Did the Crutchfield deal with the free Samsung stand.
The Stand is alright. It looks good but when it's setup for 61" TVs, the glass on the shelves doesn't extend out all the way, making you lose some valuable space for components. I'm sure I could have found a better stand but I can't complain when it was free.
Had the TV for three days and had around 2 power-offs a day. Also had the sound bug where the TV mute resets. Also noticed some slight slanting but not enough for me to freak out. I then installed the firmware update and since have had no power cycles, no sound bugs.
Now for what will be hotly debated for a long time to come. Picture Quality. The reason for confusion is that there are so many freaking settings.
As for Brightness, the main brightness setting actually only affects brightness slightly. The setting that drastically changes things is the LED Control. On Auto and High, I nearly burned my eyes out and had to go to the eye doctor. I still can't find the perfect settings but since most of my viewing is at night, I decided to find a less eye straining mode with good contrast. Here are my settings, they are not final or professional. I am looking for feedback and help since not many people have posted their settings.
Brightness: 50 (if you turn up too high, it washes out picture, use LED control to make major changes to brightness)
Black Adjust: off (don't even know what this does)
Dynamic Contrast: off (washed picture out when messing with this setting)
LED Control: Medium ( a good medium ground setting )
Gama = 3
White/Flesh = 0
Edge Enhancement = ON (most people turn this off but it made a nice difference and didn't make the picture look worse. If you disagree, please give me examples of when it ruins the picture)
xydcc = ON for PS3, Xbox 360 --- OFF for normal TV viewing
DR/DNIE = OFF
Film mode = OFF
Black = On inputs where you can adjust, set to LOW, otherwise NORMAL
Gamut = Wide for all inputs using xydcc and sRGB for everything else
*note that with the Xbox 360 3D mode does show up. In the future this is where the 120h will come into play. With special glasses and 3d ready games, two people would be able to see their own screen at the same time.
I tested these settings at night on: Wii using Component; PS3 using HDMI with games, PS3 using HDMI @24h for Blu-Ray; Xbox 360 using HDMI for games and HD-DVD, Series 3 Tivo using HDMI for HD sports, Motorola Comcast Receiver using component for HD programming. I must say that I was pretty blown away especially with Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix on Blu-Ray and ESPN and ABC HD coverage of NBA Playoffs. I'm very pleased but know there is room for improvement after more people post settings.
In conclusion this TV when you play around with the settings easily rivals Plasma for half the price. Also, go read the Plasma and LCD forums. There are problems like Burn-in, Loud Whining coming from the TV, High power Consumption, and Glare. All new generation TVs have their own set of problems.
As for SSE, I'm sure people complaining about this are sitting in tiny apartments 4 feet away from their TV. You need to be further like 8-10 feet away. I hate bugs but love the fact the firmware can be updated. Not being able to do PIP with 2 HDMI or Component inputs is disappointing but are there any TVs capable of this? The only problem left for me is the slight slanting of the picture when there are black bars. I am going to measure it and look more into that but honestly it's not enough to make me want to return the set. I feel bad for the average customer that doesn't know about firmware updates and message forums, but oh well at least I can be happy