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by: mattrosen July 26, 2011 9:29 PM PDT

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LG vs Sony in 3D LED TV matchup for gaming

by mattrosen - 7/26/11 9:29 PM

I am a
29 year old gamer and I live with my older brother. Recently, we each bought a
HDTV for our room because we kept fighting over which model to purchase. He
wanted the Sony Bravia and I wanted the LG. The funny thing is, the TV in our
living room is a very old 27" Sony TV while the ones in our room are top of the
line 3D LED TVs. Between the both of us, we spent nearly $15000 on our TVs and
sound system which is a pretty good-sized down payment on a new car. We on the
other hand are serious gamers so I'm happy to drive my 98' piece of junk Nissan
because I have the most insane gaming set up ever. Before I go into detail in
the comparison, I will give you the stats of our systems.


Mine
TV: LG 65" LW6500 (4 Cinema 3D glasses included)
Sound: Bose V35 HES

Game
Consoles:
Xbox 360, Ps3 60 gigs, Nintendo Wii

Others:
LG BD690 Wi-Fi blue-ray player
Total Cost: $7400 est.

Viewing
distance: 7 ft




Brother

TV:
Sony Bravia XBR55HX929

Sound:
Sony 1000w BDVE280

Game
Consoles: Xbox 360, Ps3

Others:
Sony Megachanger 400 disc BDP-CX7000ES, 2 pairs of
Sony Shutter Glasses

Total
Cost: $7300 est.

Viewing
Distance: 6 ft




The
funny thing was we purchased everything you see here except for the gaming
consoles, the same day at the same time. I got home before my older brother but
I didn't begin installing just yet for the sole reason of me writing this very
personal, detailed review. When he finally arrived we timed ourselves. I took
everything out the box and hooked up everything in 33 minutes. The TV, gaming
consoles, and blue-ray player was quick but the sound system took longer than
expected. My brother on the other hand took 51 minutes to hook his whole system
up. I'm not sure what took him so long since he is a much more experienced
installer than I am. The really funny thing was that my TV is 10 inches larger
than his yet our TVs were about the same weight. After we finished, it was game
time.



We
played on his Sony TV first. The menu was very complicated and we had to look
at the manual a few times to change certain settings. The glasses looked pretty
cool, very high-tech and that's about it. They were very heavy and I got a little dizzy
after 10 minutes but I sucked it up for you guys so I can give a proper report
on the gaming itself. LG was next up and the glasses were much more comfortable
than the Sony's. The remote was also very cool. It was similar to the Wii
remote. The menu was very simple yet detailed and didn't have to use the manual
at all. I will provide the detailed
review below.


Xbox,
COD: BlackOps on Sony: Now the game was nice. The black levels were very very
good but there were certain animations that blurred a lot such as reloading on
certain weapons and the explosions on the grenades often seemed "unnatural".
The 3D image didn't have the 3D depth I was expecting from a 3D title but the
colors were great. We both agreed and gave this game on this TV a C+.



Xbox,
COD: BlackOps on LG: The 3D depth was very, very good. There was sooo much
separation between the player and buildings, enemy soldiers, etc. The black
levels weren't as deep as the Sony's but there was no blurring and image
overlapping. I ran the same animations that were problematic on the Sony;
reloading and grenades and had no problems.
The image itself was very good and the TV image in general was just A
LOT brighter than the Sonys. I was going to give this a B+ but it was my
brother who decided that we give it an A.




Ps3,
Madden 2011 on Sony: We used the 2D to 3D conversion feature on this TV and
there was a bunch of "hmm" its decent" "best buy *&## employees are full of
*@*#!" talk. The conversion was horrible. I mean horrible. For example, before
the hike in the nickel dime formations, only the center players had 3D depth,
the wide receivers and safety/cornerbacks had NO 3D depth on them. It made the
game look very cheap. Also when you do instant replay in slow mode, the 3D
conversion disappears when you rewind. There was even more blurring than
Blackops (juking, dive tackle,) because the conversion feature actually
sacrifices a good percentage of FPS to render. We gave this a D-.



Ps3,
Madden 2011 on LG: Conversion was definitely solid. It wasn't as good as a 3D
title game but its better than what we've expected after the horrible performance
from the Sony. 3D depth was very even during the formations and after the hike.
No problems with the 3D in instant replay however during the halftime, when the
scoreboard comes up on the middle of the screen, some of the numbers weren't in
3D. Juking and dive tackling caused no blurring and the overall game play in 3D
was good. We gave this a solid B.




Wii
Sports on Sony: Now this was the absolute worst game you could possibly play on
the Sony. There are just so many things that were bothersome so I will just say
the main problems. The active 3D has a very low viewing angle, at least from
the side to side. During Wii tennis, I had to sit down and swing while my
brother stood up because if we both stood up, we would have to be at least 5
feet apart and this made the 3D look very distorted and uneven. I admit the conversion was pretty good but
that's it. For Wii, flexibility is a must and this TV didn't have that. Also,
because the glasses were semi-heavy during Wii bowling, they kept shaking and
gave the top part of my skin on my left ear a small red rash. There was also
some lag during the serve on Wii Tennis. The ball also left an ugly blurry
trail that I only previously seen on plasma TVs. We gave this an F.




Wii
Sports on LG: Ok this was interesting. The glasses were such a tight fit on the
face, we were actually swinging and having way more fun on the LG. We stood
about 7 feet from each other and it was very very entertaining. The 3D
conversion was just like the Sony, excellent but also so much more. There was
no blurring at all and the angles we were able to play at were great. I did
notice the 540 resolution lines though when I got too close to the TV but I didn't think too much of it since I
wouldn't be playing 1-2 feet from the TV anyway. We gave this an A+.



2D TV
on the Sony: We watched the news, sports, flipped through every channel on our
cable and no problems with the 2D, absolutely fantastic. The black levels were
darker than the LG's and the image/coloring was beautiful. One thing though was
the blurring. During some of the action scenes on a random movie, it was
noticeable. Despite this, because of the great picture quality and black levels
we gave this an A.




2D TV
on the LG: The black levels weren't as deep as the Sony's but overall the TV
was just as good. One thing that stood out between this and the Sony was the
blurring issue. There was virtually no blurring on the LG. We gave this an A -.




Summary:
The LG was definitely the winner here. The game play was much cleaner, more fun
and convenient than the Sony. The Sony consistently had the blurring issue
which I now believe has something to do with Active 3D TVs. The 3D glasses were
also a bigger factor in the experience than previously thought. Image wise, the
Sony is a powerhouse but overall a big disappointment in gaming. My brother
returned his TV and sound system and gave me half the cost of my set up. Our LG
is now in the living room and the 27"Sony is in the dumpster =).

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