Well, today is the final day on the return policy of my 60F5300. I have been going back and forth in my head and still haven't decided yet what to do. I basically have 3 options:
1. Return the tv and hope Sears doesn't give me any hassle about a full refund (I've read enough horror stories about people going through this to know it's not likely to be easy).
2. Exchange the tv and hope that I don't get another with pink tint (highly unlikely considering all the reports here). If I do this then I lose $140 worth of online cashback and credits. According to Sears return policy once you do an exchange, you can only keep exchanging for another, you lose the ability to return it for a refund.
3. Live with the fact that I can see a pink tint on bright scenes, considering that I only paid $580 for this. In a month if it doesn't get any better give Samsung a call and see if they will do anything to fix it, whether by adjusting the voltages or changing the panel/boards. Of course the risk I run here is they say the tv is operating within spec, so I'm SOL.
The only other tv I would consider buying is the 64H5000. It's the only decent plasma left that's not several thousand dollars. Although there aren't a ton of reviews out there, I've heard no reports of pink issues or DSE. Black levels are lower than F5300, panel should be uniform, 4" bigger. Only con is it's double the price and pentile, although that's pretty much a non-issue to me coming from this tv. Only other option is to dig into some front projector research, although going that route comes with a whole other list of caveats.
I really do love the picture on this set besides the pink tint and DSE I can see during slow pans on bright backgrounds. Black level fluctuations with Cinema Smooth on can be a little distracting but not a deal breaker. Other than that it completely destroys my 5 years old 50" Panasonic plasma with black level rise. It looks like a cheap lcd in comparison.
Originally Posted by orion2001
Regarding black level measures...with Black Tone at Dark and Black Optimizer to Dark Room, I consistently measure 0.004 - 0.005 ftL with CinemaSmooth on (Cinema Smooth increases black level a bit due to higher refresh rate of 96Hz at which frames are displayed). With CinemaSmooth off, I seem to be measuring 0.002 ftL fairly consistently.
This is interesting because I thought the CS black level rise issue had been fixed in a firmware update. Since the day I got my set I've always used it with Cinema Smooth on because I wanted better motion. I just turned it off and now blacks look a little darker, and I no longer notice black fluctuations with dark room optimizer turned on. I went back and checked a few scenes where I definitely saw it, and now either it's gone or the change is unnoticeable due to the lower starting black levels. Very disappointed to see that hasn't been fixed, but kind of relieved I can't see the fluctuations anymore.
If you have access to Orange is the New Black, this is a good place to test for this effect. At the end of every episode the screen goes full orange, and then fades to black credits. With CS on, there is a half second delay in blacks getting darker, with it off, there is no noticeable change in black level during screen transition.