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on October 13, 2013
I didn't find a lot of feedback on this new model during my research so thought I'd share what I've learned. My settings:
Picture Mode Standard
Backlight 7 *12 is default (I brought this up to 10 after the burn in period (2-3 months after purchase).
Contrast 70 *100 is default
Brightness 30 *45 is default (I brought this up to 50 after burn in period).
Color 55 *50 is default
Advanced Settings submenu:
Color Space Native
White Balance R-Offset 20, R-Gain 20 *25 is the default for every value
Dynamic Contrast Off *High is default
Black Tone Off
Flesh Tone 0
Motion Lighting Off
Picture Options submenu:
Color Tone Standard
Size Screen Fit *16:9 is default
Digital Noise Filter Off *Auto is default
HDMI Black Level Normal (grayed out)
Film Mode Off (grayed out)
Auto Motion Plus Off *Standard is default
LED Motion Plus Off
PLUG & PLAY SETTINGS
Eco Solution submenu: Energy Saving Off
The asterisk* indicates the settings where I deviated from default and the original value.
The settings above make the sweet spot directly in front of the screen look the best for me from both low and high definition sources. Angled views are still perfectly viewable but the colors/brightness will be a bit muted and the image won't "pop" with a 3d like effect outside the sweet spot. You can easily optimize for angled viewing by doing a picture reset to return to the default picture settings, defaults don't look too great within the sweet spot though. All LED screens have this issue with angled viewing, using an articulated swivel wall mount makes this drawback much easier to live with. Mount-It MI-3110B works well.
Image quality is top shelf, the best picture you're going to find in an LED that isn't capable of 4K Ultra HD and the lack of 3D is fine as I'd never use it anyway. The screen is about as barebones as you can get with no smart features, no audio out, and only two hmdi ports. This is a good thing as there are less points of failure and it runs cooler which increases the life of the product. All you truly need is a big monitor as every feature you desire is best done using separate components anyway. I wish Samsung had just gone all out in this direction and left off the tuner and speakers as well. The USB port reads any file type you throw at it but is rather useless for anything but pictures as any audio will only play through the anemic built in speakers.
I haven't had this long so I'll come back to update the review if I end up revising my settings.
Edit 2/18/14 - I've only had to adjust the backlight and brightness as the LED's burned in and became darker which is normal. So the original settings still stand when the set is new but as it ages you should slowly bump up the brightness and backlight to compensate when it starts to get darker. I've had them at 10 and 50 for a couple months now which is where it seems to have stabilized at this point.