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I haven't seen any threads on this yet and just came across it at a local shop. They had a pretty good price on it so I'm cross shopping it with the Panasonic 58PZ800 since many places are clearing it out and it's only a couple hundred more, I know the Panny is a 08 model while the B540 is an 09... can anyone recommend one over the other?
I see lots of threads for the B550/560 but none for the 540.

Any help/insight is greatly appreciated!
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post #2 of 26 Old 05-02-2009, 08:57 PM
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I just picked up the Samsung PN58B540 plasma at our local SamsClub. The picture is great I would say it is about even or better then the Panasonic's of 08. The picture is super bright and super clear. Watching Sports on this set is better than LCD TV's you don't get any weird robotic motion or judder since its plasma, and your get a super bright picture. This set has all the benefits of LCD without the drawbacks like judder. Contrast and the blacks are really good. The thing that I really didn't like about the Panasonic is the amount of glare you get in a bright room. The Sammy 540 has some kind of anti glare coating which really works and is a hundred times better than the Panasonic. Also the 540 has a really nice base that swivel's, and they got rid of the TOC red color on the 540 bezel, which I really didn't care for. Also the panel is quite thin, maybe just a couple inches deep, not as thin as the LED sets but still thinner that other 58 inch sets.

The con's on the Samsung 540 is the sound quality, the speaker's sound tinny, very shallow sounding. After some adjustment, I suggest just setting them to music mode at all times which made them sound decent. But out of the box they will diffidently need to be calibrated. The standard definition picture quality is not as good as some other sets I have seen, but if you watch mostly HD feeds your good. Also plasma's and the 540 included run hot, and use more power than LCD's.

When I say calibrated I don't mean go out and spend 300 bucks for a pro to come out and do it, just pop in any Disney DVD and use the THX optimizer, or pick up a THX calibration DVD for the 30 bucks they really help.


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It's a non-brainer mi amigo. The '09 Sammy is the easy choice.
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Thanks for that review R. Gill, I see it was your first post, greatly appreciated!
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I also bought a PN58b540 from Sams about 4 days ago. Previously owned a
Vizio 550xvt. Samsung is a much nicer set.
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I'm not sure about the Panny 800 but the new Samsung didn't look anywhere near as good as the new NeoPDP Panasonic to me the Samsung whites look very pink on all 3 sets I seen so far.....this could be due to the sets being on "STORE"mode I'm not sure
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I was ready to take my Samsung back when I first turned it on and hooked the dish network VIP722, it was terrible, but after tweaking the settings there was a big difference.
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thanks, and let us know what you go with, both the sets are good.
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Purchased new Samsung 58 540. Noticed that when turning on and off the relay clicking is quite noticeable even several feet from panel.

Functions normally but is hearing the relay on and off to be considered normal for this set.

Cant hear one in the store for all the din around the TV displays.

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I have the B560, and if I recall it clicks too. But I have allot of things clicking and switching in my set-up when I hit the "on" button. I would not worry about, sounds normal to me.
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it is pretty loud, but since you have it as well it must be normal
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i just pick one up at costco. Great deal for a 58". How you compare this vs. the S1 from panny? Also any new problem since you guy brought it back in may?
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I'm trying to choose between the Samsung 58B540 (at Costco for $1599) and the Panasonic P58S1 (on line Best Buy for $1479 w/delivery).

From what I've read in other reviews, Samsung has a common problem with audible "buzzing" when powered on, but has great anti-glare and picture quality. Also slightly smaller in dimensions and weighs less than the Panny (I'm mounting on wall and building custom wood work around it).

The Panny also has great picture, no buzzing issues, and currently cheaper than the Sammy.

What should I go with???
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It was cheaper on Best Buy.com, but you're not taking into consideration the $180 warranty that Best Buy wants to charge for the 2-years that are free from Costco. Aside from that, if you are unhappy you just return the set within 90 days with no questions asked. I made my purchase last night at Costco and will let you know if I here any audible noises worth mentioning after I hook it up tonight.
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I could really use some help here. I'm not an audiophile and I'm a novice when it comes to home electronics.

