Long time lurker, first time poster.
Just aquired my first plasma screen, a PN51F5300AF(XZA). Details in my sig.
Fired it up last night (on a direct cable connection - bypassing the box) and got a shock. The screen was VERY dark. I mean DARK... You could see some detail, but not much. First thing I thought was "is this a bad set"? It looks nowhere near as bright as any of the Samsung 720 screens, or other brands I have helped setup. Reconnected the thing and went thru the cable box. No difference (as if I expected any). Then went thru the HDMI from the box. Still no difference. Reset the cable box. No difference.
Figuring I would see how it looked in the movie mode. Went into the menu and saw the "dynamic" mode. Selected that. WOW - it was bright and working. Went to movie and it seemed washed out and slightly fuzzy - could be because I was hooked to the cable and running a ordinary TV show..?
Absolutely NO flaws in the screen. None...! Keep that in mind. NO humming either - at least none has come up yet.
Today I went to Sears at Chapel Hill. The guy there was willing to let me look at all the modes. In standard mode the screen was "sorta bright" but we were in a very well lit showroom. It is probably good for a home enviroment. Looked OK into dynamic mode and it did brighten up. So did movie mode.
Looked at the part # and it was an "A". US01 board..... Built in Jan or Feb 2014 - don't remember... Went to look at the software and it was a 1003 (2003?). So we had a "A" model with the US01 board and the "B" ?? firmware?? IF the difference in the look of the "normal" mode on mine and the normal mode on the store demo is the software/firmware package, what in the ^%#($ am I to do? I gather that the later software has less ability to tweak the system than the earlier software. I like to be able to bend things around to my liking and don't like being constrained into a box that is someone elses idea of what things should look like. So I really don't want to return it and try to get a later build unit.
Soooooooo - I guess my question is - Is this box bad, or is what I am seeing normal with a 1205 firmware package??? Whatever it is I do not like how it looks in normal mode. Normal mode should be useable, not trash...
What to do. What to do..
Samsung PN51F5300AFXZA, US01, Build Nov 2013 Tijuana Mexico (SDIM), Software (as shipped) ver 1205
Last edited by JimGraham; 08-20-2014 at 07:15 PM.