Ok, I'm at my wit's end and I turn to you guys for help.
In bright scenes, this TV's picture quality is perhaps the most appealing image I've ever seen. I utterly adore it.
But in dark scenes, it's almost to the point where I want to throw a hammer through the screen. I'm going to point out a few specific examples...http://www.aim-dtp.net/aim/evaluatio...nal_linear.gif
This is practically how dark scenes present themselves to me, no matter what I'm watching it seems. I can physically see the pixelation in the areas of the screen where there is movement from dark to light, it's to the point where I can barely stand to look at it anymore.
Here's how the conversion from dark to light should look... just ignore the colored line in the center, I just Googled an image I felt would suit my purpose.http://www.audioholics.com/productre...age014_016.jpg
I wish I could better put it into words for youa ll to understand, because I'm out of ideas. I've tried all the different settings people on here claim makes their Samsung's look amazing in dark scenes, and still it occurs.
I've looked into buying a Calibration DVD, but honestly, until I know for certain that it will "fix" this issue, I won't make the purchase. I've already spent thousands on this, and I want to make an informed choice for my next move.
A couple specific examples...
Last night, I was watching 24 Season 4 on DVD. I use an Oppo 970 player, upconverted to 720p.
Anytime the scene takes place inside CTU headquarters, there is a massive amount of grainiess in the dark blue and blacks of the environment.
Another example, Superman Returns on DVD.
The scene where Supes rescues the folks in the space shuttle, when he tosses the shuttle into space, the dark background of space interacting with the bright burst from the engines causes a massive fluctuation of pixels, almost like every pixel within the area of dark vs bright has on outline and I can see them swimming around.
Visual pixelation in dark background scenes is driving me crazy... it's either a bad TV set that I bought and I should try to get it exchanged, it's a problem with all models of this type of TV, or I simply need to calibrate it properly to get rid of it.
Which one is it?! This is driving me nuts, I've swapped DVD players from Sammy to Oppo, I'm using a short HDMI cable, the room it's in is perfect for viewing in, and I bought an HD Cable box from Shaw to ensure I was getting the best possible PQ.
Help me please.