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Soulburner's Avatar Soulburner 04:22 PM 11-12-2014
For those who have their AV receiver normally as the sole input into the display, and play video games (console to AVR, to TV):

Is it a deal breaker for you that you need to use a different input for "Game Mode" to reduce input lag, thus meaning you have to have the console audio sent back from the TV to the AV receiver, giving up the highest quality audio formats? That is, if your console is also the Blu-ray player.

I suppose the workaround is sticking with 1 input, but changing modes every time you game, which is a slight nuisance.

It also may be possible to assign a shortcut to Game Mode on my Harmony one?

LukFilm's Avatar LukFilm 05:26 PM 11-12-2014
Just reading a few older posts, those who ordered from Best Buy, was it in store? Because online showed that it cannot be delivered to my home address OR even to be picked up in any of their stores nearby. Wondering if I go there tomorrow if I'm guaranteed to get a set (I would really like the 60").
Tom Riddle's Avatar Tom Riddle 05:27 PM 11-12-2014
I'm pretty sure I read somewhere in the forum that the cinema smooth black level rise was fixed by a previous firmware update, but the motion judder issue still persists. Can someone confirm?
PeterLewis's Avatar PeterLewis 05:29 PM 11-12-2014
Well the tech's came and replaced my second bad panel (1st - red stuck pixel 2nd - Film coating was bad with gaps) and I finally got a good one with no issues.


Granted my original panel was a April 2014 build and now the replacement one is a July 2013 build with the software of the original 2014 build.


What are the major differences if any, from a 2013 to a 2014 build?


I'am breaking the set in fast as I have a scheduled pro cal with Barry Vandenberg out of CFL on Thanksgiving weekend.


Also when we removed the protective film from the new screen it left a bit of sticky residue,is there a good screen cleaner to remove it as the microfiber cloth that I have is smearing it a little?


Thanks
kronius's Avatar kronius 05:51 PM 11-12-2014
Is breaking in a plasma still necessary? Does anyone have a link to a break-in DVD?
eric3316's Avatar eric3316 07:17 PM 11-12-2014
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Originally Posted by PeterLewis View Post
Well the tech's came and replaced my second bad panel (1st - red stuck pixel 2nd - Film coating was bad with gaps) and I finally got a good one with no issues.

Granted my original panel was a April 2014 build and now the replacement one is a July 2013 build with the software of the original 2014 build.


What are the major differences if any, from a 2013 to a 2014 build?


I'am breaking the set in fast as I have a scheduled pro cal with Barry Vandenberg out of CFL on Thanksgiving weekend.


Also when we removed the protective film from the new screen it left a bit of sticky residue,is there a good screen cleaner to remove it as the microfiber cloth that I have is smearing it a little?


Thanks
You can use a drop of distilled water on your micro fiber cloth.
venus933's Avatar venus933 07:28 PM 11-12-2014
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Yeah, I don't understand this way of thinking. Who knows what will be in 4 years. A week, 2 months maybe 6 months okay, but to say I will wait it out for 4 years. So while you can enjoy something today and every day for the next 4 years instead you will get nothing.

In 4 years it is even possible that OLED won't even be produced anymore. Who knows what the future holds for it. Obviously PQ is not on the top of most consumers lists, otherwise plasma would not be going extinct and sales would not have been so bad for manufacturers of them.

Instead their money is being made on an inferior product which proves it is not about black levels, contrast, motion and viewing angles. So what does OLED have that ensures it's future differently then plasma's to the average consumer. There is obviously not enough videophiles to keep a TV technology profitable.
I recall someone actually purchased 2 ZT models (forgot the size) so when the first one dies he'll just start up the 2nd one. Doesn't sound so crazy anymore.
Soulburner's Avatar Soulburner 07:54 PM 11-12-2014
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Yeah, I don't understand this way of thinking. Who knows what will be in 4 years. A week, 2 months maybe 6 months okay, but to say I will wait it out for 4 years. So while you can enjoy something today and every day for the next 4 years instead you will get nothing.

In 4 years it is even possible that OLED won't even be produced anymore. Who knows what the future holds for it. Obviously PQ is not on the top of most consumers lists, otherwise plasma would not be going extinct and sales would not have been so bad for manufacturers of them.

