I have owned my 9800 for about six weeks now. Since I first posted about the TV, I have simply watched content. No test patterns, no special burn - in procedures, no looking for flaws, no restrictions on what I watch on it.
I have to say, if anything, I am more impressed now after six weeks of watching. I have seen no issues in anything I have watched on it that was not in the source material. White whites, blackest blacks, great color, depth and dimensionality. Simply an awesome picture. From a sit down and simply use it viewpoint, there is none better I have seen.
The curve? Wife loves it. I feel it is marketing. I do have to say it has had one advantage. Our viewing room has lots of light at various times in the day. My Pioneer Elite Plasma would have significant reflection of light off the screen at different times. The curve has broken up those reflections to a surprising degree. Enough so that it would be hard to give up the lack of reflections.
I did find the sound weak so I bought a sound bar for it, I hate the magic remote, but I got the codes into my programmable remote so everything works fine there. Otherwise, nothing.
I bless the day Microcenter sold me this for $2k.