First of all, let me thank every single Mitsubishi DLP owner in this forum for their participation here. Without their knowledge, insight, and experience I never would have taken the leap of faith to buy one of these new DLP TVs.
Second, let me stress that everything that follows is strictly my own opinion & should not be construed as irrefutable truths & my personal experiences only echo what is true here in my own little corner of the world. What may or may not be true in your little corner of the world may very well be vastly different & to be honest, I fully expect that it will be.
I originally had my experience written out in detail outlining my experiences, but then I realized you all probably don't want to read all that so I'll try to just line out the important bits:
1. We bought the WD-73840 bundle from ShopNBC during their Mitsubishi world launch event. Coming from an old standard definition 32" Philips-Magnavox CRT TV with no AV equipment at all put us in a position that this would be the best, easiest way to improve our sound and visual quality in one fell swoop.
2. The new TV was delivered early & in pristine condition. Even the shipping box was in perfect condition. I've got wild-irrational-crazy-man OCD when it comes to things like this so believe me when I say I am an expert in this regard.
3. Given the stories on this forum (and in this very thread) about geometry problems I was very worrried about encountering any as my aforementioned OCD would never allow me to derive any pleasure from this TV. Fortunately, my neurotic fears were misplaced as the 16:9 and 4:3 modes have perfect geometry. Well, it's probably not perfect, but perfect to my eyes & I can pick out any display imperfections at 50 paces.
4. Picture quality was stunning. Whites were a little hot out of the box, but the OSD provided more than enough power and versatility to tame them to taste. 3D was an enjoyable experience (have only watched one 3D movie so far) and high-def has been a treat. I was very thankful my cable company doesn't over-compress their channels when I happened to stumble across The Scorpion King being shown on cable the other night. Not the best movie overall, but the desert scenery was breath-taking & gave Kelly Hu the perfect opportunity to show the world she can rock a chain mail bikini.
I was worried about how DLP would stand up to plasma & LED/LCD and this set easily matched visually every TV we saw in the big box stores while we were shopping around.
5. Glare. Yeah, there's some daytime glare from windows, but the light is diffused when it hits the screen. It sure beats the razor-sharp reflections off of a glass CRT tube like the one we're coming from. The diffusion makes it rather easy for the brain to tune it out in a few minutes. Of course, when the sun goes down that's when this techology really shines.
6. Sound. I don't know how they work their magic with that 16-speaker soundbar. I know a full dedicated surround sound setup would yield better sound and imaging, but we watched Rescue Me the other night & the scene at Colleen's wedding reception had me looking constantly at our fireplace that's on the left wall of the room because it sounded like there were people talking in the fireplace complete with glasses tinkling together.
7. Warm-up time. Yes, when you turn on the TV there is a warm-up time, but I knew this going in. The P in DLP stands for Projector & projectors always need warm-up time. On a related note, when I turn off the set I can't hear any fan noise at all (or when it's on for that matter). I know there's supposed to be a fan running in there to help cool down the bulb, but no noise here.
Overall, I'm extremely pleased with this TV and it has managed to impress me every single day I've owned it thus far. This is a serious statement coming from me. I am usually very picky regarding everything electronics & computers and can generally find flaws in nearly everything. I don't even regret not going larger nor do I think I ever will. We've got this in a 12 ft x 20 ft room and it dominates the 12 ft wall it's on almost overpowering the room. The little woman reminds me how it's too big for the room at every opportunity, but as soon as the TV turns on she gets quiet & all of a sudden it's not too big at all.
I've owned this TV about 10 days at this point and wanted to wait until I had plenty of time with the unit before sharing my thoughts. All right! All right! You've got me...this is the first time I was able to tear myself away from my TV long enough to write this.
Again, thank you to everyone whose experience helped my research end with the purchase of this beautiful TV. I'm lovin' it.