I am sorry guys. I will make it crystal clear.
1. The Samsung B450 gave great color IMHO, they just lack the blacks that I expect. I can't stress the word "I" enough. I watch a ton of horror flicks and to me black level and shadow detail is VERY important.
2. Samsung as a brand is probably very good. There are many many people on here that have had great success and reliability out of them. Personally, I've never owned anything Samsung in my life. I purchased 3 pieces of Sammy equipment in the past 3 weeks, all of them defective. I don't think I am overreacting by not trusting them anymore, PERSONALLY. I have a small econo car and it's not easy taking out my two baby car seats and hauling a big TV every week back to the store. It's my time and I have wasted enough time on returning budget Plasmas.
3. I am basing my judgment by my own eyes as well as my Spyder2 w/ ColorHCFR. I know the Spyder isn't dead accurate but when I calibrate with it, I really like the results and it makes everything look very neutral to my eyes.
4. I tried Dan's settings and they were so far off from reference it wasn't even funny. His screen shots look great, the settings obviously worked on his TV. He was a very cool guy (as with Dwallows) to share settings that might help other people get in the ballpark of reference settings. I also tried Dwallows settings and they were not close to reference either (but MUCH closer). The best I got with this set was with these settings:
Everything else zero or off with no color temp adjustments. With these setting I would have been 100% happy. But two major things played a part in this. 4 bright red pixels and very poor blacks. And trust me, I made the blacks as dark as I could, even tried crushing them and it did not even come close to the Panny that I had 2 weeks ago, or my current Toshiba CRT. I am throwing in the towel right now, because I can't find a decent priced Plasma with good blacks and accurate colors. I could go out and buy a Panny G10 or Samsung B650, but I did not budget for something twice the price point. When these TV's come down in price or I come to the point when I can justify spending $2000 (Canadian) on a TV, I will have the ideal picture. But for now like I stated be4, I'm throwing in the towel and enjoying my CRT upstairs and LCD Projector in the basement. No hard feelings guys, no loss of respect to anyone. We are all hear to help, right?