Seems like I haven't been here in a few years. What brought me back was a software update not only killed the audio from my Netflix app (I was getting audio through Anynet to my Sony A/V) but also seemed to change my picture settings.
Samsung tech support told me Anynet only works with other Samsung equipment. Sounds like they don't like us using other brands so they 'fixed' it so we can't. Kind of a cheesy move on their part, putting a stop to something that was working just fine. But anyway, they told me I now have to use an optical cable from the TV to the Sony. Regardless of Anynet, the HDMI standard is supposed to support two way audio but Samsung put a stop to that.
So while trying to get the pic back to where I liked it, I tried some 'recommended' UN55ES8000 settings, and the picture was awful. Not sure if updates through the years made older calibration settings obsolete but no amount of trail and error did much good. All the whites were dingy and the picture was dull, dark, and hard to watch. It was as if all the LEDs were dying and the screen needed to be replaced.
So I reset the TV and the best I've come up with so far is just using Standard picture with some adjustments to contrast and brightness, with Sharpness down to 0. At least it still has the WOW factor (where your friends walk in and go WOW!) that I've loved from day one, but it's still not where I had it.
Has anyone tried the THX app where you use your iphone to calibrate? While the app is free you still have to buy Apple's overpriced Lightning to HDMI connector, so is it worth it? You would think there would be a wireless way to connect, Bluetooth or Wifi. Even my Logitech wireless keyboard can connect with the web browser app, but web surfing with the TV is like going back to dialup internet, although the Evo kits are supposed to speed up app processing, (they are not going to improve picture quality, because it's basically just an upgraded cpu.)
Last edited by postalguy; 12-03-2015 at 12:17 AM.