Pros Deep, satisfying blacks; crystal clear picture when source is adequate; very accurate color/facial tones
Cons Off-angle viewing isn't great, as noted in CNET review; remote stinks
Summary I initially had a Sony 46v2500 and it was great but the blacks were uneven and had "smudges" of lightness in dark scenes. I bought the Samsung 4661 and played them side by side with "The Descent" - a very dark movie - and the Samsung was unquestionably a superior TV. Overall contrast and punch is better on the Samsung, whereas the Sony (still a VERY nice TV) was ever so slightly more washed out. The Samsung's facial tones are superior as well, as on the Sony people of color's faces were green, and if I adjusted the tint, it gave white people's faces red splotches. The Sony did, however, have a 100x better remote and the menus were easier, too.
I'm a little mystified that CNET rated this only a 7.9 when in a major category - screen reflection - it improves on the 4665. Most other aspects are comparable. Is off angle viewing more important than screen reflectiveness?? Also, do they still rate the Sony XBR2 higher than this one? Not that i really care, I love the TV - but I want to know, what in their view is the best (non-reflective) 1080p TV out there? From the review, it seems that blacks are deeper than the Sony (which I can tell you is true) and the off angle issue is the same on the Sony s3000. Anyway, I'd like clarification on why the XBR2 is higher rated. I think CNET actually kind of underrated this TV in the scoring section.Updated
Oh yeah, one more thing - I walked all around the room while the TV was on - it washes out a bit off angle, but I didn't see any "reddish tinge" as cited in CNET review. The pillaring or edge brightness is almost never visible with proper settings.
Pros anti-reflection, rich colors, dark blacks
Cons no negatives observed
Summary I’m a LCD module technical staff engineer for large mobile phone company, so have VERY picky discerning eyes regarding display products. I do this for a living. We’ve had this set now two weeks and I’m very impressed with the rich saturated colors, deep blacks, even backlighting, build quality, styling, everything. With 1080p signal and these optics, every movie scene looks like high resolution color print film (in motion). Amazing! I spent two weeks researching LCD TV’s, comparing set-to-set and couldn’t find a better value (paid $1810 + tax) that even came close to the optics this display has. After I unboxed it I ran solid color test screens (black, red, blue, green) for several hours checking saturation, backlighting consistency, and dead pixels. Not a single dead pixel found, which is quite surprising for a typical 1920x1080 LCD. Also very happy with the anti-reflection film, and the thin frame border allowing this TV to fit places that wider sets cannot. I highly recommend this LCD. My wife complains, “You love that TV more than me!”
Pros Bright vivid picture with no reflections
Cons No PIP for Broadcast signals, no electronic program guide, sound is just "okay"
Summary This is our first flat panel TV. I went to several stores and watched the TVs for hours and played with the settings. I was leaning toward Plasma based on the research I had done but after watching the TV's I liked the brightness of the LCDS. I was concerned about glare on a plasma so I put a mirror, about the size of the TV, on the wall and sat on the couch. I was looking right at two windows that get direct sunlight. At that point I realized that there was no way I could use a plasma in my living room due to ambient lighting conditions. It would have been terrible. Although the 4665 had a deeper picture with slightly better color I chose the 4661 due to the glare issue.
The picture looked great on the factory settings but after I tweaked the settings it looked even better. I like vivid color and this TV really delivers in that area. Its very bright even when set to 4 of 10 on the backlight setting. I can't really say anything bad about the picture other than dark scenes aren't so great. Its hard to tell shades of black. Its like there aren't enough shades of black to distinguish edges in dark scenes. That's not a big issue though. I really like the picture a lot. I find myself watching HD programs that I don't even like just because its so vivid and clear.
Once I narrowed it down to LCD's I was torn between 1080p and 720p resolution. I read that you can't really tell much difference between the two... but when I'm watching a 720p signal its definitely not nearly as crisp as a 1080i broadcast. I haven't watched an HD movie side by side on both resolutions so I can't say for sure. I bought the TV to get the best picture I could get so I went with 1080p.
We don't subscribe to cable or satellite so we just use an antenna for local HD broadcasts and an HD DVD player. Broadcast signals look awesome. Digital broadcast is much better than the analog cable signal that my dad gets on his HD TV. And broadcast channels are free. We get all the major networks plus about 10 other stations.
One thing I was disappointed about... this TV doesn't display an electronic programming guide. I bought a Grandtec Tun-5000 digital tuner for my analog TV and it displays an electronic programming guide (EPG) that shows what's on each channel for any day and time you choose. I thought that the Samsung would have this feature for sure since a non-name brand tuner had it. Oh well. Not a big deal but I really like having the EPG.
The sound on the 4661 is okay but not on par with the picture. If you love theatre sound then add a sound system when you buy.
Overall though this is an awesome TV. I would recommend it to anyone.
"A spectacular TV!"on by mhapp
Pros Vibrant, sharp colors! Memory for each input's setup.
Cons Blacks seem to be lacking slightly; some standard def looks terrible on it.
Summary Like many, I have waited a long time to buy a HD TV and have poured over reviews and did all kinds of research. I was leaning towards plasmas for a long time but due to the brightness of the room I was going to put it in, I opted for LCD and boy am I happy!
This TV has an outstanding picture, colors are alive and pop, the HD is amazing! Plenty of inputs in the back and each has its own memory so you don't have to worry about changing the set-up based on the source.
Unlike some, though, my blacks aren't super black, but it really isn't noticeable during every day use. I have also noticed that some - but not all - standard def looks terrible, but that's probably due more to the source (cable TV) than the TV itself. But, I find myself watching the high def channels more anyway, after all, that's what I bought it for. (Sports lovers, this thing is a dream! I can't wait for the World Series and Super Bowl!! )
Overall, I couldn't be happier with this TV. Sometimes I find myself surfing channels just to marvel at how great of a picture this thing has.
Pros it rotates. no glare
Cons many. samsung has horrible customer service.
Summary a little over a month after purchasing this product, a thin black line appeared on the screen. samsung came out and replaced the panel instead of giving me a new t.v. then there was a dead pixel about one week later. minor problem, but once again, they replaced the panel instead of the entire t.v. this time they left me with a t.v. that had half of the screen in black and the other half that looked like broken glass. completely unwatchable. they would not leave my previous panel that could at least be watched. now i am left without a t.v. i am having people over for a college football watching party and SAMSUNG will not return my old panel or guarantee that I get a new panel. Essentially, I am left with no T.V. for an indefinite period of time. Their explanation was that they did not want to pay the service tech. to come back. The service tech., of course, did not want to come back because he would not get paid. That, my friends, it what you call horrendous customer service. it is also a poor product as evidenced by the continual need for repair.