The 40B530 just arrived today. Small first impression:
What I realllyyy like:
With out of box setting, the first thing I notice is how superb its contrast level. Watching Wall-e 1080P BluRay and 1080P FFVII Advent Children Complete really show off the contrast level, every details was revealed on the screen. The color accuracy is also superb, red is red, black is black.
What I like:
- Quite customizable image settings.
- Decent amount of inputs.
What I don't quite like:
- Input lag: I measured it's ~16ms slower than Samsung 226BW, and 226BW is ~16ms slower than CRT. So ... the LCD is ~32ms slower than CRT. I can clearly see its effect while watching panning scene, the image is a bit sluggish and not silky smooth. However, when I tried PS3 on it (Dynasty Warriors 6 and Ninja Gaiden Zigma), I didn't find any negative thing because of its input lag.
- Slow remote response.
What I don't like:
- Sissy built-in audio: The built-in speaker sounded harsh and there was no bass at all. Tweaking the equalizer helped a bit, but not really happy with it. Thank God I don't have to use its built-in speaker for anything else except free-to-air TV channels.
Given its amazing contrast and PQ, I guess I can live with it even with its weaknesses. Well, at least for now.
Oh yes, the version is AA01. And there's no dead pixel, flashlight, nor color banding.