TV replaced: Samsung PNB650 (one of the main boards is now defective, progression of horizontal lines forced me to replace, 14 lines appeared over one year's time) bought in Feb. 2010.
Originally Posted by davelanger
My biggest problem was it didnt look that great on the 720 HD tv stations. I really hope the ST60 does better with the 720 HD cable content
I'm having some major concerns with this TV's ability to handle HD cable content. I watched some basketball today and I'm getting some really bad artifacts at times. As much sports as I watch, this could be a deal breaker. I've tried some settings like Video NR, but it doesn't affect it from what I can tell.
I see what people mean by the ST having a soft picture. My 3 yr. old Samsung plasma has a slightly sharper picture with better HD processing. How can this be? The ST is a little sharp, and as others have stated, a more film-like quality? It's not necessarily a bad thing, just a DIFFERENT picture than my Samsung (which is more crisp).
Color depth, contrast, and blacks are superior to the Samsung. Seems brighter. Blu-rays look really nice! My Samsung was a superior build in some ways, especially the glass-topped stand that could swivel. The Panasonic stand is plastic throughout, but I suppose it is the trend with 'cheaper' units, less expensive and lighter nowadays. The other thing that's bothering me is that the bottom of the TV panel is 2 1/8" from the top of my TV stand on one side, and 1 7/8" on the other. That's 1/4" tilt from one side to the other. Ugh.
There are things I like about the TV, but I'm seriously worried about the artifacts around text, certain backgrounds, and movement. Pretty excessive at times. Somewhat less apparent with modes like Cinema, but Custom really brings it out (with more brightness?). I was watching Trading Places on Comedy Central and had to turn off the motion smoother. It made movement stutter like crazy.
Anyone have any suggestions or settings for the artifacts in HD cable I am experiencing? I'm not an expert, but have an appreciation and fine eye for PQ.
If things don't turn out better soon, I'm seriously considering taking this back and getting an E8000. I really don't want to, because I feel like my previous experience with Samsung reliability is not a good one, but if I get a picture similar (cable HD processing) to my old Samsung and with deeper blacks, I'll probably be happier. Don't know what to do......