some more updates from me today.
first, I installed the 1103 FW. I did not notice any changes. 'pops' still happen when I force them, and I never noticed them during normal viewing before anyway, so take it for what it's worth. didn't notice any change in brightness or blacks.
today's main testing was with gaming in regards to the input lag. I was so concerned about it, I actually ran a second HDMI to input 2 so that I could let my harmony one automatically go to input 2 with 'PC' label for using the xbox/ps3 while keeping my HTPC, Cable, etc going to input 1 with whatever video setting I ultimately calibrate with. basically, I don't care if I need to use game mode, or PC, I just don't want to have to dig through the menus everytime I switch...
so anyway, I loaded up COD and just played through the campaign from where I left off. to be honest, I really didn't notice any problems. I tried out the PC input anyway to double check. definitely wasn't sensitive enough to it to notice a problem. i'm going to leave the second input hooked up though. it seemed useful to have the image 'too bright' so I could see the guys hiding in the shadows.
I did almost reveal another problem though. during some gameplay I got this loud, high pitched tone coming from behind the tv. I paused the game and the sound went away, started playing again and it came back. ok, turned off the receiver to double check, sound still came on when I started playing again. damn. so started messing with the backlight, it seemed to help if I turned it down. anyway, by this time I was concerned enough to start investigating, took a peak behind the tv and saw my UPS sitting there...hmm. played the game again and sure enough, it was the TV maxing out the rating on my UPS! I guess this is a non-concern really, but i'm a little stuck. my only solution is to not use the UPS for the TV, or turn on the ECO modes. I finished playing the game with the ECO mode set to the highest setting, it wasn't terrible, but it's not 'fixed' either. so I guess i'm in the market for a larger UPS now.
but wow, this tv is power hungry when there's bright images on screen!
I also watched some SD cable for the first time. going from a 50 - 64 reveals a lot of the details that used to be hidden. I saw this with the projector as well. it's watchable, but looks pretty bad. but that being said, my AVR upscales everything to 720p before it reaches the TV, so it's not all the TV's fault.
but after 24hrs of ownership. i'm quite happy. I can watch any kind of movie and just watch it again. no more seeing grey blobs that are supposed to be shadow details. nothing at all really to distract me from the content. well, other than the fact that i'm still looking at it very closely. once the 'new tv' wears off i'm confident i'll just look 'through' the screen into the picture. so i'm still happy with my purchase, and the huge box taking up space in my basement may get tossed pretty soon. I think she's a keeper, regardless of what the shootout says...
Displays: Samsung PN64F8500/JVC X35
AVR: Pioneer VSX-1018AH, 5.1 audio
Sources: HTPC(Mediabrowser), PS3, XBOX360, Wii, Sony DVP-CX995V
Control: Harmony One