Hi, Yes, back with more info on my S4692d...
I still love it. Yes, the prices on the 1080p set came down below what I paid for this 720p, back in July, but I'm still very happy, and would probably do it all over again. My problem with 1080p today, and why this 720p could be the best TV on the market -- there is still question as to (at this size) whether your eyes can tell a difference, even with a true 1080p source. Only way you're getting that is with Blu-Ray or HD DVD. But, there's more: 1080i is still perhaps no "better looking" on a 1080p set compared to a 720p set. Twice now, I've had the chance to watch hours of different 1080i shows on the 720p 4692 and the 1080p 4695 Samsungs, with the TVs side-by-side. I stood around 5.5 feet back...and watched and watched. The only difference is being able to see the pixels in the TV or not. At about 2 feet away, I could see actual pixels in the 720p set, but not as easily in the 1080p. So, yes, at that point, the 1080p looked better. At 5.5 feet, I have not seen any difference in the two TVs. Yes, some shots, the 1080p looks "better"...but in some shots, the 720p looked "better"... It's mental, and I promise, I have eagle eyes, and I'm picky as ever, and I was "working" to find any differences. There was none that I could say were concrete at all.
So, right now, the only reason I'd go with the 1080p is for Blu-Ray, HD DVD, and PS3s... At 1080i, I could not see a difference at all. So, so far, it's one plus for the 1080p content (maybe), and a tie at 1080i. Here come all the votes for the 720p -- every other source of video is 720p or lower. Even if someone could convince me that 1080i looked better on 1080p sets, which I have no proof of, then they would have to say 720p looked better on 720p sets...and that's a lot of programming and #1 shows on TV (ABC, FOX, ESPN). I would also argue that SD TV and DVDs look better on a 720p compared to a 1080i.
So, all this being said, until the HD world is on the same page, and everyone is in 1080i or higher, I'm very happy with this 720p HDTV -- as Microsoft put it when designing the XBOX, so I've read, 720p is the "sweet spot" today, and I totally agree.
That being said, this is all NOT why I'd get the 46" over the 40" as was posted in the question above. I would get the 46" over the 40" because the 46" is so much bigger and awesome...it is totally impressive versus the 40... I've got the 46 and I want a 52 -- up to a certain size, bigger is better. At this point, depending on your room size, go for the 46" 720p, it's a no brainer to me. The picture will blow you away, and you'll have a more theater like experience, which will mean you'll probably like the picture better. As I've learned over the past six months, resolution is a factor in having a "great picture" but it's just one of many, and not at the top of the list. Under 50"...size is more important for viewing experience.
That being said, there is the issue of black levels, or black crush on the screen. You have to really play with the settings on these things to get the picture just right. The newer LCDs and Plasmas seem to just look better and better when it comes to blacks, so really, next year, there will be something better, and the year after that and so on... So, at this point, my picture looks absolutely amazing and blows everyone away with the following settings, adjusted over the past month for "perfection" watching HD:
"Cool1" color filter
Digital NR: On
I brought up the brightness and the color to get more out of the shadows and it really has helped. I think I need to come up with a better setting for watching DVDs, but this does look great...just want to experiment.
As for the sharpness...there's a lot of debate on where to set it... I do believe, after testing and testing this TV, that "50" is where sharpness is actually NOT affecting the picture, meaning the setting is neutral, and not "0" where many people set it. Some will disagree, but setting it lower than 50 seems to artificially soften the picture, and over 50 seems to artificially enhance the image to the point of distortion on each end.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but this TV is gorgeous at my house. I'm working taking some screen shots, but can't get the camera to shoot the screen clearly.... Will work on that.