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post #181 of 870 Old 11-13-2006, 03:40 PM
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Hey all. I got my Sammy 5296 a few weeks ago. It is looking pretty sweet. Over the weekend I added the Panny Blu-ray to the setup. Right now it goes like this:

Direct TV (waiting for the new shipment of HDDVR) using the standard r/w/y hookup to the Sammy and a r/w down to the receiver(Sammy HT-TQ85).

Next, the Blu-ray is plugged into the TV using the HDMI and a fiber to the receiver.

Regular tv, not to shabby. Blu-ray looks so dang good, wife has forgiven me for the purchase. Sound is low coming from the TV. Sound is excellent when receiver is on.

Overall, Blu-ray brings out the best in the tv. Cant wait for the HDDVR. Hope it comes in before I head to Iraq. If anyone has any comments or opinions on a better way to hook it up or improve the setup or just general bs, lets hear them. Anyway, I love the 5296.

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BgBdWolf85, you gotta get yourself an HD-DVD player if you've already gotten the BR. G1 players can be found for less than $400 online, and if you have an Xbox 360 the HD-DVD add-on will only set you back $200 (less if you buy it from Circuit City using a coupon). Wait 'till you see 'Riddick,' 'King Kong' and/or 'M:I III' on your new 52" 1080p Sammy, wow!
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Congrats, Jason -

Life is pretty good with my 5296 these days. Settings are posted.
Not enough titles to do HD-DVD yet for me.
DVD is outstanding on this set IMO.
This thing is a football fan's dream machine.
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ok, I have come to a conclusion, it will either be the 5296D Sammy or maybe the 5797D Samsung lcd, the 57" is on display at BB, but it would give me a very sore spot in the seat, but they are going down in price as time goes buy. My first HDTV will be either one of these, hopefully there will be some serious christmas deals going on.

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What would you think about the 5797D lcd? Any difference in picture quality for being larger? I'm sure it would take 6 months or a year before the 5797D would be a consideration in price, but the 5296D will be the one for sure.
Thanks again for all your posts, appreciate the feedback.

Oh my, I just might be able to watch HD hockey, HD basketball, HD nascar.........I cant wait..
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The 5797 is an older model and isn't in the same mold as the xx95/xx96

I believe it also lacks the same performance (and perhaps 1080p input)
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I've been following this thread, and I'm about to get this as my first HD TV, replacing a decades-old Sony 27" CRT. But, I'm concerned when I see this TV mentioned as a great "Sports and nature" TV.

I intend to use it for DVDs (not HD-DVD or Blu-ray for a while), for SD programming, and for some cable HD channels (HBO-HD, for e.g.). Possibly OTA network shows, though I haven't experimented with those yet.

Is this a set I should consider?

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The 5797 is an older model and isn't in the same mold as the xx95/xx96

I believe it also lacks the same performance (and perhaps 1080p input)


huh??? older model??? what???!!!

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[quote=rdjam]The 5797 is an older model and isn't in the same mold as the xx95/xx96. QUOTE]

You'd better check Samsung site again. It's a new model.

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http://www.samsung.com/Products/TV/L...S5797DXXAA.asp
LN-S5797D
57" Widescreen LCD TV

http://www.samsung.com/Products/TV/L...S5296DXXAA.asp
LN-S5296D
52" Wide HDTV w/Integrated Tuner

According to BB and UE and Samsungs site this is the newest and currnet models
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Does anyone have one of these 57s yet and is there an overscan issue like the 52" (using HDMI for gaming or computing) ???


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Hello there,

This is my first post. I am about to become an owner of one of this (it might be only the 46 due to availability in Canada) but my questions apply to both sets.

1- I am confused with the overscanning issue. As far as I knew, it was only for the PC input, but it seems, the HDMI connections are also not 1:1, even if the source is 1080p, is that correct?

The reason I am asking this is because I see some people saying, no big deal, I am not buying this TV as a monitor for my computer (I was part of this group), but yet the comments here are that non PC signals, connected through HDMI are not truly 1080p, therefore the overscan in the ABC HD source. Am I missing something here? If not, that is a bigger issue than I though.

2- The second question is about combining this TV set with an up-scaler DVD, like the sammy HD960. I am getting one of those as well because I need a new DVD player for the TV room and I would rather have this one for now until Blue-Ray prices drop down. But I have seen some posts here about how, even if the source is 1080p, which is what the DVD Player will output, the TV set will down convert, then up convert. Now, this does not make sense to me, but maybe I am reading something wrong.



