Hi All, I picked up my A750 today from Circuit City, after working out a really good price. Here are my initial impressions just after a few hours.
My brother and I brought it home, took the Sammy plasma off the wall mount and put up the 750. The hardest part was getting the square stand off of it. That was a bit tricky. We also had to run out to the hardware store to get longer bolts to attach the Sanus wall mount. They were easily found.
I have digital Cox cable and we put on a Bo Sox game right off, and it looked fabulous. There was an obvious improvement in picture over the plasma. Then again, I was not really impressed with the plasma, so I might be biased. Then we put Transporter into the BlueRay player and that really, really looked fantastic. The plasma was a 720p unit and you really can see the improvement in this 1080p TV. I picked Transporter because the plasma never handled the opening scene well, with the greenish light reflecting off the black BMW. That looked noisy and grainy, the A750 looked great.
Right out of the box, this set has vibrant colors and is nice and bright. I have not fooled with the settings yet but it looks pretty darn good on its defaults. The contrast and detail is fantastic.
Next, I set up my cable box to give me a nonstretched pic for standard def. Samsung's web site says LCDs can burn, so I need to be careful. I had forgotten how nice watching standard def at its normal size is. People no longer look stout.
I have not tried its speakers yet as I run this through a surround sound system with a Yammy AV receiver.
Here is the not so good:
Standard def pics look, well, poor. The plasma did a better job with them, although it was not great either. I think these sets are just too big for standard def. I have not given up yet. I hope by tinkering with the line doublers in the Yammy receiver and the set that I can improve the pic. I have already tried different settings with the cable box, no joy. My 13 year old daughter noticed the difference between this A750 and the plasma right away.
Regarding the halo, its there sometimes, sometimes not. It all depends upon the lighting. This is another thing my daughter noticed right off and she said he hates it. She is 13, she hates everything. I hardly notice it. Right now, while watching std def there is no halo. If I turn all the lights out and watch a movie I might see a bit of it, depending upon the angle. Sometimes you just see one edge, sometimes part of one, sometimes two or maybe none.
I found that there is no wifi unless you buy an optional, extra cost adapter. I have not plugged a cable in yet, but when I run the network test the set complains that the MAC address is not valid and says I should call service. I'll probably wire up an enet connection later and see if that fixes it, and try some video from a DLNA server.
The built in content is some nice artwork. Monet, which is one of my favorites. I don't see that being used ever. However, I just got my wife a 10 mp digital SLR so hopefully it will be used to display some of her pictures from a server. Plugging into USB would be a pain and if I have to do that then I might as well return this set and get the 650.
Okay, that's it for now. I'll post more as I learn more.