Originally Posted by coasterbob
when did you place your order? was it a 5687? did you pay tax? how did they deliver (in house? set up? I am in New Jersey. thanks, Bob
Also how about a review ?
I'm not sure exactly when I placed my order, but it was 2-3 days after the PB was put up. I purchased a 5087, that is all the room that I have. I did pay tax, since they have a location in Washington (and I am in WA), and I opted for the HTM remote gift (instead of the Monster Power thing, since I already have a nice surge protector). I also already have an MX700, but I like toys, and another Universal remote is just another toy... The remote gift is only offered to people who have to pay sales tax.
TVA delivers to the front door. The delivery guy and I brought it just inside the door. They don't do setup, this guy was just a driver.
The box is quite nice, you don't need to cut it open or anything. It has these plastic tabs (2) on the bottom, that you are supposed to squeeze and pull out (instructions on the side of the box). Once you've done that the top 4/5ths of the box just slide off the bottom 1/5th, and the TV is just perched there waiting to be moved to a more permanent home.
With the help of a friend, I moved our older Toshiba 46" (46HLX87??? 1080i HD though) TV from my cabinet to the floor and setup the TV. It is easy to setup, the hardest thing is figuring out which way to hook stuff up, since there are quite a lot of input choices. My components (and how they are hooked up):
I have an XBox 360 (component), Toshiba upscaling DVD (HDMI), Motorola DVR (Component), Onkyo receiver (all my audio goes there, nothing goes to the TV), ancient JVC VCR (composite Video). I also hooked up the cable directly to the back of the TV.
The first thing I noticed once I got everything configured was how bright a white background screen is. Wow, I was squinting, light was reflecting off of everything. I adjusted some of the picture settings and everything got better.
The HD picture is gorgeous, it looks much closer to looking out a very clean window than my previous TV. The few DVD's that I have briefly watched looked very nice, much improved from before. I attribute that at least partly to switching from component to the HDMI cables. The TV was very capable of keeping up with fast moving action, with lots of detail. I also haven't noticed any video/audio sync problems, which seemed to be more prevalent on my old TV.
In my area Comcast has moved all of the analog channels to digital. These look really nice on the TV. When I watch analog stations through the antenna, there is a lot to be desired from the quality. It's not really any worse than any other HD big screen TV though (although my Tosh did a slightly better job).
A couple of criticisms I have so far:
1) The picture scaling options are not as good as on my Toshiba, which has excellent scaling features.
2) As I said in an earlier post, there is a slight "pincushion effect" on SD 4:3 channels. It is minor, but noticeable. It does not bother me, other than I notice it.
3) I haven't found all of the discrete codes yet. My Toshiba has a better system for this, so you don't need discretes. If anyone has the discretes (pronto hex codes or something I can put on my MX700) that would be much appreciated.
4) Menus are a bit pokey to go through. They just don't seem super responsive, sometimes you have to press buttons several times before the cursor moves.
5) The remote buttons feel... yucky. Fortunately I won't be using it much longer. The buttons are very squishy, depress below the surface of the remote, and are flat on top.
I haven't tried the USB hookup yet. I am still programming my MX700, so everything isn't perfect yet. Back to the discretes thing, the HLR discretes seem to mostly work, but there aren't discretes for everything since there are (I believe) more inputs on the HLS.
All in all, I am very pleased. The set has a very nice picture and the price and service were excellent from the PB.
Hope that helps!!!