Text looks more solid than my XBR1, still not as good as a true monitor but definitely better. I had both sets hooked up the same way. DVI to HDMI adapter. This set does let me run at a higher refresh rate than the XBR1 and you can tell. Very smooth scrolling.
There are some old pictures of the media room before and after it was painted black in the AVS archive. We use to get galleries. http://gallery.avsforum.com/showphot...ppuser/7592441
Out of the box it asks you if this is for a home or showroom, I selected home so I don't think it is in torch mode. I just fiddled with the contrast and brightness a little before making the video. I will continue to play with it. The XDcam video looks markedly better on this set than my XBR1. The harshness of the youtube video could be because of the XDcam, it is very sensitive.
Overall I would say this is easily better than my XBR1. I have just been watching some DVDs and that motion flow 120hz stuff is amazing! Makes old movies you've seen a 1000 times look like they are suddenly 60fps video.
Yes I am very happy with the picture, I like this TV.
EDIT: oh and off angle looks fine to me. Plenty wide enough viewing area for me.