Originally Posted by KOF
Samsung has buzzers, LG has the worst IR, you're really not safe whichever way you go, it's all a luck of a draw. My LG never had any IR btw. =)
This thread details the process of black LG plasma tweak for better black.
As for the Sammies, both E530 and F5300 are pentile based,(remember Samsung Galaxy OLED? lol) so they are not as pixel perfect as E500 and F5500. It doesn't really bother me as long as I don't get too close, but you may be more sensitive to this issue.
...I am not familiar with F5000 though. We don't have Samsung plasmas with that model number in North America. Probably F5300 in a different name? In that case, I would recommend the F5500 instead. There's no improvement from the E series to F5xxx series panel wise, they both share the same panel, so pick whichever you like more. (Samsung F8500 is the only new guy in town)
Thanks man. Well the F5500 is even cheaper in price compared to the E530, so that's quite a plus too.
I took a look at that thread. I don't think i'm gonna be messing with that.
hmmm..a review on Cnet says this about the F5500
Another slight issue is that this 60-inch version uses a pentile pixel structure, unlike most other TVs, (including the other screen sizes that the F5500 is available in) which use a striped layout for the red, green and blue subpixels that create each pixel on the screen. The pentile pixel structure uses fewer overall subpixels, so it's a cheaper technology to use for building displays, hence this screen's low price tag.
Sitting at a normal viewing distance it's not quite as sharp-looking as a plasma with a standard pixel layout, but the difference is very slight. There are times when onscreen text can look less defined and blocks of colour sometimes look 'noisy' as you can see dithering created by the subpixels, but for the most part, from a normal viewing distance, it's not a huge issue.
Fantastic smart TV content, but this plasma TV’s picture quality is only good in the dark
So far the F5500 has all the makings of a great TV, but it revealed its more budget leanings when we started adjusting the picture. There are just three picture modes available (standard, dynamic and cinema) and its contrast and black levels left quite a lot to be desired when we watched our Blu-Ray test footage with the lights were on. Blacks were positively yellow and we could barely see anything at all during our reference night scene unless we switched the lights off. Even setting its black optimiser setting to bright room and black tone to darkest failed to make any significant changes to deepen the black levels.
As a result, we’d definitely recommend watching films in the dark, as colours appeared much richer here and the contrast and black levels reaped the benefits from the lack of ambient light.
This has me worried:
One feature that was sorely missing, though, was any kind of frame interpolation. This was particularly disappointing, as this meant fast-paced action sequences often stuttered quite badly as the camera panned across the screen. Even slow pans were quite jerky at times, which puts the F5500 at a significant disadvantage compared to other £700 TVs that do have this feature.
I hate to find out that games start to stutter as well, whereas I never had that with my current tv. If its only movies I don't mind it much.
And this in another review:
Game Mode – Almost there with Input Lag
Plasma TVs are usually recommended as gaming TVs, but Samsung's plasmas has a hard time with input lag. Even with the Game Mode enabled, our tests showed input lag at anywhere between 70 and 100ms on the PN60F5500. That's a little bit more than the target levels. It is important to note that I didn't think it was terrible. Okami HD on the Playstation 3 certainly wasn't unbearable, I notice the lag. Gamers who mainly play First Person Shooters will probably notice it a good deal more. A dedicated gaming TV should probably be found elsewhere. The Game Mode can be found here in the menus: System > General > Game Mode.
I wish I knew what the input lag on my set was, so that I know if it will be worse than now or not.