My second TC-58AX800U set arrived Friday. Luckily, I was home. The delivery company sent one guy and a two-wheel dolly. As I mentioned earlier in this thread, I have a theory that a two-wheel dolly may have been what cracked my first set. After I convinced the delivery guy to hand carry it into my house (with me on the heavy end
), it is not cracked and I am now the owner of this TV.
After I get in my ebates rebate, it will cost me a little over $1900, which I think is a pretty good bargain. I have not seen ebates run a 15% cash back before or since the one I was able to get so sorry if it doesn't happen again.
I am really loving the picture on this TV. Watching several sources and playing with the presets, my family and I decided on the "Vivid" setting for most TV viewing. Yeah, we chose the "burn your eyeballs" setting. I guess that means we're not AVS pros since we like our TVs eye-poppingly bright and colorful. Ha ha. I tried starting out with the THX Pro setting, figuring that would be the best for movies but it actually created weird gray stuff to happen in dark areas of the scenes. Vivid gets rid of this gray stuff but it also crushes those blacks so there is little to no detail there. I'm still going to play around with it as the days go on but for now (football season!!), it's Vivid all the way, as long as it doesn't introduce motion artifacts. There are two Professional settings too. The first one shows some promise.
One negative so far - the audio isn't very good. My viewing area is a large room with a cathedral ceiling so it's an echo chamber to start with. But with these rear-firing speakers, the echo effect is enhanced, resulting in crappy sound that sounds. We also have to crank up the volume to over 70 to be able to hear dialog clearly. Since it only goes to 100, that's pretty loud and I have to wonder if there isn't a bit of distortion at such a high volume setting.