Pros True / vibrant colors, deep blacks, crisp images that really "pop"
Cons Mediocre sound for a $4000+ television
Summary The picture on this television is as amazing as advertised, and it's by far the clearest picture that I've personally ever seen. The blacks are deep, the colors are true and vibrant, and the images are crisp and nearly 3D-esque.We bought this television nearly three years ago, and we still love it. We've had no problems with it at all, and the picture is Amazing. Of course, during the last three years, televisions have become increasingly "smart" and now typically include 3-D. But, in terms of a quality 2-D television, we have no regrets at all about this purchase.
Before I bought this television, I'd read reviews that the picture has poor off-angle viewing. Perhaps my eyes aren't as keen as the experts', but I totally disagree with that. I've had the television for two weeks, and I've watched the television at several different angles. I've specifically looked for a dropoff in quality at off angles, and I haven't noticed any material difference. So, I'm not sure what they're talking about.
My only gripe about this television (if you could really call it that) is that the speakers are pretty average. And, when you're looking at a totally amazing picture with mediocre sound, the mediocre sound stands out and is pretty distracting. So, we paid another $600 for an external speaker system (Bose Cinemate Series II) to complement the TV -- and at that point, the total cost was pretty nauseating.
Updated on Jan 1, 2013
Pros Largely regarded as the best LED/LCD picture on the market, low power usage, DLNA built into TV. Firmware updates via Internet.
Cons Purchased TV on 10/09, it's now 2/10 and it won't start and has the dreaded repeated clicking noise that is usually indicative of bad Capacitors in the power supply. The capacitor probelm has been a known, recurring, Samsung problem.
Summary This is a great TV, period. Check out the reviews and take note that of LCD TV's, it's picture quality is often rated the best. The fact that it died after 4 months is absolutely unacceptable. It's an industry wide known fact that bad batches of capacitors out there exist, are causing products to have shorter than reasonable lifespans. More expensive working capacitors can be bought to resolve the problem but companies are too cheap to make the switch and instead just let the consumer take the pain. The effect is that consumers don't want to spend money on anything because quality is low, and purchasing something new just means buying problems and agony.Samsung just repaired my TV in warranty. It was in fact a failed power supply. It appears they use newer capacitors, and none appeared to be bulging or exploded. Assuming the TV performs reliably from now on, I am going to pretend this never happened and enjoy what I believe to be the best picture on the market at this time. If I could update the number of stars on my review, today I would make it 4 out of 5.
Wake up Electronics industry. Do the right thing. Locate and destroy these capacitors.
Assuming my broken TV is repaired with new, good quality capacitors, at no expense to me, I still will have missed seeing the Olympics on my new TV. How does Samsung make that up to me?
Taking a deep breath and putting the obvious frustration aside, this TV was great. I'm picky, and I have no complaints. Samsung's back lit LED/LCD TVs have always been a site to see for picture quality. The have been a brave company, innovating and advancing the entire HDTV industry. They give the consumer what they want in terms of performance and features. The only feature I would add is a built in 6500K THX callibrated mode that was done at the factory.
I would buy another Samsung in the future if I had proof the capacitor issue was solved. I would advise potential buyers of ANY high end electronic product to consider extended warranties until this industry wide capacitor problem has played out.
Updated on Feb 19, 2010
Pros Wonderful picture, incredible colors. I would have given 5 stars if Samsung had used good capacitors, and had proper customer support
Cons 1. Terrible customer support!
2. Cheap components............
3. .EXTREMELY expensive to fix
4. CHEAP CAPACITORS................thousands of Samsung TV owners angry about this problem!
Summary Don't buy Samsung TVs until they quit using cheap components (the cheap capacitors)
and properly re-vamp their customer support.
So many people have had capacitor problems that there are instructions on how to replace the capacitors on YouTube. (NO JOKE!)
Pros Great pic out of the box. Blows plasma away. Sound okay for regular TV listening. No problems with blooming, patches or capacitors. Just great picture, sometimes too real.
Cons Reflection during daytime. Can ignore after a while unless you think about it then it drives you crazy. Does have "soap opera" pic on some venues. Some like it some don't. Pic washes out on side viewing.
Summary I've had this TV for 6 weeks now and owned an older Samsung 61in DLP. Yes, this picture blows the DLP away. I haven't had ANY problems with it so far. No blooming, patches, capacitor problems - NADA! I was surprised on the pic out of the box. Followed internet advised settings and not bad at all. Going to have it ISF calibrated. Did it to my DLP and never had to adjust anything on ANY input ever! Well worth the money no matter what anyone says. Just do it. Other reviewers talk about the "soap opera" type pic and to be honest, it's kind of cool. Not quite 3D but so lifelike. The only problem is it's sporatic. One or two scenes will have it and then the next ones won't. Kind of wish it was either/or all the time so I could get used to one or the other. Blu Ray pics are unreal. My son-in-law bought the first year LED edge lit Samsung 40in for $5k and just saw mine. He was pissed! I was happy. :0) Looking on line now, you can't get these for less than $5500. Got mine at BB for $3k. I still go to BB and Magnolia to compare and to my eye, even the new TV's don't have the same quality. Anyway, I'm way happy with this TV. Just hope I don't have any of the negative experiences with it others have had. So far so good.
Pros The picture quality is excellent. Blu Ray high definition displayed on this tv is mind blowing.
Cons You can get better televisions for cheaper. I didn't shop around enough.
Summary It is on the pricey side. The picture quality is excellent. High definition sporting events, landscapes, and pornography look great on this television. Jamie Keiler