I bought the 61 from costco saturday. The stand that came with it wasn't deep enough for my AVR, plus i didn't like the expandable thingy anyway. Costco wouldn't give me a credit for not taking the stand, it comes with it.
I bought a Z-Line stand, Leon's, black/chrome, works good and put the TV a little higher so my feet aren't in the way when I recline. Need bigger speakers.
HD picture is good! Quality varies greatly between different broadcastors, and varies greatly between different programs. Generally, the OTA tuner is slightly better than EVu, but thats what i expected. It's obvious (and looks bad) when broadcasters upconvert and try to pass off SD as HD. That was hard to notice on my 37". When picture quality is bad, its more noticeable on the big screen. Glad my wife talked me out of the 72.
SD picture varies greatly as well depening on the source. At best, its fairly watchable. At worst, it really, really unwatchable. CNN is fuzzy, all hard to read and hard on the eyes, CP24 looks pretty good.
Veiwing angle is ok for me. I'm not tall enogh to look down on the screen and i don't sit on the floor.
Going to rent some BD's tomorrow.