Got my set this morning and my brother was kind enough to help me relocate the mounting bracket to best center the set in my built in. Because my mounting bracket doesn't stick out very far (its fully extended in these pictures) mounting a 65 would of been impossible.
These aren't out of box settings. These are the CNET calibrated settings when they did their review a week or two ago. I used them as a baseline because the out of box settings were wicked bright! They had the backlight at 85 by default.
I've only played with the set an hour or so and here are my impressions:
1) The built-in speakers are pretty bad - no real mid/bass - but what can you expect from a TV 1" thick
2) The viewing angles are bad but tolerable. My wife can't really tell the difference but she doesn't know what she's looking for. When Andrew at HTR said this set is meant to be viewed from a 3 seater couch he was right. If you go too far left or right of a 3 seat couch @ 14 feet (my viewing distance) it gets really washed out.
Luckily my living room is pretty narrow so I won't have that problem
3) The colors and picture quality are excellent. On the factory settings there is clouding and uniformity issues. When you tune things down, most of them go away. As you can see from my snapshots black levels and clouding isn't that bad.
I noticed something very interesting here. depending on the source, the quality of the black levels and colors are greatly affected. For example, my directv dvr has a much brighter picture than my Apple TV. The ATV has awesome black levels and not really bad uniformity as you can see.
I think the picture quality is much better than my 50" PZ85U plasma. This thing would be perfect if it had the same viewing angles though because we do have one seat thats off to the right of the couch and the picture quality does get washed out. If you're dead center of the set or on a sofa thats centered you won't have any problems.
Oh and get this, the 5 year extended warranty through squaretrade @ costco was 59$!!! Costco automatically doubles the factory warranty to 2 years and since the set comes in under a grand you can get the extended warr for 59$.
I'm satisfied. My next best option would be a 60" elite or ES8000 series. They have way better viewing angles but cost 3-4 times more. The wifey aggreed that I can get another TV in 2-3 years (60" oled please) so this should be just fine tip then.
This weekend I'm going to fire up my i2pro and calman and see if I can get it more dialed in.
These pictures were taken with an iphone 5 - no flash except for the one on top. I'll try to get sharper pictures later.