Ok, after putting the living room back together and hooking up my antique original Apex DVD player via S-Video, I must say the strange artifacts and horrible clayface I was seeing before are gone. I've yet to hook up my Dish 811 for HD signals, but watching standard def Dish signal now at full screen from about 10' back is fine.
Also using the internal speakers for now until I get a proper sound system. Average at best. I read in a previous post someone asking if the speakers are removeable, they are not. Actually they are located on the lower portion of the monitor. The unit is 49 1/2 " wide.
I'm quickly realizing that I need a new dvd player and probably going to build a small HTPC for this TV due to the quality of Windows when I had it on RGB. HDMI also has the PIP though I dont see it being split screen.
So far, this being my first large TV purchase (Other than the Benq PE7700 in the basement) I'm very happy. The black bezel is nice though I'd have liked the stand black as well.
I hooked up my HDR-HC3 Hi Def camcorder through the component input and it produced a great image. Watching back previous recordings, content in lower light was a bit grainiy but colors were right on and the image was very sharp. Actually sort of amazing considering the size of the camera, but thats a story for another day
The noise level is only noticable if you stick your head behind the vents on the top and you hear a small buzz, but more than one foot away and I hear nothing coming from the unit. It does generate a bit of heat though, but winter is coming
I'll post a bit more thoughts once I get a proper signal fed to it, but for those stuck watching a great deal of SD content, its not a bad way to go considering the array of options that come standard.