I picked up the 32S3000 last week, and have had just enough time to put it through the gauntlet in terms of all kinds of content, both high quality and bad. Keep in mind, I'm no videophile, but I consider myself to have a pretty critical eye. I've been happy with Neutral color, Standard picture, with a Backlight of 3.
Overall, I'm very pleased with the set, and am relieved to have gotten a quality panel the first time around. I recognize the tendency to post more about your displeasure than anything else (and that the satisfied owners are likely just enjoying their set), but after reading about buzzing, clouding, banding, flashlighting, tearing, dead pixels, and the myriad problems inherent in all LCDs across all brands and lines, I still felt as if I were playing Russian roulette buying anything. When the TV arrived I apprehensively set it up, fully ready to take in my 500+ dead pixels, searchlights, and more clouds than an afternoon in Seattle. Instead, I was greeted with a near pristine, uniformly black screen. I was ecstatic. I watched The Lives of Others (excellent movie, by the way) on DVD via my 360's HDMI. I was prepared for lighter black levels than my 10 year-old Panny CRT, but I found the Sony's blacks more than adequate. Later in the week I watched The Office's "Traveling Salesman" from my laptop via VGA. It is a torrent with a funky resolution of 624x352, sub-SD. It was still very watchable, and there were very few picture anomalies to serve as distraction. The only egregious issue was around 0:16 when Michael is interrogating Dwight about his tardiness that morning; the shot is partially blocked by Michael's shoulder. Where Michael's dark blue/black shoulder should have been was a messy stew of blocky pixels all seemingly arguing about what shade of color it should be. Overall, however, the picture was just fine.
Finally, I popped in Bioshock for the 360. That's when this set came alive. The haunting, off-kilter atmosphere of the game really drew me in. This very "contrast-y" game could easily bring a cheap LCD to its knees, but the S3000 handled it with aplomb. I had no HDMI issues (I heard Samsungs, before a firmware fix, had really bad tearing/dropouts), and I didn't notice any lag/ghosting/smearing/etc. Looked beautiful in 720p. Here are a few very unprofessional shots of Bioshock. They're non-action scenes, so they don't quite capture the feel, but the Sony really made the colors and shadows pop.http://s218.photobucket.com/albums/c...=Bioshock1.jpghttp://s218.photobucket.com/albums/c...=Bioshock2.jpghttp://s218.photobucket.com/albums/c...=Bioshock3.jpghttp://s218.photobucket.com/albums/c...=Bioshock4.jpg