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on June 11, 2013
I set up the television four days ago. First, you can find it on the internet for less than $11k. The Sony tv's have come down about $1k after being on the market for two weeks.
I received mine in a heavy boxed crate that took about 1/2 hour to take apart. This tv is a beast. It takes two strong men to carry as it weighs 155 lbs without the stand.It is large and bulky.Secure it on the stand and it weighs 180 lbs by the time you place it on a stand. The stand swivels 6-8 inches so you can adjust the viewing and get behind the tv for easier access.
Set up- the magic remote works great. Think of it as a mouse that you can use to get through the initial set up and on-going use. The only issue I had with set up was getting my WiFi to work. It took me 5-6 tries before it recognized my network. Adding components is a simple process. I upgraded my components (Samsung BD-F7500 DVD player, Denon AVR-X2000 receiver, and Mediabridge cables. The DVD player and receiver are capable of 4K and 3D throughput and upscaling. The only other issue, my Comcast cable box didn't like the 4k cable- video quality was great but sound quality was downgraded.
Results- My seating is 10-12 feet from the tv. I think this is ideal for this tv. The general rule is seating take the height of the tv times three. This tv is nearly four feet high so 10-12 feet would be right. According to some sources, reduce the distance in half for 4k tv. I don't recommend as it feels you are in the front row of the movie theater.
Blu-ray (regular, 4-k mastered, and 3D) viewing is exceptional. People have used terms such as lush, brilliant, astonishing, and 3D qualities (when not it 3D). I would agree. I have never seen a tv or a movie theater this good. My family agrees. There is no doubt the upscaling makes a big difference. I was watching on a Samsung 61 Inch LED which I thought was excellent before. No comparison. Compare the 4k with any non4k on upscaled media- the 4k tv will blow it away. I played around with the color adjustment and found the Vivid to my way of liking. Other than the crystal clear picture, the color range has more shades and is more brilliant than any tv I have seen. One reviewer, made the comment that off angle viewing led to considerable drop off. I haven't notice much.
I viewed the recently released 4k mastered original Spiderman. These are a bit of a ripoff. The original is 4k but the purchased copy is maybe 2K according to my DVD player. Even so, the picture is exceptional- crystal clear and brilliant colors.
3D viewing is a huge bonus. I have never been a fan and would never have bought a 3D tv. This tv will blow you away. It comes with six pair of passive glasses. You can buy more them for $3 each or less. The picture quality is cleary 1080P quality at a minimum. The 3D effects are amazing. I viewed 6-8 top 3D movies (Avatar, Jurassic Park, Titanic, MegaMind, and others). The viewing is exceptional. I have seen a number of 3D movies at the theater and almost always go away dissapointed. Not so with the LG. The 3D effects are smooth, precise and "in your face." The passive glasses are a big plus compared to the active glasses. Cheap, lightweight, and easier on the eyes. The active glasses shutter on and off real fast. Your eyes can't see them but I think your brain senses something is not right. I know active glasses fatigue my eyes.
Comcast cable HD viewing is fine but not exceptional. I don't know if there is any noticeable upscaling going. The cable viewing is better than comparable large sets. However, it begs the question when will 1080P to 4K viewing be available for the consumer.
If you looked at the tv, you have seen a huge bundle of features built (Google apps, Smarttv, etc.). I won't comment on those as I as still trying to wade through these but that is not why you would by this tv.
Cons- Lack of 4k content. I have talked about this with LG customer service and they are waiting word from the Korean headquarters. I have tried downloading 4k content from YouTube with limited success. LG has provided some additional instructions so I will try again. It looks like others (Sony, Intel, Red, and Apple) might take the lead in 4k and LG will follow but it is too early to know.