Ok - this is just a quick review as I hate to type
For starters, I think it's worth telling a quick background of what kind of pic I like, my HT setups and what I'm comparing this to; and how old this panel is.
- Both of my displays, the Qualia 006 in my HT room and my Sony 52XBR3 in the Great Room [what I'm comparing the Samsung to] are ISF calibrated - I plan to get the Samsung ISF calibrated as well, but as if yet it is not. Both displays are calibrated for deep blacks and true neutral color reproduction, which is typical of true ISF calibration. No, my Sony does not have any clouding whatsoever - and thank god
- I received the panel from ABT Electronics on 3/25/07 - factory fresh
- This Panel is for the Master Bedroom, and will be wall mounted in a few weeks.
- The connection is HDMI.
- Yes it has a QAM Tuner.
These are just some quick pics so take the pics w/a grain of salt; they do not come close to capturing the panel's ability to produce a stellar pic.
Outside Construction is flawless, fantastic; this panel is beautifully crafted and is stunning to look at - the attention to detail is every bit of my XBR3. Panel Construction is equally impressive; no horizontal/vertical banding, backlight leakage or clouds whatsoever - 100% linear even in a totally blackout room.
The glowing halo on the bottom of the screen is a wonderful touch
Spectacular - way better than the LN-S4051D and about 90% of the Sony. After ISF calibration I'm sure I can get to 95% of the Sony - this Panel is that good. Neutral colors and great blacks and a smooth and very detailed pic; but you have to adjust the panel to achieve this performance. Out of the box as w/all Panels, these settings can be overpowering IMO. I will say there is some over scan in HD and there is no 1:1 mapping - so that was a little disappointing, especially for you gamers out there. However, I estimate the amount of over scan in HD is about 1% - but don't hold me to this. Also, even though this panel is 720p, you'll never miss this panel over a 1080p because of it's size - unless you sit extremely close in which case you'll see artifacts either way.
Above average from other offerings and about the same as the XBR3; loosing out to the Sony only because there is no "Wide Zoom" for 4:3 material which I really like. The Samsung seems to over scan too much if you use the zoom modes, and 16:9 mode seems to compress and stretch the Pic more than the Sony. But this is SD so it's garbage-in-garbage-out anyhow.
For thoes that are on the fence about this TV, get off of it and go and get yourself this panel. There is no better performing or looking panel in this price range IMO.
I'll end it here, so if there are any specific questions let me know and I'll answer them if I can.