Originally Posted by Cal1981
I'm pretty sure that LG has prohibited retailers from using anything other than its dongle with the UHD demo to display their sets. That bit about the 3D glasses doesn't ring true. Every big box store puts the passive glasses out for people to use. Too bad really. The big differences between the 9700 and the 9650 are the that the former has full array back-lighting (one of the very few these days) and the more advanced speaker system. I did see the 9650 at the Magnolia in the Best Buy in Fairfield and was very impressed with it as well. It was selling for 3K and I believe that Fry's had the 9700 down to 4K.yesterday (even though the web site still says 4499). The Sony XBR55X850A is now at 3K and looked pretty good. I did also see a 65" Panasonic UHDTV at the Magnolia showroom in San Ramon. It was playing a blu-ray but was set on Vivid with heavy smoothing on so it had the dreaded soap opera look. The image was, however, very bright and clear. When I put it into custom mode and played with some of the settings, the image did look more cinema like but lost a bit of "pop". Based on that, it would seem to me that before buying a UHD set, seeing how it handles, at the very least, 1080P Blu-rays is critical.
Yeah I've seen many stores that have the glasses out for people to try, so not sure about that policy either. I played with the Panasonic you mentioned at Best Buy quite a lot, the Best Buy in SF let me try anything I wanted. If you see the thread for that display you will see everyone complains of some faint bars in the image, and I noticed them too...it's a shame really because other than that the set is actually very impressive.
The Sony 850 is active 3d, it doesn't let you play 4k content via usb, 4k photos only through a PS3, native YouTube app doesn't do 4k...to me those should be obvious features for a 4k set, or don't put them in at all and sell the set for much less...no thanks Sony.
Back to the LG, I do know the differences on paper between the 9650 and 9700, but want to see the actual perceivable differences. Is the full array back light in this set worth $1500 more? Maybe I'll drive over to Fairfield and check out the 9650, thanks for the heads up. I don't care about the speaker system since I have a 5.1 setup already.