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Any more info or reviews on this TV? I may go and pull the trigger when I get off work...
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I need to use headphones with my TV. I found this answer re the model LN40B540 that's on sale at Costco.

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On the LN40B540, there is not a 3.5mm jack. However, by using a RCA (red,white) to 3.5mm female adapter, you would be able to connect your 3.5mm plug.



I know nothing about TV hookups. Can somebody please tell me if this is complicated or expensive to do.

Thank you,

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I am also interested in this TV. But then I saw the B550 on Amazon for $899, no tax. Any reason not to go for this (presumably better) model at a lower price than Costco?
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I am also interested in this TV. But then I saw the B550 on Amazon for $899, no tax. Any reason not to go for this (presumably better) model at a lower price than Costco?

Costco has the B540 for $150 cheaper than the price you mention from Amazon. That's a pretty good reason to buy from Costco, not to mention the 90 day return policy and 2 year warranty.
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I am between this Sammy and the Tishiba 40Xv645u - the main differences being 120hz and Resolution+ with price being nearly identical. I like the 645u with respect to SD looking nice... any thoughts on this specific choice? Us 120hz a bug deal in anyone's view?
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I got a LN52B550 as a DLP warranty replacement. I'm very happy with the tv.

Here are the replacement part panel codes from the B550/B540 service manual, and info from around the net...

LTF= Samsung, T = AUO, V = CMO

LN32B550K1F - T315HW02 V2
LN37B550K1F - T370HW02 VC
LN40B550K1F - LTF400HA08
LN46B550K1F - LTF460HA06
LN52B550K1F - LTF520HB05 (SS02 Panel code on mine)
LN40B540P8F - V400H1-L05
LN46B540P8F - T460HW03
LN52B540P8F - LTF520HB05

Note that of the B540's only the 52" uses a Samsung panel #. As usual, these sort of specs may be subject to change... but if it was a $100 difference, I personally would get the 550 instead.

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I got a LN52B550 as a DLP warranty replacement. I'm very happy with the tv.

Here are the replacement part panel codes from the B550/B540 service manual, and info from around the net...

LTF= Samsung, T = AUO, V = CMO

LN32B550K1F - T315HW02 V2
LN37B550K1F - T370HW02 VC
LN40B550K1F - LTF400HA08
LN46B550K1F - LTF460HA06
LN52B550K1F - LTF520HB05 (SS02 Panel code on mine)
LN40B540P8F - V400H1-L05
LN46B540P8F - T460HW03
LN52B540P8F - LTF520HB05

Note that of the B540's only the 52" uses a Samsung panel #. As usual, these sort of specs may be subject to change... but if it was a $100 difference, I personally would get the 550 instead.

Sean

Thanks for the note. I had not noticed before the relationship between the panel part numbers and the manufacturing site.
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I bought the 540 at Costco yesterday and noticed that it was made in Tijuana, Mexico. Should I be concerned about quality?
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Would anyone consider the Tosh645U vs. the Sammy540? I've seen the Tosh and like it a lot but Sammy's reputation precedes it, despite the 60hz. Thoughts?
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annmarie - Only when displaying any documentaries on Donkeys. sorry..couldn't pass that one up.

Bought the set two days ago and LOVE it. I have another 40" Samsung downstairs I bought a year and a half ago. Love Samsung.

Matt screen on this one instead of gloss on the old. Touch of Color is only noticeable if you look for it.

I will update after a few days.

Oh an get this:

Bought the set and was going to hook it up to DTV standard def box until we got HD box for upstairs. After getting it all setup, realized that there is no SVIDEO input! So, I did the worst thing I could possible do and plugged it in the Composite Port so wife could watch TV for one night and figured I would watch Netflix streaming through Component input.

15 Feet away sitting on bed, the TV didn't look as bad as I thought it would. We actually watched a few recorded SYFY shows and it looked ok. I was really impressed that SD was ok. Don't get me wrong, HD looks amazing on the set, better than the old Samsung lnt4065gf
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I need to use headphones with my TV. I found this answer re the model LN40B540 that's on sale at Costco.



I know nothing about TV hookups. Can somebody please tell me if this is complicated or expensive to do.

