Hi all, I've been lurking in this forum for about a month now. Just took the plunge on a 50A2000 and wanted to relay my experiences for any other lurkers out there like me who are sitting on the fence because of all this green haze talk. Yes, I just created this account today, and no, I am not a troll.
I spent a lot of time driving around from store to store checking out televisions. The SXRD, to my eyes, always had the best picture. I decided that I was getting the extended warranty anyway, might as well take the chance and buy one.
The set arrived Saturday morning. 50A2000, October 2006 build. The first time I turned it on, there was a visible green oval shaped ring laid horizontally in the center of the screen. Big sucker, like 1/3 of the screen. It disappeared within about 60 seconds. I have not seen it since on startup. Ambient room temperature is between 60 and 65 degrees.
I have not done any tweaking to the picture other than changing to Standard mode and turning the power save mode on. I do notice that flesh tone is sometimes just a touch too red, I need to adjust that.
I have a Motorola 6412 DVR, second series, set to 1080i output for HD and 480p output for SD. I experimented with just letting the TV upscale the SD but couldn't see a difference one way or the other. Any advice from a pro on that would be appreciated.
HD picture is amazing. The first real HD content I watched was Saturday Night Live. Almost 3D looking, and not a hint of green. Same with NASCAR on Sunday afternoon, and last night's Oscar broadcast. Normally I would never watch the Oscars but the picture was so good I just couldn't change the channel.
Wii looks OK set to 480p. I noticed the edges of the pins in bowling looked more jagged, but then later I noticed that I had the picture width set incorrectly, making the center of screen slightly narrower, so it may have been related. Didn't try again once I had corrected the screen setting. Zero green haze. PS2 also looks OK.
DVD is fantastic. I have a cheap Phillips progressive scan DVD player that was seventy bucks when I bought it two or three years ago. Set to 480p output, wonderful. I'm thinking about an Oppo but I have no complaints about the picture I'm getting now so I can't quite justify the cost to myself. No green haze.
SD is so-so, depending on the quality of the source. This is the only place where I see green haze. It's not a green "spot" on the screen that seems out of place with the rest of the picture, it's more like you see green relections on things when there's a green light source in the room (duh!), and there is sometimes a touch too much green in the flesh tones for me. Not too much, I don't have Martians, but just a little bit of green on the cheeks and around the eyes, and only because I'm really looking for it. Looks like it would be easily dialed out.
All in all, I'm happy I bought it.
Anyway, that's my experience so far, hope someone finds it helpful.