Originally Posted by cjsiv Every display on the market right now has a drawback of some sort.
You just have to pick which one bothers you the least. I have been through 6 or 7 tvs and one projector in the past few months trying to make myself happy and they all had an issue. I finally said screw it and stuck with the last one.
Well this is certainly true. The HDTV market is very frustrating right now. Here is my damage report trying to find a new TV...
- returned due to bad dithering, some slight buzzing, and annoying "panel shuts off" feature when playing dark content. Also this had pretty poor black levels for a plasmaPanasonic UT50
- returned due due to buzzing, line bleed, and a green blob in the screen when displaying white content (which was supposedly fixed for 2012, but apparently not)Panasonic UT50 #2
- returned due to even more buzzing (louder than the first two!), line bleed, and Panasonic basically flipping me the bird when I asked them a question. This buzzing could be heard clearly during bright video content when the TV was at normal value levels.
All that buzzing is frustrating, since that type of thing is easy to fix in electronic devices if companies just spend a few $ to isolate the areas making the buzz. Its like they have a bunch of deaf workers in a loud factory claiming the TVs are OK.
Plus I had spent over $100 on new blinds and curtains for my living room to help with plasma glare. So I moved to LEDs...
- cancelled order before it shipped due to the TVs having an "enhanced motion" (aka Soap Opera Effect) feature that could not be turned off. Also these seemed to be like playing roulette with screen uniformity issues. LG eventually released a firmware update that partially addressed the motion settings.Samsung EH5300
- returned due to horrible motion blurring, but otherwise a decent TV. Smart TV features stunk though, 2012 Samsung models can't used the Yahoo Widgets (like for Amazon VOD) that the 2011 TVs could use.Samsung ES6500
- returning this because of the extremely annoying "CE Dimming" that dims the screen on dark contents in most display modes. Also viewing angle on this is terrible for the price. Blacks start getting washed out if I move just 2 or 3 feet to either side, 10 feet away from the TV. Just moving back and forth on the couch (centrally locating in front of the TV) has a dramatic effect on black levels.
I also have been spending more money each time I swap TVs, plus wasted time and gas. At this point I feel I spent way to much money on that ES6500 for the problems it has, especially what it is worse then the EH5300 in some areas. And I am a bit disappointed that Samsung attempts to charge so much money for TVs that are downgrades over much cheaper TVs. At this point I would rather have the LG plasma back since it was roughly 50% the cost of the ES6500.
I do not need world beating image quality or anything like that, I just want some decent that doesn't have a super annoying problem. I had a Sharp 32 inch LCD before. It was not the greatest TV ever designed, but it didn't have any major issues.