Thank you,

Annmarie

Annmarie, red & white composite RCA audio to 3.5mm (1/8") stereo audio are very common cables for a few bucks and have been around for years (I have several). You'll find more male-to-males, but you can get RCA males to 3.5 mm female as well or buy a gender changer adapter at Radio Shack. Basically, some ports and connectors are easily interchangeable with adapters and don't have to be featured in every form.

As far as S-Video goes, there really is no need since it was never as common as composite but was used as a composite upgrade, but most who use analog since the advent of the DVD use component which is superior to both (and of course DVI/HDMI now).

Speaking of DVI, what's great about the Samsung is one of their HDMI ports is always a "DVI-ready" port, meaning it has associated audio inputs so you can transmit stereo sound not carried by DVI when using a DVI-to-HDMI adapter. Or, in my case with my new MacBook Pro, a third party mini-DisplayPort to HDMI adapter (since Apple currently has not set this port up to carry sound via HDMI; after all, they already have both a digital & analog audio input and output). I don't even have to use a DVI-to-HDMI adapter in this case!
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Would anyone consider the Tosh645U vs. the Sammy540? I've seen the Tosh and like it a lot but Sammy's reputation precedes it, despite the 60hz. Thoughts?

Whether 60Hz is an issue depends on your goal. If the B540 is like the B550 that I have worked on, the options in the service menu indicate that it does 2:2 pulldown of 24fps material to display it at 48fps. So even at 60Hz, you should still see 24fps in cinema mode. (It would be nice if someone with a B540 confirmed this.)

The Toshiba offers 120Hz which includes a motion interpolation engine to create frames between the frames contained in the source material. Some people like this all the time, some people like this effect only for sports, and some people detest the "soap opera" effect.
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Hey i just bought the 32 inch samsung 640 model from best buy yesterday and love it. It's for 799 on sale there. Should i exchange it for this 40" from costco , the 540 series? One thing is, i did see another 60hz samsung there that was also 32 inch, but i j did not liek the quality of it, the coloring on this one was so much better. So anyone know which ones a better coloring, the 640 32' or this one that you guys are talking about? Any advice, should i return mine and get this form costco
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Annmarie, red & white composite RCA audio to 3.5mm (1/8") stereo audio are very common cables for a few bucks and have been around for years (I have several). You'll find more male-to-males, but you can get RCA males to 3.5 mm female as well or buy a gender changer adapter at Radio Shack.

thank you very much for the explanation



SG3 - the $100 off Costco coupon for the 540 expires today, (Aug 2), in the So. Calif. area anyway.
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the $100 off Costco coupon for the 540 expires today, (Aug 2), in the So. Calif. area anyway.

Yep, here too (I have a place in Phoenix and L.A. area). I think Costco sales are pretty much national -- I am picking mine up today! I just need to decide if I want to get one of their mounts (I've seen some great ones a lot less, almost 1/3 the price). I need one that not only tilts 15ยบ down but also extends out from the wall 24" or more if possible. Panning is not as important to me. Here is a link to a mount with great reviews on Amazon.com that compares to those more than double the price:

http://www.amazon.com/LN-T3732H-LN-S4041D-LN-S4051HD-LN-T4042HX-LN-T4053HX/dp/B001L6EPCQ/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1249120000&sr=1-6"]http://www.amazon.com/LN-T3732H-LN-S4041D-LN-S4051HD-LN-T4042HX-LN-T4053HX/dp/B001L6EPCQ/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1249120000&sr=1-6
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Originally Posted by SeanU View Post

I got a LN52B550 as a DLP warranty replacement. I'm very happy with the tv.

Here are the replacement part panel codes from the B550/B540 service manual, and info from around the net...

LTF= Samsung, T = AUO, V = CMO

LN32B550K1F - T315HW02 V2
LN37B550K1F - T370HW02 VC
LN40B550K1F - LTF400HA08
LN46B550K1F - LTF460HA06
LN52B550K1F - LTF520HB05 (SS02 Panel code on mine)
LN40B540P8F - V400H1-L05
LN46B540P8F - T460HW03
LN52B540P8F - LTF520HB05

Note that of the B540's only the 52" uses a Samsung panel #. As usual, these sort of specs may be subject to change... but if it was a $100 difference, I personally would get the 550 instead.