Instead their money is being made on an inferior product which proves it is not about black levels, contrast, motion and viewing angles. So what does OLED have that ensures it's future differently then plasma's to the average consumer. There is obviously not enough videophiles to keep a TV technology profitable.
I recall someone actually purchased 2 ZT models (forgot the size) so when the first one dies he'll just start up the 2nd one. Doesn't sound so crazy anymore.
So he'll start up the second one around 2020-2024, then run that one until 2030-2034. Okay.
Airmax's Avatar Airmax 07:55 PM 11-12-2014
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Just reading a few older posts, those who ordered from Best Buy, was it in store? Because online showed that it cannot be delivered to my home address OR even to be picked up in any of their stores nearby. Wondering if I go there tomorrow if I'm guaranteed to get a set (I would really like the 60").
Yes, I ordered mine in the store (Magnolia). I tried to order online and it would not let me ship to store or home delivery. I knew already they were out of stock in all 3 of my local Best Buys but went in just to see what was going on. They informed me since they are backordered right now the online store would not let me place the order. The salesperson was very nice and helpful and placed the order for me with free shipping. Apparently, people are placing a lot of orders with Best Buy before the end of the year, that's why they're backordered. They had a 60" on display and I asked how much they wanted for it but the manager said they couldn't sell it yet because they're still taking orders for people that want the set.
LukFilm's Avatar LukFilm 08:57 PM 11-12-2014
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Yes, I ordered mine in the store (Magnolia). I tried to order online and it would not let me ship to store or home delivery. I knew already they were out of stock in all 3 of my local Best Buys but went in just to see what was going on. They informed me since they are backordered right now the online store would not let me place the order. The salesperson was very nice and helpful and placed the order for me with free shipping. Apparently, people are placing a lot of orders with Best Buy before the end of the year, that's why they're backordered. They had a 60" on display and I asked how much they wanted for it but the manager said they couldn't sell it yet because they're still taking orders for people that want the set.
Thank you, I will go to the store tomorrow. Hope I can still order.
sdsvtdriver's Avatar sdsvtdriver 12:41 AM 11-13-2014
Good news. I got my replacement 64 F8500 and no directional buzzing! Picture looks good and now I have to get my settings back to whatever they were.
sdsvtdriver's Avatar sdsvtdriver 01:03 AM 11-13-2014
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Originally Posted by Soulburner View Post
For those who have their AV receiver normally as the sole input into the display, and play video games (console to AVR, to TV):

Is it a deal breaker for you that you need to use a different input for "Game Mode" to reduce input lag, thus meaning you have to have the console audio sent back from the TV to the AV receiver, giving up the highest quality audio formats? That is, if your console is also the Blu-ray player.

I suppose the workaround is sticking with 1 input, but changing modes every time you game, which is a slight nuisance.

It also may be possible to assign a shortcut to Game Mode on my Harmony one?
Curious what others are doing in this scenario also. With my VT25, everything went through the receiver and gaming seemed to be fine. The 8500 seems to have a bigger delay and was debating how to proceed.
brimorga's Avatar brimorga 01:43 AM 11-13-2014
I can't seem to find much information on this. If I want to use PIP, I can only do it via the coax input? I didn't think I'd be able to do it via 2 HDMI, but hdmi + component/composite/smart hub would have been nice. PIP is basically worthless and it was something I used occasionally watching sports.
AMartin56's Avatar AMartin56 06:42 AM 11-13-2014
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I can't seem to find much information on this. If I want to use PIP, I can only do it via the coax input? I didn't think I'd be able to do it via 2 HDMI, but hdmi + component/composite/smart hub would have been nice. PIP is basically worthless and it was something I used occasionally watching sports.
In my opinion PIP has been worthless for awhile. I haven't messed with it on my F8500 but I've never had a TV that could do it with anything other than the antenna and something else.
JimP 08:41 AM 11-13-2014
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I can't seem to find much information on this. If I want to use PIP, I can only do it via the coax input? I didn't think I'd be able to do it via 2 HDMI, but hdmi + component/composite/smart hub would have been nice. PIP is basically worthless and it was something I used occasionally watching sports.
Most cable and satellite boxes have some version of PIP.
HLdan's Avatar HLdan 10:42 AM 11-13-2014
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Go to Smart Features -> Apps Settings -> SyncPlus, and select "Yahoo Broadcast Interactivity". From there you can deactivate it from the green "settings" button on the lower left of your display. Somehow, from a recent fw revision, this yahoo broadcast interactivity gets automatically enabled. It annoys me too, and I love watching sports. I deactivated it by the method above.
WOW, how did you even know to do that? . I swear I hate that Samsung feels they should dictate how we watch our own TV's just because their name is on them. Sadly I'm sure it's part of the SMART TV TOC that they know most people won't read but rather just press "Accept". Okay, well I did shut off the services. There's Thursday night football on tonight. I'll see if that did the trick. Definitely appreciate your help.
Cleveland Plasma's Avatar Cleveland Plasma 11:09 AM 11-13-2014
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Thank you, I will go to the store tomorrow. Hope I can still order.
It does seem like stock is drying up, I wonder if the last run of these was sent out ? We will find out sooner or later......They are around for now.

