"Great TV for a Great Price!"5.0 starson by CraigRenner
Pros: + Picture quality looks amazing
+ Speakers are decent
+ Great features for the price
+ DLNA Ready
+ 4 HDMI inputs
Cons: - Not internet connected, no Apps
- Remote is horrible. It's big and ugly
Summary: I spent a few months researching TV's before settling on this one.Edit URL
Features 3/5 - Compared to many other new TV's, this one is relatively no frills. It doesn't have things like, Netflix, Amazon Video, or Pandora. But, if you're like me you have at least two devices hooked up to the TV that can already do more and paying an extra $200 for a TV with these features is a little silly. Now, if you're one of those people who only have a TV and cable box on your entertainment shelf you may want to look at a TV with those extras.
Picture Quality 5/5 - I couldn't ask for more. Everything I play on it looks amazing. You expect Blu-Rays to look amazing and they do. But, what I wasn't expecting was for lower quality content to look as good as it does. I expected Netflix streaming, with my slow internet connection, to look like Youtube video when blown up onto a 50" screen but it looks better than on my laptop. Also, if you're not a videophile and don't want to play with the picture settings, they look great right out of the box.
Style 4/5 - A classy look that matches most other electronics. I don't know what else I can really say here. You won't have trouble finding gloss black components to match this set.
Value for Money 5/5 - Absolutely the best. You're looking at a beautiful TV without paying for features you won't use. I think the 50" is also in the "sweet spot" between size and price. Go any bigger and you will be paying exponentially for every inch.
I was set on a Panasonic S2 but recent reviews of quickly worsening black levels turned me off. I decided to risk the "Samsung buzz" over degrading picture quality. I hear no buzz unless I'm standing inches away from the TV with no sound on. More noise came from my old CRT set.
The remote is average but usable. It sometimes seems like you need to point directly at the sensor instead of the general direction of the TV. I use the Anynet+ feature with a Samsung home theater and it gives some standard "niceties" like automatically muting the TV speakers, making the TV volume buttons control the surround sound, and turning both off when you hit the power button. Although, it can be wonky at times with detecting video settings.
If you're considering plasma I'm sure you're at least somewhat concerned about burn-in. I have had one scare with a Monopoly: Tropical Tycoon board game DVD. The DVD features bright screens that are stagnant for long periods of time. I used the scrolling screen option on the TV menu which displays a black to white gradient that scrolls across your screen to eliminate any retention. After five minutes I could not see any outline. I have never had this issue playing XBox games, DVD movies, or displaying a PC screen. So, just be wary of the content you're playing if it is low production value.
After several months of owning this TV: I'm still very happy with this purchase. Even after seeing friends spend much on LCD and LED TV's, I feel I still have an equal or better picture. There is also still no buzzing that people have complained about.
My single complaint is image retention. Even after a long break-in period, this TV still has a problem with image retention. Any time a bright object is on the screen for more than 30 seconds it will leave a noticeable ghost for several minutes. I generally keep my screen settings on very bright, which probably exaggerates the problem, but it's still very annoying to be afraid to leave any menus on screen while I go grab a drink. There is never any lasting damage, but it's always a good scare.
*** P.S. If you will buy this TV I suggest you have compare price before you decide at: www.amazon.com/gp/*************?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%****%2Foffer-listing%2FB0036WT3XO%3Fie%3DUTF8%26ref_%3Ddp_olp_used%26qid%3D1300909989%26sr%3D1-1%26condition%3Dused&tag=***************&********=ur2&camp=1789&creative=390957
Updated on Oct 27, 2011
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