"Beautiful Picture Quality, but lacks the horsepower!"2.5 starson by RocknRolz
Pros: The picture quality is absolutly perfect. Sure there is a tiny bit of flashlighting, but that is to be expected. It does not bother me. This TV has 100% perfect picture quality in my eyes.
Cons: The Judder, also known as "Skipping Frames", "Choppy Picture", ect... It is just god awful. It also lacks a composite video input to go along with the component input. They are combined so you can only use one or the other.
Summary: I bought the UN55C6300 and am extremely pleased with the picture quality. However right out of the box I noticed that the lips were not in sync, and also that the display was skipping frames very often.
I have a DVD player, Blu-ray player, and a Satellite HD Receiver (Dish Network) All hooked up, and all sources have the same problems. I've tried the HDMI input, Coaxial, Component, and Composite inputs. All result in laggy video and out of sync audio.
If I use the HDMI cable and the tv speakers, the audio is in sync. However with any external audio receiver it becomes evident right away that the video lags the audio by a lot (at least 120ms). Even if I turn "Game mode" on, the video still lags, just not as bad.
Even if I upgrade to an audio receiver that has a delay function to try to sync the two, that would not help because the time between the audio and video delay seems to vary a lot. In other words, without changing anything, the audio and video will go closer to in sync and further from in sync throughout the day. This is a very frustrating problem. My BluRay Player has a built in delay function, but it maxes out at 120ms. When I have it at that setting, the lip sync problem is significantly improved, however the video STILL lags the audio very noticeably!
The choppy video appears significantly when the "Auto motion plus" feature is enabled. The strange thing is that even if turn this setting on to "Custom" and turn both the blur reduction and the judder reduction to zero, it will still skip frames regularly. With the Auto Motion Plus turned off it will still skip frames, just very infrequently.
I've this same review at other sites and attached a video that demonstrates the choppy video problem. You can see at the beginning of the video that the panning looks smooth. Then I turn on the "Auto Motion Plus" on the TV, and play the same exact segment again. This time you notice that the video looks much more clear during the panning, however it is extremely choppy. Every second it "Skips frames".
Another strange thing about the choppy video problem is that the frequency of frame skipping changes with what show/movie is playing. For example, LOST in HD would skip frames every two seconds, driving us nuts and forcing us to shut off the "Auto Motion Plus". However Spiderman 3 on the same channel also in HD showed hardly any frame skipping at all. Blu-rays allowed me to have the auto motion plus setting on pretty high, but it would still randomly skip frames throughout each film.
I know one of the responses I'm going to get will be just turn the auto motion off, but this setting does a spectacular job and was one of my main motivations for upgrading to a Samsung TV in the first place. Even with the frame skipping you can see that the picture is so much clearer during panning and overall, and it is such a shame to have to turn it off.
The best way to describe what I am seeing is that it is like I am watching TV on my computer, and my computer's processor can't keep up, and therefore the video skips a bunch of frames every so often. This makes watching anything a lot less "fluid" and distracts me from getting "sucked in" to what I'm watching.
I called Samsung and they said they've never heard of either of these problems. This gave me hope that I just have a bad TV. So they sent a technician out, and he replaced the processor and the power supply. No cigar, same exact problems after he leaves. So I exchanged the TV for another brand new one, take it home, and same exact problems. Looks like that's the way this TV is supposed to perform.
Another thing that really irks me is that they combined the component and composite inputs. This means I have to choose one or the other two hook up; I don't get both. That means if I want to use my VCR, I have to disconnect the component input from my DVD or Blu-ray player.
Between the audio and video always out of sync with my external speakers, and the fact that I can't use the "Auto Motion Plus" feature that looks so amazing but does not work properly, I am at a loss as to what to do. My wife is distracted by these issues, and shes not a picky person at all. Do I hang on to this and pray for a firmware update that will magically fix either or both of these problems, or do I take it back and try for another brand? I'm thinkin' its going back.