Originally Posted by Big Lebowski
To me Samsung definitely was softer and less detailed with SD-material than ST50 when I compared them side by side. I turned off all DNR on both of them. From what I have gathered from reviews is that Samsung uses different scaling algorithm which is smoothing object edges. It tends to make bad quality material look smoother but with better quality material it looks soft. Still I feel that ST50 is somewhat softer than my 7-8 years old Panasonic plasma (SD-resolution panel). I think large sized panels tend to have softer look. I have checked resolution test patterns and ST50 seems to give full details.
Look at like this it probably was not noticeable on earlier sets because they were not in abundance above 50 inch and affordable for most and its like a photo which looks ok at 4 X7 but when you blow it up to 8X10 things start to look well bad.
If your source is bad or compressed SD when you blow it up to a larger size with the same amount of resolution well it just looks bad without a lot of
picture enhancement taking place which usually is a give and take scenario of compromises in one or two areas.