I've had mine for a couple of days. First of all, in terms of bang for buck (at this moment), this TV has got to be king of the hill. I didn't spring for the extended warranty, so my fingers are crossed in terms of reliability. 2-year warranty, so if it breaks in 3 years I suppose I will just have to upgrade again
There are a couple of low points. Number one for me is black level. It could be better. I would really like to see this side by side with a good LCD, but I would guess that some of the newer mid-range LCDs have comparable black-levels. This is no Kuro. I wonder how it compares to the Panasonic?
Second, is the upscaler. This TV really shines when fed a 1:1 pixel mapping, but when displaying 1080i from my crappy Motorola HD PVR, my 480p dvd player, or standard def TV, it's not very pretty. Part of the problem is that the screen is just so damn big, but still, I think the upscaling (at least over component inputs) could be sharper. I'm looking forward to trying my HD PVR over HDMI to see if that improves things.
Despite those shortcomings, there's a lot to love here.
- Big and bright.
- Contrast to spare.
- Minimal dimming with all white screens (some buzz).
- Rich accurate colors.
- Movies look fantastic!
- Lots of options to tweak
- No trouble getting 1:1 pixel mapping over VGA.
- Can't beat the price.
I'm planning to invest in a good upscaling DVD player (Oppo 980), or a mac mini. The upscaling on the latest version of the mac DVD player is really quite good and it will put out surround sound.