claim to improve the image or motion quality and you'll be good to go. smile.gif
post #139 of 356
Hi Everyone, i finally found a good forum about Ga7900 Tv, i am absolutely loving everything about this tv, I think it is by far the best looking set out there yet, and with the supurb picture quality makes it a great buy.

My only issue with this tv is the PS3 lag, i tried changing all settings to "game Mode' but that kills the color, contrast and sharpness, and the games look horrible.

*** how can we measure the latency or (the input lag) on this tv, i just want to figuire out the absolute best settings with lowest Lag.


i just bought Fifa 14, and i can feel an obvioust lag when i play online, *(hardwired 50 mbps comcast blast internet).

any other Fifa fans on here?
post #140 of 356
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Originally Posted by SamHouston1 View Post

Hi Everyone, i finally found a good forum about Ga7900 Tv, i am absolutely loving everything about this tv, I think it is by far the best looking set out there yet, and with the supurb picture quality makes it a great buy.

My only issue with this tv is the PS3 lag, i tried changing all settings to "game Mode' but that kills the color, contrast and sharpness, and the games look horrible.

*** how can we measure the latency or (the input lag) on this tv, i just want to figuire out the absolute best settings with lowest Lag.


i just bought Fifa 14, and i can feel an obvioust lag when i play online, *(hardwired 50 mbps comcast blast internet).

any other Fifa fans on here?

I have a PS3 and have had no lag issues whatsoever with this TV.

What does online play have to do with video lag? If you're having network lag, that can't be caused or prevented by your TV...video lag should be consistent across any content coming from your PS3.
post #141 of 356
the lag is there even with the ofline play, its less if you use Game mode settings across board but the color , contrast, brightness and sharpness drops tremendously. There is always a lag with the newer HDTv's , just the matter of how much. I wished there was an easy way to measure latency .
post #142 of 356
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Originally Posted by SamHouston1 View Post

the lag is there even with the ofline play, its less if you use Game mode settings across board but the color , contrast, brightness and sharpness drops tremendously. There is always a lag with the newer HDTv's , just the matter of how much. I wished there was an easy way to measure latency .

Hmmm...well, I've had this TV for several months and haven't noticed it. I've played a bunch of Final Fantasy 13 and Assassin's Creed 3 without any problems. Do you have HDMI running straight into your TV and all of the Truemotion and whatnot turned off in the picture settings?
post #143 of 356
Hey I'm in Houston also. I finally figured out how to get rid of the "input lag" I've been experiencing when playing video games. For those of you who say you don't notice it must not be playing a shooting game. When I play Diablo 3 or games like it, it's not an issue but when playing Gears of War 3, Judgment, COD, etc. the lag is terrible.

There's a couple of easy steps. Bring up the Quick Setup menu and change the picture to Video Game. This changes, almost mutes, the color in a washed out manner and there is still noticeable lag. Next you have to scroll to your right (while still in the Quick Setup Menu Settings) and select AV Setup, or something like that. You will need to change this setting to Video Game also. Once you do that the lag is gone.

From there, you can exit and select HOME on your remote, go to ALL APPS, and select ALL SETTINGS (or something like that) and go to Picture & Sound and you can adjust the brightness or whatever. Just keep in mind that for every change you make, small amounts of input lag will return. It sucks cause when in normal, user, vivid, etc picture settings the games look incredible but once you put it on Video Game it becomes darker, muted, washed out, etc. but there's no more input lag.

I've decided to just play my serious shooters on another hdtv. All other stuff I'll play on the LG. Hope this helps
post #144 of 356
"There's a couple of easy steps. Bring up the Quick Setup menu and change the picture to Video Game. This changes, almost mutes, the color in a washed out manner and there is still noticeable lag. Next you have to scroll to your right (while still in the Quick Setup Menu Settings) and select AV Setup, or something like that. You will need to change this setting to Video Game also. Once you do that the lag is gone.

From there, you can exit and select HOME on your remote, go to ALL APPS, and select ALL SETTINGS (or something like that) and go to Picture & Sound and you can adjust the brightness or whatever. Just keep in mind that for every change you make, small amounts of input lag will return."


