Edit: if you are a 2xxx firmware users of any number please post your experience. I kknow the poll says 2004 just pick the option that otherwise best describes your situation.
The owners thread is long and confusing and the firmware updates need their own thread. I am making this poll so OWNERS of 71 series Samsung LCDs can post their experience with the newest firmware upgrades (1013.1 and 20O4 as of this writing). The goal of the poll is to reveal with hard numbers whether these firmware updates fix TBE and stuttering. This data will be useful to owners and to Samsung. I have the number of a level 3 tech (Samsung's top level) and once we get some good data, I will forward this to them so they will then be able to see if there is a need for future firmware updates.
Please try and keep this on topic and the topic is firmware versions 1013.1 and 2004.
If you want support or have questions about the 71 series, go here:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=893827
I recommend doing a username sear for Petrovy in the above thread since he's got a really great spreadsheet with lot of data on this TV.
No matter your poll choice, please post your levels of AMP usage since this will both help AV forum members support you and also help Samsung in determining how to fix any remaining issues.
This is a public poll and votes can be seen by anyone.
Stutter has 2 variants. The first is when the picture moves in what appears to be slow motion albeit smoothly. The second kind is when the TV is dropping frames and the video looks like a choppy Internet download that is it's jerky and frames are obviously being dropped. In this kind of stutter the video moves at close to normal speed.
2 Quick ways to check for TBE and stutter:
TBE: Play halo or a game with a crosshair, if you get tbe you'll end up with 3 crosshairs. Watch a football game and when a long pass is thrown, watch the ball for the same effect.
To Check For Stutter:
Get a 1080p/24 device (like a Blu-ray player or HD DVD player), set it to output at 1080p/24, hook it to the TV using HDMI, and then put in a movie and turn it on. If there is stutter you'll either see frames dropping or the movie wil have spots where it looks like it moving in slow motion. It's somewhat random and you might need to watch for a bit or skip chapters. On some TVS it's REALLY bad while on others you might just see a jerk every once in a while as a frame or two drops. If it passed this test, then set the player to 1080p/60. If it passes both tests you are very lucky.
EDIT: 2xxx series sets do stutter and suffer from TBE. Since these sets are only now getting into the retail channel, it looks like they will have stutter at lower levels than 1xxx, but still have it.
EDIT 2: For 1xxx owners, if stutter is your primary concern, do not upgrade to 1013.1, it will increase you stutter. I am not going to upgrade my sets for this reason. If on the other hand TBE is what bugs you most, then you should do the upgrade since it seems to mostly fix it.