Originally Posted by SuperMachoMan
I got the 32EH5000 on Thursday.
I previously had a LG 32560, which I returned due to a very slight
light bleed that drove me nuts.
I then decided on the Panasonic L32E5 which offered more inputs and internet connectivity for (at the time) same price as the Samsung. Unfortunately, the power supply failed after a week and I had to send it back (and it's not in stock so I had to pick another set, hence the Samsung.)
Here's my NON PROFESSIONAL (but tweaker / enthusiast) opinion.
1. The viewing angle on the Samsung simply cannot compare with the LG or Panasonic. Obviously, those are both IPS panels so it's not really a fair comparison, but I really find the viewing angle on the EH5000 to be borderline unacceptable. For many people this doesn't matter, since you will probably put it in a place where you're watching it straight on, but for my particular application, it's really annoying how much the picture washes out at less than 30 degrees.
2. The PQ of the Samsung is far superior to that of the Panasonic and slightly better than the LG. No matter how much I tweaked the Panny, the picture seemed washed out, and there was no way to get the deep blacks without destroying the rest of the picture. Text also just always seemed "fuzzy" on the Pan. I think that the Sammy is "sharper" (for lack of a better term) than the LG, but the blacks really set it apart. This set has outstanding blacks for a mid-range set.
3. There is absolutely no light bleed with the Sammy. When watching letter box content at night, for the most part
you can't tell where the bars are. Occasionally they go from deep black to a slightly noticeable really-dark gray, but for the most part it's black as night.
4. I like the glossier / glassier screens of the other sets better - this one reminds me of a big computer monitor. Just a personal preference, really not a big deal, and I assume due to the panel type. I do get some glare on it, but really no more or less than with any other non-glass screen.
5. For the price, it really should have another HDMI and/or connectivity options. I have Roku so I don't really care that much about internet, but the lack of HDMI means that I have to swap cords whenever I want my DVD player.
6. The clear motion setting is NOT on by default. When you enable it, it darkens the entire screen (can anyone explain why?) This doesn't bother me much, as I prefer a more "cinema" setting anyway, but I still don't get it. I have not yet observed a real benefit to the clear motion (or is it true motion? whatever) but it hasn't been that long yet and I haven't made it through all of my reference content.