Time to give these things away, PN60F8500 just took a big price hit !
sl4ppy's Avatar sl4ppy 06:03 PM 11-13-2014
Loving the picture of my 64", but having a few minor issues with some of the extra features...

First, I successfully set up the RVU client with my DTV setup. Watching channels and whatnot works fine.. I just can't for the life of me figure out how to open the DirecTV menu or make the DVR button on the SmartTouch remote to actually open the recordings list. Both of these buttons worked fine when my Genie box was external/separate.

Secondly, I have the Universal Remote stuff setup to control my receiver. The Smart Touch remote adjusts the volume on the Receiver just fine and promptly; the standard remote doesn't. Maybe 1 volume adjustment press in 10 actually registers. :/

Also, Powering off the TV also powers off the receiver just fine. Turning on the TV doesn't, however turn on the receiver. I have to use the OnScreen remote and go to HTS Power. Is there a way to make it automagically turn on as well?

Hoping someone has some insight on these issues! Thanks!
Tom Riddle's Avatar Tom Riddle 07:10 PM 11-13-2014
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Is breaking in a plasma still necessary? Does anyone have a link to a break-in DVD?
You will find many different answers to this question. I've usually broken in my panels, but couldn't resist watching on this one. I haven't seen any abnormal wear, so I'm going to pass on a normal break in this time.
sdsvtdriver's Avatar sdsvtdriver 08:02 PM 11-13-2014
I spoke to soon. After a few hours of use, the replacement panel is buzzing as much as the previous. I guess these are simply loud panels compared to the Pannys.

I with I could get the universal remote to work with Tivo, but apparently that's a known deficiency of the unit.
1steven's Avatar 1steven 09:56 PM 11-13-2014
Found a display model 60F8500 red tagged for $999 locally. Think I caqn get if for $899 waving cash. Best Buy has a few new in the box for $1679 plus tax. The red tag unit was manufactured in July 2013. I only looked at it for 5 minutes but am going back in a few days to examine it more closely. What should I look for? How do I access the hour meter? What would be the max number of hours that makes this still a good buy? Anything I should bring with me, like a USB stick with test images and if so, where can I download them from? Your advice is greatly appreciated! BTW, I currently have a 50" Zenith (same as LG, I think?) plasma which I bought from Sears at their Black Friday sale in 2010 for $449. Haven't had a problem ever and the picture is quite good even without any tweaking.
PDCL's Avatar PDCL 10:37 PM 11-13-2014
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Originally Posted by Soulburner View Post
For those who have their AV receiver normally as the sole input into the display, and play video games (console to AVR, to TV):

Is it a deal breaker for you that you need to use a different input for "Game Mode" to reduce input lag, thus meaning you have to have the console audio sent back from the TV to the AV receiver, giving up the highest quality audio formats? That is, if your console is also the Blu-ray player.

I suppose the workaround is sticking with 1 input, but changing modes every time you game, which is a slight nuisance.

