"Pricey but picture quality is AMAZING"4.5 starson by beantowndez
Pros: Amazing picture
Excellent in bright rooms
Excellent edge detail and black performance
Cons: Component adapter is low quality - make sure you use HDMI
Brightness pops when watching sports on "standard" picture settings - can be fixed by changing to a different pre-defined picture setting
Vivid picture setting looks very blue
Summary: I was looking for picture quality only. I poured over review after review from CNET and BestBuy.com trying to find a TV that would work in my bright living room. After swearing off plasmas for their bright room stigma I decided to take a look at this TV at my local Best Buy. WOW! Put this TV next to the Sony XBR HX929 and it's not even a contest - and I'm a HUGE fan of the Sony brand. When I first saw the TV in my living room I was a little taken aback by the glare on the TV but I have gotten used to it now and am VERY happy. I have seen brightness pops while watching the NBA on this TV but I was able to choose a different pre-set picture setting and it went away. The "standard" picture setting kept getting darker and then the whole screen would become brighter. It was pretty annoying until I set it to "cinema" and it removed the problem. Normal TV shows (HD or digital) don't have this issue. The component cable attachment is terrible. It looked like I was hooking up via an un-shielded yellow RCA video cable. A cheap HDMI cable later and I was stunned. I would consider this TV pricey, too. $3500 is a lot when you can get a Sharp that is larger for 1/2 the price...BUT you will not get the picture quality with those other lesser TVs. I have not bothered with the internet features...like I said - All I cared about was the picture. All in all I'm very happy!!!