Sean

I bought a LN40B540 from costco last week. The panel # is SQ02.
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For anyone who missed out the first time it looks like this set is down to $799 again at Costco.

I was in my local Costco today looking for a replacement for the Vizio VL420M which has truly horrid input lag for rhythm/twitch/fighting games. This Samsung is definitely what I am picking up to replace the Vizio.

I actually think I would like to go with a 60hz set this time since I really hated the "Soap Opera" jerkiness of the 'Smooth Motion' technology on the Vizio. Plus this model has a Game Mode which I absolutely need after such a terrible gaming experience with Vizio. Once I pick this up this week I'll do some input lag testing on it for anyone interested.

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...S&Sp=C&topnav=

This set looks really nice in the store and I actually like how the touch of color looks on it since I am a fan of Red.
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I love mine (although I knew I would after having installed giant Samsung DLP HDTV's in other residences), especially for the $749.99 I got it for, 2 weeks ago at Costco along with the double warranty. I ordered a heavy-duty, double-armed iron full-motion wall mount that extends a full 2 feet from the wall and of course swivels in many ways and tilts dramatically http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CKL9U2/ref=cm_cr_thx_view"]http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CKL9U2/ref=cm_cr_thx_view. When it comes to HDTV's, to get the full immersive effect your TV should be no further away than triple the screen size.

Installing the 30-lb. mount by myself with one hand while the other affixed the screws was no easy task, as was mounting the 40-lb. TV itself. I needed extra long cables running to and from my stereo system, 2 DVD recorders (w/burners + hard drives), my previous DVR, and the new HD DVR from my cable company, each with 500GB and 1TB DVR expanders respectively for a total of 2 TB recording space. I still have my Sony Trinitron CRT while it lasts and have it hooked up so that any of the aforementioned components can be displayed on either TV, with dual-hookups on each. The wide wall channel cover I bought from Home Depot hides all these nicely, and this Samsung has a fastener so all cables meet at the bottom center in the rear of the TV (I also made sure that not only were they all "out of sight" but that they wouldn't be in the way of the mount when the TV is extended far from or flat against the wall, or turned in any direction). My new MacBook Pro attaches nicely in a variety of ways, via either VGA or mini-display to HDMI (for video), and either stereo 1/8" to RCA L+R or digital optical (for audio).

I have always been sold on Samsung when it comes to HDTV (the only manufacturer of all 4 types of HDTV technology) but now I am happier I was able to get the perfect size in a Samsung without spending much more than the lesser brand names!
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For anyone who missed out the first time it looks like this set is down to $799 again at Costco.

I was in my local Costco today looking for a replacement for the Vizio VL420M which has truly horrid input lag for rhythm/twitch/fighting games. This Samsung is definitely what I am picking up to replace the Vizio.

I actually think I would like to go with a 60hz set this time since I really hated the "Soap Opera" jerkiness of the 'Smooth Motion' technology on the Vizio. Plus this model has a Game Mode which I absolutely need after such a terrible gaming experience with Vizio. Once I pick this up this week I'll do some input lag testing on it for anyone interested.

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...S&Sp=C&topnav=

This set looks really nice in the store and I actually like how the touch of color looks on it since I am a fan of Red.

Its interesting, they actually raised the price back to $899 and then added a manufacturer instant rebate to make it $799. I got it for $849 - $100 coupon. It seems odd that Costco would play games like that, but I'm not really complaining.

I can't really recommend the set for input lag.

On my Xbox 360 via HDMI using the Rock Band 2 guitar's auto calibration I had ~42ms lag. It dropped down to 28-30ms via VGA. This set bumped a Vizio VX37L into the bedroom which was pretty comparable via VGA, maybe 32ms on average test. I never tested it with HDMI or component so maybe there is a difference in non VGA modes.

The game mode on the Samsung did not change the lag times, although made it more consistent for repeated calibrations. Since it was ~2ms either way I figure I will take the PS3 off game mode even though I have no reliable way to calibrate it.
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I love mine (although I knew I would after having installed giant Samsung DLP HDTV's in other residences), especially for the $749.99 I got it for, 2 weeks ago at Costco along with the double warranty. I ordered a heavy-duty, double-armed iron full-motion wall mount that extends a full 2 feet from the wall and of course swivels in many ways and tilts dramatically http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CKL9U2/ref=cm_cr_thx_view"]http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CKL9U2/ref=cm_cr_thx_view. When it comes to HDTV's, to get the full immersive effect your TV should be no further away than triple the screen size.

