Pros Beautiful picture, sharp clear images and accurate colors, decent blacks after some adjustments, doesn't get hot like previous generations, full definition PC connection, HD USB port that will play high definition video straight from a hard drive
Cons Sound is atrocious, Slight pink hue on white or very light colored screens due to anti-glare coating on screen, I had to pay for it!
Summary This TV is fantastic and has superb picture quality. When compared to any of the Panasonics it seemed to have a clearer picture and more accurate colors. I compared them at Best Buy and then at Sears. The lights at Sears resembled living room lamps and the Samsung looked better there and much better under the bright lights at BB. Blacks seemed very deep in the stores but at home in the dark they were not as deep and black bars could not come close to the solid black bezel like the pioneers do. With a few minor adjustments to brightness levels they became significantly better. I found on my set that turning up the cell a little and bringing the brightness down from the standard 51 to about 48 made a big difference without producing any black crush. I was also blessed to find that I could plug my external hard drive into the USB HD port and play high definition movies that I have downloaded onto it. I thought I would have to upgrade my computer's video card to be able to play these movies because it was not capable of playing them. The TV plays them superbly with just a few features missing such as not being able to change the picture size. The hard drive has to be formatted in FAT 16/32 though, which is no big deal. The Sound was a joke and I cannot see anyone enduring it without getting at least a subwoofer to give it some bass. The sound has no bass at all and sounds like playing mono audio through an empty paper towel role. I was pretty disappointed in this because I don't like having to use my stereo and two different controls all the time but the sound is so bad I can't even watch a little news without turning my stereo on. Also, the anti-glare coating on the screen produces a light pink hue that is slightly noticeable on some scenes such as the snowy land in the "Chronicles of Narnia" or snowy mountains in other shows. It bothered me at first because I spent so much money on the TV but after a few movies I realized that I had to really look hard to see it in normal viewing and it is certainly not anything I would consider returning it for. I am very pleased with this television and the only improvement that I think they could make would be to improve the blacks somewhat and work on the screen coating until they can get it more even and keep it from producing any tint to light colors.
Pros Picture quaility, picture adjustments, design, size, value, price, and 1080p/24Hz.
Cons Heat, and no multi-channel decoding.
Summary This TV is the best thing I have spent my hard earn money on in the last 9 years. Picture quality is amazing. Everything from HDTV, PS3, Xbox 360, PC, and Blu-ray looks jaw dropping compared to my old rear projection set. It has PIP. It can properly render 1080p/24Hz without any flickering even with the cinema smooth feature turned off IMO. No undesirable soap opera effect like the LCD's. I noticed some minor image retention within the first few hours of use while watching Transformers the first night of owning the TV with the black bars on the top and bottom of the screen, and the date and time on the PS3 XMB. I can only see it faintly on an all black screen. I switch to HDTV and could not see it at all. After one day of watching the TV I do not see any more image retention at all. I play video games with health bars and ammo count displays for many hours with no problems. IR is not a problem with this TV. The TV sits next to sliding glass doors where sunlight comes in and I can see the picture just fine. My rear projection TV picture was so terrible in the light I had to close my blinds most of the day. This TV is perfect for anyone who wants an amazing picture quality. Two things that some people might not like is that you can feel the heat the TV produces if you are right up on it, and the digital out is only two channel audio. No multi-channel decoding of any kind. The heat is noticeable but not a problem for me. I am finally indulging myself in the 1080p world.
Pros Nice picture
Cons It burned up in the middle of the night. Yes, sparks (loud enough to wake us) and smoke while we were not even in the room about three weeks ago. Well, now they needed more parts. They think it will be another week or two.
Summary Bottom Line... If you spend around $2,000 for a tv, you dont expect it to take over a month to get it working again. I will buy another brand next time.Well, going on 1 month and the TV is still not fixed and Samsung cant tell me what is going on. They say Customer Service cant see what Parts is doing???? If you buy a Samsung and it breaks, you are screwed.
Updated on Jan 5, 2010
Pros The picture is awesome. I made some tweaks to get it out of "demo" mode and everyone who comes in the house oohs and ahhs at the quality of the video. Bought it from Paul's TV and they were great too.
Cons Nothing yet. I've had it a month and have zero complaints.
Summary I bought this set in 10/09 to replace a Mitsubishi rear projector. I feel the picture quality on this set is equal to the very good picture on the old set, which is saying a lot. I went with Plasma because I can see artifacts on LCD during motion. No such with Plasma. Now that the new sets don't use so much power, the decision was easy. The old saw about LCD being better in bright light is a red herring. If it's bright enough to kill the picture of a Plasma, it will seriously disturb any TV. Pull the shades! I went about a month using an antenna in the attic, and for those of you who will be doing this, you will be glad to know the tuner is sensitive. My old set used to be plagued by drop outs. Not this one, even during storms. We then got FIOS and the cable experience has been great. Ten minutes re-programming the Harmony remote and everything works. I know this sounds like I'm a Samsung employee, but what can I say? I bought it, it works as advertised. If I have issues in the future, I'll update this post.
"Great plasma TV"on by crd10
Pros Picture is outstanding. Great HD picture and importantly SD and DVD pictures are good as well. Plug n play installation. No screen glare. Easy to set up and user friendly menu.
Cons Slight buzz when no sound is played, but cannot hear when sound is on. Internet connectivity is sketchy.
Summary Selected this TV over the Panasonic due to better non-HD performance and have not been disappointed. The SD and DVD formats are of good quality. We have this TV in a living room that is attached to the kitchen and the breakfast area additionally there are 3 windows in the living room and 3 more in the other rooms. No screen glare experienced. In fact the kitchen has overhead florescent lights that are not reflecting off the screen. Using the TV extensively with sports and no issues with fast moving pictures, the Olympics were crystal clear. More than enough connections, sure no s-video but if you have a receiver with an s-video connection it's not really an issue. When the sound is muted I can hear a buzz similar to that given off by a florescent light but cannot hear it while the sound is on. I was able to make the internet connection but the widgets never got to be fully functional. I didn't buy the TV because of this functionality but was just testing it out to see how it worked. This TV offers an excellent value.