As a new owner, i've found this group reassuring in some of my concerns about my new 56MX195..... Namely bulb life and fan noise. I do really love the PQ though. I was one of those holdouts for the new 1080p JVC HD-ILA... until i actually saw one... Actually i saw 2 at 2 different locations, and both had terrible color compared to all the other RP sets in the stores. Both had way too much blue, and i found no way to correct it from the normal menu of controls. No doubt that this could be fixed through serviceman mode, but i'm not buying a $3600 TV that needs fixing right out of the box! In both stores, even the old 720p JVC's looked better than the new 61FH96 (in color, not resolution) no matter how i adjusted it.
SO.... my eyes wandered to every other 56 incher i could find, and i fell in love with the Toshiba..... I like everything about it except for that dam fan noise!! I will soon be building an entertainment cabinet for it, and will line the back with sound absorbing (sonex-like) foam to keep the noise from reflecting back.
I seem to notice a lot of people's obsession with 1080p input compatablilty. What's up with this? Gee whiz people.... get over it!
There is no official spec for 1080p.
There is no 1080p content.
There will likely never be 1080p broadcast (req too much bandwidth).
I this vein..... i have the DirecTV HD-TiVo box that allows you to switch output modes between 480,720p, & 1080i. I noticed that when watching football whose source is 720p (Fox), the picture (motion) looked better when the box was set to 720p output. If the box was set to 1080i, motions and camera panning were slightly blurred. Likely artifacts of the conversion from 720p to 1080i in the box, and then the de-interlacing to 1080p in the TV. However, then when watching a 1080i movie, the resolution was clearly better setting the box to 1080i.
Another small quibble is that even with the color set to warm, there still seems to be a touch too much blue. I'd like to get ahold of a service manual to find out how to tweak that, or possibly have it professionally calibrated.
BTW.... i am in the Dynamic Contrast = OFF camp. For those that think everything looks washed out with it off..... i say that not EVERY scene has elements that go to black, and that what DC seems to do. Even if the shadows in a scene are supposed to be grey, DC will make them black..... not really what the director had intended.
Thats my 3 cents............ Thanks for listening....