Well, I've had it now 3 weeks and it is going back to the store on Friday. They are exchanging it - so maybe I just had some type of defect? No matter what I did, I could not fix the problems.
Certain channels (USAHD, TNTHD, Locals, etc) are were subject to what I"ll call "jittering"... the motion of people's faces, their gait as they walked, etc all looked very unnatural - like the input data was missing some frames....almost like someone would push "pause/play" at extremely high speeds. Had an AV guy out here and he was like "dude, that ain't right".
So, I spent the weekend trying the various combinations:
1. Played a Bluray via PS3 - picture looked fine, no jittering
2. Watched USAHD. Big problem. Other channels - same problem. Tried a new DTV box that I know had no issues - same problem.
3. Watched History HD (Hatfield & McCoys) - same problem.
3. Then replaced all the HDMI cables - same problem.
It's almost like the TV can't process signals less than 1080p without losing something in translation. It does seem to be worse when the source material is darker, rather when the screen is lighter, such as a baseball game.
Any ideas anyone?
So, a replacement (new) one is coming on Friday. I hope that this fixes my problem - as I do like this TV! I just want it to work correctly!
But when you can't even watch "Law and Order" without going nuts due to all the stopping and starting of the picture - and my old Sony 70" SXRD NEVER exbibited these characteristics - its pretty hard to justify keeping a TV.
Am I the only one with these extreme issues with this TV?