i bought this over the samsung 8000
lovely picture, lovely screen, 3D gimmickery - erm i mean 3D bluerays work fine. not sure how you get cross talk on passive specs? btw, cinema passive specs don't work on passive TV's
here's what sold it to me.
watching a film on this and watching a film on the samsung 8000 side by side.
once i'd spotted the light pooling/banding on the samy's screen, and also leaking in from the edges plus spotlighting from the corners, i was spending my time looking for and finding imperfections. as once you'd seen them, you couldn't "unsee" them, as you knew they were there.
on the LG, i just got sucked into the film and watched it. even when i tried to snap out of it and hunt for jaggies, wobbly motion compensation, odd light gradients or pooling, i just ended up drawn back to just watching the content.
So, put money where mouth is, and bought one. Initially i was worried about smoothness issues replaying SD content. but those went away real quick. I think the review is a little down on what this set can produce, and sure, if you have the cash to burn, go for the higher end models, but it seems you're really getting into the realms of deminishing returns if you do.
so far, I have nothing to complain about, and especially, the missus likes it. surely that's _the_ rubber stamp of approval. Good HD on this thing is like looking out the window.
all in all, kinda agree with the final percentage score given in the review, (maybe i'd give it 5-9% more), its a good solid TV with a decent feature set. spend more get more, spend less get less, it's your money, you takes your chioce. there is no such thing as the perfect TV for everyone, it's always going to be a compromise. But i'm happy enough that i'm not planning to upgrade this screen now till 8KHD takes off.