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Friday, April 10, 2009


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I've been purchasing LCD telosiviens for many years. I have an old Sharp LC65D93U that I set up side by side for evaluation purposes. I also have a Panasonic VT25 unit that I used for comparison. A major benefit of LCD over PLASMA has always been the lack of reflections arising from incident lighting. This is my biggest beef with the Samsung, it is no better than PLASMA in this regard. The reflections on this screen are severe. The off angle viewing has improved from older LCD generations, but it is still poor. With a careful eye even at normal viewing distances on the large 65 inch screen, you can see these effects as you sway side to side. Defects: This is my second UN65C8000, the first had extremely bad flash lighting effects right out of the box. The replacement had very little. There exists on my set a small amount of spot lighting on the bottom mid-section of the screen which only becomes noticeable when watching in a completely dark room environment (visible in the black bar on the bottom when watching a widescreen movie). A more significant defect is with something I've seen on the biggest screen sizes throughout time, banding. It looks like someone took a dirty rag and swiped it across the screen top to bottom. As the camera pans quickly left-right, it becomes quite noticeable especially with certain color and texture backgrounds. Ignorance can be bliss, many people don't notice this until pointed out and I guess their superior brains just filter the defect out wish I weren't so caveman-like. Eventually this defect gets worked out as the technology matures, but I'm not giving Samsung a break on this. The banding I saw is more pronounced than it is on my past generation Sharp LCD. And as usual Plasma's don't seem to have any of this. Some major plusses. In side by side comparisons to a known reference (color filters etc), the Samsung's colors are much closer to true than those on my Sharp. And the contrast is significantly improved (certain shades of grey show on the Samsung were-as the Sharp can't distinguish). The power consumption, which varies a lot depending on the video content and the settings, is around 145 watts for the Samsung, a major decrease over my Sharp which is reading 380 watts for the same content. All the pixels are good, not one out that I could find. Finally, the set weighs very little and is amazingly thin. It's ideal for wall mounting, I suspect the feint spot lighting near the bottom is caused by pressure of the stand mounts on the panel. Thoughts on 3D and other special video processing options: By default, the set is configured for overly bright levels and cool un-natural tones along with a feature called auto motion plus enabled. The result is a very fake looking picture that few would want to stick with. To make matters worse, the motion plus setting cannot keep up with the processing demands which causes the video to skip and freeze especially where the video source is hand held and jerky (as in Modern Family). It makes an already jerky picture very distracting to watch. I found that this feature had to be disabled, to me it's like getting a few more horse power in your car but it sputters when you really accelerate I'll take smooth power (I thought the electronics were bad when I first got it, but thankfully you can turn this off and get proper video). The set offers cool, normal, warm1 and warm2 color settings. The warm1 option is spot on from my calibrations, though most reviewers seem to prefer warm2 warm2 is subdued and over saturated for my tastes. Beyond these are many specific options that can be tweaked but I feel that one config doesn't fit all content sources, and only a few of the options make meaningful improvements. Without a reference of what things should look like, making subtle tweaks is putting too much faith in the highly suggestive easily influenced human perception. The 3D is effective, but I doubt anyone of quality would stand for the glasses and the considerable un-easiness that goes with watching it. 3D is by and large unpleasant though it is a great toy to play with for the time being. Build Quality: I must admit the build quality on this set is poor. Looking closely at the unit, it has very liberal use of thin plastic and no proper restraints for cable harnessing. The HDMI connectors are unfinished and look like they were made by hand, likely to fail if you plug/unplug too many times. On all my other TV's I have never noticed build quality this low (brings to mind expectations of made in china ). The remote control is cute, but somewhat difficult to use due to the lack of button shapes to calibrate where your fingers are. I'm not put off by it because it's not going to get much use with today's content boxes which control the real media. The access to


This is the HDMI cable to get right now: an HDMI 1.4 cable at a good price. HDMI 1.4 HDMI 1.4 is the latest staarndd (as of November 2010 at least). It is backward compatible with other HDMI gear (mine all are HDMI 1.3 compliant). And it will be more useful to you if your TV supports HDMI 1.4 networking. I was not able to test the Ethernet networking capability of this cable, but I think the idea behind it is a good one. For my current home entertainment setup, I had to set up separate Internet connections on my TV, set top box, Blu-Ray player, and WD TV LIVE (HTPC). It would have been a lot easier if I could have just set up my TV's internet connection, and allow all of my components to share it. That's what HDMI 1.4 promises to let you do as long as all of your hardware, including the cables, supports it. This cable will support that functionality; it's more future-proof than the HDMI 1.3 cables I have been using. Learn more (and see nice diagrams) at [...] This Cable This cable is really long, so I don't recommend it if your components are very close together. A 3-foot cable would easily suffice in that case. Overall Impressions This cable is a great buy. Definitely order it if your new A/V or PC components don't come with an HDMI cable.


Could this also be like the current advertising in the Louisville market by Insight claiming that "Insight provides the fastest internet around.." without mentioning the fact it's a shared connection and you only get the speed they claim at 2:30 in the morning?


Wow, that's just wrong. Deception in any form just bugs the hell out of me... The DTV transition is supposed to help people, but the stupid advertising done by AT&T just takes the purpose right away. There's a lot of people who are uninformed and might actually believe that the $300 rewiring thing is mandatory.

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