"Satisfied but not blown away."4.0 starson by marossva
Pros: Cool design, plenty of connections
Cons: Contrast is almost too dark
Summary: When I made the plunge into HDTV and purchased the Samsung 5053, I didn't take into account one important thing - the new DirecTV requirements for HD. Although a DirecTV customer for 7+ years (only dual LNB), no one told me you needed to change to a 5 LNB receiver in order to get HDTV. Although DirecTV offered to do it for free, it turns out that I did not have a clear enough line of sight for the new 5 LNB dish. That meant I had a choice, either return the TV and keep DirecTV or convert to Comcast. By the time I found that out, it was to late to return the TV so I converted to Comcast. Let me say that I am satisfied with Comcast but it just does not offer the same variety of programming or quality of transmission that DirecTV does. So if you have DirecTV and you want to keep it and add HD, MAKE SURE you can receive a signal from all 5 satellites before you make the investment. As for the Samsung 5053, initially we were not happy with it as it was WAY to dark with to much contrast. I don't know if it took awhile to burn in, if I finally got it adjusted correctly, or if we just got use to it, but now we are very pleased with the picture. In HD it is spectacular (especially channels like Discovery HD) but with regular broadcasts, it is not as good as the picture I use to get on my 36" CRT via DirecTV. I'm guessing that's because DirecTV is all digital. The bottom line is if you can get the 5053 for under $2,500 (I got it for $2,300), it is well worth considering.