So after getting some bothersome IR on my ST60 as some may know, I wanted to try another LED TV (already tested 7 LG's so thought I would try a Samsung) so last night I picked up a 60es7500 to see if I can live with it.
Having a 2 1/2 year old this TV will be getting a lot of use and at times the same channel will probably be on for hours at a time. He loves watching race cars so the Fox Sports logo has been the culprit of the worst IR so far as well the Panasonic Menu although that seemed to have dissapeared since I have not used the menu as much any more.
Well, gets the first thing out of the way. The LED cannot touch the pq of the ST60. It literally looks like 2 different generations of TV's. I didn't really have the time to play around enough with the 7500 last night but I cannot imagine being able to tweak it enough to even come close the the ST60. To be fair it was at night so there was no natural light to compete with where the LED might perform better but once that sun sets I do not know if there is a chance for any LED besides a full array to even come close to the ST60.
I do like the idea of being able to leave something on and not have to worry about it though. Or if a dvd stops playing and the menu sits on the TV screen because we went into another room. I also like Samsung's smart features which can come in handy having a kid but I know people frown upon that stuff here. The hand motion worked pretty well which I was surprised because of what some reviews said. I think they just did not know how to actually use it. After speaking with Samsung support last night they tech showed me how to get it to work everytime and it did. I am a sucker for all the little gimicks!
The 3d was also pretty solid on the es7500 and I have not tried a blu-ray yet. Will have to throw something in there tonight to see what it can do. The blacks are terrible and screen uniformity is what is expected of an LED but better then the LG's I have tried.
The ST60 is a pure movie theater experience, especially when you dim those lights. The es7500 seems more like a family enjoyment, kid friendly TV while the ST60 is a no games, straight up theater experience with extra smart features that really do not work well at all. I will say from what I have seen so far the 3d is quite good on the es7500 though.
Well decisions, decisions, decisions......One has to eventually go back. On the ST60 I do have a 2 year BB warranty on it that would cover burn in so I would be okay for a while if the IR gets worse and refuses to disspapear.
I obviously know what everyone's decision here would be but just thought I would put this out there for people on the fence about which technology to go with or what would be best for them in their situation.
If I have never seen the ST60 in my home I would have been okay with the Sammy LED, but I kind of got spoiled now and can see with my own 2 eyes what people mean when they say plasma's have one of the best, if not the best pq's of any TV technology right now and will only be outdone by a full array LED or OLED in the near future.