Pros Superb picture quality - Very good SD picture - Tons of tuning features - Plenty of inputs - Price
Cons Anti glare coating is worthless - Skin tones slightly too pink
Summary Bought this at HHGregg for $900 after shopping for tv's for 2 years and I think this is one of the best sets on the market. Picture quality was as good as any comparable set and even sets costing twice as much and I cant imagine any more features being offered.
There are boat loads of tuning features and Im still experimenting with them. Im not a professional or expert but Im not sure how many more tuning options could be offered.
SD thru my Dish Network receiver looks very good. Obviously not as good as HD but much better than I expected and is very watchable. Most of the channels I watch (Spike, Speed etc) are in SD so this was a major concern of mine and Im glad to report that Im totally satisfied with this Sammy's SD performance. The only complaint is that the SD picture is a little too dark. Get into a shadowy scene and the dark areas can drown out a bit too much of the scene.
HD looks fantastic as do DVD's thru my Toshiba upconverting DVD player. No complaints at all here!
Ive had zero image retention so far after a week and many hours of viewing. I havent left any static images on the screen for more than 30 minutes yet but so far Ive seen no evidence of image retention or burn in. There is a pixel shifter with adjustable intervals on here and a couple tools available to fix any image that may get burned in but I believe as long as youre careful you will never have a problem
The only negative Ive noticed in PQ is there seems to be a slight push in skin tones to being a little too pink. However Im still dialing the settings in so I may be able to wash it out. But if not its by no means too much and I could easily live with it.
The supposed "anti-glare" coating is worthless. Put a light in the right spot and the tv basically becomes a mirror. Be prepared to do some maneuvering with your lammps.
All in all I love this TV and am completely happy with my purchase. PQ is as good or better than any set at twice the price with plenty of features and hook ups. Highly recommended!
Pros ...picture definition and color are outstanding.
Cons ...synthesized surround sound with built in amp & speakers is "acceptable".
Summary Bought mine about 6 months ago. Was looking to replace a broke down 27" Sony Wega (don't get me started on Sony tv's) in the bedroom. Was at a local dealer looking at 32" - 37" lcd's for replacement. I was looking at $500 - 700 for a good name brand lcd, when the salesman showed me the Samsung - on sale for $865. I kept thinking that 42" was too big for the bedroom, but, a plasma at that price was just too good to pass up. Have a 46" Mitsubishi with a Denon 5 speaker surround system set up in the "entertainment" room, so the built-in sound on the Samsung can't compare, but it's good enough for the bedroom. Noticed that a few of the reviewers got it for less......bummer.....but I'm still happy, a great buy as far as I'm concerned.
"Simply awesome"on by PLachelier
Pros Everything from the colors, the blacks and the even the sound
Cons None - love it so far.
Summary I see why it gets such high ratings and it exceeded expectations.
Pros Picture you can not beat. This is a 720p but on 42" or smaller it is equivalent to the 1080p on larger tv's. I am extremely satisfied with my tv.
Cons I wish the sound was a little louder but for the price and the picture im not going to complain.
Summary Best Buy had on sale for 800 look online for 10 % off any one item and drops tv to 720 best deal and best tv ive found.
Pros Incredible value at this price. Plenty of connections, good overall picture
Cons Standard def is so-so, some minor issues with false contouring/artifacts
Summary I've had this TV for a bit over a month now and I'm very pleased with my purchase. The TV has a very good picture right out of the box, but it still has a bunch of tweaking options if you so desire. FWIW, I found that the "Standard" and "Dynamic (especially for video games)" presets work the best. I always max out the black level setting under the "Picture" menu, and use the "HDMI black level" correction option. It seems to make the colors look more saturated. The "Cinema" and "Movie" presets are the worst and look way too dark for my taste (regardless of black level settings). 3 HDMI inputs is really nice, especially at this price point.
HD channels from my digital box look fantastic and incredibly vivid. Blu-Ray content and HD video games from my PS3 are awesome as well. I don't experience any game controller lag to the TV either. The TV has no problems displaying fast moving objects on the screen, like when playing Call of Duty 4 or Gran Turismo 5 Prolouge.
That being said, the standard def performance is dissapointing but watchable. All user reviews I've read seem to agree on this point. This isn't a big deal though, since more and more channels are being offered in HD every day. Pretty soon, you wont have to watch standard def anyways.
The black levels are about average I'd say, but it's really tough to be objective about this without doing controlled A vs B experiments. It looks nice and sharp as a PC monitor too although there are some color accuracy issues through this input. Green grass looks almost like an electric lime-green color. Again, this is only when used as a PC monitor. Green looks fine from all other inputs.
I've also noticed some false contouring, but only on really dark scenes. These are minor issues though, nothing to turn away folks who are looking at budget TV's. The TV supports a max 720p resolution, but at this screen size you'd never tell the difference vs 1080p.
The bottom line is that for people in the "under $1000" price range, this TV is really tough to beat. The picture is great and the value is tremendous. I've seen many so called high-end TV's(like Sony Bravia LCD's) that give you smaller screen size, worse picture and a higher price.