I hope the owners aren't too busy enjoying their sets, and the pros haven't moved onto the next new thing just yet...
I just got my new set today, and even though I owned last years top-end 1080p offering for a few weeks (returned due to RBE) I'm very impressed, and really happy that I finally found what I've been looking for. Now that I have it, and have had a bit of time to play with the settings, I've developed a few questions for the other owners and pros still in the thread.
First thing I did OTB was to change the settings on all of my inputs to match Eliab's earlier suggestions. I found that, on all inputs (that I'm currently running devices to), that these suggestions were pretty far off for my eye. My copy of DVE is in in the mail, so I'm only able to adjust things to personal preferences for now. My Cable/DVR box is hooked up via HDMI->HDMI, and I have it set to movie mode and DNR off as per Eliab's suggestions. However, I've found the need to up the contrast to 58, due to the rather small sweet spot. Then I only had to change channels to a HD hockey broadcast to realize the suggested Warm2 color tone was far too red, and 'Normal'/'Cool1' seemed to give a much more accurate white, while keeping flesh tones a proper color. I have a Wii on video and a PS2 on component. I've set both to 'Game' mode, Cool1, and bumped up the brightness and contrast even further. Should I be worried that my settings are so far off the general recommended settings of a forum pro? A calibration tour is coming through in 4 months, and I plan on taking full advantage. Until then, I want to make sure nothing is wrong with my set before my 30 day return period is up. Don't get me wrong, the set looks absolutely fantastic, but either it's a much different set than Eliab managed to get his hands on, there's something wrong with the set, or there's something wrong with my eyes.
Thanks to you all for the help and support I've received here over the years. Now it's time for me to spend a few years browsing the Receiver/Speaker/Subwoofer forums