"Very Happy!"4.5 starson by O-JCole
Pros: + Image quality is outstanding
+ Blacks are true blacks and colors are rich and vivid
+ Motion and gesture control suck but 3D is awesome
+ Built in camera works great
Cons: - Smart hub is slow even with dual core processor
- Sound is not great
Summary: Okay, after a day , here are my thoughts. First I'll say that I'm not a video guy, but I am a professional re-recording mixer in NYC with 20 years of experience and am around high quality A/V every day. I decided to get the 60" ES7500 and save a few hundred over the 8500 because I preferred the black border and swivel stand compared to what I'd be getting for the extra money. I'm extremely happy with my purchase and am blown away really. We updated from a 55" Sony HD rear projection TV. I made sure the set never got laid down flat, even when attaching the stand, because of potential yet temporary problems with the image quality.
All pixels are working, no banding that I can see, and very little clouding or flashlighting, which will supposedly improve even more over the next month. It looks amazing. I played around for over an hour before calibrating and got very worried about how my Apple TV was looking. Not video, which looked great, just the shadows of pictures and the menu. Shadows were kind of black specked instead of a nice gradient. This turned out to be because of the TV settings out of the box. Once calibrated, the Apple TV is arguably my best looking Source. Because of the supposed issue with Micro Dimming only working in Standard mode, I stuck with that when calibrating - Movie mode looked washed out.
If you're not sure what you're doing search the web for calibration settings for this TV or the ES8000. Starting there and even just doing that will make a world of difference. Even without calibration equipment though, you can easily buy the Disney WOW discs to help you tweak from there or start from scratch. Here are a few specific thoughts though after calibration...
- On my Apple TV input, blacks look BLACK but the DirecTV input got light and washed out when I set the HDMI Black Level to Normal, which is normally a preferred setting. On that one input, I actually put it back to Low though. The DirecTV input was terrible with it set to Normal. I'm not sure why but have read that this can be the case with some set top boxes.
- My Harmony remote, which I feel is a must-have, is set up with a Utility Activity to automatically activate the TV's SmartHub (for apps) without changing the input, while mapping the controls to the TV. If you try to switch to another Activity on the Harmony though without first turning off the SmartHub, the TV's input will not change.
- Using Motion Plus can make images move too smooth for me and I hate that "soap opera effect", but with certain content, especially some panning in 24p film, having it off can be "jumpy", studder. Having Motion Plus on Custom, with a Bur of 10 and a Judder of 0, has been suggested by some but I felt it still wasn't perfect. It was creating a odd look once in a while that I can't explain. For me, setting Motion Plus to Clear was the ticket. I also tried all those variants with LED Motion Plus on and off, so to be more specific, Clear and Off was the ticket for me - a perfect middle ground.
- Lastly, I was very worried about the viewing angle, especially on the 7500 compared to the 8000. For the normal Joe reading this, don't let it worry you. Can I see the difference off center? Of course. But none of my family notices at all. I'm really surprised how happy I am with the viewing angle after reading so much about it. P.S., you can check for low price of this Sammy at: ************.wordpress.com/samsung-un60es7500/
Thank for reading, enjoy!