Pros Gorgeous Picture, Amazing
Cons Audio Was Off
Summary This was shaping up to be my dream tv. The picture was amazing, the look was fabulous, but after owning it for a few weeks, I noticed something very disturbing. Every now and then the audio would be off. I don't mean a little off, but seriously off. I'm talking old Godzilla movies off. I found out that this is a pretty common for Samsung DLP sets and returned it right away. If you can stand the terrible audio, then this t.v. will not dissapoint. I decided to trade mine in for a new Mitsubishi 52" 52525 dlp set. I'll let you know how that one pans out .
Pros Awesome Design, HDMI & DVI ready, Easy on Screen menus, Great Configurability
Cons Looked better than my couch, had to get a new couch.
Summary After comparing not only to other DLPs but to Plasma and LCD, this set has BY FAR the best picture of any set out there. My friend who just bought a 50" Plasma for $5800 took his back after seeing the picture on this baby and bought the same unit. Great black level, colors pop and DVD's look 3D. You forget your watching at home, you easily get immersed in the picture. No noise, no rainbow, no distracting artifacts......this set ROCKS!!
"Amazing! Great!"on by wobble
Pros Superb picture quality
Cons None - Bought solely on picutre
Summary I purchased this item based solely on picture presentation. Right now I am not ready to buy the glass components shelving that surrounds the base of the unit to hold all my other components. Out of the box connected to my Directv HD H10 receiver, wide screen viewing is great. Connected to my surround system, everything is superb. I tweaked the contrast down to 50, turned down the color to 50 and sharpness down to o. Set the picture to warm1. Picture has all the normal tones instead of this high contrast glowing picture out of the box. I plan to purchase calibration software to further fine tune. A note to others: Manual says this HDTV may not be compatible with Motorola boxes. I love my 5085W!Updated
This HDTV continues to be a STELLAR performer and have bought a back up lamp that will need replacement in a couple years. I finally got around to mounting my 3-way, 22lb, JBL EC35, center speaker, above the screen. Previuosly I said I was going to purchase CD....etc for finer picture adjustments. Well, I changed to Warm2 from 1 and kept the other settings as is and am happy as a lark with picture quality. We are still awed with picture quality from all sources using HDMI and component inputs!
Pros Stunning HD\DVD\PS2 Picture, Standard definition looks great too. Sexy pedistal.
Cons SD a bit grainy, but its to be expected.
Summary Okay here goes. I have been looking at tv's for so long that my poor girl was losing her mind following me into every Best Buy and Futureshop across Canada. Just a quick not on BestBuy. They suck and are unwilling to do anything better than the price tag. I got this tv for a great price.
Just incase anyone else was wondering, if you live in a basement or wish to have this tv moved to an insanely huge bedroom upstairs the pedestal comes off with ease.
So after looking at Sony LCD's, Toshiba, Mitsubishi, Panny, Hitachi LCD's and plazma I decided on a Samsung with the HD2+ chip. This model being the ONLY one of the kind in Canada...yay.
HD looks as good as my Uncle's Sony plasma, I set them up side by side. SD is clearer than I thought it would be but can't compare to the plasma. I looked out for ALL those issues everyone kept bringing up with Samsung, Lip sync, Smudges ect. This set was manu this year and I dont see any of that.
Overall great tv, you'll love it. The price is finally right!
Pros Great Picture, looks fantastic
Cons Lip Sync Issues, where to put center speaker
Summary I looked at a lot of HDTVs in this price range. The plasmas have the best overall picture, but were a bit out of my range for the 50" screen I wanted. Of the rear projections, this one seemed best to me.
The picture quality on HD is fantastic. The best I saw of the units I was looking at in my price range. I was concerned with viewing angles and the copious amounts of sunlight I get in the room I put this in, but the angles are plenty wide for my viewing area (a 10X12 family room). Movies with lots of black aren't so hot in the full sunlight of mid afternoon, but are acceptable with the shades shut. SD is so-so, depending on the broadcast, but that's the case with most HDs.
I have noticed the lip sync problem on some broadcasts through HT system as others have had in previous user reviews. This was one of my biggest concerns, having read the reviews here, so I bought a receiver with lip sync correction (Denon AVR-2805) and this helps with the issue. Maybe 10% of HD broadcasts had the lip sync, mostly very slight. In the two weeks I've had the unit I've had one broadcast have the "Godzilla" problems that one reviewer mentioned. That was ridiculous and would have been unwatchable. But the lip sync correction on the receiver fixed this. So I'd recommend getting a receiver with lip snyc correction if you get this unit and you're in the market for a receiver, too.
When I first saw the pedastal I thought it was very sexy looking, espeically since I was replacing an old entertainment center and it was nice to have a TV that had the built in stand. I've since bought the matching shelving unit that goes with it and surrounds the pedastal and it fills out the space below the TV nicely. But there are some practical issues with the pedastal. First, it takes space where you'd have traditional shelving units where you could put components, specifically, a center channel speaker. Right now I have the center channel sitting on the glass bottom in front of the pedastal, but not sure if this is the long term solution. There is no room on top for any kind of speaker as the top is only an inch or so thick.