Originally Posted by poopoolarson
Recently got the 46" A650 and was dissapointed. I am assuming we got a dud from the reviews I read all over the internet. I will admit that we probably got a larger set than we needed as we are viewing from approx 7' but I don't think that this explains the poor quality we observed.
We were watching only fiber optic TV and the set performed horribly with motion. While watching the Democratic NC recently I would notice that when there was a speaker in front of the blue background it looked okay, not great, but when they panned the audience with all of the flags and banners waving and bouncing it looked horrible. ALso, close ups on people's faces in the audience contained blurry pixelization and jaggies.
The tv service sent out someone and checked the signal who said that it was strong. They also gave me their cable instead of what I had run to see if it improved things. When he was there it seemed to a bit, but over all it isn't much better.
I know that these TVs look great with BluRay but most of our viewing will be TV and if the quality is bad enough to distract me from my viewing I don't see that it is worth it.
I even experimented by going between the regular Disney Channel and the HD version and saw no difference in quality, except that the little DIsney graphic in the bottom corner looked sharper.
I am new to these tvs and wonder if I was just expecting too much but I find it hard to believe that so many people would rave about HD and this TV in particular, if it looked like what I was witnessing. Then again how do you explain the popularity of the top selling AMerican Beer?
I am turned off to Samsung right now even though it was probably a dud. Can anyone here tell me how their 650 works with TV broadcasts?
ANy help would be appreciated.
To say that you did not get a dud, i don't think is a fair statement. I am sure that what you were seeing on that set was infact a poor picture ( as you described it ).
I think it is also fair to say, that like Gmo0ve said, that your best bet would have been to first check it against a good known quality DVD source. If they were both bad ( to your eyes ), then probably yes... that set was defective.
We sit about 8' away from our LN52A650, and without having done any calibration ( i'm not even sure i want to attempt that ), our picture was fantastic. And as you mentioned, that you saw a lot of other people saying the same thing.
It is a shame that you took it back, without having a Samsung technician looking at it first.
Lastly, i get the feeling that you are asking others out here whether you judged the set that you had, wrongly. Spending as much money as we all have, to acquire these kind of sets, you should expect your moneys worth.
Would i recommend you getting another Samsung? In a heart beat! They really are that good. You were just unlucky in the one that you got.