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Full Customer Review on Samsung 7003 3D TV
on December 7, 2012
Ok I am going to try and provide a great review for this (and other) Samsung models. One thing I want to mention is not to believe all reviews on the internet (many reviews are written by marketing companies and not customers!). That is why I am writing this detailed report on my findings with HDTVs (in particular 3D). I want to share my findings and happiness!
Before I buy anything, especially $1500 TVs, I like to perform extensive research. I would recommend you do the same if you are looking to invest over $1000 on entertainment. I have spent the last 13 months researching and learning about HDTVs (especially 3D). 3D is not a gimmick and if it interests you then you will care about what I am going to say. The 2012 models have very good 3D capabilities. Now none of the current tvs 3D are going to look like their are fish swimming in your living room, but they provide a greater depth and picture to the TV experience (especially Samsung).
One thing to remember for those looking for 3D, You will only be watching 3D 5-10% of the time. So make sure you buy a TV that is excellent in 2D mode. Otherwise you will be severely unhappy.
Research: My research consisted of the following:
- Review websites (CNET, PCworld, Consumer Report, LCD TV Review, toptenreviews.com) - Trust the experts, especially ones that perform "lab tests"
- Reviews by other customers (remember that many reviews are fake! Generally the more detailed reviews are authentic)
- Youtube (actually seeing the TV in use can help determine which TV you want in your living room. I.E I noticed on youtube videos that plasma TVs have bad reflection if a window is behind you)
- Going to Best Buy, Sears, HHGregg and actually trying out the tvs (highly recommended if your buying for 3D)
- Learning about refresh rates (120hz vs 240hz)
- Comparing the 3D PASSIVE to ACTIVE (trying the two types of 3D out before buying is highly recommended)
- Compared UN55ES7003 vs UN55ES7100. These two models are virtually the same TV when it comes to the important specs. The main difference is that the 3D glasses. The 7003 comes with 2 battery operated glasses and the 7100 comes with 4 rechargeable glasses.
Samsung UN55ES7003 REVIEW
-Excellent 2D picture (especially at night). The picture (once calibrated) is movie theater quality. REMEMBER to judge the TV by watching DVDs through a Blu-ray player or PS3. Judging the TV solely on Cable box feed is not enough. Trust me, watch some 2 minute previews from VUDU in HDX mode and you will see what i mean.
- 3D is pretty cool (remember to sit at the recommended distance...6ft+ for 55inch). Sitting too close will effect your viewing experience). Once i adjusted the depth of the 3D image in the settings the image appeared to jump off the screen coming from DirecTVs 3D channels (which are free for HD subscribers). My wife stated that it seemed if the person was actually sitting in our living room. The ACTIVE 3D glasses can be a little overwhelming for eyes for the first few times. Just remember that ACTIVE means there is a very fast shutter effect happening in front of your eyes. The ACTIVE is not for everyone for two reasons.
One the cost of replacing glasses (batteries too).
Two the active effect is very intense, but comes in FULL HD (unlike passive). There is kind of a ghosting effect left. Which basically means that some scenes will play with your eyes with blurring or making you lose focus.
Overall 3D is pretty good, when sitting at the right distance.
- 2D to 3D conversion is excellent. Being honest, 2D conversion into 3D isnt the same, but its close. It just doesnt give the same effect as something shot or edited in 3D format. But on this Samsung, the 2d conversion makes the picture AWESOME. The colors in 3D are way better than when watching regular 2D. I watch movies with the 2D conversion on just because the quality increase in the picture (the colors are more intense). There are some scenes that will appear to have some depth to them (remember to adjust the 3D depth settings when upconverting...this will help the depth of the picture to appear more 3D). ACTIVE 2D conversion is way better than PASSIVE 2D conversion (comparing LG versus Samsung)
- 3D Gaming (PS3) - is very very intense. Black Ops 2 looks very nice in 3D and at some points was too intense for me to play. I found myself trying to soak in the 3D image instead of playing the game (multiplayer). Batman is amazing in 3D. The buildings have so much depth and it is worth buying this game just to play in 3D. Assasins Creed was OK. The game is was not as visually striking as Batman or COD (in 3D only).
- SMART TV is actually pretty cool. The ALL Share app is cool if you want to look at pictures and videos on your TV from your ipad or computer. I would NOT buy a tv solely for SMART features. EVERY dvd players has Netflix and Hulu on them so this is just an added feature. I wish they made 3D tvs without this feature actually.
- Picture settings. Samsung needs to incorporate a picture wizard like LGs. The 4 picture settings that come standard with the TV are lackluster. I almost returned the TV because these settings looked so bad out of the box. The TV needs to be calibrated for your home. If you want to go professional then look for ISF or THX services (they have DVDs too). You can also scour the internet forums for others who have posted their what they changed the settings to. One piece of advice is to turn ECO sensor off and to turn the Sharpness down to 10. Also, the COOL or WARM setting makes a huge difference in flesh tone.
- The glossy LCD screen is very nice to look at, but they claim you wont have a glare issue. If you have a window behind you, then you will have a little glare problem. During the day this TVs color is not too good due to the light, but in the dark it is top notch.
- Dual Processor - It is still relatively slow, but its not too bad. Usuable.
- 3D Glasses - there is a lot of light that is let into the glasses. I can also see a reflection when wearing the glasses. I recommend getting a pair that allows the least amount of light in (costs about $50 more)
SUMMARY: I have also tried the LG 6700 in my home and the passive 3D is also very good, but the 2D picture wasnt as rich as the Samsung. If I had to watch 3D 100% of the time I would go with the LG models (recommend 240HZ plus models though). But, no one watches everything in 3D, so the Samsung wins in 2D mode which is more important. ACTIVE 3D provides more depth than PASSIVE, but the glasses can make it a hassle and the picture is intense. Its a tough choice, but once your done stressing about which 3D version to go with...You will enjoy it.
This model is a deal at the $1500 price tag. It is essentially the same as the 7100 model minus the glasses.