The first thing I noticed was the cabinet. The silver plastic below the screen really stands out in the showroom but in my darkened living room no problem. In fact the base matches the wall behind the screen to give what Sony calls the "floating screen" effect. Really, I am adjusting to this issue. The out of the box setup on this set is very good. I was very impressed with the focus. Especially the edge focus. When the manual convergence was selected from the setup menu it brings up a 63 point plus symbol(+) grid. The (+)s on the very edges of the screen were uniform in size to the (+)s in the center of the screen. Very nice! Convergence was a snap after warmup. Put in Avia Guide to Home Theater. Overscan was at 5% top and left side, 4% right side and bottom. Not bad. Geometry is good with just a very slight horizontal bow. I can live with it. No vertical linearity problems, Nice. I don't have a color analyzer but whites appears to be fairly close on the warm setting. However there is a slight graying in the corners when a 50 IRE white field is shown. Not bad when compared to other manufacturers sets. I won't mention names so those owners won't get their panties in a twist I'm learnin'. Transitions between black and white are incredibly clean. Wow, no SVM or ringing or edge enhancement or whatever you want to call it on Pro mode. Time for some HD on Dish 6000 with the PBS demo loop. The Italy flyover is playing now and I am flying with the seagulls over azure blue waters approaching a town with white walled houses with terracotta roofs. Look you can see the individual tiles and the different earth tones on each one. I will be back with more info. Wow would you look at that! Part 2 Moved the center speaker on 1' stand into position in front of IR sensor and remote will not operate the set. Bummer. The WV700 audio system sounds very good. Vocals and dialog are very clear and the speakers are sweet and detailed with music. The neighbors will appreciate this feature. The deinterlacing of the new DRC V1 is surprisingly good. I put on The Fifth Element Superbit Leeloo reconstruction scene. I then switched the S9000ES between Progressive and Interlaced modes. In a blind test I would not be able to tell them apart. Checked out the 720P-->1080i conversion by switching between the two on the Dish 6000. Looked good but it seemed to soften the resolution just a tad with the conversion. Damn, I am still bummed about having to get out of my Lazy Boy to move the center speaker away from the IR sensor.