Took my LN46C630 for delivery this morning and have spent pretty much all day (stupid work) setting it up and fiddling with the multitude of options. Quite an upgrade from my LG 26LC7D. Fair warning: I am still relatively new to the home theater arena, so take my comments with a grain of salt.
The picture is gorgeous. I love the semi-matte screen; it does a great job of making the colors pop while diffusing sunlight from the bay windows and artificial light from our bright, overhead picture lights. The blacks are deep -- much deeper than on the LG -- and the dynamic contrast setting really brings out the rest of the image. The look of the unit is pleasing, with a thin (~2"), square, uniform bezel; an almost non-existent swivel base; and a small control pad on the face that virtually disappears if you're not looking for it. (There is a superfluous layer of glass over the bezel that might irk some people, but I kind of like it.)
The sound is a lot better than I expected it to be. I've pretty much given up on TV speakers and recently installed a surround sound system to circumvent the issue, so that was a pleasant surprise.
Overall, I am extremely pleased with the purchase, and I definitely had a stroke of good luck because I made the amateur mistake of not seeing the set in person before pulling the trigger. I don't have any 1080p content at the moment, but 720p looks absolutely amazing at a viewing distance of about seven feet. The edge enhancement, digital noise filter, and MPEG noise filter features handle horribly-compressed Comcast content with noticeable improvement. I haven't touched the black tone, shadow detail, gamma, color space, [10p] white balance, or flesh tone settings yet... I figure I'd do more harm than good!
- Not only do I not like the effect that Auto Motion Plus (AMP) 120 Hz produces, but it doesn't even work very well. It skips, jumps, pixelates, and distorts with disturbing regularity. I tried adjusting the dejudder and deblurring effects separately in a custom setting with very disappointing results.
- The menu system is taking some getting used to. Settings change (as a result of other settings changing) and it's not always clear why; settings are disabled (as a result of other settings) and it's not always clear why; in general, there appear to be some internal machinations that I'm not quite savvy to just yet. UPDATE: The user manual accurately lays out these quirks.
- The remote is a bit toy-ish, but not bad. Don't let anybody scare you off because of the remote!
- I set the HDMI output of my Motorola DCX3400 to "Native" to preserve original broadcast resolutions and 1080i broadcasts look like garbage. Fuzzy garbage. I tried it both direct to the TV and through the deinterlacer on my Denon AVR with the same results. In every single case, I was able to obtain a much sharper image by letting the Comcast DVR rescale the 1080i broadcast to 720p. I don't know if it's Comcast, the DVR, or the TV, or if I simply have a serious misunderstanding of 1080i, but regardless I am not pleased. UPDATE: I'm not sure what was going on here, but I'm very happy with 1080i and 720p content. I had to switch to component to work around a known issue with Motorola DVRs and Denon AVRs (the loss of settings issue).
- In a similar vein, my trusty old Toshiba DVD player is starting to show its age. I'm getting some serious aliasing over the component video connection. I'm still working on this -- it might be an issue with the Denon -- but given that a Blu-Ray player is in my future, it may not be that big of a deal. I just expected the new set to have a relatively decent scaler for 480i/p content. UPDATE: DVD playback is better through my Xbox 360, so I think the Toshiba is just old. I still plan to pick up a Blu-Ray player in the near future.
- I'm having trouble getting my Intel Mac Mini (August 2007) to drive the display at 1920x1080 over a DVI->HDMI connection without losing the top menu bar and the bottom of the dock. The solution is probably going to be either the Screen Fit function or to bite the bullet and purchase SwitchResX. UPDATE: Was able to solve this issue, caused by my AVR, with a DVI Doctor.
That's it for now. I'll be back with updates.