"Great Picture, Lip sync issues"4.0 starson by eMarkM
Pros: Great Picture, looks fantastic
Cons: Lip Sync Issues, where to put center speaker
Summary: I looked at a lot of HDTVs in this price range. The plasmas have the best overall picture, but were a bit out of my range for the 50" screen I wanted. Of the rear projections, this one seemed best to me.
The picture quality on HD is fantastic. The best I saw of the units I was looking at in my price range. I was concerned with viewing angles and the copious amounts of sunlight I get in the room I put this in, but the angles are plenty wide for my viewing area (a 10X12 family room). Movies with lots of black aren't so hot in the full sunlight of mid afternoon, but are acceptable with the shades shut. SD is so-so, depending on the broadcast, but that's the case with most HDs.
I have noticed the lip sync problem on some broadcasts through HT system as others have had in previous user reviews. This was one of my biggest concerns, having read the reviews here, so I bought a receiver with lip sync correction (Denon AVR-2805) and this helps with the issue. Maybe 10% of HD broadcasts had the lip sync, mostly very slight. In the two weeks I've had the unit I've had one broadcast have the "Godzilla" problems that one reviewer mentioned. That was ridiculous and would have been unwatchable. But the lip sync correction on the receiver fixed this. So I'd recommend getting a receiver with lip snyc correction if you get this unit and you're in the market for a receiver, too.
When I first saw the pedastal I thought it was very sexy looking, espeically since I was replacing an old entertainment center and it was nice to have a TV that had the built in stand. I've since bought the matching shelving unit that goes with it and surrounds the pedastal and it fills out the space below the TV nicely. But there are some practical issues with the pedastal. First, it takes space where you'd have traditional shelving units where you could put components, specifically, a center channel speaker. Right now I have the center channel sitting on the glass bottom in front of the pedastal, but not sure if this is the long term solution. There is no room on top for any kind of speaker as the top is only an inch or so thick.