Just to post about viewing angles and distances. I sit approx 11.5 feet from my screen. My seat (armachair) is about 3 foot off direct axis and the picture gets very slightly washed out. Sitting directly in front of the screen I cannot fault it. Using the settings previously set out I was commenting from my viewing position which I now realise gives slightly inaccurate feedback. Had plasmas since 2002 and this is my first LCD/LED. The horizontal viewing angles are a little disappointing compared to plasma (side to side). The blacks on this screen I would say are superior to my previous plasma screens when viewed face on. Sound seems poor until you turn surround on then you get the bass that was missing in normal mode, makes voices in particular seem more natural.