Guess I'll get this thread startedfirst off thanks to all who post replies that help us newbie's out in our purchases! I really appreciate it and have learned a ton about making the best decision based on MY NEEDS. From all the data provided on this board the last 3 months, I checked out Panny's, Pioneers, LG's and Sammy's and they're all fantastic looking panels. Yup I could afford all the above, but couldn't justify the added cost, I really consider TV a luxury and certainly don't spend all that much time in front of it. I came from a 27 Phillips CRT, so anything out there will look amazing to meso all this could be taken with a grain of salt to the hard core enthusiasts out there.
Interest in this model started back with the launch of the XVT LCD series. Like others I became frustrated with the continuous delayed launch of this product. I chose to look at it from two points of vieweither something happened in there JIT (just in time MFG) or they (Vizio) determined they had some sort of quality issue that would tarnish the reputation they're building as a viable option to the big hitters out thereso they made the executive decision to hold back and put a good product outguess only time will tell, and I'm willing to take the chance. Especially with the Costco return policy.
My TV time consists of NFL Football, AMA Supercross/MX, Superbikes, NHRA Drag racing, F1 and Animated movies...my viewing distance is 12-15'.
So I picked mine up last Friday, with the Integrated NTSC/ATSC/QAM HDTV Tuner I was able to get all my local channels programmed so I could watch both college and NFL HD games. I got it set up in time to watch the 2nd half of the Utah vs. Alabama game in HDwow! Then on Saturday the Cardinal game was simply amazing on NBCs' feedI've been to that stadium twice this year and it was so realistic! All the games were fantastic to see in HD, then the Supercross race in Anaheim was broadcast live on Speed...unwatchable with the 480 feed IMO, luckily CBS will have a couple of broadcasts soon, so that will be a good test to justify DirecTV.
I really haven't had the need to mess with the picture other than the (Standard, Movie, Game and Sports settings). Standard at this point is acceptable for the stuff I've watched so faroh we did watch Iron Man on Blu-Ray last night (dark room). Started in Movie modechanged back to standard to get the blacks betterFWIW.
In the end of it all, I got a complete system (Panel, Blu-Ray and stand) for $1800 OTD, which left funds available to get the Girlfriend a new MacBook Pro as well!
Cheers all, looking forward to sharing data in the future.
Life's short, don't sweat the small stuff!