Received mine from Crutchfield yesterday. FYI I'm quite the HD newbie, so take my impressions with that in mind
First, the delivery experience was quite good. EGL came yesterday afternoon about mid-way into the slot they had arranged. The brought the TV right up, unboxed it, placed it on my tv stand and powered it up. Everything worked fine.
Took me about two minutes to get everything plugged in and working. The trunk/side mounted connections are an excellent idea and certainly make it easy to access and change connections. I'm using:
- Tivo (for SDTV, Comcast HD will be ordered today)
- Samsumg HD-941 upscaling DVD player
- XBOX 360
The picture from the XBox 360 looks great. I've got it outputting at 720P over component, and it looks crisp and clear. I've been playing Project Gotham Racing 3 and Geometry Wars and there's no perceptible lag at all. Basically it looks like my old CRT at 2-3 times the size and resolution
No lag, no ghosting etc.
The DVD player did present one issue connected over HDMI. The player is setup to upscale to 1080i, with the westy doing the de-interlacing. The picture looks great. As someone else mentioned, with bitstream audio all I get is a nice series of clicks (no other sound). With it set to PCM sound I cannot eliminate a faint crackling sound. The sound is only there when the sound track is sufficiently loud (regardless of where the TV volume is set), but this is 20-30% of the time. I'm not sure if it's the TV's processing of the audio, the DVD player, or the HDMI cable (which came with the DVD player). I've switched to DVI+L/R audio and it's working great now. I've also ordered a new cable from monoprice, and will be getting a comcast HD cable unit soon, which should give me enough pieces to figure out where the problem lies (my money is on the DVD player).
SD looks....well, like SD. Some channels looks fine (I'm watching CNN Headline right now, and it looks good), and others look pretty crummy. It seems to be this way regardless of whether I'm watching in 4:3 mode or fat (sorry, stretch) mode.
As others have already stated, the look and build quality are excellent. I was a little sceptical of the bezel design, but now that it's home and in place it looks great. And while you can turn off the westy logo light, at least the westy logo doesn't look like crap.
I haven't done a close up examination yet to look for dead/stuck pixels but we've been watching a range of stuff at this point and nothing is visible from viewing distance (which to me, is really all that matters). I'll be picking up a DVI cable from work today which will allow me to run my powerbook into it at full 1080P and run some tests (any suggestions for test software would be welcomed).
I'm quite impressed with the built-in speakers. For built-ins they are quite capable. I'm not a home-theatre buff though so please don't ask me if they'll work for you. They sound good enough to me to use in day-to-day TV/XBox usage.
I do have a few peeves. The manual is pretty pathetic. I'm ok with that because really, I've never felt the need for a manual for a TV. The remote is also pretty poor (as mentioned elsewhere). It'll do for now, but I'm pretty sure that I'll be picking up a universal remote soon (any suggestions for one that works well with the westy, xbox360, tivo and comcast would be greatly welcomed). The auto-input detection is ok, but could be more helpful. It would seem that all it does is detect when an input suddenly starts receiving a signal, and change to that input. It'd be nice if, when turning off an input source, it'd a) change to the only active input if there's only one left or b) present you with a list of active inputs if there are more than one. But this is nit-picky stuff.
Overall, I'm very happy with the TV, and with the experience from crutchfield. It's not going home unless something goes seriously wrong in the next week or so (it hasn't yet).