Hi, we just got the 50HM66 yesterday from HHGregg. We took multiple print outs from websites that sell it for around $1400 including shipping (no tax). Their price was $1699 plus tax, but they came down to $1300 plus tax in order to make a sale. I got this TV for about $1385 after tax.
Anyways, I have a few questions... this being my first HDTV experience. We picked up the Time Warner HDTV DVR cable box today. Right now it is hooked up with some cheap component cables (my HDMI cable is on the way).
First odd thing I can't explain is when I set the cable box to output 720p, HD looks great... but when watching SD analog or digital, there is still part of the grey left side bar visable when in TheaterWide 1. It is probably 1/4 inch or less. Even when in natural mode, with grey side bars on both sides, the picture doesn't seem to be perfectly centered. I just don't see why this happens when the tv is suppose to have a 720p native resolution.
When I switch to cable box to output 1080i, the problem goes away and HD still looks great. Is this an acceptable solution?
I have also noticed that some SD channels look like crap.... even some of the "better" digital channels look like garbage.
I have heard a lot of other people talk about how many bulb hours they have on their set. This tv doesn't tell you this information. Right?
One more question. Is it ok to plug this TV into the switched outlet on the back of a cable box? So that the TV come on and goes off with the cable box power button? I noticed that when connected this way.... the tv will not enter standby and continue to run the lamp/lamp fan when powered off (even though quick restart is on). So if I want to do it this way, I may as well turn off quick restart. Is that bad? Or is it okay as long as you let the tv remain off for 5-10 minutes before turning back on.
I'm guessing the cable box turns the tv off by cutting power to it. Meaning cutting power to the cooling fans too... right? It that bad? Someone mentioned that the tuner fan was always on, so would it be bad if it got shut off with the cable box?
Thanks for any and all help!