I got it via Beach Camera in about 6 days from when I pressed the button on 8-10 day shipping. I was a little nervous when the Fedex info didn't update until it arrived on the truck, but it came on the tracking schedule. It was double boxed with foamies- the outside basic box was a little roughed up, but the inside Syntax box was flawless.
This thing really resembles the older 42, except for no glass. So its light enough for one strong person to move it. What that also seems to mean is that the noise in bad pictures is a tic more noticeable than the old one, but a good signal really stands out. I turned off my sharpness and really liked the results.
I have found the tuner to be much improved in many regards, and on par with my H20 directv box. THe single OTA input is nice to have as well.
The color is great and totally customizable. The color detail is far superior to my LG based plasma (sitting right behind it.) THis is after I cranked the color down and contrast up from factory settings.
I do not see a problem with the blacks at all, even compared to the plasma pushing the contrast burn-in barrier. I can see how a purist would complain about not reaching total black, but all I care about is the shadow detail- which is very comparable and great for an LCD.
I thought the XBox 360 looked awesome. Some of the stuff looked absolutely perfect. I even checked it on 1080i and it handled it well. A DVD looked about as good as you could expect.
As for the supposed blurry computer text, I think that reviewer needs glasses. It was fine. I played some HD material from the 1080P site. Robotica and Dolphins both were fantstic for those who are familiar.
The remote, is far better than the last, but still lacks the individual input buttons, which is my biggest complaint. The "source" button cycles pretty easy, but it kills me to have to go past the S video settings I will never use.
THe menu is fabulous. Much better than the old 42. It is very easy to navigate.
I checked to make sure my sharpness setting stayed put when I cycleded inputs and powered off.
So far the only things I notice out of the box are:
1. Out of the box, the little noise line is peekeing out on some 4/3broadcasts. THis is common on flat panels that don't overscan and can be remedied in a number of ways, especially since this set has screen placement settings, which I have not yet played with.
2. I saw a bit of motion blur on smallville when one person walked in front of another in a close-up , and a little in the baseball game, but its possibly the source. Some pretty fast dance scenes in wedding crashers showed little if any blur.
3. Not having the glass is a double edged sword- you can see more detail, but you get a better view of the problems with your source material. Therefore I give the SD a B.
Overall, I am very happy with the set so far. With the upgrades I think its worth it over the deals on the older set. The only down side is the single HDMI.
I also noted that Office Depot's Tech Depot is getting these things in too if you want a happiness guarantee. I doubt you will be disappointed.
When did football games become talk shows?