As the last days of Samsung plasmas quickly approaches, I'm still weighing the decision of what I'm going to go with. Had I caught the Walmart $1k deal on the 64" F5300, this would not be a discussion right now. But since I didn't, the debate continues for me.
One question I had after looking at a couple of F8500s in the stores, though. The local HHGreg had an open box (pretty sure it was the 60") sitting on display a couple weekends ago. I turned on the TV and connected Blu-ray player, which played the Transformers sequel. While the black levels and contrast looked amazing, the picture looked very grainy. It stood out on some colors and scenes more than others, but it was there nonetheless. I messed with the settings for a good 5 minutes, but couldn't find anything to take the graininess away. I was rather disappointed, but figured maybe there was something wrong with the unit (being an open box and all).
I was at Fry's yesterday, and the 64" was on display (also with the power off
). I turned it on, and changed it to the HDMI 1 source, which is the feed all the TVs were connected to. Granted, the content wasn't exactly the greatest PQ, the graininess was there again. And again, I played around with the various settings and features, but couldn't find anything that made the graininess go away.
In all honesty, the 8500 series still sits outside of what I'm willing to pay for a TV right now, yet I still can't stop myself from considering it. But now I'm a bit concerned since I noticed this grainy issue on both TVs, regardless of the generic store feed, or the directly connected Blu-ray player feed. Is there something I'm missing in the settings to get rid of this, or is it just the way this display looks?