ZLoth wrote:So tempting. So tempting. Anyone have any experience playing back movie files on this TV via USB?
Unfortunately, according to LG's owner manuals, and some reviewers, this set does not allow for video file playback via USB drives. The USB is only for picture and music files (the file type limitations were a bit less clear), as well as firmware updates.
Hope that helps!
A few thoughts on the deal, and tendencies of the brand:
I have been in the home theatre set-up/calibration biz for a number of years, and I am particularly fond of LG, for their usually great amount of picture control. If the picture doesn't thrill you out-of-the-box, you can always dial it in to your preference.
LG does have a few misleading marketing terms, which is true of any TV manufacturer. One of them is refresh rate. When they advertise 120/240/480 Hz TruMotion, that means that the actual refresh rate is half that, plus backlight scanning and Motion Estimation/Motion Compensation, or MEMC, which is the cause of the "soap opera effect." So, if TruMotion is disengaged, for a more old-standard refresh rate, the panel is essentially half what they say it is.
That said, in the lower tiers of any company, there are obvious cut-backs for price, like using slower panels, and not giving you control to toggle TruMotion. It appears that this model does not give you control. However, LG has proven one of the better implementations of that tech, with less ghosting/artifacting than most.
Another point to be aware of is that their upscaling of standard def content is not particularly good, even though it isn't exceptionally bad either.
For the price, these seem like decent no-frills sets. They may not be fancy, but they'll do the job. They won't please videophiles, but they wouldn't even be looking at this price range anyway.
I have been a proud and pleased owner of a LG from the 2009 LH90 flagship family (there was actually one model higher but for practical purposes, it wasn't available). This was back when you could get matte screens for less glare under lights, full-array backlighting for better blacks and contrast, etc. Got it in 2010 at a fabulous discount. Honestly, it still outperforms many, if not most sets out there today...