Pros It is huge and has a great picture. The size of this TV when viewed from 12 foot is just perfect. When properly calibrated (not the way you will probably see it at the store) the picure is absolutely stunning.
Cons The price is high but worth it. I know it doesn't have 3D, but it didn't matter to me as I rather hate 3D. Even theater 3D gives me a headache. The standard speakers are a bit weak, but are kind of standard for TV speakers.
Summary This TV has a fabulous picture. I don't know if CNET got a bad example or what. It does require some calibration and turning off some of the picture enhancers, but it can be tuned to deliver excellent color. It probably won't be calibrated correctly at a store, so it might not look great there. The black levels are close to the absolute best I have ever seen. The black levels in scenes can make it so there is no differentiation between the surrounding bezel and the screen. For some reason the black bars on movies are a bit lighter than the black it will deliver in an actual scene. I have a high end Panasonic 58" plasma that has way worse black levels and CNET raved about its black levels. Another great thing is the matt screen doesn't have as much reflection of light, yet doesn't diminish the picture at night. I typically watch movies and scripted TV shows. I can't vouch for sports or game use. If you can afford it and have a large space, buy it. Paid $3,797 plus tax with a price match done for another local dealer at my local Best Buy. Didn't trust getting something this big online.
Pros Screen size
Cons Pix quality
Summary Anyone who would purchase this television would need to be blind. Go to any television dealer and view the picture quality before committing! Blooming red/cyans, glossy color rendition, unsharp, pixelated, etc., etc.. Terrible waste of whatever the cost