Motion resolution is average. If you disable the brand’s 200Hz TruMotion processor, less than 650 lines of motion resolution are conveyed. There are High and Low presets for the TruMotion processor but both create unwanted artefacts – smudgy halos around moving objects.
The best option is to put TruMotion on its User setting, and adjust De-Judder to 0 and De-Blur to 5. This minimises artefacting and anchors motion resolution at a reasonable 900 lines.
The 42 LW650T is significantly different from the passive 3D TVs which first landed in pubs at the behest of Sky last year. Those models used an expensive GPR (Glass Pattern Retarder) fixed to the front of the screen; this model, along with LG’s entire 2011 passive ‘Cinema 3D’ line up, uses a cheaper FPR (Film Pattern Retarder).
The FPR is basically a striped horizontal/vertical pattern which allows glasses with inexpensive polarising filters to see two different images. LG bundles seven pairs with every screen – more than enough for family and friends.
The good news is that passive 3D, be it from Blu-ray or Sky, has the same level of depth as Active Shutter. However it also has half the horizontal resolution. This lack of definition is easily noticeable, with 3D diagonals and curves displaying jagged edges. LG maintains that its passive 3D TVs deliver Full HD 3D, just like Active Sets. This is patent nonsense. But there’s no arguing that cheapo passive glasses are light and easy to wear.
For years PeeCees cost a thousand quid 'cos thats how much shops wanted to take off folks. Now its Tellies. Snag is, there's nothing on the box so worth watching as to justify paying that much.
I think I'll walk my dog instead. (Hmm. a thousand quid will buy a whole bunch of dried dogfood. If I don't buy this tv I could afford a third dog...)
Shaky but promising?
Passive HAS to be the way to go until such time as non-glasses 3D comes of age, in my view. But this sounds a bit average for the price.
Question - why do TVs have all the settings and optional modes which often are best turned off? Why not just make it use the best settings, the people designing it should be far more expert than the DSS pleb watching it at this.
How does the image look in 3D-mode if you're not wearing the required glasses?
You spent most of the time slagging it off, yet its gets 80%, an other paid for review ?
Is it darker?
Serious question: Does the passive 3D filter make normal non-3D watching significantly gloomier?
I initially guessed it would, because passive 3D requires polarization; then I remembered that LCDs use polarization anyway, so now I'm not sure...
Also can someone clarify whether it's vertical resolution (horizontal lines) or horizontal resolution (vertical lines) that's compromised (and which is worse?)