It's finally my turn! Yay, me!
Got it today. Immediately took the ears off and overrode pretty much every factory setting. Now looks fantastic. Here are a few notes to add to those posted by others:
+ Convergence is much better than I expected from a fixed raster multichip projection display. No worse than a pixel anywhere, maybe a pixel and a half in the very corners.
+ Projection seems correctly oriented, no obvious tilt or keystone.
+ Tons of options are A Good Thing(tm).
- Slight hourglass/pincushion for 4:3 is annoying, but ultimately ignorable. Still, I'd expect better for $7k.
- Only one s-video input. Not the end of the world, but slightly annoying with both an SD TiVo and an old VCR that sees some infrequent use. Oh well, screw the VCR.
- Menu operation can be rather slow. What's with that?
- Edit: I used to say here that I thought SD content was not very good because the scaler relied too much on bilinear filtering to upconvert. On default settings, that is true. However, now that I've done basic calibration of the picture and turned on CineMotion for 480i content (WHY is it off by default?!?), I'm finding SD material is looking imuch
better. In fact, the the upconversion to 1080p really is very good. Yes, It's still a toonce too fuzzy, but the smoothing of jaggy lines and curves even on very dirty analog SD content is remarkable, indicating to me that it has a really good deinterlacer on board.
- I don't understand why mode changes are so klunky on a non-CRT display. It's not like you have electron guns and electromagnets to re-configure. *shrug*
- Overscan, rrr. The have an option to increase overscan. Why no option to decrease it? Duh. The loss of 1:1 pixels might be okay in some cases.
I'm pretty thrilled, all in all. Worth the hassles I've experienced? Well, maybe not. Worth the purchase? Totally.
Here's a picture of my set on a BDI Icon 9428, in case anyone else is considering that stand. What you can't see is that the pedestal is hanging about 3/4" off the back, but that's not really a problem. Note that the viewing position for this TV is from a fairly tall king size bed, so the tallness of the stand (23") is appropriate. You can actually see the edge of the bed at the very bottom. Sorry, the picture is grainy due to low lighting conditions. I didn't want to use a flash. That's also why the image is blown out, but I'm assuming people have already had their fill of close-ups of the screen anyway.
The TV is pretty far from the wall, so no, it doesn't actually cover up half of the doorways the way it appears to.