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Amazing, when it works.....
on February 8, 2010
I've had a 32" Samsung LCD since 2006, and it's worked perfectly the entire time with an amazing picture. So naturally when it was time to upgrade to the larger set, Samsung was "ahead of the pack" in my opinion.
After 3 or 4 weeks of HEAVY research, I purchased the LN52B550 off Amazon January 7th.
Product arrived January 13th (very speedy and courteous delivery!), hooked it up with PS3 Bluray, Comcast HD, and calibrated with DVE (the older 2003 version). The picture was absolutely STUNNING! And I mean STUNNING! The 60hz is barely even noticible, even on fast action. It's simply not worth it to spend $1000 more on 240 hz! And BLU RAY looks beyond amazing!
I was also relieved to see I got the Samsung panel (on some Samsung TV's you have a 2 in 3 chance of getting a Made in Taiwan panel, and consequently a 1 in 3 chance of getting the genuine Made in Korea panel). If you google "Samsung Panel Lottery" you'll see what I'm talking about! This is an unfortunate side effect of ever-increasing price pressure on these LCD manufacturers.
2 days later, every research-intensive person's nightmare: The TV turned itself off after watching a blu-ray, and would not turn back on!
Called in a claim to Samsung, local repair shop came in and checked the Power Board and Mother Board. He ordered a replacement Mother Board that immediately went on backorder. It just arrived Monday 2/1 (2 weeks later!), and he finally came out to replace it 2/2.
When he was installing the new Mother Board, I checked on the old one just for kicks....Well wouldn't you know it? Made in CHINA. The new MB was made in KOREA. So it looks like the panel lottery isn't the only lottery we're dealing with on Samsungs! I am all for outsourcing and taking advantage of production facilities outside the home country, but ONLY if quality control is maintained~!
Now, thankfully (knock on wood) the TV is 100% Korean (Powerboard, Motherboard, Panel) and working beautifully. Just so you know I certainly ran to Amazon and dropped a quick $100 on the extended 2 year warranty, just to be safe. I would recommend this to EVERYONE!
Samsung TV's are absolutely gorgeous when they work, but I will definitely remember this harrowing experience the next time I jump into researching a new TV. With pricing on TV's spiraling downward, there are numerous ways that manufacturers cut costs, with quality control being one of them. So be careful out there! And BTW, I would've given the TV 5 STARS had this not happened.
Lastly, here's my calibration settings for the TV in case you're interested! Remember, these are not going to "pop" like the TV's you see in Best Buy (which are way too bright!). They are, however, meant to ACCURATELY reproduce digital media like HDTV broadcasts and Blu-Ray. And trust me, once your TV is properly calibrated, you'll never want to go back to the old settings! It makes everything looks surreal!
Tint (G/R) G50/R50
- Advanced Settings-
Black Tone: Off
Dynamic Contrast: Off
Color Space: AUTO
R Offset: 25
G Offset: 25
B Offset: 25
R Gain: 25
G Gain: 25
B Offset: 25
Flesh Tone: 0
Edge Enhancement: Off
Color Tone: Warm 2
Size: Screen Fit
Digital NR: Off
HDMI (Greyed Out?) Normal
Film Mode: Off (Also now Greyed Out)
Equalizer: Default (everything in the middle)
SRS Trusurround HD: On