The set was delivered this morning, no issues. Took the morning off work to play with it.
So first impressions...its big ;-), although due to the thin bezel it did just barely fit in the sapce formerly occupied by the 50" Sammy, still, its a large upgrade in regards to size. The delivery guys helped me take it out of the box, then we put it on its stand during which we bent the thin metal on the outside of the "pocket" the mount fits in to. No big deal, just bent it back and screwed everything together then they lifted it on to the stand for me (about 28" high). No possible way i could have done this myself as the set is HUGE and over 100lbs. Although I'm not one of those mental cases that checks the screen with his nose pressed against it, I did inspect it with a flashlight for shipping damage or cracks. Seeing mothing amiss, I thanked the delivery guys, gave them 50, and they went on thier way.
Initial setup went fine, found my wireless but I prefer hard wired. Plugged a network drop in and it found everything fine.
its connected to my 709 via HDMI, no issues there at all. No lipsync issues, no adjustments required.
I have no buzzing, no blotches onscreen, no bright spots, no dead cells I can see, just a nice uniform picture that can probably be improved by xx% once I calibrate it.
Firmware was 3 0 0 12 something and it wanted to upgrade to a 4.00 version so I did. i didnt see SOA before the upgrade and didnt see it after.
It was set to some ******** eco-mode so got rid of that and put in THX mode with NO adjustments.....colours better than my Samsung...blacks NOT as good as my Samsung, but very, very close (no adjustments yet remember)....watched some HD cable, the usual compressed **** but I probably watch less than 10 hours a month and thats mostly sports. Watched a soccer game and motion was perfect.
Next was Blu Ray, Avatar to be exact (not 3D), still no adjustments made, bone stock THX mode. AWESOME!!!!
))........maybe its the size, or maybe the new toy factor, but it looked spectacular, very very happy.
Watching OHL hockey now on cable and I can tell they have crappy cameras, but i'd give it a 8 of 10 on picture, 10 of 10 on motion.
So..., is this set as good as a $3500.00 panny or Sammy? Nope, not a chance. I'm fully aware of this and to the folks that have those sets, yes, I can tell the difference and more power to them by the way. You get what you pay for in life and I certainly would have bought one if i had the means to...BUT if you are not able to go that route, i dont think you would be dissapointed with this set.
Now you can buy the next model down much cheaper, like 40%. Supposedly the only difference is the smart apps and 3D, but who knows. I chose this model in the hopes it had better internals because of the 3D etc.
No 3D yet because I dont have the glasses...be aware THIS SET NEEDS THE ACTIVE GLASSES...dont get the wrong type.
So in conclusion, if someone put a kuro beside my set I would probably cry, but for what I paid, and what I got, I'm very very happy with things. I HOPE it lasts me 5 years until i can afford OLED or CRYSTAL by putting a few bucks away here and there. We are not supposed to mention price, but i can tell you I purchased it from Dell...the sale is still on as of this post...I had a VIP coupon, plus a business coupon, plus the 100 off from Dell...so if you go check the price, take 270 off the sale price and thats what I paid.