Originally Posted by Ravanux
When the wife and I watched some shows that we had on the DVR and I struggled primarily with the brightness and inaccuracy of fleshtones.
I used the UN32EH5000 for a PC display, OTA and component/SAT for a while.
The preset picture modes on Samsungs do typically make Fleshtones look as though people have been embalmed. Fortunately, that can be improved with a little tweaking. The movie picture mode is the only one that is even close to being usable, unless you are viewing it outside in direct sunlight.
The Samsung Clear Motion 120 advertising gimmick certainly doesn't make moving objects have the same clarity as a 120Hz refresh rate display. The LED Motion Plus scanning or strobing backlight seems useless. There isn't any apparent improvement in the clarity of moving text (CNBC ticker) when the feature is set to On. On another brand display that I have with a scanning backlight, I do notice slightly more clarity in moving text when the scanning backlight is set to On. With the Samsung, when setting the LED Motion Plus to On, the picture gets substantially darker, so you will need to increase the normal backlight setting.
I noticed some strange behavior with the gray scale when changing the contrast. Noticeable color in the grey scale fluctuates considerably as the contrast is changed from low to higher numbers. At near maximum contrast the lightest grey scale box turns green while most of the others were reddish. The grey scale did need some work, since mine tended to have a purple hue.
If you plan on connecting a DVI device with a DVI/HDMI adapter cable, be advised that there is no longer a separate analog audio input available to the HDMI 1 input to make use of the display speakers. You will need to adapt analog or digital audio to the HDMI input if you plan on making use of the display speakers. (The user manual states, "Not supported" in this regard.)
Speaking of the HDMI ports. 2 available, both on the right side end of the housing. So you will see the cable sticking out the right side.
The thicker depth of the display housing does allow for an improvement in the audio quality of the internal speakers. There is actually some bass.
The stand doesn't swivel and not to sturdy. It allows the display to rock back and forth when using the display mounted menu control (joy stick like button).
The joy stick menu button will leave you stranded in a deep menu setting because there doesn't seem to be a return feature like on the remote.
You then need to exit the menu completely (and start over) rather then returning up one level in the menu to access other settings.
The top of the screen is tipped slightly towards the viewer, as now seems to be the trend. Horizontal viewing angle is not particularly great compared to some other brands/models. Vertical viewing angle seems a little better than other brands/models.
The screen lens is closer to gloss than matte. Lots of focused reflections.
I played DVE test patterns and screen uniformity was outstanding on my unit. No banding, no flash lighting or dead pixels.
On an all white pattern there was just a hint of darkness in the corners, but you really had to study it to notice.
Overall, this is a nice entry level 60Hz display. With a little tweaking the picture is great. The sound quality is improved from the prior years thin housing, however if you plan on hanging it on the wall, you might want to consider the thickness.
The OTA tuner holds a weak signal a little more stable than other brands that I tested that dropped the signal completely. The extended program guide is nice compared to most other brands having only now/next program info.