Pros Wonderful picture--when it worked
Cons Failed after 1.5 weeks; warranty follow through appalling
Summary This set had a marvelous picture for 1.5 weeks. Then it froze up and worked no further. Samsung warranty service is a joke--endless procedures, no action, no follow through. I will make a point of avoiding their products from now on. All electronic products are subject to occasional defects--that can be minimized but not eliminated.
However, great service is entirely controlable. Samsung clearly is running this on the cheap. When an HP server failed, HP shipped a new frame the next day. Samsung's warranty performance is the worst I have ever seen.
Pros Color, Clarity, Elegant, Excellent Presentation
Cons PIP Option not easy to access along with controller irritability
Summary Very impressive out of the box. It will definitely gains 'Oohs!' and 'Ahhs!' from family or visitors. If your worried about the picture, don't be. In comparison to Sony (which some consider the best TV company in the world) it ranks right up there with the XBR4 series. Some of the best features I like the most are it's color on screen and off screen, the easy to use User Interface, USB 2.0 port (for pictures and music only), 4 HDMI ports, 120Hz Auto Motion control...Oh yeah and did I mention again it's on screen clarity! Wow. Just the other day my father and I were watching a slide show via USB port. The picture looked awesome. Simply Brilliant.
Pros The 120hz processor is supremely smoother than the jittery and artifacting 71's, 4ms response/refresh rate, 50,000:1 contrast and the super clear panel makes blacks and reds look vibrant and radiant.
Cons No subwoofers in rear panel to help thicken voices and music, miss the touch sensitive on/off switch. Slight glare issues.
Summary Overall, The LNA650 series has wow'ed me to the 'nth degree. I was a fan of the 71 series and was conflicted with admitting to my dislike with the artifacting and over processed look of the 120hz in "HIGH" mode, but otherwise, was ok with it. The depth of color and motion was more than enough to gain my respect.
The overall look of the 650's is so far off the beaten path that it becomes a subtle work of art even WITHOUT the set being powered on! The new touch of color on the bezel brings a curious warmth to the "feel" of the set, allowing various levels of decor to be invited in.
Now, the panel. Wow. I love the level of black it can acheive. The richness and crispness of the colors make it feel like you are looking out a window, rather than watching a digital t.v. The game mode in the menu takes gaming to a whole new level.
Bravo, Samsung, on a home run of an LCD panel.
Pros Excellent picture quality and audio when it works!
Cons audio is choppy and on playing DVD it says mode not supported
Summary Score: Not sure yet!
Since 25th July'2008, I have had horrendous experience with Samsung HDTV's purchased from Frys, Renton.
Listed below is the expreince history and details of current issues:
1) The LCD HDTV was purchased on 25th July and after a few weeks ( 13th August) some line started to appear on the HDTV. The same was taken back to Fry's and the HDTV was replaced.
2) The 2nd TV purchased had some hardware issues and the screw on the back of the TV would not come off; the screw/nut were freewheeling and again Fry's obliged by replacing the TV
3) The current one has an issue that I get choppy audio i.e audio goes off momemterily and comes back after some time.Further on playing the DVD (Philips DVD 5992 1080 upconverting) it said Mode not supported..
Please confirm if any one has had similar experience on the audio and on playing the DVD. I am not sure if this is a firmware issue or hardware/port issue..
Please advise if the later can be fixed..
On contacting Samsung, instead of swapping it they want to repair it and I am not sure if that is a good approach
Pros Deepest blacks I've seen on an LCD,4 HDMI,50,000:1 contrast ratio, Touch of Color frame, 120Hz processor, and the ethernet connection allows streaming weather, news, and stock info from your computer!
Cons Not a big deal really, but the click wheel remote could be more responsive.
Summary I researched many different models before deciding on the 650, and I've had no regrets whatsoever. The depth of the colors and the clarity of the picture makes you feel like you're watching live action, and not a TV.
I read the CNET review and they didn't like the reddish frame, and initially didn't think I'd like it either. However it adds life to the black or silver we've grown accustomed to, and I most definitely enjoy it more than the acrylic frame of the Sony XBR series.
The blacks are the deepest I've seen on any LCD and rival my friends Pioneer Kuro plasma. There are more than enough fine tuning controls for the picture you need, and the 4th HDMI connection is a sweet bonus. Plus the Ethernet port for streaming weather, stocks and news across the screen is another seemingly unnecessary bonus but one that has proved useful.
This is my first LCD (besides my computer monitors) and I've been a die hard plasma fanatic, but this set has changed my mind.
Also Samsung has a firmware update to fix the auto off some have been experiencing. You download it to a flash drive stick it in the USB port, install it and thats it.