I set mine up last night. I couldn't find any dead pixels from watching it, but I didn't run any tests for them yet. The menus are really nice, much better than the Westy I played with at BB. I think the speakers are perfectly fine as far as tv speakers go. I adjusted the bass and the treble and it sounded better than I expected it to.
One of the things that disappointed me with the set is how cheap it looks. From the pictures on the site I liked the plain black look to the set, but it's painted gloss black with really cheap paint. The silver trim is also just painted plastic. I'd have prefered unpainted matte black plastic. The remote is of course complete crap, but I like how it has some extra buttons that aren't normally on there, like the add/delete channel. It could have used a backlight button.
I think the picture is very good on this set with a few caveats. I have only played with the adjustments briefly and without any setup pattern assistance but color seems very natural. They provide a lot of adjustment options that I believe will allow people to tune it very accurately. Like a lot of LCDs black leaves a lot to be desired, and every time you change the channel you get a black screen to remind you of it. Backlighting is even when looking straight on, but looking from even a small angle will show different light intensity all across the screen. This is very pronounced on a dark screen, less so in a fully lit picture. It's not a set I'd enjoy watching off angle, but centered and from a proper viewing distance it's not noticable.
I have some questions about tuners. I hooked it up to my cable and did an autoscan. It found most of the channels but they are all over the place. The main thing i found is that I seemed to be getting other people's on demand programming, including porn. Sometimes it would even pause, ff, or rw. In addition to porn I got American History X, some movies from the horror channel, a Lambo Gallardo special, and even Star Wars ep II in HD. Is this from the QAM tuner? Anyone explain what's going on here? I have Comcast and it appeared to be on 101, 102, 104. Channel 101 had programming on 101-3, 101-4, and 101-8. I was unable to tune other channels under 101, but didn't know if it was because of the set or if other numbers simply don't exist.
I think this is a very good LCD for the money. I don't have anything really similiar to compare it to, my only other LCD is a Dell 2405 which is 1920x1200 I view at close range. I can't say if it's better or worse than the comperable Westy having only seen that in a store. From my limited experience I am inclined to say it is, it has a good picture with some features that the Westy doesn't have. I consider the extra $100 the cost of my Costco lifetime guarantee, and I am happy I went with this set.