"Near Perfect Performer Surprised at review in CNET"4.5 starson by RodsterinFL
Pros: Edge to edge picture, 240 watts max usage, beautiful picture in 2D and 3D
Cons: Ocassional brief banding in vertical pans on light solid backgrounds noted
Summary: First, I must say that I go the extra mile when I am spending a chunk of money on a product. I want the best that I can get in my price range. I ended up buying this tv and want to tell you why. I DID get a great deal - 4 glasses, player, wall mount, and TV - all for a price lower than the sale sticker that was on the TV due to one of the LG bundles AND the manager in the department. The picture is gorgeous - period. I bought the 3D movie Monster House and watched it more than once on the 9500. Then I took the movie to B.B. and watched the scenes I noted as the best 3D effects on the store Panasonic VT25 - the shootout winner plasma set. Immediately I noticed the jitter in the movement on the Pansonic. It was apparent when the baby sitter spoke with the red headed girl at the door and also when Chowder crawled across the lawn. The motion was unnatural and bothersome. Similar to the feeling if you sat on the front row at the theater. On the LG there was no jitter. The 3D effect was MUCH better and movement was like the 2D viewing. Panasonic has slightly more 3D effect but at the price of smooth movement. It gave the impression that you might be sitting in the front row at the theater In my opinion, LG got the 3D formula right for the capabilities of the set not to mention the design of the glasses. I also saw no crosstalk on the LG. There is a tiny bit of jitter briefly during the baby sitter door scene but it was very slight as the girl rocks her head around. The banding was noted in a scene in Vertical Limit when the camera pans upward on the snow just before the snow leopard scene and also in Prince Caspian when the prince is sitting in the woods after the snow witch tomb scene. It is very brief and almost not worth mentioning but accurate to state that it is there- briefly.I forgot to mention that my TV was the 55" model
After comparing the two sets with the same 3D movie, I would not hesitate to recommend the LG 9500 to someone. The Panasonic is nice too but there are drawbacks that are often not mentioned. The LG uses 240 watts maximum vs. 599 watts on the plasma. The plasmas are still being plagued by premature discoloration it would seem ? search black level issues on the internet. The LG is not perfect but I am confident that it is one of the best choices if not the best choice for people wanting 3D and a great TV- especially for gaming ? I am told it has 10 bit res and 1200 . I also want to mention that this TV screen family was tested and certified THX in PQ. That too means something ? that the screens are capable of a particular quality of picture and tested with MANY different ways to prove it. Uniform picture is one of those tests and includes luminance. Also, as a shopper, make sure they take the TV off the vivid mode for you when you look at the picture. I usually agree with Cnet but certainly not this time. If I read the rating above, I would not consider the TV. I thought that when I went to BB to watch my movie, the Panny would have better 3D but I wanted to see what difference there was. I came away with a different conclusion than expected. Kudos to LG for a great TV.
Updated on Oct 6, 2010
Updated on Oct 6, 2010Also, I am not sure why there are question marks appearing in the review text. I am not questioning the conclusions. :) The gaming I tested using Uncharted 2 with settings at full RGM, super white HDMI and HDMI deep color and a PS3. Beautiful results.