It also may be possible to assign a shortcut to Game Mode on my Harmony one?
Waiting for my 8500, but this is what I did on my Panny, assuming the same will work on the Samsung. HDMI out of receiver into HDMI distribution amplifier (1 in, 4 out). Feed all 4 out to the TV. Use different inputs on TV for different things, one HDMI input specifically for gaming. That way sound still goes straight to the receiver from game consoles, and each input on TV can be set for a specific need.
Soulburner's Avatar Soulburner 11:39 PM 11-13-2014
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Waiting for my 8500, but this is what I did on my Panny, assuming the same will work on the Samsung. HDMI out of receiver into HDMI distribution amplifier (1 in, 4 out). Feed all 4 out to the TV. Use different inputs on TV for different things, one HDMI input specifically for gaming. That way sound still goes straight to the receiver from game consoles, and each input on TV can be set for a specific need.
Splitting the HDMI...that's smart
Nikore 09:34 AM 11-14-2014
I've been following this thread for a few weeks now, and after reading about all the stellar reviews I finally ordered the 60" F8500 from Amazon. It arrived a few days ago, works perfectly, looks fantastic and has no buzzing. I'm very happy with this purchase, and would absolutely recommend it to anyone currently on the fence.

Now I was wondering if a few of you more knowledgable folks could help me make the best of it. My last TV was a 2006 DLP, so needless to say the sheer amount of options the 8500 gives me is almost overwhelming. At the moment I'm not too concerned with contrast or color accuracy – I can mess with that later. I'm more confused by all the video processing options, and was wondering if anyone could help me with a simple "cheat sheet" that can optimize my viewing experience in the following categories:

Sports: ...
Gaming: Change Input to PC, ...
Movies: Motion Judder Off (?), ...

As you can see, I've begun filling in options based on my own experience and from what I've read in this thread. I'm sure most of these answers have been posted already, and I've done my best to glean what information I could, but I'd appreciate anything that helps point me in the right direction. Perhaps as suggestions come in, I can update the categories so that other users can have a quick reference as well.

Thanks in advance for your help!
vahighland's Avatar vahighland 09:44 AM 11-14-2014
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Originally Posted by PeterLewis View Post
Well the tech's came and replaced my second bad panel (1st - red stuck pixel 2nd - Film coating was bad with gaps) and I finally got a good one with no issues.


Granted my original panel was a April 2014 build and now the replacement one is a July 2013 build with the software of the original 2014 build.


What are the major differences if any, from a 2013 to a 2014 build?


I'am breaking the set in fast as I have a scheduled pro cal with Barry Vandenberg out of CFL on Thanksgiving weekend.


Also when we removed the protective film from the new screen it left a bit of sticky residue,is there a good screen cleaner to remove it as the microfiber cloth that I have is smearing it a little?


Thanks
For the stuck red pixel, did you get a replacement panel part under warranty or did they just replace the entire TV? I had an issue with DSE and got a replacement panel part (not the entire TV); however, the replacement part has a stuck red pixel. The tech didn't think that Samsung would replace the panel just for a stuck pixel. Still better than the DSE, because I can't see the stuck pixel from 10 back (sitting position).

I'm contemplating whether I should call Samsung for another warranty repair for the stuck pixel.
Cleveland Plasma's Avatar Cleveland Plasma 10:50 AM 11-14-2014
Well, I hope everyone bought there 8500 if they wanted one, looks like they "may" be sold out forever........Unless Samsung has more in transit. We will see shortly.
StockInv's Avatar StockInv 11:35 AM 11-14-2014
I just had my display delivered by BB. Before turning it on, they suggested I wait a few hours so it acclimates to the indoor temperature. Where can I find the build date? Is it on the box, or the display itself?

Thanks
dsskid's Avatar dsskid 12:08 PM 11-14-2014
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I just had my display delivered by BB. Before turning it on, they suggested I wait a few hours so it acclimates to the indoor temperature. Where can I find the build date? Is it on the box, or the display itself?

Thanks
It's on the silver sticker on the back of the panel, Just above the barcode.


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Breathing Borla's Avatar Breathing Borla 12:32 PM 11-14-2014
I had my set for a week or so now and I am thinking of running through the WOW cal disc.

any tips?
1killerolds's Avatar 1killerolds 12:40 PM 11-14-2014
Sold out forever? CRAP!! I just received my vacation pay today and was going to place an order for the 60". Looks like it won't go through on BB website. Looks like the 51" might still be available. Might just have to go that route. I recently had my Pioneer 5020 50" stolen from my house so at least I was used to the 50". Still going to stop at BB tonight just to see what they have to say.
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