The sxrd's were great televisions and in my mind can still hold there own. If the optical block had not died for the forth time I would still have mine. The 735 is also a great TV. Blacks on the 735 are very black I'm playing batman right now and it looks great (3D is even awsome).
I agree, the SXRDs were (are) fantastic. In fact, I'm suffering a modicum of guilt over considering the 735; my SXRD is still loyally going strong six years into ownership. Aside from some screen door effect in SD, I have not a single complaint about that TV. No problems with the optical block. Given what you've gone through, guess I'm fortunate.
If i get a chance when I get home today I will put in Oblovion and see how it looks but expect it to look great to. Also just like the sxrd I notice no lag in any of the modes. I've been playing Batman in movie mode and I played gears in vibrant (to give some life to all the brown) and even online no lag.
Thanks for trying out Oblivion. Relying on your confidence in the set's capabilities, my expectations mirror yours. But I'm still interested to hear the results. Obviously, the graphics engine in Skyrim will be a significant step up from Oblivion, but the latter is still a reasonable and relevant measure.
It's good to hear that there's no lag. Have you been playing at 240 or did you dial it down to 120? For the record, the prevailing brown overtones in Gears bothered me, too. Almost seemed a metaphor for Marcus Fenix's crappy demeanor.
I'm so stoked for Skyrim and the notion of playing it on a television worthy of the aesthetic masterpiece Bethesda has created (if the screenshots and promo videos are any indication) that I may just pick up the 735 this weekend. I want to make sure there's time to have it installed and calibrated prior to 11/11.