Ok, where to start?
First, like many of you are doing right now, I read all the reviews of every TV that fit the description of what I was looking for. I'll try to be as helpful as I can.
The first thing I'd like to say is the conclusion. I absolutely love this TV. I was not disappointed by any aspect of it; picture, sound, features, etc.
SOUND: I read several reviews that complained about the lower quality sound. This is obviously very subjective. Each person will expect a different experience. The TV I had before this was a 54 in. Sony projection leviathon. Seriously, it probably weighs around 300 lbs at least. So with it's sheer size it allows more room for larger speakers. The base on it was very impressive. Therefore my expectations weren't very high for the Philips because I knew with its more slender style meant less room for speakers. However, this was not the case. My expectations were more than met. I bought this TV because I'm a gamer through and through. I play PS3 and XBOX 360 games all the time. The sound on some games was thunderous with the Sony. I expected an emaciated sound experience do to the smaller size of the Philips. Maybe it's because I live in a smaller sized apartment and the sound is more focused but the sound was far superior to my expectations and I must say a pleasant suprise. Some reviews claimed that even at almost full volume they couldn't hear the TV very well. I've found that I keep the sound at around 20(goes to 100). No, it's not a theater experience but if that is what you are looking for then you will more than likely, most do I would imagine, look at buying a decent sound system to compliment this set. I may eventually but at the moment I just don't need one. So, sound was far more than I expected. I simply can't justify giving it less than 5 stars becuase it exceeded my expectations my so much.
PICTURE: Remember I came from a projeciton TV. With this set my PS3 and 360 games are all in HD. The main setup of most systems come up in 1080p but usually the actual games are in 720p. Confirmed on the PS3 and I expect on 360 as well. The visuals are absolutely amazing. I really thought my eyes were going with my older TV. Once I hooked everything up and started playing...well, it was about 5 minutes later I noticed this constant grin on my face as I was playing. It hit me then, "These graphics are unreal!" When companies review their games it's always on the best screens available to make their product look at good as possible. I see this when I watch reviews on my PC which has an HD screen. It was a completely new experience for me though, to be actually seeing it...in person...in my living room. The best way I can describe it is that I still find myself grinning at times when I see a detailed in-game environment and just get lost in it. I see things that on my old set looked one way but now look completely different because of the clarity. I said once, "So THAT'S what that was!" Only becuase I could see it in perfect detail.
FEATURES: I gave 4 stars on the features simply because if I had to be critical in any area it would be here. Please don't get me wrong though. It could not be easier to set up and it has a LOT of features to tweak and get the experience you want. However, I'm sure some of the uber priced sets have more features. I would compare those "pricey" features to massaging seats in an insanely priced sports car. Do you really need (want) massaging seats in that car? Me? No. It has every feature I could have expected without making things too complicated to change.
I'll put the last 3 qualities together:
OVERALL RATING, VALUE, & MEETS EXPECTATIONS.
The value for me is tops bar NONE! It didn't just meet my expectations it blew them away. Getting this set actually has shown me why people buy HDTV's such as this. And the overall rating...well, I imagine you can guess that one from the first part of this review.
And last, I'd like to give a few suggestions:
If you buy this TV, bring a truck. The box is simply ginormous. I'd suggest ordering online and with free shipping I'd also say...why not? They delivered it right to my front door. Also, even though it is an LCD flat it is still fairly heavy. The description lists it at about 115 lbs. And I can believe it. I picked it up myself to place it on the stand but I would definitely suggest just getting a friend to help if you're even remotely unsure about moving it. Oh yeah, and please don't bend over to pick it up. I have visions of seeing people with slipped disks everywhere. I'd like everyone to enjoy their amazing new TV without being permanently stuck in their couches. And to answer any questions about their warranty. I read the reviews that complained that their customer service is terrible. I have called customer service twice. Once for a question about my PS3 and the second was to purchase the extended warranty(GET the warranty, for something like this...just do it.) and I kid you not, it took less than 1 minute to speak to a human being. And both times that human being was very nice and helped me in no time flat.
That's about it. If any of you are like me then you'll read over these reviews time and time again. Remember, I'm more into gaming than anything and it has revolutionized my gaming experience. The movies I watch are nothing short of amazing as well. It just wasn't my focus and is more of a bonus than anything. I was really nervous when I was waiting to actually get the TV. It was near a thousand dollars and you always want to, first, get what you pay for. And second, hopefully, get even more than you expected with the money you save up for something like this. To that end, I do NOT regret getting this TV. Not for one second.
Well, there it is. I hope this review has helped either make your decision easier or at the very least narrow down your search, your quest, for an amazing HDTV. For me, I completed that quest.