How come whenever I look at the 2007 Samsung sets when they are connected to blueray movies (so far in Best Buy, Circuit City and Fry's) I see a bunch of artifacts I just don't see in other sets?
One issue is that there is significant banding at low gray levels and lots of low intensity noise.
A second is there seems to be lots of motion blur during fast movement despite running at 120Hz. And in general edges seem much more blurred.
A third is that when looking at the extended letterbox movie when bright regions of the screen intersect with the black bars the light seems to bleed into the bars. I was watching some Harry Potter and Pirate of the Caribbean movie.
I really wanted to like these sets but the Sony LCDs I saw don't seem to have these problems. Maybe these sets were not configured right, but what could be wrong? Of course the guy said it was the cables, they they need "120Hz HDMI cables" he said. This is sounds like BS to me - a digital cable should not be adding noise and banding at low input levels, and a 120Hz TV does not need faster source signaling.
Anyway, does anyone share my experience and know how they would fix it with some type of setting or calibration? Sorry, I'm just a newbie with HDTVs right now.
I was looking at 71 series and lower. I don't remember the "lower" I just remember I looked at a 71 and other models. However the 81 did not seem to have this problem.
Does the new 2008 models mitigate any of these problems, or is this just a calibration issue?