Originally Posted by KDNYC
The default motion smoothing is "strong" and it makes everything look like "days of our lives." I turned it off, and then yesterday set it to "weak." It improves picture quality for HD broadcasts quite a bit without the soap effect.
Thanks for the tip, that saved me a lot of digging.
This just arrived today from Amazon, shipped for under $600. It's the first flat panel I've ever owned. I'm the last person I know to get rid of my tube television, a 27" Sony WEGA that still performs like a champ. With the HD projector for watching movies, I really didn't care about HD cable for years, but now it's finally time. At an 8ft viewing distance, the 42" is fine. Since the router has always been right next to the tv, it's pretty novel to hook the tv to the network and browse Youtube. Some of the hi res content, like Peter Jackson's video diaries, actually looks pretty good. Can't wait til the new cable boxes get here so I can really take it for a spin.
Aside from the default motion smoothing junk, this seems like a pretty nice tv, good bang for the buck. The speakers are a little anemic, and seem to throw most of their sound backwards, but the HTB350 2.1 kit is on the way.