Have now owned my 52HM84 for a month and thought I would post my impressions.
* SD Quality - actually better than expected
* HD Quality - Gorgeous !!!
* Inputs - Enough for now, but I do see future needs for more HDMI inputs. HDMI switch prices will come down.
* Preference setting for each input is a must and this set has it!
* Speakers on the Sides - When watching regular programs which are broadcast in stereo the side speakers provide provide a reasonable stereo image. Sets with the speakers at the bottom will not give you this. I like the side speakers; they do not distract me.
* Rainbows - None with my eyes.
This set has the best overall pkg compared to HD2+ sets from Samsung, LG, Mitsubishi & Panasonic.
Got it from OneCall; great transaction & would order from them again. Took less than a week to arrive via motor freight in perfect condition !
Very pleased with the purchase!
Below is a pic of my set:
Sony ES receiver
Samsung SIR-TS360 Direct TV HD receiver
Monitor Audio speakers
Panasonic DMR-E30 DVD Recorder
JVC S-VHS VCR
Sony CD changer