Originally Posted by Alan Goodridge
Concerning the buzzing with these sets. Are you folks who are experiencing buzzing plugging your sets DIRECTLY TO A WALL OUTLET. Have you tried using a POWER CONDITIONER???
Just a thought.
Just pulled the trigger on a 60 incher myself...and a little worried on the buzzing thing. Fingers crossed, toes too....lol
no- just a power strip. I actually unplugged everything and only had the tv plugged in and it still buzzed. Just turning on the TV, no hdmi attached, no cable attached, just a black screen and you can hear that buzz from the front panel. As a matter of fact, you can swivel the tv and buzz moves in that direction. Not sure why this occurs, but if you are sitting away from the tv and you turn your head 90 degrees to front of the tv, so that either your left or right ear is facing the screen, you can hear the buzz more.
One thing I did notice tonight is hockey doesn't play very well on this tv - it does this flashing very few seconds as the action moves. however, the ice does look white and the action is smooth. I'm not a big hockey fan,so I don't care. I think all plasma tvs do this as I saw a youtube video of a ST50 doing it too. I did watch Planet Earth on this TV and it looked amazing. Snow and polar bear scenes were perfect. No Flashing Brightness, etc. I do watch alot of football, baseball, basketball and soccer. So far with football and baseball the picture quality is amazing. most importantly- motion is clean and there is no dirty screen affect, banding, or blur that I was accustom to with my LED tv and read other plasma ( e.g. ST50,VT50) had.
I called samsung tonight and they told me its normal for plasma tvs to make a buzzing sound. it did say this in the manual, but wanted to see what samsung tech support would say. What I found a bit surprising is even though I am under warranty, if they deem the issue is normal and samsung does a in home visit, I would be charged $50 service fee. The agent finally said that if I could hear the buzz 15 feet away than it would be considered a problem. How they came up with this number is something I need to research, but my guess is that is the recommended viewing distance for a 60" plasma. my room is only 10 by 10, and I sit about 7 feet from the TV so I can't test this out. I wonder if people who don't hear this buzz have the tv placed in a large living room area with high ceilings, etc. given the fact the buzz is directional and coming from the front panel, i wonder if wall mounting would help ?
this all being said - call me crazy but I am kinda getting used to the buzz or atleast trying. LOL To put this in perspective, the buzz is about the same noise level my ps3 makes. Initially I was upset and ready to return it because I wanted the prefect tv, but trying to find a replacement is even worse. I don't want motion blur, need a wide viewing angle, want minimal input lag so playing video games is fun, and want a TV that reproduces colors correctly ( i.e. snow is white, grass looks like grass, ice is white, skin tones are normal like a real person, etc). Most importantly want a TV that isn't prone to image retention or screen burn. As you already know finding such a tv is impossible and includes trade offs. In my opinion this TV is the only I've seen and others have tested and reviewed that passes these criteria for me. If it wasn't for the buzzing it would be perfect. But I think I'd rather have a faint buzz than a logo burned into my screen every time I watch TV or sports.
will update everyone on the buzzing after a few more weeks of use, hoping that maybe it will become less noticeable with age ?