It's been awhile since I've posted anything, but I did get my 57s715 this past Monday. But we also started moving that day, and I had no idea what I was in for. Between working a regular job, and moving I had no time to sit down and really check it out.
Tonight was the first time that I've had some time to really look at it, and I still can really only give you first impressions type of an opinion.
First of all it looks great right out of the box. I have it hooked up to DirecTV via a HDTivo. HD looks fantastic, and SD looks pretty good on most. I've only played a few DVD's, but these look great as well. At first I thought it looked soft, but I think I had something set wrong on my DVD player, and I had all the enhancements on. Not sure changing which one helped the most, but it looks better now.
The only thing I've really done is turn down the Contrast and turn enhancements off. I'm not a videophile, and this is my first HD set so I'm a complete newbie. I'm having it ISF calibrated in 11 days so I'll know more then.
I was concerned that I'd be distracted by the silver cabinet, but that's not a problem at all. I think the reason it isn't a problem is because there is a black strip all around the screen, and this seems to "frame" the picture so that all your attention is there and you never notice the silver until you turn it off.
Viewing angles are very good. While not as good as a GWIII it isn't that far behind.
I would say glare is a minimal problem. I have blinds in all of the windows in the room so even during the day it isn't a problem. At night it is better of course to not have the light on directly in the area where the TV is. But my kitchen is adjoining my family room, and I can have all the kitchen lights on I want and it's no problem.
Don't ask me about the whole scaling and upconversion thing because I have no idea. I just transmit everything from the HD Tivo in 1080i and be done with it.
Overall I'm very pleased, and keep in mind this is just out of the box. I went back to a CC after having it for a few days, and looking around at the LCd's, HLP's, etc., I was very glad I made the choice I did.
As I get more time to play with it, and especially after having it ISF calibrated I'll be posting more.
HR 10-250 HD Tivo (2)
HR 20-700 (2)
Denon Home Theatre System
Philips Upconverting DVD Player