Just became a proud 55VT50 owner last night and, after getting everything set up and plugged in, I turned it on, set it to THX Cinema and all my wife and I can say is "WOW". I can't believe how big of a different it is vs. my old Samsung 40" LCD! We watched parts of "Green Lantern" and "Puss in Boots" last night (neither of which I really wanted to see before) and were just blown away. The color is so much better and the PQ in general is like night and day. I can't wait to fire up the 3D (once I can find the glasses). Best part is I told my wife what she need to be careful of for the first 100 hours (since she'll be home more than I will this week), and she actually asked me later if it was OK to watch "Private Practice" with the ABC logo.
On a related note, are there any channels (aside from the obvious ones like ESPN, CNN, etc. that have tickers) that we should avoid watching for extended periods for the first 100 hours or so? I know that letterbox movies and 4:3 programming needs to be stretched to full screen and that HBO is the best channel because they don't have logos at all, but I'd read elsewhere that Cartoon Network and other channels that have very bright, solid logos can cause IR issues early on. I want to make sure to be relatively careful for the first within reason (there will be football watched this weekend!).
Anyway, I just wanted to thank everyone on this board, as reading through the posts here really helped me decide on what to buy and how best to get it set up. And thank you ahead of time for answering what I'm pretty sure will be very basic questions (like the one above) once I get ready to adjust the settings and make the picture even better!