I finally got to break out the TV and set it up this weekend, and for starters, I am amazed! For my first time to see the 747 in live action, I had no idea what to expect, but I've been extremely happy with my purchase. In addition, my xbox 360 arrived the same day, so this was definitely a weekend to remember! Anyway, on to some setup details:
I'm running my Dish Network HD-DVR on component for now while awaiting an HDMI cable from monoprice.com (GREAT price, btw). I'm also running the 360 with a VGA cable. I got an indoor amplified OTA antenna, but couldn't get any hi-def channels for some reason (I only live like 5 miles from the OKC stations' antennas.. planing to return the antenna to try a stronger one). Right out of the box, the picture looked excellent on the HD channels and very nice on the SD channels as well. While the difference is noticeable, it's not distracting at all to my somewhat untrained eye. THE HD channels sparkle, however, as does both games and SD movies on the Xbox 360.
As for glare, it's not even noticeable with the blinds drawn in the living room windows, and while the image is a little "lighter" from the side where our loveseat is, sitting anywhere on the sofa (directly in front of the TV) gives a great view, and my family thought the view from the loveseat was fine as well (though I noticed the difference).
I did notice that on the VGA input, the side edges were really bright, especially with dark screens, like the beginning of Lego Star Wars II, but didn't notice much the rest of the time. It looks a little better after running the THX optimizer on Star Wars, Episode II and adjusting the contrast and brightness some. I have not seen any "eggs" yet, that I noticed anyway. It is mildly annoying to have to cycle through all the sources to go between VGA and Component 1, but I can live with it. I also wish the Dish remote would control the 747 volume, etc, but there's no code that worked per the Dish guy, and the code to program the 747 remote to control the DISH HD-DVR didn't work, and neither of them would control the 360, so I'm still juggling 2 remotes and a 360 controller for now.
I did get some screen pics, but I just realized when I tried to upload them that they're too big, so I'll have to do decrease the resolution on them and bring them back to work tomorrow (still don't have the DSL modem at home...grrr). I also tried to just use the insert image button, but didn't know what to put in the script prompt (sorry i'm such a newbie at html and forum stuff), so any help there would be appreciated as well. Hopefully, I'll be able to share the pics tomorrow!