Originally Posted by ozziegn
I bought this tv last week and I returned it the very next day.
why? because the picture (viewing 1080i content) had way too much grain for my likes. it was like looking at a 46" wide picture of 80 grit sandpaper. lol
my suggestion would be towards the Sony XBR3 or XBR4 line. I know they're more expensive, but I don't believe in bargain basement shopping for something if it's going to look like junk.
There should be absolutely NO GRAIN if you are feeding the panel HD and using Dot Mode to view. I have a 57" at 8.5' and ZERO grain or noise - I have to get within inches before seeing pixel structure on HD and the same goes for the 45" Sharp I own. Are you sure your not seeing compression which is not induced by the panel? Dot Mode with HD feed should be pristine.
My SD viewing is superior on the Sharp 57" versus the Panny Plasma 50" and SXRD 60" I also owned. Better SD than any HT Size panel I've owned so I don't know what you folks are viewing and you fail to tell us what you viewed. Even the Turner Classic Movies comes in quite good and it's SD 480i. I challenge you to place Ultra Violet via BD or HD and tell me there is any grain - pictures please to prove it. You folks need to learn the difference between compression and upscaling versus true HD source and content.
You do realize that though your TV may say 1080i on an HD channel that quite a bit is actually upscaled SD falsely by HD channels, e.g; God Father on AE HD - there is no HD version that has been created yet as it's in the process of being done for HD DVD but AE broadcast it when in fact it isn't HD material and so noise results since the material is not actually HD yet. Many HD channels upscale material that has not been converted yet. Often you may be viewing SD being broadcast via an HD channel.
Sorry, but I've witnessed a number of newbies coming into this forum due to black Friday specials that have no background or experience to properly determine the difference between source, cable connections, compression, and lack knowledge to even understand the difference. Recommend you view the D64 poll and separate it's results or check out the actual owners of panels in numbers on this forum or CNet, CC or Amazonbuyers and then bottom line rely on what your eyes see and please your viewing experience.