Originally Posted by pollie00
So I spend some time reading this entire thread, for the most part everything seem pretty negative regarding this TV, is it really that bad? I am trying to find a 46-50 inch TV in the $1000-1200 range, but alot of the reviews I read are negative regarding LED TVs. Are their any owners satisfied with their purchase?
Its actually not "that bad" and I'm still considering keeping it. I've now compared it to three Vizio M3D550SLs and my old Samsung HL-S5086 DLP, and the 50" ES6500 is clearly better within seconds of turning it on. The colors, contrast, black levels, brightness, motion and clarity are just head and shoulders above the Vizio...they're not even in the same class.
The flashlighting and clouding on my set are only noticeable when the backlight is blasted all the way up with no dimming, such as entering and exiting 3D. As soon as the content starts rolling, the screen is uniform again. No flashlighting or clouding is apparent when watching letterbox or pillarbox, and the black bars are pitch black. All three Vizios were crap in that regard; all black/dark screens and any horizontal/vertical bars displayed obvious flashlighting and clouding that I just couldn't accept. Whatever Samsung is doing to hide it, it works...and its not the Eco Sensor or Auto Motion Dimming, because I turned those Off.
In my opinion, the Smart Hub flash isn't a big deal. It rarely happens, and when it does it lasts less than a second. The only reason I even noticed it was because I'd read this thread before it happened.
The ES6500 is also much sharper and appears to actually be using a higher resolution than the Vizios in both 1080p and SD, but this may be because its 5" smaller and has a tighter pixel pitch.
My only real complaints are:
- CE Dimming because I like Standard instead of Movie mode. You should be able to turn it off, period. Its rarely a problem for me, but if all you watch is outer space stuff, it might bother you.
- 3D. The Samsung 3D is definitely better than Vizio's. In fact, the Samsung 2D to 3D conversion is about as good as Vizio's full 3D, and since Vizio has no conversion, chances to even use 3D are limited. However, I HATE the Samsung glasses. They're way too flimsy and narrow vertically, especially since I have to wear them over normal glasses. Vizio's glasses are more comfortable, fit better, and are easier to use. End result, I hardly ever use 3D on the Samsung even though its better.
- There are a few minor but annoying issues using the ES6500 with the HW-E450 audio bar. However, to be fair these are caused by the sound bar rather than the TV.
So after using it for awhile, and especially in comparison with my other TVs, I actually like the ES6500.