Hello everyone! I've been a long-timer lurker but decided to talk about my purchase of a new set to replace a 32" Panasonic Gaoo that I've been using for about ten years. So reading through this thread (and other threads here on the forum) was very helpful in allowing me to determine what would be the best set for me!
I've always been a fan of Samsung's ToC series, having owned the T220HD and T240HD, so when I decided it was time for a new tv I naturally looked up the 2010 LCD lineup as it became available in my area of Toronto over the past few months. I settled on a regular LCD set, since I didn't think I would be able to utilize 3D at all that much, and I worried about problems people were having with their LED choices.
The LN55C630 seemed to be the perfect balance of compromise between old and new, so I went and picked that up today. Not sure if I'm allowed to discuss pricing and vendor, but I will say that it was just under 2K, which was exactly my budget.
Now, I know I've been spoiled by CRT, but I have to say that I'm pretty blown away by the PQ on this tv. The panel is SQ01, Made In Mexico, March 2010. It was pretty well-wrapped in the box, had protective factory taping on the screen... I peeled it all off, and it was flawless with no scratches. Close inspection of the screen on a various bunch of black and white and solid color backgrounds revealed a tiny little bit of clouding in the bottom right corner, but it's totally unnoticeable with an image on the screen. No broken or stuck pixels whatsoever. So that was a great relief.
I took some settings from the LNXXC630 calibration thread (thanks buzzard767) and backed the backlight down a bit to a 5. I'll continue to play with it more, but the picture is already looking pretty good. Only have analog cable at the moment, but the picture is more than passable. I connected my ASUS 1000HE netbook up via the VGA and it looks stunning. No input lag that I could perceive that was detrimental to my play experience. I mean, I played some UT and Frontier Wars, and the display is as sharp as my Dell 2407 monitor... which was kind of shocking because now I'm considering making this 55" my main monitor. Tried out my PS3 via HDMI and watched Avatar Blu-Ray and pretty well lost my mind. I will never turn on my Gaoo again.
Later tonight I'm going to drag my computer over and hook it up with a DVI to HDMI adapter and see how more modern games look, like Fallout3 and Borderlands. Forgot to ask the salesperson about the wireless LAN adapter for this Samsung, but since I'm plugging a PC directly to it, I guess I don't really need one.
I'm really happy I went with a 55" model. Even though it was quite a bit more expensive than the 46" those extra inches really do give the big screen experience! If you're on the fence like I was, just bite the bullet and go for the extra real estate... you definitely won't regret it! As for me, I'm very happy with this Samsung set, and absolutely thrilled to be watching high definition at last.