Originally Posted by apw2607
Oh dear .... Have you any idea what you've started up again. Ok. Here we go again ;-)
A month ago in the Choose a Player thread, the Samsung had a better picture than the Panasonic, and the x80 Sony models, now it's the same as the Panasonic it seems. With YCbCr the Samsung was perfect, though only 4:4:4 and no 4:2:2, whereas RGB had an average dE of 2.0 or so. It also fails quite a few tests (Noise Reduction didn't work, Mixed Film and Video, CUE issues) on DVD and HD content.
He also does all his testing on the Panasonic players with Advanced Chroma enabled, which causes the HDMI output to be incorrect and reduces dynamic range and will cause it to look different (as in worse) than other players on a calibrated display. It'll fix CUE issues, but also you'll lose 10% of your information since all highlights are clipped. He can prefer it, but using that setting really causes an issue with the player in testing.
That's all objective data in there. Subjectively, maybe he likes the reduced dynamic range since his display is setup incorrectly and otherwise he loses even more highlights, but objectively the Panasonic is configured incorrectly and the output from it is wrong in his testing.
Edit: They also prefer the Dynamic setting for the Samsung, which causes an average dE of 10 across the board, usually higher in the visible range of values, and clips a huge amount of highlights and other information as well as crushing shadow detail. So their personal preference is for an image that is ridiculously over-saturated and with completely blown-out highlights and crushed shadow detail, as that's what Dynamic mode does.