I just got the 42" and I'm having some issues with it. At this point, I don't know if it's my set or my signal. The first thing I did was connect it to my MOXI HD PVR via component. My box unfortunately does not have HDMI, but it does have an active DVI port. I guess I'll need to get a DVI to HDMI converter of some sort. Anyway, as soon as I connected the cable to the set, I noticed that there was heavy artifacting going on all over the screen. It was nuts, I immediately figured my set must be a lemon. But then I calmed down a bit and connected my Xbox 360 via component, changed my console settings to 1080p, threw in Fight Night 3 and it looked fantastic. I then connected my HD-DVD add-on to the X360 and again, King Kong and V for Vendetta looked fantastic.
So two different HD sources and one looks like **** and the other looks great. The one thing that worries me is that while I was in the store (Best Buy), I saw the same artifacting (exactly what I see at home) on the display model and on most sets out there looked fine off the same feed. Does anyone have any idea on what the problem is? I have 30 days to return it, so any advice would be appreciated. It just kills me that it can look so good when I'm using my Xbox 360, but so lousy when I'm watching cable HD.
Thanks in advance,
edit: I have no banding btw. My last set was an RPLCD and it was riddled with banding, so I know it when I see it.
edit2: Okay, after looking at different channels on my Time Warner HD (yuck!), it seems it's the signal. Fox and ABC look pretty good. ESPN and HBO look like trash. I'll have to record some shows in primetime to see how they look. Also, does anyone know if there is a display in the service menu which states how many hours the set has been on? I know with RPLCD and DLP sets you can usually find the bulb/lamp hours in it. Thanks again.