Got my Elite today, but the process wasn't fun. Best Buy never called last night to setup a delivery time, like they were supposed to. I called them this morning about 10AM and again at 11:30. Finally turns out the truck coming from Georgia didn't have my Elite on it, no one knew why. I was disappointed, and resigned to not getting it until next week after their next shipment on Tuesday. The guy in Magnolia surprised me by checking a bunch of local Best Buys, and one actually had one on hand. He arranged for the delivery truck to pick it up and bring it by my place. The driver misunderstood my desire to have him witness me unpacking the set to make sure it wasn't damaged, when I saw him carrying the set out of the box, I about had a heart attack thinking a) it was a display model and b) he might drop it and break it. Fortunately, he just unpacked it at the truck, and I got it in okay. He seemed a little too eager to clear out when I asked him to help me put the stand on and set the TV on a coffee table, but I managed to get it on without breaking anything. I then thought the tv was broken, since it wouldn't power on. A quick call to Magnolia revealed the stand-by button on the left had to be pushed in for the set to work, and everything was fine.
I was initially disappointed by the blacks, but it turned out they just look washed out when any light is hitting the screen. After the light level dropped in the late afternoon, I finally saw the image quality I was looking for; i.e. a gigantic 34xbr960. I was originally worried I would think the screen too small since it was 50" and not 60", but it's so big I don't miss not having a 60". I've spent the day trying out Black Dynamite, The Thing, Mass Effect 2, Saint's Row 2, Uncharted 2 (demo), Killzone 2 (demo), and everything looks great. I'm going to have to wait to get it calibrated until the end of the year, and I'm going to have to come up with a work-around to having to switch between "Game" and "pure" mode constantly, but I'm happy with the image quality. The only issue is I have tinnitus, and the set seems to be setting it off something fierce even with Power Save 2 on. I'm going to give it a week, but if it's still a problem I may have to return the monitor, and I REALLY hope I don't have to.