Join Date: May 2011
Location: Normandie, FRANCE
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I finally picked up my PS51d450 this morning!
Unpacked it, installed it.
First thing, the looks. This set is beautiful, the thin bezel and the very pure, simple design makes for a very nice combination. Samsung sure has a killer design department, and it certainly shows here, this set looks like it's 3x more expensive than it is, even turned off... Very reflective screen though!
Let's get to the meat of it, the picture. Turning the TV on, the picture was pretty bad, thanks to the infamous "torch modes" (standard and of course dynamic!), so first thing, setting the picture mode to "movie"! I decided to go for the calibration settings posted earlier right off the start, to get an idea of this TV's capabilities. Turned on my blu-ray player, popped in the Avatar Blu-ray. I know it's not broken in yet, and it will need further refining according to my sources, but...
I am litterally stunned by the picture quality... Vivid, contrasted, detailed, you name it, all the qualities required to display a good picture are here and then more... The black level is excellent, much better than I anticipated, not bezel black but close enough! Pandora was as beautiful as I've ever seen it, to tell you the truth.
My best friend has owned the Panasonic 50g20 for the last month or so, and I've viewed a few movies on that set. Believe me when I say that PQ-wise the 51d450 ls right up there with it. I'd go as far as to say that despite its lower res, it looked more detailed, when Panasonic likes to play it "soft" (for a beautiful result though, no denying that!)
The Panny beats the Sam when it comes to fluidity, no question. Tried the 24p mode, and as Grimmy stated, it's no good at all, better feed the set with a1080p, 60hz signal for a very decent result!
I've only had time to "play" with my new toy for an hour or so, but so far I am impressed. It buries any LED set I've seen easily, and already reaches performances you would only expect from much more expensive plasma sets.
I'll come back soon with more infos and hopefully pictures!