I will still post pics, but wanted to advise of some issues with this set. As a avid forum member here for a long time, I do not have issues with being critical of AV equipment. I don't want to scare any potential owners of this new 4k set, but I would not feel comfortable only blowing sunshine up every one's rear end about all the great things about this set and not also talk about the issues I have experienced as one of the few first owners of this set.
I have had this set for a little more than 24 hours and have put about 16 hours into it. I will start with the issues first as I have commented on some of the positives above and will also post a few other good things below.
Here we go....
My particular set is marred by some serious screen issues that I did not notice immediately upon setting up the set. The first, most notable is that there are 4 vertical lines running form the top to the bottom of the screen. The lines are about 8" apart from each other and they appear about 8" or so from the left right of the screen. Going from left to right, there is a thin faint line about 1/4" thick that appears about 8" in from the left side, then about 8" away a second one is visible. There is about a 14-16" space before another line appears and the fourth one appears in the same exact spacing as the first 2. These lines are not apparent when in a dark scene, but are apparent in lighter scenes and are consistent. My fiancée within 10 minutes of watching the NFL game on Monday noticed the lines when the camera was panning left to right. On a White screen without motion, they are clearly visible. Basically in any light colored scene, even light colored flesh tones these lines are apparent.
My particular set also suffers from flashlight in each of the 4 corners of the screen and there are some clouding issues, with 2 very apparent ones in the lower center of the screen. However, these only appear in a light black colored back round. Watching a letterbox movie, where the two center lower clouds appear they are not present in the black bars. While playing games, watching blu ray, cable etc. the clouding and flashlight issues have not been apparent when watching content, it only appears in a light black colored back round.
I am extremely disappointed that I have these issues and have already set up an exchange for it. The clouding/flashlight issues I could deal with as they did not impact the image when watching content, but the vertical lines, no matter what I do are apparent and that is clearly not acceptable. Right now watching a CNN, they had a green screen with a image in the center, to the left and right of the center image the 4 vertical lines were very apparent.
Now, I know that does not sound good, but for anyone that has owned LED T.V's you know that there are issues with the tech. I personally have owned 6 LED TV sets and had some form of clouding and/or flash light issues on all of them and on one had a vertical line issue, so while it is discouraging and unexpected for set of this price range to have all those issues on one set, I will say that this is an anomaly as the display I saw a few weeks ago did not have these issues, especially the vertical lines.
Outside of the issues and I know it will be funny to say this with the problems I am having, the Image quality on the set is outstanding. Colors are vibrant, without being blown out. I mainly been using the THQ Cinema Settings and the THX Bright Room Settings. My fiancée prior to commenting on the vertical lines also felt that the colors and the screen looked better than our previous Sony 4k Set. Gaming at 4k/60fps has been AMAZING via the Display Port on the set. Here are the games that I have tried, some had some issues at first, but finally got them working and all run great: All games are running at full/max settings and at 60fps, in some games had to turn off AA which at 4k resolution it is really not needed.
Star Wars The Old Republic
Sleeping Dogs (AA Turned Off)
Tomb Raider (the new one) - Had to turn off the Tress Effect (hair)
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit
Need for Speed Most Wanted (had to turn off Super sampling)
The Witcher 2 (AA turned off)
Trine 2 (AA setting lowered)
Crysis 3 (only game that does not hit 60fps, all setting set to max, except for AA which is set to FXAA. Frame rate is in the 40-50 range)
Mass Effect 3
Mass Effect 2
Bioshock Infinite (had to turn down AA)
Sonic All Star Racing
Still testing other games and will report on them later. As mentioned above, I have no way to measure input lag and provide a number, what I can say is that everything is very smooth and very responsive and it seems like the lag is very low on this set. We also watched a few Blu ray movies and they all looked fantastic. While the set uses adaptive 3d, we both found it to be cleaner than the passive 3d on the Sony set and the 3d effect seemed more pronounced. Watching the NFL game last night, we both also noticed how this set seemed to handle motion a bit better than our previous set. I did not notice blurring of fast moving plays or blurring of the football as it was thrown down the field.
As mentioned, while I am extremely disappointed in the screen issues, I do believe that this is a fantastic set. However, if the replacement has the same issues, especially the vertical lines then all the great image quality, input availability (Display Port) and it being the first 4k with HDMI 2.0 will be for nothing if they have quality control issues.