I did it! I pulled the trigger on the 50VS810 and so far it is great! I decided the HD input issue was one I could live with and took delivery of the TV last Friday. Currently only using one HD input now (DVD) + cablecard.
I have quite a bit of ambient light in my room and glare seems to only be a problem during the time when the TV is warming up. Once at full brightness, I really don't notice a glare problem.
I think the blacks are very good on this TV. But, I am not an expert, so I really can't give any objective info about this. I keep looking (even at night when the room is dark) to see gray instead of black, but blacks still look black.
I also looked into the SDE. Up close, I could see it. Once I was ~ 2 feet away, I did not notice it at all. Again, I am not an expert... and probably do not have the best vision.
Anyway, I had a little buyer's remorse over the weekend about spending so much on the TV. This was cured by the CC 10% off I was able to call and get on Sunday (in addition to 18 months no interest).
Does anyone who has this set have any programming info in the guide? I have the cablecard with Cox Digital cable, but so far the guide just has the channel name, but "no info" for the programming. I think this is something that is supposed to come from the cable company. My sense is that because I am the first in my area to have the cc, Cox will be clueless if I call about the guide.
Anyway, great TV. I love the HD picture and am pleasantly surprised with the SD picture. Plus, the TV looks great even turned off!