"Just right."5.0 starson by ravaughn
Pros: breathtaking picture
ease of use
Cons: sound is a little tinny
could have used a usb port
Summary: I bought this TV from the local Video Only for $1850 in late May, but didn't pick it up until the Friday before Father's Day (since I got it for my father), or install it until a week later. I've had it all hooked up (to 3 400 disc Sony DVD changers, Sony receiver, Psyclone source selector, Samsung DVD recorder, PS3, Linksys powerline adapter, Linksys router, CyberPower surge protector) for a week now. Sound can be a bit tinny, but if you want to watch a movie or concert on TV you can just use the optical audio out to your surround system. Standard definition TV looks ok. All the new channels we get thanks to the internal HDTV tuner are great. Standard definition movies look excellent, but Blu-ray movies from the PS3 are breathtaking. We tested it with The Fifth Element (remastered) and... WOW. The detail is astounding. For a perfectionist like me bass and blacks add the depth necessary for a true entertainment system. The black/color/detail this TV is capable of will meet all your needs, wants and then some. We have it set up in a room with a large window wall casting bright sunlight directly on the screen almost all day and there are no problems with glare/reflections obstructing or negatively impacting the view. One thing I would say, if you have to watch standard definition, you should be no less than 10 or so feet from the monitor. The lower the resolution, the harder it is to watch on a 54" screen. However, with quality Blu-ray and high definition video games you can be nose-to-glass and still enjoy the view.I've been using this TV for months now and thought I should add something to my initial review...
I definitely recommend this product.
Updated on Sep 19, 2009
First off, the best full system 'show-off' piece I've come across so far is the lobby/helicopter scene from the Matrix on Blu-ray. Also, Watchmen on Blu-ray is absolutely gorgeous.
The Viera Cast weather has turned out to be quite useful, and my father has apparently become addicted to Youtube. I would like to see some sort of sports ticker replace Bloomberg (or just be added in general) and Netflix replace Amazon. As far as Amazon is concerned, the streaming quality seems to be related to connection speed, rendering it useless to me with my slow country connection.
I would like to point out that while glare is not a major issue, I have noticed that sitting in certain positions relative to the screen and windows in bright daylight or with other sources of light, can result in mild reflections during 'black' scenes. It's not that distracting, but if you look for it, you can see it.