Originally Posted by wilmer007
Hello everyone i've had this tv (LN46A550) for 3.5 years now and works great. I need some help though.
First i'm using it with an Onkyo NR807 and was reading about plugging my Xbox 360 directly to the TV so possibly not using the 807 with the 360. Should i still do that even though the 807 probably produces better quality. I have the 807 plugged into HDMI 3, is that okay or should i put it into another one and if so which one?
Next i don't know what FW i have so how do i check without accidently updating? I remember updating once but don't know which version it was. And should i update if i have an older FW? I was reading about people not liking their update and ruining their picture quality.
Next up is that i have a T240HD alongside and for some reason i like the colors better on the T240HD and would like to try to get them as close as possible to the T240HD. Is it possible and any help with doing that would be great.
Personally, I prefer to route everything through my Onkyo 707. That's what receivers are designed for and you can be sure the audio will be decoded exactly the way it should. If you program your Onk remote correctly, then you'll only need that one remote as well.
The funny thing is that I tend to use my 360 for everything now as I've just cancelled cable. So I have my games, Netflix, Zune, PC streaming, music etc all going through the Xbox. It kind of makes the receiver a bit more redundant but I wouldn't give up the audio capabilities for anything, that's where they really shine.
As for picture quality, I'm using Clicq's 995 settings with a couple of minor tweaks to suit my room. Movies streamed through the Xbox look amazing (seriously, give it a few days if you don't instantly like it). Games sometimes need a little less of a warm tone, so I change to Standard (using Clicq's Standard settings on post 995) for games and sports. Switching between these two settings is really just like switching between Warm 1 and Warm 2, but easier of course, you only have to change the mode. I prefer not to have drastically different settings, so that you don't 'shock' yourself each time you change settings.
One extra note, if you watching Netflix through the Xbox, expect poor picture quality. I believe a fix is in the works to correct this, Microsoft have already implemented it, but various App providers have to update their apps too. I have correctly calibrated my TV but I'm still getting a poor picture with Netflix. Test with an HD movie from Zune or stream it from your PC.
As for Firmware, only update it if you're having problems that the FW is supposed to fix. It's not like PC drivers or software updates, the TV is supposed to work correctly out of the box. Some batches develop problems which is where a FW fix comes in. Updating to the latest FW is NOT recommended if everything is working fine, in fact it can cause problems. To check your FW, go to SW Update on the Samsung's setup menu. Don't select it, only highlight it and then press 'info'. One of the first numbers will be something like 1004.1