Installing the 30-lb. mount by myself with one hand while the other affixed the screws was no easy task, as was mounting the 40-lb. TV itself. I needed extra long cables running to and from my stereo system, 2 DVD recorders (w/burners + hard drives), my previous DVR, and the new HD DVR from my cable company, each with 500GB and 1TB DVR expanders respectively for a total of 2 TB recording space. I still have my Sony Trinitron CRT while it lasts and have it hooked up so that any of the aforementioned components can be displayed on either TV, with dual-hookups on each. The wide wall channel cover I bought from Home Depot hides all these nicely, and this Samsung has a fastener so all cables meet at the bottom center in the rear of the TV (I also made sure that not only were they all "out of sight" but that they wouldn't be in the way of the mount when the TV is extended far from or flat against the wall, or turned in any direction). My new MacBook Pro attaches nicely in a variety of ways, via either VGA or mini-display to HDMI (for video), and either stereo 1/8" to RCA L+R or digital optical (for audio).

I have always been sold on Samsung when it comes to HDTV (the only manufacturer of all 4 types of HDTV technology) but now I am happier I was able to get the perfect size in a Samsung without spending much more than the lesser brand names!

I am about to buy this TV, but am so pissed I missed out on the $100 coupon (my vizio just crapped out on me) that would make it 749 total. It's 799 with tax (so 849 total) after the manufacturer's rebate. Should I just buy it and look out for a coupon or price change in the next 90 days?? Or does anyone know if there is another similar coupon coming in the mail soon?
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would you jump on a 550 for 750.00$ shipped?

or wait it out for the 650 to go down?
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I have one complaint about this 40" IT'S GOT A HUGE BEZEL, in relation to the viewable screen area. Looks like it uses the same bezel as the 46 incher but compressed. Frankly it looks like a picture frame, rather than a TV.

Don't be mad if u have this TV, it's just a personal opinion.

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just to let you folks know, this is now at 649.99 after a $200 Off manufacturers rebate.

was going to get a tosh, already bought and ready for pick up at BB, but saw this set at costco...

will set up and will let you folks know my impression.

for the meantime? im very happy with it. i also bought a LN32A540 around 2 years ago if im not mistaken, and was pleased with it.

just a heads up.
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Anyone else have trouble with adjusting the colors on this TV? I just got one from costco. It is bright and clear, but the colors are off. I have tried to adjust the colors (I was surprised at how many color change options there are!) but there still seems to be something quite a bit off. It doesn't matter whether the source is digital tv, analog tv, or DVD, the colors are consistently weird.

Here is a description: The reds are more of a purple or sometimes crimson, the blues are too bright, most things have a green tint (blond hair looks greenish). Seems like the default should be the best picture? With all the tweaking, the colors still don't seem right?


If no one else notices the same problems, then I may have to return the unit to Costco for a different one?
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I took the risk and got the 540. So far so good - color, clarity and viewing angle are all great. It has plenty of inputs (though I'm slightly disappointed that there's no DVI and only one composite)

This is typical for many newer TV's. Composite is going away, component will b following shortly. Everything is going HDMI. If you need DVI just get a HDMI to DVI adapter, same signal.
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Anyone else have trouble with adjusting the colors on this TV? I just got one from costco. It is bright and clear, but the colors are off. I have tried to adjust the colors (I was surprised at how many color change options there are!) but there still seems to be something quite a bit off. It doesn't matter whether the source is digital tv, analog tv, or DVD, the colors are consistently weird.

Here is a description: The reds are more of a purple or sometimes crimson, the blues are too bright, most things have a green tint (blond hair looks greenish). Seems like the default should be the best picture? With all the tweaking, the colors still don't seem right?


If no one else notices the same problems, then I may have to return the unit to Costco for a different one?

I expect the B540 is similar to the B550 in that color calibration is available but only in the service menu. I described my experience calibrating my son's B550 in the B550 thread. As my father-in-law is getting a B540, I may get a chance to calibrate his set, in which case I will post what I learn.

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