I finally got my 61A750!
Monday late afternoon I noticed it was delivered to Reno, which is where I am. It seemed a bit late to get a call to schedule delivery, so I expected it on tuesday. Just as I predicted, as soon as a manditory, department-wide meeting started and the head honcho got up to speak...Bzzzz...Bzzzz... Thankfully I had it on vibrate and was able to sneak out, but sheesh, my prediction was dead accurate when I'd get the call.
Since I work monday - friday, 8am - 5pm (I'm a corporate whore
) I was hoping they would either have saturday delivery in my area, or at least have after-5pm delivery. Nope, you only get to pick the day, which is monday - friday, and then they'll deliver it sometime between 11am - 3pm. They did say they'd give me a call 30mins before delivery, even 15mins before if I needed. I asked for a wednesday delivery.
My prediction today was wrong! I have some training at 2pm today and was expecting them to call me saying they'll be at my place around then. Nope, I got a call at 11:25am saying they'd be there at noon. Woohoo, that's when I'm home for lunch anyway!
Right on time the guys showed up. It was only one guy, and my apartment is on the second floor, but the box is surprisingly light when 2 guys carry it. When I asked if he was able to stick around until I check the geometry he said he was already planning on waiting for a functional test of somekind, he just wasn't allowed to do it himself. Excellent. I did have a printout from Amazon's white glove delivery description, just in case he said he couldn't.
TV was set on the Samsung stand, plugged in and I put the USB in. I was worried there would be some special way of getting to the test pattern image that would require me to look through the manual, and that the guy wouldn't stick around for that. Nope, it was extremely simple. Plug it in, the TV recognises a USB drive is in there, select Images and the pattern is there.
I don't know what all I'm looking for, but here's what I do see already: There seems to be a slight geometry issue, though I'm not sure the official term for it. Basically, if a vertical line is on the screen, the top of the line is leaned slightly left compared to the bottom of the line. The screen is tilted ever so slightly counter-clockwise. I didn't measure the difference, but it seems less than half an inch, probably even less than a quarter. I can barely notice it with the test pattern, and when I later had videos and GTA4 (XBox, via HDMI) on the screen I couldn't at all. As bad as I've read some people's are, I think I'll consider this within acceptable ranges.NOTE
: I AM able to "fix" it by applying a little bit a pressure to the top of the screen! In either this thread or the owners FAQ thread there was mention that you could "bend" the top of the cabinent on the 67inch version and the geometry seemed to "correct" itself. I'm able to do this with mine. I didn't see anybody say they could do this with their 61inch, though...so is my cabinent not solid?!
I also did notice, when watching some videos in letterbox format, some white bleeding on the top portion of the screen. I could only see this when there was something bright white, though. This has been mentioned before, but I forgot if there was mention of a fix. I'll look around for that, but if not, so far it doesn't seem annoying enough to justify a return.
In fact, unless I can find anything else wrong, this TV looks like a keeper. The issues that are there are minor and I probably would never have noticed unless I knew what to look for because of these threads.
As for the image quality, I'm not sure if I'm a good judge of that. I'm moving from a budget, 8+ year old 27" TV. I'm happy with the picture, so far, even without any adjustments (which will be done after work). I'm glad I went with the 61inch, too. I don't recall my viewing distance exactly, normally around 8-10ft I think (but it's probably closer since this TV doesn't fit where my small one did, so it sits closer), and this seems to be just the right size. A lot bigger in person and in my apartment than it seemed when I saw it at Best Buy, too (though that's probably because they had it next to some 70+inch sets), but it doesn't feel too
As for Eagle delivery, the guy who delivered was extremely cool and very nice, as was the lady who I spoke with over the phone. The delivery guy hung around with me for a while longer than I was expecting, and not once did he seemed hurried to leave. He also, once he found out I knew a little about how to test the TV, was asking questions for when he delivers and sets up another DLP.
OK, back to work. Adjustments and firmware updates after work, as well as more geometry and quality testing and purchasing the Mack warranty. I'll see if I can post some pictures, too.