I used this forum a fair bit when trying to nail down a decision on what to buy (about 6 months of hair pulling) and figure it's about time to give a little back.
There's only thing I like better than this TV, and that's the sound I hear when someone walks into the room and their jaw hits the floor
I'm not a technophile, so can only give you a regular viewers review, but for those noobs (like me) this should be somewhat helpful. The TV is on a stand in a corner of a rectangular room, main floor, just beside a very large picture window... think LOTS of light in this room. My main Lazy Boy sits to the left, at about a 30 degree angle and about 10 feet eyeball to screen distance away. The couch is to the right, less angle (15-20) and 10-12 feet away depending on your seat. The all-black exterior, with only the single blue (on) / red (off) light visible is beautiful. The aesthetics (sp?) of the system turned OFF is what sold my wife originally (although she now watches more tv than me
: My Cable provider is Shaw and I use their PVR (6818-III I think) hooked up via HDMI Cable. My DVD Player is a cheap Citizen, upconverting and HDMI connected as well (I bought 5 DVD Players one weekend, and this $60 box - with HDMI cable included - played my burnt DVD's the best, hands down!).HD Channels
- Simply Amazing. Better than anything I saw in a store and I still shake my head at how good it looks. Everything from Discovery to Sports to Standard viewing (ie LOST). That said, some HD is better than others... TSN Hockey is much sharper than CBC. And NBC leaves a little to be desired as well... but everything is still much, much better than...SD Channels
- Arguably, a little worse picture than what I had before on my 36" CRT, but with the extra screen size, to be expected and for the amount I watch, more than acceptible.DVD
- With my little Citizen (way outperforms my $250 Panny which is now just a glorified CD player) pictures are sharp, crisp, no lag, pixilation, shadows or anything else to detract from the experience. Boofull.
Regardless of time of day, glare/reflextion is at worst, minimal... and only after having it this long do i notice the tiny amout that may be there when lights/sun is on (I'm getting spoiled!)
I have not played too much with the video or 'temperature' controls. I love the handy 4 different 'lighting' systems the remote offers, and have been more than happy with that. Admittedly, I did nothing special regarding a break-in time, just kinda kept an idea in the back of my mind as to not watch too much SD with the black bars (not a prob after seeing HD). Mind you, outside of a movie or hockey/football game, we only watch 3-4 shows a week. TV is probably used less than 20 hours a week.The SOUND
: I do not have this set up to a home theatre / surround sound system (kids go to bed too early still) and find the TV speakers more than adequate. I really love the extra wattage this set includes. Another GREAT feature is the handy selection of automatic audio settings (ie. Stadium, Theatre) which dramatically enhances the experience. However, once I get this into the basement, from the main floor, I will be going surround.
The remote is very handy, but not used much as I have a backlit Universal that does a semi decent job. I have a Harmony 880 on order, and hope that gives me more of the functions the regular remote provides (any one else have this remote?).
Sorry, with the Cable Box/PVR I don't use the built in one at all, so I can't help much there... The TV Guide works great, but again, I don't use it much.
The ONLY problem I have had (any help out there?) is that when switching inputs (ie PVR to DVD) I lose the sound. I have to turn the TV off and then back on to fix it...? Dunno, and not enuf of a prob that I've contacted LG yet.
I was very happy with the 2 year warranty and used my credit card to 'double the length'. This saved a fair chunk of cash over the store bought warranty.
Not much more I can say, extremely satisfied, and my wife is much happier than she ever would have imagined with a purchase of this size. I'll check in from time to time to see if there are any questions I can help answer, but I'm not prepared to get too technical... just not my forte