Pros Color, contrast, ease of use
Summary Coming from a Sony Trinitron flat tube, this is an amazing TV overall. Since my tube died last month, I've spent many hours researching the internet and stores. I started out like many, looking only at price. After the first couple visits (and a few talks with sales clerks), I found myself trying to justify spending $3k+ on a set with the so-called "top of the line" features. After struggling with myself for weeks, I decided to forget about things like 'motion-flow' (120hz) and others, since these will undoubtedly become standard manufactured features in a year or so - much like 1080p is now. I then narrowed my results between the Samsung and Sony. After a side-by-side comparison between these two evenly matched sets with respect to price, size, resolution and the same signal coming in from the store, there was little question in my decision to go with this Samsung. It has excellent contrast with more vivid and realistic colors than the comparable Sony (at any distance). I've found only one flaw with this set, but to me it can easily be overlooked since I'm running a Bose home theatre and don't use the TV speakers. That said, be warned. The sound emitted from this bottom-speaker arrangement is less than average. Plan to connect an external audio source and be 'blown-away'.... It's obvious the entire R&D went into the picture, where it's most important.
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Pros 1080p, Swivel Stand, Style, Connectivity
Cons Slow remote/menu response time, Only average sound quality
Summary After 80+ hours(Over a three month time span) of research, I purchased my first flat panel HI-DEF TV. It was between the Sony Bravia V2500 series, Sharp, and Samsung LN-4095D. I decided against the Sharp because of color and contrast, it just was not in the same league as the Sony and Samsung. I do think it is a good TV, just not the one for me. The Sony, side by side to the Samsung, did have slightly more true color tone, but not worth the price difference. I did find out that Samsung, and Sony use the same actual LCD panels, it is all the tweaking and internals that are different. I then found out that Samsung's new stuff comes out in March and April, instead of August and September. So I waited to see what would replace the 95d. The LN-T4061F, 65F, 66F series is the new series of Samsung 40" 1080p LCD TVs. On to the LN-T4061F.
Packaging was very good. Product was well protected, yet extremely easy to remove from the box. Contents listed on the box were also in the box(I have bought things where the contents list was wrong or had missing items).
Style. WOW! This is where function and form are at their best. Very nice black piano finish, chrome accents, hidden bottom speakers, oval shaped swivel stand.
Picture. Digital standard definition channels come in just slightly off color, and with a little grain to them. Analog standard definition channels are viewable, but you will definitely want the upgrade to digital cable. Picture was just bad enough I found those channels annoying to watch. My standard TV had a much superior picture on those channels. Hi-def channels in 720p and 1080i are excellent. Great natural colors, maybe a little on the cool side, but you can change to 5 preset color modes or configure each color individually. There was no blurring during fast moving scenes. Deep blacks, shades of gray, and bleach white all displayed well in the same scene. Only cons about the picture, out of the box, a little cool, back light is set to bright for my living room(and I have a south facing bay window!), contrast is also to high(never thought you could actually say that about an LCD until I viewed this one). All of these can be re-configured though.
My true test – Xbox 360 w/G.R.A.W. 2 at 1080p. hmmm, I can't even think of a proper adj. to describe my initial reaction. It is fantastic. Detail is excellent, color is excellent. No loss of detail in dark areas, and actual true black and white are displayed. I was worried about blurring, but experienced none. maps that I hated to play on my standard TV do to the game lighting being dark, are now fantastic to play on.
My other test was my Sony handy cam with 1080i resolution and HDMI cable. looked fantastic. did notice what seemed to be a refresh stuttering between chapters changing, but this might be the camcorder and not the TV.
Sound is average. I was a little disappointed in the sound for this price of a TV, it was hollow sounding. My Toshiba CRT has nicer sound. However, if you have an audio receiver, this will not be a concern.
My only negative, I did not mention in the cons, because I believe it can be resolved, is that any picture settings I make are lost when I either change the signal source or power the TV off/on. It always reverts to the factory settings. I am sure I can figure this out, or Samsung support can help. I have not had the time to call them. I will update this review when I have found a solution.
