Originally Posted by Mr. Tantrum
Okay, last night I just received my new 52B750 which replaced my 52A850 which replaced my original 5271. Unfortunately, I did not take much time to experiment as I was engrossed in NBA playoffs all night, but here are my initial comments which will make some comparisons to the A850 since I know that several of you are in the same situation.
1) Aesthetics/Reflection - I really like the look of this unit. Mine sets recessed into the wall so the TOC does not really appear at all. The unit is piano black with dim gray lighting which does not detract at all from the viewing experience, even in darkness (unlike the blinding red beacon on previous models). The bezel does produce comparable reflection to other models as does the screen. However, while I can't be sure of it as I really wasn't focusing, the screen reflection does seem to be somewhat better than what I eperienced with my previous two models. The real test for me will be Saturday morning/afternoon when I can be hope to watch the TV during the day with the two windows that are directly opposite the TV and behind my sitting area.
2) Connections - As some have noted, the connections are on the opposite side of where Samsung has placed them on other models recently (when facing the TV they are on the right rear, and right side). This is a non-factor for me, but others may need to accommodate such.
3) My settings - Nothing scientific and I haven't had time to callibrate, but I just did a quick setup as follows: Backlight=7, Contrast=100, Brightness=50, Sharpness=0, Color=50, Tint=50, Mode=Standard, Color Tone=Normal, Size=Screen Fit, HDMI Black Level=Low, Film Mode=Off, AMP=Clear, and Energy Saver=Off.
4) Clouding and Flashlighting - My unit has none whatsoever of either. To say that the backlighting is 100% perfectly uniform would not be completely accurate (I don't believe that any LCD of size is). However, I had to really stare at a blank screen (no input) in a pitch black room to notice just the slightest of variance on the screen (unlike my A850 which jumped out at me every single time I turned the channel or had a dark scene).
5) Picture Quality - Oh my goodness! This is by far the most beautiful PQ on any LCD that I have seen. The deepness of the blacks are increadible and the overall richness of color superceeds any of the other two models I have had. The viewing angles seem comparable to the A850, and the only thing that I seem to notice when you get greatly off axis is a hazing effect where the entire screen loses some of richness and color depth.
6) AMP - I didn't get much time to play with the custom setup, but what I can tell you is that the default setting (Standard) causes odd video noise around fast moving objects with fairly static backgrounds (e.g. a football player running with the crowd in the background). This bugged me alot, but setting AMP to "Clear" resolved the issue 100% in the few sample content types that I watched.
7) IR Interferance - This set exhibits 0 IR issues. I had grown so use to the pain of the A750, that it was like I put brand new batteries in my remote. All components were extremely responsive.
8) Remote - I like the remote much better that the A850. They got rid of the dial which seemed extremely laggy, and replaced it with buttons. Now, menu interaction with the TV is very responsive. Also, they added the picture size button back on the remote so you no longer have to go into menus to toggle throught the options.
9) Yahoo Widgets - Well, these are pretty cool, but I'm not sure how much I will use them. Upon initial load, it takes about 60 seconds before you can interact with them. I do like that you can adjust the screen so that you have a full picture w/o the Widget overlapping/blocking your view. I look forward to other Widget ideas that may come in the future.
10) Sound - I use my 5.1 system, but I did listen to the TV just to hear it. Sounded like it was using tin cans for speakers - hollow and not much bass.
11) DLNA Media - The TV found my ReadyNAS easily and displayed my photos. However, I did not try my MP3's and it would not play any of my DIVX encoded movies (manual states that it supports DIVX, so it may be a compatibility issue with my ReadyNAS). I don't really care, however, since I used my PS3 for this and prefer its interface to that of the TV.
12) Gaming - I did play a quick round of Tiger Woods just to see how it compared to my previous model TV's. I did not use game mode, and left all settings as stated above (AMP=Clear). I know that this is a limited game for observing response times, etc. but I did have known issues before. My main problems were extreme TBE and judder during ball flight and even rolling on the green. Throughout my round on the new B750, I did not observe a single instance of TBE or judder.
Anyway, these are just a few of my initial observations. Overall, I'm extremely pleased with this model and think that I will finally be satisfied with my purchase. The overall richness of the picture this model produces is extremely good, and I can't get over just how extremely deep the blacks are. At this point, I've only watched HD broadcasts (Dish Network) and have not experiemented with BluRay content. I will be interested in exploring this with some known content where I was having issues. However, based upon what I have seen thus far, I expect nothing but the best from the B750.