Re: 42" of Plasma
I sit about 7-8 ft from the display and my room is dimly lighted. I don't have it wall mounted, it sits on a swivel stand that it came with. But I would imagine it would be pretty hard reaching those inputs if it were wall mounted from the looks of it.
The SD channles are very good to me when I use the "movie" preset, which turns off all those "special" enhancement features and makes it less noisy and harsh, too. The Dynamic and Standar presets looks too harsh and pixelated looking to me.
Angled viewing is very good, imo. My computer sits to the left of the display and the colors still look very vibrant (the pc is seated about 4 ft from the display). Only when i view it from extreme angles is where the colors washes out. But I can easily turn the display on my swivel stand when I watch while I type or blog :-)
This display is quite glossy, if a persons rooms is very bright....I would imagine that there can be lots of glare..esp. from an angle. But my room is very dim so it haven't had that problem.
One thing that annoys me so far is that this tv is still experiences some slight ghosting and motion blurring from time to time. I noticed it in some scenes when i was watching X3: The Last Stand on Cable last night.
I still just had the display for a few days and I'm still playing with the settings. The calibration specialist wont come until July :-(
In my opinion, if he's not using 1080p sources....he might be happier with the plasma. I play a lot of games and watch a lot of Blu-Ray and HD-DVD discs :-)