Pros Great Menu
Cons Expensive, Poor Shadow quality, Remote Sluggish, Greenish Tint in Movie Mode, Normal Mode, Standard Mode, Dynamic Mode
Summary I had this Samsung HL-S5679W for three weeks. I am not very please with this set. The picture quality of the set is great; however, when the mode is set to Standard or Dynamic, the shadows in movies appear very poor in dark and bright scenes. That said, the SHADOWS DO NOT blend correctly and HAVE MISMATHCH of colors. When the Mode is set to Movie, the picture quality is alot better. The shadows are blended correctly, but the picture quality have a greenish tint and low brightness. This is due to the Color Tone in the menu set to Warm 2. The Color Tone menu has five settings which are Warm2, Warm1, Normal, Cool1, and Cool2. I tried all of the color tones to eliminate the greenish tint. The only color tones that had helped somewhat are the Normal, Cool1 and Cool2. The picture quailty is still dark with a greenish tint, even though if you adjust the contrast and brightness. If you have digital cable and mode set to Standard or Dynamic, you will get good picture quality, but the shadows blending will NOT be correct. If you set the RPTV to Movie, as I had mentioned, you Will get better picture quality, but with a greenish tint and low level of brightness. I used Avia, and Digital Video Essentials to calibrate the RPTV and it worked good for basic calibration. The picture quailty was better, but the poor shadows blending was still there.
If you are intrested in this Samsung Led DLP RPTV after reading this review, make sure that you tried all the Modes (Dynimic, Standard, Custom, and Movie) and Color Tones (Cool2, Cool1, Normal, Warm1, and Warm2)when it is set in Cable Mode and DVD Mode. What the Sales people are displaying that make this RPTV have a great picture, is that there is a good chance that it is attached to Blue ray disk player with a HD DVD that puts out 1080P format. The Blue ray sends out a great picture on the samsung that is design for a 1080P. If I were you, take along a DVD that have dark and bright scenes and try it out at the electronic store.
Note: The Samsung is hooked up to a Digital HD Cable Box with Monster HDMI Cable. It is also hooked up to a HD DVD player with Monster Component Cables. The Movie mode is the only mode that works correcly, except for the greenish tint.
Pros HD picture unmatched.
Cons Flimsy remote.
Summary I have been looking at this set since it hit the market at $4000+, and was able to finally get it for $2150 from Amazon. This set has replaced my Mitsubishi DLP. This TV has without question the best HD picture I have ever seen, after two days of adjustments. Out of the box, the contrast and brightness are set way too high. After a couple of hours of adjustments with the AVIA guide to home theater, and a THX optimizer, (there is one on the FINDING NEMO DVD), the picture is flawless. I ended up with the Brigtness set to 40, and the Contrast at 74. I also turned the DNIe setting off, which really seemed to make adjustments easier. The picture is far brighter than my Mitsubishi, and much more colorful. The Mitsubishi was a good set, but I had to replace the bulb within the first year. I would gladly put this set next to any Plasma on the market for comparison. I would highly recommend this TV to anyone who is willing to take the time to make the proper adjustments!
Pros Color Depth and brightness
Cons No backlight for remote only 1 option for pip input
Summary I have been a big tv nut since being very young. I had a 55" Mitsubishi HD projection tv Diamond series that was only 3 years old. I have been looking at DLP for some time now. The problem I had with DLP is the rainbow affect which to me is being able to see bars of color just above the screen if you do not stay 100% focused to dead center of screen. Not everybody can see this so I checked with an eye doctor it seems that your eyes work like a strobe light to the brain and not all peoples eyes react at the same time. When I looked at the LED DLP I never once had the rainbow affect.Also by using LED the bulb life has been extended to 20,000 hours instead of 3 - 4000 hours from standard DLP. TV comes on very quick and there is no cool down period as there is with regular DLP. Good thing if you ever had a power outage while watching something. (power goes out DLP bulb does not have a chance to cool down, may risk damage to the bulb) Out of the box the picture was ok but with some tweaking through the menus I was able to make the picture very impressive. People talk about the contrast ratio not being high enough I have to disagree. Also the brightness that people say this tv lacks again I disagree. As for the shadows and the blacks In certain things I did not see any problem with them. There were only a couple of things I did not like and that was no back light for the remote and how slow the menus move in the setup. Also when it comes to PIP you can only use the cable input for this feature instead of being able to choose and input for pip.
All in all I think this is a great TV with a great picture and if you shop around you will find places giving good prices on this set.
GOOD GOING SAMSUNG WITH LED TECHNOLOGY!!!!!
Pros Crisp picture, beautiful design, great menus
Cons Loss of details in blacks.
Summary This is an introductory comparison between the HL-S5679W and the second generation step down Sony SXRD A2000 series.
The Samsung has some clear advantages: The design of the set itself is cleaner and more fluid. The picture is crisp, with excellent color reproduction. It has a brightness which really jumps from the screen. The menus are intuitive and have many useful features.
In comparison to the Sony 55A2000, the Samsung clearly had a brighter, crisper image in HD and upconverted DVD, including much bolder colors.
The weakness of the HL-S5679W is the lack of detail in dark areas of picture. The 55A2000 had details in the shadows that were just black on the Samsung, both in HD from satellite and upconverted DVD. According to a Sony representative (no bias there!) this was due to the Sony being full 1920 and the Samsung being 960 wobulated. The overall effect was a more balanced, realistic overall picture.
However, the 55A2000 menus were less intutitive, and the overall design of the set is fairly blah.
I highly recommend that you see both the DLP and SXRD pictures before purchasing either. Personal picture preference will play a big roll in determining which line is best for you.
Pros Good picture, not incredible, but really good
Cons Heavy, grainy up close, supplied remote is lame.
Summary This is an especially nice TV for the money, colors are good, viewing angles good, no flashing (like regular DLP). Lot's of inputs. True 1080p. Shopped properly can be had at a really attractive price. Mine was/is a really, really good value. Get a different remote.