I purchased a pn58b540 at Costco a couple of months ago. When I got it home I noticed that I was not the first owner - the accessories were in a ziploc bag and the warranty card was missing. Probably should have returned it but I didn't feel like lugging it back, so I figured I'd take a shot.

I thought the picture was great for about a week, until I noticed a couple of vertical lines on the screen where the edges of non-hd pics are. Is this something common with plasma tv's (this is "burn in", correct?) I ran through the manual and found out about a "scrolling" feature which is supposed to get rid of burn in - I'm running it now, to see if it works, but I'm frankly inclined to return the tv in any case.

Were it not for this problem I'd be perfectly satisfied with this tv. Do I have a lemon, or is this something common with plasma tv's, and should I be looking for an LCD or LED set instead? We watch mostly broadcast tv, some hi def, some not.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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If you paid for a new TV and got someone elses return I'd take it back, the lines you see may be the reason the previous owner returned it. I'd also want them to work something out (discount) for your troubles and not telling you they were giving you a used and possibly defective set. Honestly if the store pulled that one on you I'd get a refund and shop elsewhere. BTW, I didn't get a warranty card with my new 50B530.
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i do plan to return it. i'm disappointed that costco would do that.

i just want to have a replacement in place before i return it, and i'm looking for some advice as to what to replace it with.

is the problem i'm having a risk with all plasma tvs? i think the picture quality, outside of the problem, is outstanding. should i be looking for an lcd instead?
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samsung PN58B540 with FilterBrightTM technology is a great set if your tv area is in a brightly lite room. however this set comes with minimal inputs.

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-PN58B540-inch-1080p-Plasma/dp/B002B005SY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1260205800&sr=1-1
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well, it have been almost 3 weeks since i have the
PN58B540. It a real surprise to me. The colors on this set look like a LCD. You might have to lower the green and the tint a little. but its out of the box. ready. I would still get some one to calibrate. But it very good as it is. My did not have a buzzing noise. But the speaker is petty weak. I'm not sure, but my seem to run a little hot. Do you guys notice that on your set?
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My 50B530 runs warm but not hot, maybe the larger 58" screen area runs hotter.
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well, it have been almost 3 weeks since i have the
PN58B540. It a real surprise to me. The colors on this set look like a LCD. You might have to lower the green and the tint a little. but its out of the box. ready.


Have you changed it to movie+warm2? The standard settings are horrendous, colours wildly off.
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Try these settings, you can tweak these to your own preference.

http://reviews.*******************.c...50-review.html

Jeese, just do a search for Samsung PN50B550 and on the first page it will be the "Plasma TV Buying Guide" link.
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Try these settings, you can tweak these to your own preference.

http://reviews.*******************.c...50-review.html

Jeese, just do a search for Samsung PN50B550 and on the first page it will be the "Plasma TV Buying Guide" link.

The link doesn't work.
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The vertical bands you are seeing on the sides of non-HD broadcasts are normal. This is because of the difference in HD (widescreen format), and non-HD (standard broadcast format). You can set different aspect ratios to change when viewing SD broadcasts. You will mostly notice it when viewing HD broadcasts and during a commercial break a non-HD commercial comes on.
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Any body got some updates on this at all. I will be buying a HDTV soon and am looking for more input. I am kind of set on buying from Costco. I don't think you can beat their prices and warranty. However, I can never find reviews for their products.

The PN58B540 looks like the best of what they are offering right now.

I wish I could figure out how they get their model numbers at Costco. I have a feeling these same TV's are sold at other retailers under a different model number. That would make it easy to find reviews.
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I have the same tv and the same VIP722 DVR from DishTV, but I'm getting major pixels in fast scenes and I thought with this being 600Hz screen speed this wouldn't be a problem.

Is there some setting I need to adjust n the TV or the DVR.?

Also, anyway I can get a higher speed screen rate out of my Blu-Ray movies played through my PS3? It is always defaulting to 60Hz or does this not matter bc movies are often (or were) filmed at 24 frames per second?

Any help would be greatly appreciated
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