Any help/light/clarification would be really appreciated.
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Theater -

I think the 57 is an older generation, it doesn't seem quite at the 96 series level, but I have not been able to tweak it, can't tell for sure. It does look pretty good at the Magnolia, but they won't let me touch the thing. It's an awfully big set.

The 52 is really great if you sit about 11 feet away. At 9 feet it is sometimes a bit too grainy, but on a clean feed it is pretty good. If you are really picky about black crush, you may have a problem. I have been able to set it up, not a cal like Doug, but good enough to make me feel pretty good about the purchase.

One thing, the backlight does have some blotching at black in a dark room, but for almost all viewing the uniformity is outstanding, 10/10. Color tracking, well some ice scenes have some pink, but its not a big deal for me. It does HD ice hockey very well on a clean feed.

The key is good feeds, I feel the feeds will only improve over time so this tv has a great future, will put out good images for a long time I believe, given that it holds up.

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HDMI has overscan. Since it will not be a monitor, it's not a big issue at all. The scaling is excellent, 1080i looks fantastic given a clean feed. Digital SD is ok, my Sony DVD NS-90V is set to 1080i. The results via HDMI are the best I have ever seen with DVD. Don't worry about the scaling, this machine does it very well, you will not be disappointed.

There is some viewing angle washout, but only significant with dark material. At 3 screen widths, clean feed, this thing looks like a plasma. I don't own plasma, but I feel its still the pic to beat. The 7 year itch is playing on INHD now, unreal, classic movie in widescreen HD. Colors still don't rival plasma, though. Good luck, I think you will love the 46 or 52.

Keeping DNIe on and cranking up the brightness works for me with this set.
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After searching, searching, searching I have found the unit for me thanks for all the feedback. I need a unit that will work well with my 360 and HD-DVD player. I'll be picking up my 52" replacing my XBR Grand Wega KF-50XBR800 which I've had for the last few years. Thank you
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Good luck - let us know how it works out.
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First of all I'd like to say thanks to everyone who has posted reviews and opinions, it's been very helpful as I enter the world of HDTV.

I'm trying to decide between the 46 and 52 inch. There is a considerable price difference...but I don't want to be disappointed when I get the 46". I have a viewing distance of just over 16 feet.

Thoughts, opinions, suggestions??

Thanks!
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First of all I'd like to say thanks to everyone who has posted reviews and opinions, it's been very helpful as I enter the world of HDTV.

I'm trying to decide between the 46 and 52 inch. There is a considerable price difference...but I don't want to be disappointed when I get the 46". I have a viewing distance of just over 16 feet.

Thoughts, opinions, suggestions??

Thanks!

There are many websites, crutchfield and cnet to name two, that give viewing distance for TV sizes. At that distance I would say get at least the 52" and, if possible, move your seating closer.

Just checked and cnet lists the maximum viewing distance for a 65" 16:9 TV to be 15 ft.
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Hello there,

This is my first post. I am about to become an owner of one of this (it might be only the 46 due to availability in Canada) but my questions apply to both sets.

1- I am confused with the overscanning issue. As far as I knew, it was only for the PC input, but it seems, the HDMI connections are also not 1:1, even if the source is 1080p, is that correct?

The reason I am asking this is because I see some people saying, no big deal, I am not buying this TV as a monitor for my computer (I was part of this group), but yet the comments here are that non PC signals, connected through HDMI are not truly 1080p, therefore the overscan in the ABC HD source. Am I missing something here? If not, that is a bigger issue than I though.

2- The second question is about combining this TV set with an up-scaler DVD, like the sammy HD960. I am getting one of those as well because I need a new DVD player for the TV room and I would rather have this one for now until Blue-Ray prices drop down. But I have seen some posts here about how, even if the source is 1080p, which is what the DVD Player will output, the TV set will down convert, then up convert. Now, this does not make sense to me, but maybe I am reading something wrong.



Any help/light/clarification would be really appreciated.

Actually, further to this I forgot to ask something else: If I am getting an A/V receiver that does inlcude HDMI input, I can plug the up-conversion DVD player, the Cablebox, etc. to the receiver and use the component output of it to connect to the TV, would this solve any overscan issues? would the quality be the same? other than the HDMI being such a simple connector, is there a real video quality difference between the two?

