Got my set yesterday and set it up last night. Here are some of my observations. Keep in mind I used to be a very OCD videophile and the littlest things bothered me. I have since gotten older and worried less about the little stuff.
What I have hooked up:
HDXA2 HDDVD player (HDMI switch)
Sony HTIB (optical)
- this thing is a HUGE, I love the size
- not as thin as the higher-end Samsungs but pretty thin IMO
- bezel size is nice
- nice matte screen isn't uber reflective like a plasma
- motion looked great after I tweaked a few settings
- picture IMO is VERY NICE, great contrast/clarity/color
- amazing value for the price I paid
- edge lighting splotches/flashlights/halos (this is something I was completely ready for and it's not a deal breaker for me). I have noticeable splotches/halos on the middle right-hand edge of the set. It's mostly noticeable when switching between inputs, or if the screen is very, very dark. Like when you're booting up a BD and the tv is synching with the correct resolution, etc. I still need to play around with the settings, calibrate, etc. Thankfully it is in the middle of the edge and not on top/bottom, as you cannot see it during 2:35:1 content, that might bug me more.
- settings out of the box are "meh" as everyone mentions, that OPC setting is a waste, hate it, off it goes
- 3 HDMI ports, (the standard is really 4) but I got an auto switch so no prob
- no real manual, just a quick guide?
Other than the flashlighting, there wasn't really anything else I didn't like about the set, again, I feel it's an amazing value for the price. Just over 3 years ago I paid double for my 52" Samsung A52650 & the picture on this set is def better than it.
The clouding/uneven backlighting/flashlighting/halos I feel is just something that is present on a lot of LCD/LED sets, I have been through 6 or more panels (Sony, Samsung, Sharp) over the years, and they all had it in some form or another. Some being extremely minimal and others being more prominent. If it's not extreme, I feel it's more a personal thing to let go of
. I love reading reviews where people keep bringing the set back, getting this, getting that, and they have gone through like 10 sets & each with its own set of probs. I mean, do what makes you sleep better at night, but know that there is no "perfect" panel out there, each tech has its advantages and disadvantages. It boils down to what is "perfect/acceptable" for you & what you can live with for the amount you paid.
So in closing, paint me a happy camper with this beast!
So, that's my 2 cents, I'm still tinkering, will report back on anything. FYI I can't seem to get into my Firmware to see what mine is, will keep tinkering.