Last Friday (Dec 5) I received the LN52A850 that I had ordered earlier in the week from Amazon. I was impressed with their delivery service btw (they unboxed and set up and basic-working tested the TV before they left).
It is incredible! I have been looking at it for months but the price was a deterrent. With the economy in a shambles and the overproduction of LCDs, the price finally fell into my range.
I'm still toying with the TV as there is so much it can do! My wife loves the built-in content which will allow you to display a slideshow of artwork, nature scenes, etc. And I of course love the incredible picture. The USB port is a huge plus that I didn't even know I was going to use all that much. But I have put family photos on it to display as a giant picture frame, and the picture quality even there is extremely good.
Even better - I was able to play MPEGs from my PC using the USB port (via a flash drive to which I copied the files) - I use my PC to record hi def OTA shows, but I always had to watch them on the computer. Now, with an extra step of copying to the USB flash drive, I can enjoy them (in stunning quality) on the 52A850...this is a huge plus for me.
The blu-ray playback is absolutely stunning. The jury's still out for me on the auto-motion bit - I like it - at least on low, the kids love it, and the wife hates it. But the great thing is - you can just turn it off and the picture is still outstanding.
I couldn't be more pleased with my purchase at this point - had to share. We'll see how it goes in the next few weeks, but the only thing I see getting worse is how spoiled I'll be by this TV and how little I will want to watch anywhere else!
Oh and I should mention - Kudos to the reviewer...a very thorough review and I appreciate your perspective!
I Googled reviews for the Samsung LN52A850 and was pleasantly surprised to find one here - thanks SKYMTL. (and sorry to hear about the break-in)
Your review not only confirmed my decision to go with Samsung but to also go up to the 850 from the 700 series. We went out and purchased one this past weekend at FS. Btw FS listed at 3699 but matched a sale price at a Furniture/Electronics store of 2999. Of course, he sold us a Blue Ray player and a bunch of other stuff too at a competitive price.
It arrives next weekend - in the meantime I'm looking forward to the rest of your review.