I'm a new poster so here goes:
My system -
TV - Sony KDS-R60XBR1
STB - Time Warner Cable - Scientific Atlantic 8300HD DVR
DVD - Kenwood Sovereign DV-5700
CD - Sony CDP-CX300
AMP - Sherwood Newcastle R-945
Front NHT ST4
Center NHT SC1
Rear NHT SB3
Sub NHT SW10
Because of limited inputs on my older Kenwood receiver I used the following connections:
Cable in to STB
From the STB:
HDMI out to TV (Video 6)
Digital Audio out to AMP
From the DVD:
Video component video to TV (Video 4)
Audio optical out to AMP
From the CD:
Left and right analog out to AMP
From the AMP:
Monitor out to TV (Video 1 - so that I can see the OSD from the AMP)
I took delivery of the Sony Sunday March 19th. I checked the build date right away (November 2005). I was surprised because others on this forum have been getting January build dates.
The delivery guys took it out of the box. I kept the box, just in case. They set it up and turned it on. I immediately set the picture to Pro and turned off all the settings that could be turned off.
I changed the channel to Discovery HD and WAS BLOWN AWAY.
Regardless of what I have read on this forum, all the magazine reviewers were right. The picture in High Definition is AWESOME. I just watched for a while, and then remembered to check the memory stick, NICE EVEN GREY TONE all across the screen. NO GREEN.
There are no color anomalies, no convergence issues, nothing to complain about. The picture is better than hoped for, and better than expected. I hadn't even tuned it, using my copy of Digital Video Essentials, yet.
I almost didn't buy the set because of the naysayers on this forum. I'm glad I let my own eyes and my own judgment make the decision. As far as the lack of a 1080P input, I say why wait. Program material broadcast in 1080i and up-converted by the TV is amazing. The incremental improvement that might be achieved by waiting for a 1080P input is in my opinion not worth waiting for.
My DVD outputs 480P and the picture while not quite as stunning as 1080i is fantastic. My wife and I sit 9 feet from the screen and enjoy the movie theater like experience.
I have been waiting for LCOS since Hitachi first talked about it about 5 years ago. I had about given up and was ready to buy one of the DLP TVs. I'm glad I didn't. The Sony provides the almost three-dimensional looking through the window experience I had hoped for.
A couple of notes:
While watching the Olympics with all bright white background I did notice the SSE (Silk Screen Effect) that is the only negative I can find and when I get involved in the programming the SSE becomes a non-issue.
I have also read that some people are having trouble getting 5.1 surround sound when their cable is connected to the STB and they use HDMI for their TV connection. I solved that problem by running a digital audio cable from my STB to my AMP (see above) and, when I want 5.1 sound through my surround system, I use the audio output menu on my STB to change the audio output from HDMI (to the TV) to the 5.1 output (to the AMP). I have noticed occasional slight lip-synch problems but they seem to be related to program material. They are not consistent from one source or one program to the next.
One other side note: I had to go back to the store to get a cable that I had forgotten. I had my sunglasses on (they are polarized) when I looked around at the TVs on display they all exhibited color anomalies. Green, blue, purple and yellow blotches, I thought that I had missed something earlier when I had been in but then realized that I still had my polarized glasses on. When I took them off all was OK with the world again. Just a thought but I wonder if there might be something to this for those that continue to see color problems.
I will keep you all posted. Probably next weekend I will do a complete calibration using Digital Video Essentials. I can't imagine the picture getting better but we'll see.
Oh by the way I have two neighbors with CRT RP sets, one a 57 inch Sony the other a 55 inch Mits. Both have requested that I please come and adjust their TVs to try to make them look like mine. I tried to do the Sony and could only come close; there is just no comparison.