I've got my 46" Z5100 yesterday; the choice were this one and the Sammy B750. The latter one showed too much reflection in the showroom and even the salesman didn't recommended it, I have lot's of windows in the room. He actually recommended the V5100 series, but I've opted for the Z series.
The Z5100 has a vivid and sharp picture out of the box and the reflection is bearable for the most part. Watching Wimbledon this morning, I can see my flag waving in the wind outside; yes, it's a nice sunny today. The reflection isn't sharp, but the color of the flag shows. It's actually sort of nice having the US flag wave over the Williams sisters game
Pulling in the curtains pretty much removes the reflection and I can live with that.
Since everyone is talking about "flashlight" effect; what's the proper way checking for it?
I've tried the Internet based gadgets/widgets and I am not too impressed; accessing the same content with my PC with 24" HDMI ready monitor is more preferred for me. The loading speed of the content is not even in the same league, TV vs. PC. On the other hand the firmware update worked flawlessly and didn't need to mess around with USB stick.
It seems that the PQ for cable is dependent on the channel more than on the TV; some of the channels have breathtaking PQ while others are so-so. For example the game from Wimbledon looks awesome while some of the reruns of older shows are so-so, even if they appear to be HD; the older shows maybe just remastered to HD and/or the cable signal isn't that strong. Is there a way to measure the signal strength with the TV in itself?
Some channels puzzle me. They appear with black frame all around, top, bottom, and sides. It's not just the advertisement, that I don't really care about, it's actual programs.
My cable has the option for 1080i, 720p, and others. Is there any benefits in using the 720p over the 1080i? I've tried both, but I really cannot see any difference.
I really didn't do much adjustment for the colors as of yet since it looks just fine out of the box. Maybe when I get my BD player next week, I'll look at the options.