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Many DON'T HAVE SAMSUNG PANELS - HUGE quality difference,
This review is from: Samsung UN40EH5000 40-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (Black) (Electronics)
Many of these TVs don't have a Samsung panel (the screen/the part that has/makes the image!)! I cannot believe this has not been mentioned. It makes a SUBSTANTIAL difference, because some panels they use should be in TV's that cost $100 less.
Can you imagine buying a car because you know its manufacturer uses great, reliable engines, only to find out that they use completely different engines without telling you, all of which are of lower quality? Samsung does this with their TVs, and some of them don't EVER have Samsung panels (e.g., the 37" model will NEVER have a Samsung panel because they don't make 37" panels). Samsung uses 4 different panel types from four different manufacturers - each with a substantially different technology.
You can tell which panel YOUR TV has by the "Version" on the sticker outside of the box. There's also a sticker on the back of the TV; the "Version" code is below the Model number and above the S/N. BTW, reviews can't be interpreted without the four-digit Version code because they are quite simply different TV's. Here's how to interpret them:
("x" means a number, probably from 1-4, that represents the version of that panel - higher means newer but not always better).
TH0x or TS0x: Samsung S-PVA panel (possibly just a PVA, if you're less lucky): This is what you thought you were buying. Best color, best black, best viewing angles.
HS0x: Sharp ASV panel: Lower contrast ratio, more narrow viewing angle. I read HS02 in particular has terrible ghosting.
A_0X: AOU A-MVA panel: Even lower contrast ratio.
CH0x or CM0x or CS0x: Chimea S-MVA panel: You lost the lottery. Markedly worse in every way - way worse viewing angle, color reproduction, etc. Just a terrible rip-off.
Mine, from Amazon, is an HS03, so a Sharp panel. I will be testing it tomorrow (DVD and watching football - no Blu-ray). There is a decent chance I return it, because it is not a Samsung. Also? Sony and Panasonic do much less "panel lottery" and are vowing to stop entirely. LG does not do a panel lottery. Samsung has absolutely no plans to stop, and they only use "standards" that won't reveal a difference between the different panels.
I will update after doing more testing. I just simply could not believe that this was not mentioned. Nothing like finding out you paid $500 (40" model) for a $400 TV when that extra $100 could have been used for sound, Blu-Ray, etc.
**Other reviewers, please, update your reviews to give your version code!**
UPDATED 10/24/12: Added info on how to find version number without the box.
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Initial post: Oct 24, 2012 1:40:33 PM PDT
Dear Hopefully Thoughtful:
Re: Samsung UN40EH5000 40-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (Black) (Electronics)
How do I know if my new TV has a Samsung panel? I threw out the box. So far, the picture seems to be OK but I would like to know if I was ripped off or not. I paid $399 for this TV plus $100 to the compoany for delivery and setup. The delivery/set-up person installed my TV and got it going. I wouldn't know how to tweak it or how to find the answer to my question.
Thanks very much.
Lost in Manhattan
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012 1:52:40 PM PDT
I just checked, and the version code is also on the sticker on the back of the TV. It's under the Model code and above the S/N. It's four-digits long, and it's the same code that you would have found outside the box.
Here's to hoping you weren't ripped off!
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012 2:50:16 PM PDT
You are indeed very Thoughtful!
Thank you so much for that information. I do appreciate it. I will check it out tomorrow and get back to you. Hopefully l with good news!
Posted on Oct 25, 2012 6:49:20 PM PDT
Joan Altman says:
Hi, My tv has code H 302. Can you evaluate it for me, please?
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012 8:36:59 AM PDT
I just checked behind my TV. Here are the stats:
Did I hit the jackpot or Not?
By the way, are you going to keep your TV or return it?
Thanks so much again for being so Thoughtful.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012 8:41:08 AM PDT
What was said about tso1? I have one too but havent unpacked. I am taking to another town before I unpack at my camper?
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012 8:57:38 AM PDT
I think TSO1 is good. I'm waiting to hear back from Hopefully Thoughtful regarding this.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012 9:19:12 AM PDT
Thanks Joan so much! Hope you are right!
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012 9:32:12 AM PDT
Carly, You are very welcome!
You will probably see Hopefully Thoughtfulls response to me here. Just in case, I will apprise you anyway.
Happy to be of help!
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2012 3:52:01 PM PDT
Hi Carly and Joan,
TS01 are Samsung models. I don't know how they compare to TS02, TH01, TH02, etc., or if there are any meangingful differences, but you did get Samsung panels - congratulations!
Do you mean "HS02"? I haven't seen remarks about an H30x. Either way, it should be a Sharp, similar to mine. If it IS "HS02," then the only review of that panel I've seen mentioned some bothersome "ghosting" problems (that's when an afterimage follows an image across the screen). But perhaps that person was gaming or using it as a monitor (both situations where "ghosting" is more bothersome) rather than, say, watching movies or TV. You'll have to try it out to see for yourself - if it looks good to you after adjusting/playing with the picture settings, then it might not be worth worrying about.