After finding and reading this thread on Wednesday, I rushed over to my Costco and bought the Maxent last night. The coupon discount closed the deal!
I forgot to take the back seat out of my Dodge Grand Caravan, but was able to squeeze the box into the back of the minivan sideways (across the width of the car). It was tight, but I managed to push it in. I didn't want to lay it down.
I bought this to replace my 20+ year old 27" Zenith in my bedroom. I have a Pioner Elite 720HD in the family room/theater.
Yes this thing kicks off heat, which radiates out the top of the box. This is my first experience with a plasma set, so I don't know if the heat is typical.
SD looks great. Last night I had it hooked up to my Scientific Atlanta digital cable box via S-Video. Even the stretched modes looked pretty good.
I rushed over to Cox this afternoon, and got the HD Scientific Atlanta box. This is connected via component. The SA cable box puts out full 16:9 and does its own zoom and scaling, with gray side bars for SD content. This means that all I need to do to control the Maxent is power and volume. I have no other sources so I don't need to change inputs.
I noted that when you power on, the Maxent will set itself to 16:9 regardless of input or setting you had previous to power off. For me this is not a problem as this is controlled via the cable box.
I have my settings at:
This was all set by eye, no setup programming.
For the price and purpose (bedroom set), I'm very pleased.
Time will tell about durability.
Thanks all for turning me on to this deal.
One more thing to add. As I was approaching checkout with this thing, one of the Costco people approached me and told me about their executive membership, which gives 2% cash back for all your purchases at the end of the year. Its an upgrade in membership, additional cost, but when he looked up what I spent there, I have broken even between membership cost, and the cash back.
I am very happy!