I am currently reading through the 80 plus pages of the thread but was hopping that I could get some guidance in the meantime. I picked this tv up yesterday going from a Sammy 720p series 4 plasma (lots of problems) to this. I was originally going to go with another sammy the 1080p (pn50c540) but got a deal on this and decided to give it a try.
In the store the color and black levels seemed a lot better on the sharp, not sure what the sammy was set at in the store though. This was a slight driving factor to buying, plus the lower energy consumption.
Most of my watching I try to in HD. I have found that SD content does not look as good as it did on my 720 sammy. This includes video files that used to look as good as dvd. I have found the SD picture to have a weird overall look to it, it is kind of hard to explain but it just doesn't look natural. Almost like it was filmed with low quality production. I have played with picture settings and this has minimized it.
Now I am wondering what are some things I need to look out for? I think I might have a banding issues as I was using AVIA to set the picture I could see on a grey screen that there was a darker column down the left middle of the screen. This seemed to come through on a hockey game causing the ice to have a yellowish look to it. I have attached a pic, is this banding and should I be returning the unit?
So far I have found modern warfare 2 to have weird panning on it when I play. Not sure if this is a setting that is causing it or that I just hadn't played it so long on my Plasma that I forgot what it looked like.
This is my second HD tv so I only have experience with Plasma. Can someone please let me know their overall thoughts on this TV and possible issues that I should look out for?
I have 30 days to exchange and what to check over everything to make sure I don't regret the switch.
Thank you in advance for any help.