While I tend to mostly lurk, I wanted to post a quick "report" as a small payback to the forums for all the knowledge/advice I've gleaned and to provide some more info for any who may still have doubts about these new sammies....
I just picked up my new 6187 a few hours ago from BB. I'm coming from a Mitsu WS-65613. After much research especially on this board, my choices lay between the Sony 60 SXRD and the 6187. I had doubts about losing the 4", and was wondering if my 'gain' was really worth the $$ by upgrading out of the Mitsu.
Well, heck ya it was. I just watched a dvd fed by my Oppo @ 1080i and I have to say without a shadow of a doubt I have made a VAST improvement in PQ.
Tomorrow I plan to play around with my older Denon DVD-1600 (480p) and with the inputs of the Oppo and see if I notice any difference in PQ between the Oppo upscaling or the 6187's upscaler. If not I'm going to sell the Oppo to my buddy who bought the Mitsu as he will need it more than me as the Mitsu does not upscale. I'm considering the soon-to-be-released Samsung HD-960 mainly for the HDMI outputs and price.
I was concerned when viewing the sets in stores about how typically the SXRD looked better, and I often saw flaws with the HL-S PQ. But ultimately, the cost difference swayed my decision. I'm now confident that the BM stores are simply not doing the sets justice with their connections. Like others have stated the PQ is just awesome now that I have it home and in no way do I feel like I should have gone with the Sony. For me, considering the savings in $$, the 1080p inputs, and heck even the extra 1" I think its a no contest.
Fan noise: I can only hear it with the room dead silent while crouching immediately next to the set. Its simply not an issue for me.
RBE: Did not notice it, but wasn't trying either!
Sparkles: Non yet, but only watched 1 dvd.
I'm very excited and pleased with my purchase, and would glady recommend this set to anyone. Can't wait to watch Soppranos and Big Love in HD tommorrow night!
On another note, as of right now I do miss the 4"
. But I'm going to play with my seating distance and maybe that will help. Besides, after a few weeks hopefully I'll forget.
Well, hope that helps anyone to make a wise decision as I feel I have. Now off to find a stand. Wife doesn't much care for the multiple tray tables I have it sitting on now