"Superior Picture, Great Value"4.0 starson by hyperbole_fl
Pros: Very good anti-reflective screen, profound blacks, great shadow detail. Footprint is the same as other brands 40 inch units. The silver detail is spiffy!
Cons: Price is still high for a 42" set, speakers are average but most will connect to a surround system, controls take time to master, absence of a swivel base.
Summary: With a background in photography and perceptual science I understand that a set must be judged by its ability to render source material. This set does a wonderful job in rendering realistic images. I have tested it with various source material including film based and live action sports. I am impressed by the picture which is lifelike and natural. The blacks and shadows are impressive. I have not had the set professionally calibrated and have chosen the THX mode. My guess is that most consumers will do the same. I hardly notice glare at all which was my biggest concern before the purchase.
Assembly was simple and adequate connections are available for most everyone's needs. Esthetically the set is pleasant to look at when not in use. The footprint is compact and the silver detailing is a nice touch. I would like to have had a swivel base. Startup is quick and the set is silent in operation. The on board speaker system is adequate.
In summary, this is a terrific television with superior picture quality. It may cost a bit more than comparable LCD technology but the image rendition is far beyond what you will see in the overly bright LCD television sets. If you are looking for an overly bright shrill picture get an LCD. If you appreciate subtlety in image rendition, accurate and lifelike images I urge you to audition this television.