Longtime lurker.....first time poster.
Well, I went and bit the bullet, and got the 50A2000. Since I am in physical possession of the unit, I guess I will post about the initial experience. I took delivery yesterday....and they were even 2 hours early! The unit was unboxed it and placed on my stand. Being that it was in an ice cold warehouse and truck, the delivery guys told me to let it warm to room temp before turning on. I was cold to the touch, so I let it set for an hour. Credible advice I believe...plus they didn't want to be around if I started to whine about something.
While it was warming, I took a long look a it and wondered....What have I gotten myself into! This thing is HUGE!!! i knew it was big, and I saw it in the Sony Style store and played with it, but I swear it didn't look THIS big. I chalk it up to initial shock. I sold my 32HS510 Saturday. So there was a big gaping hole in my living-room. The 32" was almost 180 lbs, and the chassis was almost as big as the A2000, just not as tall. Anyway, it all just kinda scared me. And just think, I was this close to getting the 60"! I might just have passed out.
After warming up to room temp, I hooked up the cables, and fired her up. It was like that scene from a cartoon, Simpsons?, when this guy turns on his new big screen tv and it is so bright he has to put on shades, and the room is shaking..... Anyway, I let it go thru the initial setup setup, and changed to the DVR input. Needless to say, I was not impressed. Like many others that have posted here, I was wondering....Is that it? Where is the Zip!!! the Zing!!! Where is the Kapow!!!! Aww man...
The out-of-box experience was a shocking let down. I know, I know, I'm getting to that. The HD channels were vividly lackluster, the SD were dreadfully obscene. Needless to say, I wasn't feeling the love.
I sat there for a while and tried to take it all in. It was getting late, and I needed my beauty rest for my 5am wake up, and hadn't planned on doing the calibration till the next day. But I just had to, if nothing else just so I could get some sleep without obsessing over the picture. So I popped in my Avia and got my calibration on.
During the calibration, I had a hard time getting the white level set. At no time was I able to get it to "bloom". I took a best guess and moved on. The black level was close, hue and saturation was almost spot on. According to my feeble eyes, all 3 colors are within a 5% push. Not bad, not bad at all. I had turned off all the extra sharpness features, and tuned the sharpness to about 15. After all the basic settings were done, I started to look for the dreaded green blobs. Using one of the all white and all grey test patterns, I am able to see a little green long the top and bottom thirds of the display. It is perceptible, but not glaringly so, and only on the grey and white screens. Prior to the calibration, I did see a green tinge to the black lawyers face on Justice, but the green was really prevalent to the circles under the younger lawyers eyes. Geometry wise, I do see a little a little inward bow on the sides on SD channels. Not a glaring, but noticeable. I will search the tweaks thread and see what come up, and deal with the green tinge.
At this time it is really late, for me anyway, but I have finished the setup and calibration. I did not do any critical viewing last night, but this morning, I took a little time after the 3 S's to give it the once over...mainly on the SD channels. I must say that it is a night and difference compared to the factory settings. The image is a lot sharper and clearer than before. There was none of the "fog" I saw last night. Colors look great, flesh-tones look natural without looking too rosy. As I said this was not a critical viewing, but things are looking much much better. I am sure I will be tweaking more and more in the next 2 weeks as I learn the ins and outs of the menu options, and read more and more of the threads posted here.
PS....I am still kinda shocked how big it is....