markrubin, good sir, can you give us a summary on what you did to "dial in better settings"?
I ask for my own selfish purposes, but also to get a sense of what the process and time investment were so other prospective owners can consider what they'll be facing. (I, too, would not be happy if the picture was "LCD like" out of the box.)
Also, I'm not bashing Kevin Miller in any way. I'm just questioning Sharp here. Did they give Kevin Miller a sample that was partly pre-calibrated? His review further suggests that the ones they will sell will be better out of the box than the sample he worked with. It almost suggests -- without saying it -- that you really ought not need calibration of the production sets; that Sharp "gets it" on gamma, color, greyscale.
I'm sensing reality and those expectations did not line up.
There is no difference in HDMI cables. If you can see the picture without visible dropouts or sparklies, the cable is working at 100%. No other cable will display a better version of that picture. You're simply wrong if you think there is a better digital cable than one that is already working.