I have to strongly disagree with the Cnet review. I've seen noise on this set in a few instances, all of them in anything other than Cinema mode. Also, even out of Cinema, the noise isn't egregious. I do recall thinking the noise was noticeable vs the Samsung in the store, however obviously the settings were set to torch and vivid, not a good combo for noise. In Cinema I have to say I've not once noticed noise from any good source.
I also have to disagree wih Elway, SD content on this thing is nothing short of amazing. Yes, it's not HD, but I've been caught off guard many times when I thought I was watching a slightly compressed HD channel only to find it was a standard SD cable channel (TNT in my area is consistently putting out a stellar signal). I guess it all has to do with your SD source). I've actually been meaning to post some SD DVD screen shots, just haven't got around to it yet.