I've preordered an s5687 from TVA, but, with all the criticisms of the picture quality, was having second thoughts. Have been tv shopping extensively, and seen the sony sxrd maybe 8 or 10 times. It is clearly the class of the field, with a great picture. Aside from price, what's holding me back has been the crummy speaker design and lack of 1080p input. Directly compared it to the HP, wanted to buy the HP, but the picture quality wasn't nearly as good.
But this is a Samsung thread, and I digress.
So with my second thoughts in tow, and the possibility of a switch to Sony in the wings, I headed out to see the 87's. First stop CC, where they had recently set up the exact set I have preordered, the s5687. Separated from it by one tv(a dismal looking Panasonic), was the sony 60 inch sxrd, on the same component feed.
The Samsung was CLEARLY better. It was the only tv on the wall with white whites. It was brighter, clearer, had better detail. Now maybe the Sony was not set up optimally, but the Samsung's picture was just plain outstanding, jawdropping. And it probably could be set up better.
Then the salesperson asked if I'd like to see it via HDMI on it's own feed. He switched it over to the demo loop, and I just can't imagine a tv looking better. No sparklies. Just an astoundingly clear, bright, sharp picture.
So I have no second thoughts anymore. My 14 year old daughter was with me(and she also thought the 87 looked much better than the sony), and I said to her-- if you can't be happy with this tv, then you can't be happy with any tv.