Hi Guy`s ,
Just a quick up-date + A BIG HINT !
This you already know , Samsung`s tech support does not know there products , at all...
INFORMATION VITAL TO ALL HTPC USERS AND MAC USERS:
You can get ALL 4 video settings PLUS audio if you name your PC or Mac , anything other than a PC or DVI-PC.
Right now , I have my Mac Mini hooked up via one HDMI cable and I am getting sound to the F8000 and I am getting 4 video modes ( right now I am using "Movie" mode , I mean right now as I type this ! ) The name I used is DMA ( digital media applicator ! LOL )
So clearly when Samsung`s support told me " No way you can get audio from a PC , even if it is a Mac , to the tv without the use of a separate audio connection".
Well they were wrong , just don`t call a PC ( or Mac ) a PC or PC-DVI.
As the name implies DVI output to F8000 would indeed require a separate audio cable , however as we all know HDMI will carry both A+V.
Now the crap :
I still can not get an audio signal via HDMI from my Pioneer " Elite" DV-79AVi to the F8000.
I was on the phone with Pioneer for almost an hour , I changed cables / inputs , I re-set the `79 and nada the option to choose PCM on the menu of the dvd player is grayed out.
If you have a Sony KDL-40XBR2 , ( which I do ) it works ( and sounds ) fine.
In my opinion the F8000 is the biggest can of worms that was ever produced , back by support from Samsung that does not know it`s "A** from it`s elbow".
And that my friends is the honest truth.
So am I happy !!
No , of course not , however as unhappy as I am , I will admit that so far ( keep in mind it has only been hooked up about 5 hours ) it has one of the best pictures on a tv that I have seen since I calibrated my XBR2 , that tv is 7+ years old and I would gladly challenge any tv in a side by side comparison.
In fact , I might like the picture ( so far ) on the F8000 , but I still think my 7+ yr. old Sony would beat it.
And on top of beating it , it is only a 60Hz tv , not a fancy 1200 , spec`d out to a 240Hz.
At this point I need rest before I decide what to do , just to freak`n tired to lug the Sony for a side-by-side tonight.
Well , I did say quick , and I lied , sorry about that !!
So there it is