There must be Samsung ln32A450 owners all over the country wondering if theyve gone insane. Clearly this is a problem of "degree" and not of whether it happens at all. ALL LCDs have response times, so theoretically they all smear within their spec. The problem here is that the degree to which it is happening is far out of spec.
I have an LN32A450.. it smears, and I consider it broken and I'm in the process of getting it fixed. ADDITIONALLY, I had a similar experience with a "tech" coming in and not doing his job. My guy showed up, I showed him the problem, he agreed there was one. Then he takes what he called a "T-com board" out of the unit and tosses in my direction for me to look at I guess(lands on carpeted floor). After this, he discovers that he's got A550 parts instead of A450. Oops. So he nervously put the T-com board back in, then proclaims that the TV is fine working properly. Since he left about 10 days ago, the problem has worsened significantly.
I've compared my TV to LN40A500, LN40A550, and LN32A330. None of them duplicate this problem. I was thinking of going to circuit city with my xbox and cod4 and trying it out with an ln32a450 to see if it's common among this model (which was so highly praised in the press).
Some random facts to compare and see if we've got the same problem.
Mine gets worse if I turn brightness down. With it cranked to 100 the screen is quite washed out but the problem noticeably diminishes.
I believe the backlight anywhere past 6 exacerbates the problem, but not as obvious as playing with brightness settings.
All HDMI inputs exhibit this problem as well as component. Maybe I'll try composite and report back.
I would be willing to exchange full serial number model number version number info with people.. is there any reason not to give that stuff out? Probably not right? Maybe email is better though I dont know. I hope you check this.
Anyway, don't go nuts. Get it FIXED. I owned a 27 inch olevia you can find now for 250 if you're lucky. It didnt have this problem. Every facet of the image was inferior to the Samsung, besides the fact that the Samsung is painting with watercolors. I know that sounds contradictory but it's true.