"Scary out of the box, calibration is key!"5.0 starson by Brumfiss247
Pros: Excellent, sharp picture quality; true blacks (not blue or green tinged); immersive "window-like" 3-d viewing experience (especially with ultra-flat wall mount); decent 480i to 1080p upconverting.
Cons: Requires a lot of tinkering before the picture is perfect. High input lag for gamers while not in game mode (>50ms), <20ms with game mode turned on.
Summary: I almost didn't buy this TV because of all the negative reviews about banding, flashlighting, etc. I noticed when I took the TV out of the box that there was a bright streak emanating from the upper right corner (the dreaded "flashlighting"). I was obviously very disappointed.
However, before I immediately took the TV back to the store, I entered the calibration menu and started playing with the settings to see if I could reduce or eliminate the problem.
The key seemed to be increasing the "color space" settings as well as the black tone and dynamic contrast. At first I turned the black tone to "darker", dynamic contrast to "medium" and color space settings (default 50) to 100 (I left anything at 0 alone).
Lo and behold, the bright spot was gone, and I noticed instantly how crisp the colors were. I have since turned the color space settings down to 75, dynamic contrast to "low" and black tone to "dark" with no noticeable return of the flashlighting. I also have the backlight at 11 with the above settings and have seen none of the "crushing blacks" that can deaden your contrast during very dark scenes. However, if I return the settings to factory default, the flashlighting returns.
I tinkered with the settings for about 3 hours total and am very happy with this TV. as is my family. I consider myself a very picky person but I can certainly recommend this TV if you're willing to do some work at the beginning.