I actually purchased the panel in late July, but asked them to keep it in the warehouse. I've been looking to change the audio/video in a multi-purpose room, and it's taking longer to absorb the 2009 world of audio/video than I anticipated.
So, I had them deliver the panel today and mount it on the wall. There were no dead pixels and no blotches and no buzzing (I've been lurking for about 2 years...), so I guess I'm good. The build date was April 2009. Call me crazy, but I think the picture is better than the November 1993 build of the Mitsubishi 35" CRT it is replacing.
It looked good out of the box. Haven't read the manual or looked at the various settings recommended here as yet, but it's not bad as is. Even the wife seems to be smiling ear to ear, much to my surprise!
The new amp and blu-ray player are in (and sitting boxed in the corner by the piano) as is the ideal-lume lighting. Still waiting on the AVP, subwoofers, speakers and acoustical treatments. Hope to get everything calibrated before Christmas.
Thanks for the wealth of info here. Proud to be a Signature 141FD owner!