I'd like a little help/advice if anyone is willing to listen to some of my questions and concerns before I purchase an 82-840. I'm sorry if some of these are redundant. I've read through most of this thread and if they've been asked/answered before, I may just been seeking some clarity.
Some background: I used to have a Toshiba 65" RPTV from 2004 before moving to a 60" Sony SXRD A2000 from 2007-2010. Since the summer of 2010, I've had the Panasonic 50" VT-25. I'm wanting to get back to a bigger screen because I miss the larger engrossing image. I will be connecting a PS3, Xbox 360, Panasonic 3D Blu-ray player and occasionally my Macbook Pro.
I feel like I've been spoiled with the amazing image on my smaller plasma screen so I have general concerns listed in the order of importance.
1. How's the image quality going to be?
I've been trying to look for screen caps (I know they can only show so much) but I'm concerned mostly with the depth of blacks on the 82-840. I haven't been able to locate a showroom in my area (Minneapolis) yet so I haven't seen one of these in person. I will be calibrating the TV and eventually getting is professionally calibrated after the initial break in period. Most of my viewing will be in low light (one floor lamp at either 50 or 100 watts).
2. Can I adjust overscan in the service menu?
I've seen a little bit about fixing geometry and how it undoes 1:1 Pixel mapping. Can I fix overscan too? I love seeing those little bars in 1.85. I want as close to 0% overscan as I can get.
3. Is the rainbow effect in play?
I had the Sony SXRD specifically because it couldn't have rainbow effect. I remember seeing it on older Samsung DLPs so I am prone to it in the older tech. How concerned should I be and is this an issue with the newer sets?
4. Let's talk 3D
Can I use my 3D glasses from my Panasonic? I have the older ones as well as the newer rechargeable batteries. I know that Mits switched to a different tech and I'm getting the sense that I can use them. Also, how's the crosstalk?
5. Stand Height
I've got my old stand still from my 60" Sony that should be able to hold the 82-840. However, I can only get it lowered down to 20" after taking the feet off. How much of an issue is this going to be? I know a lot of people have stands that are between 15-16". I can find a stand that will fit my Onkyo 805 and Klipsch Center channel that sits that low. I also have an IKEA in town but didn't see anything that looked feasible. I know I'm investing a lot in the TV but I don't want to spend a lot of money on a new stand for it. Kind of why this is a lower priority on my list but it is a real concern that I want to address.
6. Sitting distance
I'm going to be about 8.5 ft back with an eye height between 35" to 40". If I take a bookshelf out, I might be able to go back another foot. Probably not. Coupled with stand height, how am I doing? I know that I'm right on the cusp of where THX wants me to be.
7. 24p support and 120mhz Motion
I love, Love, LOVE my 24p (via 96hz) on my Panasonic. Let's just do panning shots all day. Am I going to be frustrated with 3:2 pulldown? I didn't have 24p support on my Sony A-2000 but I can't recall how juddery this may be.
Thanks for reading this far. I appreciate any and all support I can get. This is a big decision for me and I'm not really considering alternates at the moment. I guess the only other option would be for me to get another Panasonic Plasma (VT30) at 65" this time. I want to go BIG though. And just to clarify, the things that I've been unhappy about with my plasma are 1. Image retention. I was told this wasn't an issue anymore but I can't watch baseball without the logos constantly haunting me. 2. Banding Seeing blinds, text, etc with a long band across the entire screen.
Lastly, the main reason I want the 82-840 over the 82-740 is the clear contrast screen. I don't need the speakers as I have a good sound system already. Will the clear contrast help with my desire for deeper blacks?