I can't compare to Samsung since I haven't owned one in 2 years. The LG does have some mild flashlighting from 2 places along the top edge, but I know this is an issue with all edge-lit sets including Samsung, so I'm not bothering with an exchange. Its not distracting when watching something. Black levels in standard mode are worse than the levels on my previous TV, which was a 2-model-year-old 47-inch Vizio XVT3D (amazing picture on that back-lit set). But from what I'm reading online, I just need to calibrate it for better results. Sound is much better than the Vizio, but does not matter to me since I use a HT. No noticeable ghosting.
TV really shines in: brightness levels same as flagship Samsung displays in the store, passive 3D - tried some content and loved it (I never enjoyed the 3D on my Vizio because the glasses were too heavy), amazing looking TV even when its off - takes almost the same height/width as the 47" Vizio due to the almost non-existent bezel (and much thinner, though I don't care about that). Yes, I would definitely recommend.
All manufacturers have moved away from full-array LED preferring edge-lit to save on costs since most consumers don't seem to care. If you're very sensitive to flashlighting and ghosting, you should consider plasma. I've become too used to the brightness levels of LED to switch now, considering my living room is brightly lit most of the time.
By the way, I took the TV home in a regular sedan, by removing it from the packaging at the store. I did not want to come back with a friend since its a 30mi drive and I initially wasn't sure if they had it in stock. I took the packaging along too, with the cardboard folded. The sales guy helped me with all this. Good luck!
Thanks for taking time to explain.
I may be wrong, but looks like Microcenter might have the Samsung 55" ES6500 for 999$ pretty soon. While I was checking with the sales rep, I found this in their system. wanted to jump on to that deal. But he was mentioning that they have just entered the item in the system and yet to get the actual items. In any case, they dunno when they will get the items nor will the price stays the same. I may be totally wrong, just throwing it out there as an heads up & something to watch for, in the coming days.
Hmm. Is it worth a 4 hour drive to Philadelphia? $120 in gas for my truck, plus all that time...
The design is stunning and the PQ amazing but I went through one 55LM7600 and two 55LM8600 trying to get a set with no light bleed in the corners.
LG (like many other LED TV OEMs) used edge LED lighting. Some people get a set with no light bleed but most don't and the severity varies.
These TVs are also made in Mexico.
Last, CES is around the corner and new models will be announced. The new models will sell at full price when they come-out but that will drive the price down for the existing models... if they are still avail by then.
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