Originally Posted by ncted
Well, I got my 4696D yesterday. I spent 5.5 hours assembling my stand (Sanus PFFP2B), mounting the set, routing cables (wish I had thought to bring home a fish tape (the PFFP2B has a rather small raceway), hooking up components, and playing with picture settings.
So far, I have no issues with the set. The backlight is smooth and even, no clouds. No noticeable clicking sounds. It was assembled in December 2006. The tag on the back reads Samsung Canada.
The stand alone for this set must weight 20 lbs. After I took it off, it was very easy to lift in comparison.
The biggest problem I ran into was with cables. When I use HDMI on my SA8300HD, I cannot also use Optical Digital outputs. I need to decide whether to get another HDMI cable and route everything through my receiver or give up on HDMI. I could see no difference between HDMI and Component video quality, so it might be simpler to just revert to component. Not sure what I will do there. Any suggestions?
When I saw the optical output in the back of the TV, I thought:
"Sweet, since I only have 1 optical input in my so so Panasonic HTIB (temporary until I get a good 7.1 set up), now - instead of manually switching the optical wire each time - I can just leave my optical wire in one place, going from my TV to my 5.1 receiver... And this optical out will carry the dolby digital signal that it receives via HDMI from either the PS3 or my SA8300HD....
and again... now I don't have to physically take out the optical wire and plug it into either the PS3 or SA8300HD depending on what I'm watching."
However, that hasn't been the case so far. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong and I (at least I think I) have set my PS3 and my SA8300HD to send a dolby digital signal via the HDMI to the TV... but there must be a loss somewhere along the way because the panasonic receiver just senses L + R speakers only from the optical in (that, again, comes in from the TV), not a full 5.1 signal.
So sadly, I have to keep switching the optical wire and when I want to hear whats going on with my cable box and dont have my 5.1 system on, I have to manually go and make the audio output HDMI again. I think I'm going to start using component for my SA8300HD STB again and skip the HDMI so at least I can solve one problem