I just tested it and I confirm that the above statement is absolutely correct. These steps bring the lag down to minimum to where you can hardly feel it. But picture quality suks. With every change u make in contrast or brightness that lag starts to improve.

Since this TV has alot of other pros and regular picture quality is phenominal, I can live with playing my games in bad quality as long as the response time is crisp.

Thanks @nahsik for the response.
post #145 of 356
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Originally Posted by SamHouston1 View Post

"There's a couple of easy steps. Bring up the Quick Setup menu and change the picture to Video Game. This changes, almost mutes, the color in a washed out manner and there is still noticeable lag. Next you have to scroll to your right (while still in the Quick Setup Menu Settings) and select AV Setup, or something like that. You will need to change this setting to Video Game also. Once you do that the lag is gone.

From there, you can exit and select HOME on your remote, go to ALL APPS, and select ALL SETTINGS (or something like that) and go to Picture & Sound and you can adjust the brightness or whatever. Just keep in mind that for every change you make, small amounts of input lag will return."


I just tested it and I confirm that the above statement is absolutely correct. These steps bring the lag down to minimum to where you can hardly feel it. But picture quality suks. With every change u make in contrast or brightness that lag starts to improve.

Since this TV has alot of other pros and regular picture quality is phenominal, I can live with playing my games in bad quality as long as the response time is crisp.

Thanks @nahsik for the response.

Hey looks like something's different. When I play in game mode the colors look a little better, was there an update recently?
post #146 of 356
Anyone got the JB update yet? It was supposed to be rolled out yesterday.
post #147 of 356
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Originally Posted by SamHouston1 View Post

Anyone got the JB update yet? It was supposed to be rolled out yesterday.

I hope it at least includes VUDU app. And/or CinemaNow also.
post #148 of 356
I definitely must be dreaming, did someone say Jelly Bean and update in the same sentence... Say it ain't so !
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Anyone got the JB update yet? It was supposed to be rolled out yesterday.
post #149 of 356
Anyone try any Netflix 3D streaming on this TV yet?

I tried it through the Playstation 3 Netflix app (it's not on the LG TV app according to this https://contactus.netflix.com/article/en/node/8739?ba=GSButtonClick&q=netflix%203d but maybe it will be added soon)

When browsing Netflix, there is a whole section of 3d movies or you can search for some, but I tried a few 3d IMAX ones and even a 3d animated one.. the audio plays fine but the video "stutters" a lot like the old Herbie Hancock "Rockit" video from the 80s lol. I know I have enough bandwith.. Netflix site says you need at least 12 mbps download but I get at least 25+ from Cox.
I also tried plugged LAN cable directly into the router, but no luck. frown.gif
post #150 of 356
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Originally Posted by Sinistar83 View Post

Anyone try any Netflix 3D streaming on this TV yet?

I tried it through the Playstation 3 Netflix app (it's not on the LG TV app according to this https://contactus.netflix.com/article/en/node/8739?ba=GSButtonClick&q=netflix%203d but maybe it will be added soon)

When browsing Netflix, there is a whole section of 3d movies or you can search for some, but I tried a few 3d IMAX ones and even a 3d animated one.. the audio plays fine but the video "stutters" a lot like the old Herbie Hancock "Rockit" video from the 80s lol. I know I have enough bandwith.. Netflix site says you need at least 12 mbps download but I get at least 25+ from Cox.
I also tried plugged LAN cable directly into the router, but no luck. frown.gif


Hey I tried out the 3D on Netflix and it works fine. No stutters or anything. It's gotta be your router or your internet provider.
Also, I was having some input lag issues a while back regarding my tv while gaming. I was able to correct that issue with the tv settings but I was also noticing my tv blacking out for a second or two at times as well. Anyway, I was able to deduce that I was using an older HDMI version. Apparently, the newer hdtv's require the newer HDMI's that are able to handle 3D, 240 hz or higher refresh, and 4k or Ultra High Def sets. The new cable gave me better sound and better picture quality than I had before.
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