I just got my 60" xbr2 from Tweeter on Saturday. I upgraded from an old 36" sony XBR flat screen tube. I have literally read every post in this thread over the last few weeks and knew that I would need to adjust the settings to get a good picture. I have a Dish 622 receiver for HD/SD and got the Toshiba HD-A1 HD-DVD player.
Initially, I just turned off the VIVID settings and put stuff on CUSTOM and it seemed like things looked pretty good, but the more time I spent bouncing around between HD and SD channels on the Dish 622 I started to see a lot of color and noise problems. I have good color uniformity and no green blob problems, but the flesh tones seemed overly red and I was seeing a lot of white crush. Also having a lot of mosquito noise, until I used the tuning settings in this thread.... (thanks KTTV and AikenGhoti !!!! )http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=739074
I tried KTTV's settings (post #4) first and saw some improvements but was not happy while channel surfing between HD/SD content.
Then I tried AikenGhoti's settings (post #6) -- I actually tried all of his settings but settled on the "Green" ones which really cleaned up a lot of noise problems and seemed to fix a lot of color problems for me. Now I happy with both HD and SD content while channle surfing.
I have the Dish 622 receiver set to display 1080i output for 16x9 over the HDMI output. It still varies a little from channel to channel, but these settings really look great on over 80% of the channels. I spend a lot of time just channel surfing and I am now very happy with the picture quality, although there are still a few channels or even just an occasional program that still just sucks. I now believe that there is no way to have the "perfect" picture on every channel because there are so many different broadcast standards and color standards.
By the way, I have two of the Dish 622 receivers, and the first one refused to establish an HDMI connection. My second receiver worked just fine. I contacted Dish tech support and they said this was a known issue that some of the units did not take a software update properly before they shipped and that if I just waited, the problem should be fixed automatically by a software update. They recommended that I use the component outputs in the mean time. I have also seen several reports of loose HDMI connectors which would never be fixed by a software update, and several other reports of people who demanded Dish replace the receiver and everything started working fine.
The Toshiba HD-A1 provides a great picture with this set over HDMI, but it is VERY SLOW. I plugged it into my Internet connection and it went out and updated the software to the new v2 software in about 30-45 minutes. It has been very stable and I have had no lockups or any other problems other than, did I mention it was VERY SLOW?
I have heard a lot of people complaining about the sound from the built in Sony speakers. I have this TV downstairs in my living room and I have spent two full days channel surfing, listening to music, and even watched a couple HD-DVD's and I have been pleasantly suprised. I am very pleased with the sound: they have great stereo sound, decent bass, and decent volume levels. These are perfect speakers for just channel surfing and watching basic programming. I have a pretty decent media room that I spent about $25K on, but sometimes I don't need 7.1 surround sound and dual sub-woofers just to channel surf or to listen to the news. I am happy with the speakers for normal stuff.
I am sitting back at about 12 feet from the 60" set and I am very happy. I am currently using a stand that is just under 18" tall. I have to say that I think this size works well for me. I am usually able to lean back in my recliner and move just my eyes to watch the image, but every now and then I notice that I move my head from left to right to follow movement. I don't want to be moving my head back and forth like I'm watching a tennis match, so I think the 70" would be too big.
I am one VERY HAPPY NEW OWNER!!!
On a separate note (stuff I have NOT tried yet), I have seen several previous threads discussing the resolution for PC connectivity over the VGA port. After reading every previous post in this thread, this is what I remember previous posters saying...
VGA Port: Cannot get full 1920x1080 on VGA, most people are not happy so just don't do it.
DVI to HDMI: If your video card has DVI connector, you can get a DVI to HDMI connector and then you can get 1920x1080, and I think this was the only way to get 1080p
Component: With some of the fancier video cards with adapters/connectors for Component video, you can also get 1080i
In all cases, there are potential overscan issues, so you may still need define custom resolutions to insure you can see your full desktop.
There was also a previous poster who said that 1600x1200 worked well but was not defined in the manual as an officially supported resolution.
Thanks to all the previous poster's for the information and recommendations!!!!!