Just got my 747i yesterday. It was shipped by Yellow Truck via Compusa.com, and the box came on a pallet without any physical damage to it. I slid it down the steps to my basement, unpacked it, and hooked it up. Immediately I checked the display for any dead/stuck pixels. I didn't notice any (Thank God). Also, backlight bleed currently is to a minimum. I'm very pleased with the overall look and design of the set. The size of the set coupled with the glass screen cover adds a little "drama" to the tv.
In operation the default color temperature was a bit too "warm" for me which was set to 6500K(The pic had a yellow tint to it). I changed it to 9300K and it looks a lot better. Keep in mind, I do like to calibrate things on my own but I wanted to check out the default settings first. Right now, I'm pretty happy with the set. SD content looks great. To be honest in certain scenes on particular programs, SD is a bit close to HD believe or not. I run a Motorola DCT3416 I DVR for cable services I connect the box using a HDMI cables purchased from monoprice.com. I work for Comcast so, I know that right now HD content is very compressed, at least until the digital migration in Feb. of 2009 which will free up a lot of bandwith. So, some HD content leaves a lot to be desired.
During my test runs I do notice the lack of contrast but, the image processor more than makes up for that. I will be calibrating the TV using the DVE HD DVD disc through an XBOX 360 Premium using VGA cables real soon. In summary I'm glad this tv came in tact and free from any of the artifacts that I had on my last set which I mentioned in my earlier posts while I had this one on order. Hopefully it holds up. I did get the 2 year onsite warranty from Compusa.com because anything can happen. That gives me a sense of comfort because I know how Tech support can be (I work Tech support
). I will be posting with my calibration results and any other misc details on my set.