It has been 4 months since I have this wonderful TV. Time to report in and share with you all on how has it been.
The TV is placed in the family room which is pretty much used as a HT or entertainment room (console games and so on). The room is about 16' x 20' with TV on one of the short wall, facing a 100" x 60" window (and facing west), a 68" wide glass sliding door on one of the long wall and a 96" x 34" window on the other long wall. All the windows have typical drapes that can't block out all the lights. I use a black king size blanket to cover the west facing window when I really need to minimize the reflection.
Like many of the owners here I have been playing with the video settings. This is quite a learning process and it continues to this day. It became clear to me that not all Elites are the same, in fact, their video characteristic can vary a lot. So I figured the next logical step is to get a meter so the colors and grey scale can be 'measured'. More learning and shopping.
I ended up deciding to use the freeware colorHCFR (v3.0.4) along with a retailed version of x-rite i1DisplayPro. Thinking back to my early 5.1 days I did not hesitate in buying a RadioShack SPL meter, now is the time to get a color meter (and a long usb extension cable unless you want to sit few inches away from the TV.)
Using HCFR and i1DisplayPro (with AVS HD 709 blu-ray for calibration source) gave me quantified feedback on the effect of different controls. Feeds the need of an engineer to have data.
I believe I have made the display better by using these tools. It looks fabulous with live tv (sports), broadcast HD material (cable), movies. No 3D player at the moment.
Next on the list to have is control Cal. The ability to manage the settings and access isf modes. This should have been the first accessory to get. I am going to set it up and play with it when Giants is not playing. (Go Gaints)