Overall I am very pleased with the quality of this television.
Pros Inputs, Picture Quality, TV's Look, 1080p
Cons Slow Remote Input, Average SD Quality
Summary I found a great deal on this TV for $2000 with no tax or shipping. When I got the TV, I not only saw a gorgeous TV, but a gorgeous image.
Before I gush some more about the TV, let me go over a couple of minor cons. The remote does react slowly to inputs. Luckily I only use it to change the source. Otherwise, I use my cable box remote. So, if you have a cable box, the remote won't be a big issue. Otherwise, that might be a frustrating aspect. Also, SD channels don't look very good, but I've gone through 3 other HDTVs, and I've yet to see one that handles SD very well, but out of what I've seen, the SD on this set is merely average.
I haven't had a chance to program my universal Logitech remote to see if that helps any with the remote issue, but I can update this later once I know.
The review before me mentions average sound, but I felt the sound was fabulous, but I do sit only 6 feet away from the TV, so maybe the further you get, the worse the sound becomes. But I really felt the sound was just right.
Ok, so let me get to the pros. The amount of inputs is staggering. There are 3 HDMI inputs (1 with CEC, 1 meant for computer input via DVI>HDMI cables and third for whatever you please) [but you can use all 3 HDMI slots for whatever HDMI input you want], 2 component inputs, 1 vga input and the rest of the normal inputs like composite, RF and s-video. The image quality was fantastic right out of the box, actually, but there are definite ways you can tweak it. Darkening the image by setting energy saver down darkens the image to better quality. Also some tweaking of contrast, color and sharpness is definitely under way if you're a stickler for image perfection, and I think the TV does a fantastic job of giving you the options to do so.
I am a huge gamer. I have my Xbox 360 plugged in via VGA in 1080p. It looks fantastic. I have my PS3 plugged in via HDMI in 1080p. It looks fantastic, and I have my Wii plugged in via component (only goes to 480P), but it also looks fantastic. The colors pop, the detail is so sharp that I actually have been finding flaws in the games I play which is bittersweet! It's nice to know the image quality is clear, but then you start seeing some ugliness the developers didn't want you to see.
Also, the TV itself is just gorgeous. I think the shiny black look is just sexy. It's all shiny black like my PS3, so it's cool that they kinda match in that way. The strip at the bottom which deflects sound since the speakers are on the bottom of the TV also adds a very beautiful and sleek complement to the already gorgeous TV.
Anyway, I can't gush enough about this TV. I think the image is gorgeous, the options you have are plentiful, the system is future proofed with 1080p, the contrast ratio is great (10:000:1 and it shows), the TV looks fantastic and the swivel stand adds a convenience to the back of the TV that just makes you wonder why all TVs don't have swivel stands.
(I accidentally posted this as a comment on someone else's review! Please excuse my stupidity!)
Pros Picture quality stands out in side-by side comparison with competitors and features are good.
Cons Reliabilty. Cost. Whatever happened to the the addage "You get what you pay for"? I was willing to pay up for what I thought was better quality and believe a tv should last a good 10 years.
Summary I was impressed with the Samsung when I purchased it and was very happy with it up until it started having problems only 1.5 yrs old. Over a several week period, the tv started cycling thru power-up taking minutes to come on, and then it would often have purple pixels all over the black background - turning off/on again would usually resolve this; but over time it would come on with multi-colored vertical lines in the display - turning off/on would cycle and come on, but ultimately the day came when the tv just cycled thru power on, light flashing then a clicking sound, and never came on, just continued to cycle - after an hour or so of this I unplugged it.
Pros Great tv. Sleek looking. Lots of features.
Cons Defective power supply. Company won't acknowledge a defect in almost all of their LCD HDTV's. Company will go broke if truth gets out.
Summary DONT BUY!!!!!!!!!!