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I find the build quality on Samsung products (in terms of look and feel) to be inferior to other brands, and haven't been a huge fan of their TVs for a few years, since about the 2009/2010 era when they made great looking CCFL LCDs (although the F8500 is a great looking TV). My personal experience with Samsung has been limited because I generally try to avoid buying their products. My experience is with them is limited to an original Galaxy S1 phone, which was a piece of junk with really poor support from Samsung and their awful Touchwiz skin (I know they're better now, since it was a first-gen product, but I'll never buy another one), A Samsung microwave from 2001 that's still working (and that was made in Korea), and a 32" ES6500 TV in my bedroom, which has relatively lackluster black levels for using a Samsung panel (TH01) and surprising uniformity issues for a small 32" TV. Generally, my gripe with Samsung is that they've gone from making great TVs at every level to kind of riding on their reputation and pushing out lackluster products because they know they can get away with it. Sure, it happens to a lot of manufacturers who get a big head -- it happened to Sony -- but Samsung is one of the worst offenders. Take a look at a 6-series samsung for instance (H6350, H6400), which are their bread-and-butter lines. Their picture is not anything to write home about; in fact, it's probably not as good as 6-series sets from Samsung even a few years ago. But Samsung knows that if they load them with useless Smart features and slap their name on it people will buy it no matter what. Read the CNet reviews of both series and they'll both say as much about the picture.
But no manufacturer is immune to quality issues. 2 out of the 4 Panasonic plasmas I owned had some kind of issue -- the Smart TV apps stopped working entirely on one [G20] and I had developed yellow blobbing on the other [VT50]. Panasonic is known as one of the CE companies with the lowest failure rate, so go figure.
pc + headphone Sonus faber Toy monitor| REL T Zero| Sony UDA1|Sony MDR-Z7|Audioquest Nighthawk|Sennheiser HD 598
stereo Sonus faber Toy tower|Teac UD-501|Sony TA-A1ES|Sony SCD-777ES|Sony ST-SA50ES|Sony BDP-S1700ES|Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC Esprit + Tube Box S|Sonos Connect|Furman Elite-15 PFi
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