Just wanted to thank everyone for the information in this thread and post my own impressions.
I purchased a 950 65" and so far I'm loving it.
I did do some static color screen tests and verified one dead pixel toward the bottom of the screen. But it's odd I can't see the dead pixel at all from normal viewing angels, if I go to a very side view angel I can see the pixel, so this really doesn't bother me. I also noticed some very very slight banding with the static screens but nothing I can see on a regular basis - maybe my eyes just are not good enough to pick it up but my family hasn't noticed anything either after a month. The biggest complaint I have coming from the XBR2 70" rear projection is the blooming but even that isn't bad when your in the proper sitting position. The blooming picks up as you get off angle from the TV more.
As for the colors and blacks, amazing!
As for the speakers and stand, I've read the mixed reviews but I have to say I love the stand. It looks great but isn't too shiny that I'm distracted ever. The speakers are not amazing but they'll do, most folks will have better speakers via their receiver anyways with this caliber TV.
Few questions for any experts:
1) Sometimes when I switch to Component input, after 5-10 seconds the TV jumps back to HDMI 2. Not sure why the hell it does this but drives me crazy, I've seen it do this also when I first opened the Netflix app. I have nothing attached to HDMI 2, my receiver feeds into HDMI 1. I have an input that goes into receiver being split via HDMI splitter and sent to another TV. And its the craziest thing but whenever the TV does this and flips to HDMI 2 in error the other TV turns on... So weird...
2) Is there a normal way to quit the Netflix app? I've been pressing Menu, but that seems silly.
3) Is it true we cannot adjust picture settings for Netflix, Amazon, etc? If so I'll need to keep using PS3 for those.