Originally Posted by Dan134
Just got this hooked up. My first thoughts:
The bezel of the ex500 is nice. I have seen a lot of complaints about the matte steel finish at the bottom, but I quite like it. I was a little worried that it would look bizarre, but it really doesn't. The remote is bulkier than the V series, about the same in terms of quality. Buttons now click, unlike the V series.
The menu seems more cluttered than the V series unfortunately, but everything, once found, is relatively easy to access. This TV does not automatically detect inputs, which is sort of odd, but they can easily be labeled.
Now for the picture/sound:
Picture quality is nearly identical to the V series, except this TV has a much better backlight (uniform backlighting for the win). This TV doesn't seem to handle SD signals as well as the V series (though it's a minimal difference) and HD signals are slightly better (again, minimal). The blacks are black and the whites are white. I am still fiddling with color temperature (the delivery guy set everything to vivid, so I have to go back and change it). Vivid worked to an extent on the V series (as a joke, sort of), on the EX500 it does not. It looks awful, but standard looks amazing. I am using the new Final Fantasy game as comparison reference, and the game looked amazing on both sets, but I have to give the edge to the EX500.
There are some new options that I am playing with, including "black corrector" and "Mpeg Noise Reduction" but I have no idea what either does. "Live Color" makes a return and actually dramatically changes the color temperature, unlike the V series (not sure if that's good or bad yet).
The sound quality is a HUGE step up from the V series. No more pops, clipping audio, drop outs, etc. I am extremely hard of hearing, and turning the TV up to 35 (out of 100) was too loud and I could hear the TV well. Dynamic sound sort of sucks (bass is not great on this set, like most HD TVs), so I decided to stick with standard, which is much more balanced.
Inputs have been switched around a little bit. Two HDMIs in the back, two on the side. Some people that choose the mount may have some problems with this, but I don't personally care. The VGA input has also been put in the back (I prefer this).
Overall, this TV is better than the V series (and oddly only a few dollars more expensive). If are one of the people like me who loved the V series but felt a little ripped off because of the technical issues, this is the set you have been waiting for. I will post some pictures tonight and give more impressions over the next few days.