I just purchased a z3500 today and that was not even what i came to the store for.
I was just looking for a medium range tosh to buy (RV500), since i'm a big fan of Toshiba LCDs (i own a WL66E, beautiful picture and sound), but i meant to upgrade to the Full-HD one.
As a comparison, I was also eyeing the Sharp Aquos A83M. I brought my own DVDs and Blu-ray movies to the store to try on the LCDs.
To all Sharp lovers, i'm sorry to say that the A83M full-hd 100hz Lcd has very poor video scaling and even lots of 'noise' on the picture even when playing blu ray on 1080p.
So i took off from the booth and went straight to Toshiba's.
Tried the RV500. Very black blacks. a bit too contrast-y for my liking but the picture quality was superior compared to the previous brand. The z3500 was sitting next to it, and out of curiosity, i asked the salesperson to try on my dvd with the z3500.
I got the wind knocked out of me. I knew it's the best thing Toshiba has out there but i didn't quite expect to see such beautiful image as i did on the z3500. The movie was Golden Compass anyway and all the mild grainy shadows i saw on the RV500 were non-existent in the z3500. The skin tones of the actors were very natural and defined. Ghosting was absent too from this set, thanks to its 100hz or whatever the metabrain pro 100 technology was doing to it.
All in all, i was so blown away by what i saw i ended up paying twice of what i intended to spend on an LCD. But i am happy that I did. I'm proud of this set. and thanks to Allankyoto for your reviews on your z3500.Like me, i'm sure you will have many happy moments with it. I hope i can ask you a few questions on the USB thing, since i'm curious of what it can do. I'm a bit challenged in the technology department but i'm an avid film-lover, that's why i decided to purchase this set because i saw with my own eyes how superior the image quality is compared to any other brands i've seen. but i'm willing to learn more about the dual window tuner and the USB.
One question: what about the SRS WOW? does it deliver or mediocre?
Thanks again and i'll definitely try your approach on adjusting the brightness and factory settings once my set arrives!