Originally Posted by johncourt
Is this the bestbuy BF promo model? That is, the $650 3D TV? I was going to ask about it.
I was hoping to make the jump to 3D with this affordable model, but so far have not read any detailed, positive reviews for this particular model.
As mentioned in another post, the $879 price is for the UN55EH6000 model but it is out of stock.
Like I said before, for $799 the UN55EH6001 model may be ok and also if you dont compare it with anything else, it may be ok. The only channel I could tolerate was CNN HD. It just didnt have the sharpness, especially for non HD channels. If you are only watching Blu-Ray then it may be ok. Like I said before, I watch a lot of cable and so cable performance is very important to me. Sometimes the commercials even on CHN HD had that soft look. Dont know if this is the Soap Opera Effect.
It all depends on your level of expectation. Even though my front projector is 480p (Infocus IN72), it is very sharp no matter what source I use. I still have it (after some 6300 hrs) as a backup TV in case my 45' SONY EX400 dies.
If I had a chance to look at it at the store, may be I would not have bought the 6001 model. So BB deserves a return for not displaying the unit they are selling. They also dont have the UN55EH6000 on display but at least they have the UN50EH6000 on display and it looked pretty sharp. In fact I liked it better than the 50" or 51" Samsung plasma they had above the UN50EH6000. The glossy screen on the plasma was just not acceptable. I guess the 6030 model does not use a screen as glossy as the plasma? But judging from the way the sales guys at BB referred to that model (6030) like " oh you mean the one which has a glossy screen?", I was hesitant to get that unseen even though it is still available. It is also more expensive ($950 + tax+ product protection). I didnt want to return another TV to BB. So I put an end to my Thanksgiving TV buying fiasco
But I picked up the Panasonic DMP-BDT220 Blu-Ray player for $99. It has very good reviews like the 210 model. Have not set it up yet.
I am curious to go to BB and see how many Samsung LCD/LED TV's people have returned. Even on BF I saw 3 of them returned (2 55" including mine and 1 46"). I bet those are guys who hang out at AVS
I guess most people were getting it mainly because it is Samsumg and it is/was $799
and that big lot was sitting at at the entrance to the store. So you cant go without noticing it. The more expensive, unseen/undisplayed model like 6030 is still available.
BTW one guy made a remark that it is a great TV when I was hauling the UN55EH6001 out of BB. So it all depends on your expectations for the money and what you are comparing. I didnt buy my SONY 46" EX400 after any research. I just saw that side by side at BB some 2 yrs ago and it was an impromptu decision just based on visual comparison. It had that black level and contrast that attracted me like a bee attracted to honey.
In my opinion, unless this outsourcing crap stops and all panels are made in USA at one place with the same quality control, we are going to face such disparity in the quality/performance for a long time. I just read the news that in Bangladesh alone, there are some 4000 shops that male clothing for the west! In all probability Samsung or any other manufacturer is only spending a couple of hundred bucks to make those TV's but sell it at a huge profit margin. Otherwise how do you think BB can make a profit by selling them at 50% of MSRP, I bet only some Doctor or Lawyer would buy these TV's at full MSRP during regular days. They probably sell more of them during Nov-Dec than the rest of the year combined. I know someone (a Doctor) who paid $500 just to get the Plasma TV and DVD player installed using those Red/White cables! I told to myself that I would have done it for free if they had spent just a few bucks to get better cables from Monoprice.
Anyway....Dont get discouraged by my rant. You have the 30 day return. So try it out. If they had caused trouble with my return, I would have said that it was their fault for not displaying the unit at the store.