Originally Posted by Cleveland Plasma
It is a big drag that this is true, I wonder why the LG does not get more love, especially considering the full array panel.
Well other than a very small number of reviews (which were not actually negative at all from the ones I read), I haven't seen any concrete info on the LG sets other than people speculating based on previous models from LG. The "official" owner's thread for the 4k LG sets is very quiet with apparently no owners, so until someone has actually sat down and done a real comparison between it and Sony, Panasonic, and Samsung we will not know how it ranks.
I'm surprised there hasn't been a recent shootout review comparing all the latest 4k sets, and the current reviews I have read don't cover all that many topics that seem important to people around these forums anyway...here is what I want to know about all the current sets, some I have found from reading through forums others remain unanswered (my understanding of the answer included as well):
- playing 4k content from USB (do the sets with USB 3.0 have a major advantage here?) - Sony: no, Panny: yes, Samsung: only via a hack of splitting UHD file, LG: ??
- playing 4k content via network streaming - Sony: only with sony media server, locally NO, All others: ??
- glare on the screen, pic quality effect from glare/matte screen - Sony X900: more glare but better contrast, X850: less glare, not as vivid., Samsung: looked fine to me in store, Panny: looked ok to me also, LG: ??
- local dimming/black levels performance. - Sony, Pana, Samsung: ok but has usual edge lit panel issues, LG: ?? has FALD but no real info yet on performance
- passive vs active 3D performance on these specific sets - I've read mixed responses from people in various forums, seems like personal preference. I'd really like to compare sets directly and see what I prefer. I have an older LG with passive 3d and from what i see if it had full 1080p (which 4k sets would get) it would look good
- native app 4k support (browser, youtube etc) - Sony/Samsung: No, Panasonic: yes, LG: ??
- 4k support for picture viewing from usb and/or network share (ideally from network) - All models: ??..I think I read the Sony can via some PS3 software, unclear if the PS3 s/w can see network shares (dnla share etc) or just usb/SD/CF/local pics
- HDMI 2.0 support, now or in future - Pana: Yes now, Sony: coming via firmware, Samsung: coming via hardware component swap out, LG: just word they are thinking about it
If the manufacturer's are listening and want to send me one of each set I'll be more than happy to do a full feature comparison of all sets
Seeing as that is unlikely, maybe the Panasonic owners can help answer some of these relating to this set...