Thnsk for the help
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I have seen the 57" with Blue ray and HD-DVD at BB buy me and I pracically soiled my shorts, unbelievable picture quality, it's very nice!!!, I want one, but not enough for me to make a dent into my 401 k account. I think the 52" is perfect, just the right size, for a typical room, but in this game of HDTV, everyone's playing the bigger is better game. Last night I went to BB and UE and got the sales people into a price match / who will do the best game, I can't wait anymore, the 52 will be my first HDTV here in the very near future.
Thanks again for the info and posts, very helpful!!!
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HDMI has overscan. Since it will not be a monitor, it's not a big issue at all. The scaling is excellent, 1080i looks fantastic given a clean feed. Digital SD is ok, my Sony DVD NS-90V is set to 1080i. The results via HDMI are the best I have ever seen with DVD. Don't worry about the scaling, this machine does it very well, you will not be disappointed.

So if I use the computer connection, there will be no overscan? Also, what exactly do you mean by scaling? I don't see it in the FAQ/Glossary.
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So if I use the computer connection, there will be no overscan? Also, what exactly do you mean by scaling? I don't see it in the FAQ/Glossary.

Correct, no overscan on the PC connection, it appears.

The scaling referred to is where the original pixels get stretched a bit to produce the overscan.
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To those who are wondering, the 57 inch samsung LCD does NOT do 1080p over component, which is very important to me. I am running 1080p over component on my 360 right now. I need 1080p over component, therefore, I will stick with the 52 inch.
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To those who are wondering, the 57 inch samsung LCD does NOT do 1080p over component, which is very important to me. I am running 1080p over component on my 360 right now. I need 1080p over component, therefore, I will stick with the 52 inch.

Can it be run through your receiver?

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Watched "Planet Storm" on DiscoveryHD tonight on the 5296.
Space animations, solar flares, geomagnetic storms, Jupiter from Voyager, wonderful stuff !!!
This is what it's all about !!

Cannot wait until the day we can get HD-DVD versions of this stuff.
Not interested in DVR's.
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Watched "Planet Storm" on DiscoveryHD tonight on the 5296.
Space animations, solar flares, geomagnetic storms, Jupiter from Voyager, wonderful stuff !!!
This is what it's all about !!

Cannot wait until the day we can get HD-DVD versions of this stuff.
Not interested in DVR's.

Hands down, Discovery HD Theater is the best stuff to watch with HDTVs....I love it!!

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To those who are wondering, the 57 inch samsung LCD does NOT do 1080p over component, which is very important to me. I am running 1080p over component on my 360 right now. I need 1080p over component, therefore, I will stick with the 52 inch.

VGA would be a better option for you considering the HD-DVD drive runs 1080P over it! The Sammy will definitely do 1080i over it
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Hi, I am deciding between the Sammy and the Sharp 52" sets. The one feature I like on the Sammy is the swivel stand that I see on the 46" set. Question is does the 52" swivel as well, and does it work smoothly? My seating is spread out so I will probally change the viewing direction frequently.
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The 5296D's Sammy stand does swivel but the Sharp D62U's don't swivel.
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The 5296D's Sammy stand does swivel but the Sharp D62U's don't swivel.

So dad1153, might I ask if you are back to putting the sammy 96D models at the top of your list or are you still off on the mits ones?

I'm still having a terrible time being torn between the 4696 and the 5296. mark_1080p was very helpful suggesting that the 46 might be more of a sweet spot at my 9ft. (I measured it again and guess what? The house has not changed dimensions!) Although I hope to use hd-dvd, hd-cable and ps3 sources, being at 9 ft I think a nice thing would be 46 not magnifying poor SD sources as much as the 52 would. It's just that, otoh, the 52 might make good-source hd movies a bit more exciting. What do you guys think?

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Hello all.

I have a question. I originally bought an HPS-5053 (plasma). Had nothing but problems with it. Excessive posterization, what looked to be ghosting (on a plasma!!) and finally, the amplifier on the main board went.

So Samsung is goign to replace the set. I was told I would be offered 3 different models, or I could pay extra and upgrade. Not sure which ones yet, but if they were to offer the 52" LCD, would I be happy with it?

My main concerns with LCD screens are the slightly washed out colors, ghosting (I game alot and watch alot of sports) and black levels. I read in the frist post that the black levels were on par witht the 5053 and other plasmas. I've been to the electronics stores, and haven't seen a huge diference, but I Know they are all run in torch mode. Also, is the uneven backlighting more of an anomally or the norm?

Please let me know what you guys think, and thanks in advance.
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