After reading this forum and reviewing the pros and cons from different owners, I decided to get the 5088 vs the SXRD. I just received it 5088 less than a week ago. It seems ok but not what I expected it to be. I got the panny upconvert dvd player yesterday and watched pirates of the carribean last night via HDMI. The PQ was decent but I couldn't tell a difference from 480p vs 720 or 1080i. Also, ESPN HD doesn't look the greatest (via directv). On basketball games as well as football games, there is alot of, I guess "fuzziness" or "graininess" around any solid image...kinda like what n64ra was describing in an earlier post. It is around the scores as well as the players. When I look at the Guide menu in directv, the smaller screen of the current channel that appears in the top right corner looks perfect. That's what HD should look like. But when I exit the menu and the full screen shows, it's looks bad. I have followed the recommended startup settings from Eliab until my DVE DVD arrives. I don't know what's causing the PQ to look like that.
Overall, the PQ from ESPN and the upconverted DVD doesn't look as "crisp" as it should and as I have seen from other sets. Does anyone think that there is something wrong that I'm doing or something wrong with my set? Also, the pincushioning on the 4:3 channels is very annoying.