Originally Posted by paddlefoot
I was wondering this as well, but at the same time many of the members buying it are videophiles, and a much more critical, and don't give ooohs and aaahs the average buyer would.
Well, I played with a 70" in the store yesterday for a couple of hours (helped them unbox it), and even out of the box, I think its the best HD picture I've seen short of >$100k front projection set ups at shows. DiscoveryHD had a great 3D picture on it, shadow detail was very strong, and of course, resolution is very very good.
There is some SSE if you are ridiculously close (4-5'), and there is some off axis fade, particularly vertically, but at 10' the sweet spot is easily big enough.
Also, out of the box, its set to vivid mode, and sharpening and noise reduction are jacked up, so some initial tweaking is definitely needed.
All the scaling/deinterlacing issues are less a concern for me (although it was doing fine on the 1080i->1080p for DiscoveryHD) because I have an external scaler (DVDO VP50) which should easily outperform DRC.
Yes, I also saw the slight inward bowing on 4:3 material. I don't know if it can be tweaked out. But I'm seeing reports of this on every large RPTV, and certainly have seen it on others I've looked at.
Is the set perfect? No. What's the bottom line? Mine's being delivered in the next day or two.
One other possible explanation for the lower rate of raves so far is that there is a tremendous amount of settings that can be adjusted just in the user settings (without going into service mode), per input. (For instance, complete independent gain control on R, G, and B.) So its going to take a while to play with the set to optimize the set for your environment. And if you're like me, you have to tweak something, then actually watch it for awhile to decide if that was a good tweak or a bad tweak, not just try the setting, look at the picture, and walk on to the next one.
In my case, add in the complexity of configuring the external scaler as well, and I see weeks of tweaking ahead. (Should drive my wife crazy...)