Mine arrived last Monday so I've had it for just over a week. I was reluctant to buy something like that never having seen it or even seeing a review on it but Costco has SUCH an amazing return policy (avsforum members claim they even reimburse shipping) that I decided to roll the dice.
My first impression was a bit of a disappointment. I was just so used to the amazing beauty of a Sony WEGA flats creen on EVERY channel. I was convinced I would return it the first day but then I read more and more on the avsforum and realized that in this period of transition between stadard def and hi-def, some things will look great but most stuff will look crappy - especially with a resolution like a true 1920 x 1080p.
Per the forum recommendation, I just bought a DVD from Amazon called Digital Video Essentials that helps optimize your home entertainment system. Hopefully, this will help me ''dial-it-in'' a bit.
Some things look truly amazing on this screen. Mostly well-lit, outdoor scenes. Indoor scenes, I still have a problem adjusting the contrast, gamma and brightness to achieve a pleasing look. Sports stuff looks awesome (usually bright interior). I often have difficulty getting skin tones just right. Even in the same scene, I will adjust the red in the skin for one actor, cut to the other and they look red-faced. But I'm getting better with the adjustments.
I still might yet return it - I have 30 days no questions - but I'm waiting to see if I can get it tuned in better with this DVD and what I read on the avsforum. Otherwise, I may just return it, buy the Apple 30 inch LCD for my Mac, get the video card to drive it and then buy the EyeTV (HD version) for another $350 or so and watch TV on my Mac. It's such a tempting thing to do regardless. But, if I can get this 42 inch Naga to work right, that would probably be the better solution.
By the way, the TV does NOT ship with an HDMI to HDMI cable. Just a DVI to HDMI. So, don't go out and spend $130 like I did to buy a Monster cable from Radio Shack. I just returned that after my $10 fifteen foot cable (gold-plated-ends) arrived from monoprice.com. The HT Guys said HDMI cables are the biggest rip-off in the world of HD right now. And for the record, my signal looks just as good as with the Monster cable costing well over ten times as much.
The Sceptre 42'' HDTV (has a 1080P ratio - meaning 1920 x 1100 I think that's about right)is the first of the 1080P's on the market. The older 108I has a ratio of 1300 x 720 (give or take a pixel). I orderd mine online at Costco for $2400 incl shipping and tax. That price is purposted to be $500 off reg price. That "sale" price is over. It will arrive in 6 to 8 weeks....unless I cancel. Sceptre is not a name brand (like Proview from Costco was not and we returned the latter). Since most TV's are made in China, Japan, Korea or Taiwan, it likely made by one of the Asian mfgrs in one of those countries expressly for Costco. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Does anyone have any further information on the brand name -SCEPTRE ? Is it a SONY in disguise ?