Here's my review...Overall:
Simply a great set, no regrets. To date no design or quality-control flaws have surfaced. Keeping my fingers crossed, this might be one of the few sets that no one can complain about...perhaps a sign of maturity for this class of TVs.Black Level:
Thumbs up. This was a big concern of mine since the LCDs you see in the store are usually washed out since no one bothers to optimize the settings. However, the S3000's black levels are good right out of the box - and even better with some tweaking. I'm continually impressed with how black the sidebars are when watching SD.Clouding:
No complaints here. Tough to form an opinion since I haven't watched SD on any other LCDs, but it looks good to me! I attempted to take some pictures of the SD quality and attached them below.HD PQ:
Great! The S3000 won me over and made me forget about spending big on 1080p/120hz when I saw it in the store and felt it outperformed all the other Sony's on the wall. The 10-bit makes a noticeable difference in color depth. I can't wait to see how this TV looks once people start posting some optimized settings. Other tidbits:
- My PS3 is connected via HDMI without any issues.
- I haven't tested the PC connectivity yet.
- PIP/P&P works well, the only downside being that one the two inputs you're watching must be connected via coax. In other words, don't expect to be able to use PIP/P&P with two different HDMI sources, or with an HDMI and a PC source.
- The only thing I wish this TV had was a swivel stand - oh well!
SD Pictures from a variety of channels, for what it's worth. Don't pay too close attention to color since these were just happy snaps as I'm not sure of the "correct" way to photograph your TV. Nevertheless, they're a decent representation of the clarity of SD: