Originally Posted by luminous
i don't have time to read through this entire thread, and i was hoping someone could just list what problems (if any) are common with the a550.
my 64u banding to the point that it pisses me off every time i watch it. i was going to try the aquos advantage route in hopes of getting a set with no issues, or maybe even upgraded, but that sounds like a crap shoot and a waste of time. i'd probably wind up with a worse refurb, or maybe they would upgrade me but from what i hear the rest of their sets have issues, too.
is the a550 the best option in 40-46" range right now?
is there a huge difference between the 550 and the other samsung models?
I don't believe there are too many "common" problems for the 550 set. I've had both a 40" and a 46" now, and my only issue was 1 dead pixel. This is far from a problem for the 550 though, every LCD suffers this.
From the many, many posts in this thread, of which I've read every one, there are no problems that seem to be recurring other than the green screen. This has happened to me once
over hundreds of hours of viewing, and it was when I was stopping playback of a Blu-Ray on the PS3. The entire screen went green. It's pretty much agreed around here that it is a problem with HDMI "handshaking" more than anything else. Otherwise, this TV is bulletproof.
I don't know if the 550 is the best
option right now. That all depends on how deep your pockets are. The 650 and 750 are certainly better TVs, but they are much more expensive. The 550 is the last line that doesn't include 120hz processing, but still includes much of the other processing tidbits like DNIe and DNR like it's big brothers. IMO, the 550 is the best value of the Samsungs right now.
Sony has some strong competition out that matches up pretty well with the 550, but again, they are more expensive sets. If you would like to compare side-by-side each of Samsung's LCDs, check here and use the compare function:http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/s...&subtype=lcdtv