Originally Posted by timberland29
Im going to pickup the eh5300 tomorrow at the Richmond hill best buy. How were you able to get the additional $50 rebate? Do I need to print out something or just mention the rebate? Getting the tv for $400 would be an awesome deal. Thanks in advance.
Hey, sorry for not getting back to you sooner. Subscription updates weren't reaching me for some reason.
With regards to the rebate, it was actually the Best Buy salesperson that mentioned it. I believe he said he noticed it when he came into work that day. When he scanned the TV, he entered the rebate code (I assume) and the computer confirmed another $50 off. That sealed the deal for me.
As for an update as to what I think about this TV:
- watching TV episodes from CTV.ca works flawlessly. Browsing is a bit of a chore but it's workable. I looked into PlayOn but the thread regarding configuring CTV feeds to load properly seemed to be hit or miss.
- streaming from my PC using the TV's built-in AllShare app (over 1Gbps LAN connection) works well.
- cartoons are stunning on this TV: colours are vivid and lines are razor sharp. My Panasonic plasma is good but this TV just seemed to make cartoons "pop."
- rented Prometheus from iTunes (1080p) and was fairly impressed by the image quality. Shadows and dark scenes have noticeable banding and somewhat poor depth but are liveable; I'm using movie mode with settings someone posted here but my 4 1/2 yr old Panasonic plasma destroys this TV in that regard. But that's comparing a $3200 unit to one that I got for just under $400 before tax. Overall, colours seem true and image is quite sharp.
- as for motion blur
, I must admit that I haven't noticed much. This is my first LED/LCD as I've stayed away from them due to ghosting/dead pixels/etc which have always been noticeable on in-store sets. Now, I have a Samsung panel (TS01) so perhaps that is why it isn't overly noticeable on this model, but none of the fast scenes in Prometheus, Avengers, or Terminator 4 produced any discernable ghosting. Even though the primary purpose of this TV is to serve as a distraction while riding my bike on the trainer, I was concerned by the number of complaints in this thread about ghosting. I'm sure there is probably some
ghosting if you look hard enough or at the right angle to the TV, but it's perfectly fine in my eyes. I'm not really into watching baseball/football and haven't followed hockey lately, so perhaps that content is where ghosting will be most noticeable. In my opinion, ghosting with a TS01/Samsung
panel is pretty much a non-issue or, at the most, very minimal for movies/TV shows.
- built-in speakers are sufficient enough for my needs but if you're going to be watching movies, get a soundbar at the minimum.