"Purchased this on 11/20/2009, may return it."3.0 starson by Phil1701
Pros: Price is good, sometimes the picture looks good, other times it's just ok.
Cons: The picture seems grainy on both HD and SD. Wii works but I get columns of missing pixels.
Summary: My neighbor has Samsung LN55B650 (120 Hz and Not LED). Her set looks better. The picture on her set has that deep black and saturated colors feel to it. We both viewed my set and thought it was not as good on HD, and way worse on SD. Wii works fine on hers.I decided to keep the TV and I am glad I did. When I hook everything up and then turn on the TV and Cable box it does an initial HDMI handshack. At that time everything looks awsome and I mean awsome (both HD and SD). Once I turn off the TV the cable box goes into some default HDMI mode. When the TV is turned back on the cable box upconverts everything instead of letting the TV to it. So HD has some miss aligned pixels on left side, and SD doesn't look that great. It is a known issue with the cable box I am using. (a motorola dcx3400 HD DVR, with fwover 2 yrs old).
We both have Charter cable. We both have HDTV receivers from charter, but different models, mine receiver is 2 years old not sure if an updated model would help. We both have HDMI cable from receiver to TV.
I am still not ruling out something on my side. I have my cable going to a splitter, so maybe a weak signal is the issue? I played with all the settings and improved the picture somewhat but still seems to be missing that crystal clear 3-D pop that I see in my neighbors set. I'll try plugging the coax directly in to the TV (I think charter does not encrypt local HD) and see if the picture improves (ruling out the receiver as an issue).
Updated on Jan 29, 2010
Also for anyone considering this TV. Sams club just dropped the price to $1598. I paid $1879 and since I am still inside my 90 day return period got the difference back in cash today. (Kenosha Wi Sams Club, GM Mike gets an A+ for customer service).
I now rate the TV 4.5 out or 5.