First-time poster here.
First, I'd like to thank everyone here for the wealth of information provided. Believe it or not, I read every post, all through the roller coast ride; good, interesting stuff and the strange thing is I feel like I know most of you and all the different personalities here.
Now to the KDS's. I purchased a 60a2000, which is due tomorrow and the Sony stand which came today. I won't be able to hook it up for a while because Comcast told me that the 8300HD's are on backorder and it might be a week, maybe two, before they receive them. Via PM, Dave Hancock was kind enough to provide me with the details as to why they are short on boxes and also gave me a few useful tips. Thanks again, Dave.
Anyway, here's the reason I went with the KDS. Feel free to dispute my logic or disagree with me. I actually bought it in the midst of reading about the green blog, monster, tinge, whatever we want to call it. That's because every other set, all other brands, paled in comparison. I'm not an HDTV expert, but I am extremely particular and fussy. To me, plasma and LCD were out. I don't care for that ultra vivid sharpness. I lean more toward that "film" look. I want to bring the theater to my home. Don't get me wrong, I don't like a picture to be too smooth; I want it to be sharp, but in a realistic manner. Plasma and LCD to me remind me of glorified CRT's - too shiney, too mirror-like and too unrealistic. I go batty watching them for an extended period of time. I also excluded the XBR2 - nice PQ but HATE those dumbo ears.
I narrowed my choice to two sets, sets that I feel are the leaders of the pack, the Samsung HL-S6187W and the KDS 60a2000. If the KDS didn't exist, I'd be posting in the Samsung thread, as a proud owner. Fortunately, at the locations I visited, BB and CC had both sets sitting side by side so I can draw a good comparison. They also allowed me to tweak both sets while playing the same DVD and or HD feed. But, the more I looked at them, played with the settings (till my fingers cramped) the more the KDS came out on top. What I noticed about the Samsung was that the screen seemed to glisten, no matter the setting, displaying colors and images that weren't as life-like as the KDS. The rainbow effect wasn't as troublesome as the glistening screen, but still, that was 2 strikes against the Sammy. That's why I chose the KDS60a2000.
Sony seemed to have a better balance of sharp detail amd a more life-like smoothness about it. I took particular interest in looking closely at Discovery Channel's nature scenes. No matter the setting, the Sony showed perfect detail of leaves and trees (amongst other objects). You can see the separation of the leaves perfectly. On the other hand, the Sammy, although more vivid (in an unrealistic manner?), didn't display these images as sharply. The separation of the leaves weren't as obvious; they'd mesh together somewhat, more a pool of green.
Now here's where you might think I'm illogical. From what I've seen and read in this thread, except for a couple of extreme cases, it appears that the green tinge some of you have on your sets is somewhat faint. Although I sure hope my set doesn't acquire that, and considering the outstanding PQ of the KDS, even if my set DID have it, I honestly believe that would be more livable than dealing with the Sammy's glistening screen, DLP rainbow effects, or the mirror-like images of plasma's and LCD's. Those issues would drive me more crazy than the green tinge.
Of course if I get the green blob (crossing my fingers I don't) I won't be a happy camper, and will fight tooth and nail to get it either resolved or replaced. But, to get the superior quality of the Sony KDS, I'll take my chances.
I'll make sure to pay you guys a visit when I get my set and tell you how it goes. Hopefully, in due time, I'll be able to offer my opinion and help to those who might need it. I know I'll sure need your expertise now and then...