I've been using an HP LC4276N
for the past five years, and I've been itching to upgrade for a while now. Yesterday, after about a month of research, I picked up a 50" ES6500 at the local hhgregg. I picked this model because it seemed to have the fewest issues in comparison to others in its price range. Everything else I looked at seemed to have more reports of uneven lighting and sub-par motion handling.
The set I'm coming from has horrendous dynamic contrast, and I knew about the CE dimming on the Samsung going in. I played around with the picture settings in the store to get an idea of how it behaved, and it's definitely a HUGE improvement over what I'm used to. At home it was slightly less noticeable, but I haven't played with the picture settings yet.
I'm impressed that the 2D-3D conversion mode actually works
. Good blacks and good color with 3D enabled. I haven't tried an actual 3D source yet, but I'm impressed so far. It's kind of strange to see SD channels in pseudo-3D...
What I'm most surprised with is the fact that it accepts a 240p signal. I'm into retro gaming, so being able to actually display my old consoles on the Samsung is huge for me. My HP TV exhibited "shadowing" of certain colors. You could see outlines of objects in darker colors shifted off to the right, and there were static artifacts in random places. I didn't see any of that with the Samsung, and the pixel clarity was surprisingly decent. S-Video would have been nice to have, but I'm not complaining. I'd like to play with the settings a bit to see if I can get perfectly square pixels. Composite input lag on Game mode is just a few frames, but it would be nice to eliminate it. It's fine for RPGs and such, but it's off just enough
that I won't be doing a Mega Man 2 speedrun on it. There is also very slight motion blur - a still scene looks nice and sharp, but scrolling the screen horizontally looks almost like an HQ2X filter. Optimally I'd prefer one or the other consistently. I keep CRTs around for this sort of thing, but it would be really awesome to find the right settings for a perfect image from that kind of source.
I watch a lot of 4:3 content, and I'm pleased so far with the black levels of the pillar boxes. I haven't used it a lot yet, but so far I've yet to find any glaring uniformity or bleeding issues. I was really wary about getting another LED edge-lit set (I have a 26" Vizio that flickers and bleeds on all four sides), but I'm happy with it so far.