"Unbelievable Clarity and Contrast!"5.0 starson by FrancisAdams
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Summary: With me being an audio/video novice, I found little calibration was involved for the tv within home theatre setup. The Samsung TV's output is absolutely stunning if not impressive to my eyes, right out of the box. With the help of a friend, the tv was wall mounted and Avatar was slipped into the Blu-Ray player to test the tv's visual capabilities. My buddy who is an A/V semi-pro was literally awe struck.
2D images appear to have depth. It's just beginning to feel normal to me but it's not a complaint. Rather, it's a realization how little detail other tvs can produce for the same video or broadcast.
Be aware the screen is glossy. Even though the tv is installed in a very brightly lit room, there is hardly any notice of glare from sunlight into the tv (I have the tv tilted).
One nice feature is the ability to turn off the annoying Samsung light centered at the base of the tv.
I have both antenna and cable (cable is thru HDMI) connections to the tv. The antenna gives the best resolution out of the two. Watching football from an OTA signal is an amazing experience.
The tv is part of a home theatre including an A/V receiver and media server. Rather than use the built-in wireless wifi, I use an ethernet connection to send movies from the media server to the tv. The tv and A/V sync perfectly for sound via the HMDI ARC port. The tv works well with the media server, using the ethernet connection.
Now the downside. After 2 weeks, the settings for the HDMI-CEC 'receiver on' do not keep. Not sure why. If you plan to use this tv with an antenna, be aware not all stations broadcast true 1080i signal. It will become painfully obvious which stations are not broadcasting true HD signals. If your primary reason to buy this tv is to watch 'regular' tv using an antenna, be prepared to be disappointed for most of the time when viewing programming that is not in true HD. This is not Samsung's fault but it's a downside.
In a similar fashion, it will be obvious which of your cable stations are not in true HD too. Also, Samsung does not use the ethernet capabilities within the HDMI cables but you'll need High Speed HDMI with Ethernet to get the 3D signal to the TV from your A/V receiver or Blu-Ray player.
In summary, I would recommend anyone considering to purchase a large screen LED/LCD tv to consider Samsung.
- impressive tv output, right out of the box without any calibration. This tv makes watching sports (OTA HD signal) a very easy, guiltless thing to do (so much for the to do list).
- 2D images have depth, especially evident when watching a BR movie or late DVD movie.
- single remote for both tv and BR player (both same brand)
- automatic update feature (when connected to the internet)
- easy integration with a media server
- works well with Windows (Vista and 7) based computers on a home network
- cannot have the setting kept to turn on the A/V receiver automatically when turning on the tv. It always default to 'off'.
- glossy screen. Not an issue for me but the glossy screen could be a problem for some.
-you'll definitely need help lifting or placing this tv into place. It's too big and too costly for a single person to lift it.
-there's plenty of options available in setting up and calibrating the tv to your liking. If you're not too savy with the settings, hopefully, you have a friend that is knowledgable in the A/V arena to finalize the settings/calibration to your liking.
-there's a setting to automatically adjust the tv's brightness, based on lighting level in the room. I keep it on.
-if you plan to wall mount a tv of this size, make sure the wall mounting hardware is sturdy. And the hardware is securely mounted to the wall. Don't cut corners - mount directly to wall studs or masonry (not to the drywall or the mortar joints).
-if you're will buy this Samsung TV, I suggest you have to check for best deal before you decide at -> Dealsfine.info/samsung-un65d8000/
Hope this helps.