"Jaw-dropping, spectacular picture"4.5 starson by wkk5dl
Pros: LED Light Engine, Superior brightness with no need to dim ambient light, Superb color reproduction
Cons: Lack of 3-2 pulldown.
Summary: I purchased the 67-inch version of this set, which is identical to the 61-inch version except for screen size. I found CNET's review spot-on. However, CNET failed to emphasize the advantages of the LED light engine. My old Hitachi failed in both lamp and light engine after about 6000 hours, or about 3 years of use. The LEDs in this Samsung are rated at 60,000 hours, so I'll likely not need to replace them for the life of the set. There is no warm-up required - full brightness is virtually instantaneous. Power consumption is half of my old set, and there is little heat produced by the LEDs. Brightness is excellent, with no need to cover my windows during daylight hours. In a dark room at night the picture is astounding! I see no picture tilting as mentioned in some other reviews. My cable company still sends some channels in analog-only format. I am disappointed that this set does not have the 3-2 pulldown that would allow me to use the full screen without distortion rather than have to use the 4:3 mode that reduces picture size. Overall, I find the plusses FAR outweigh the minuses in this set.