Originally Posted by david12
I just thought I would put in my quick review - I just installed my Samsung 5679 over the weekend. My setup is very simple: Cox Cable is the cable provider, I have a Monster coax Cable coming from the coaxial cable output on the wall directly to my HD cable box ( Motorola DC 6416 III). I have a high quality two meter HDMI cable (Best deal cables) from the cable box to HDMI input 2 on the back of the Samsung 5679 (build date July, 2006). The HDMI carries the audio and video signals, so at this point this is the only connection that I am using.
Out of the box, it looked pretty bad, but I used the settings recommended on this site for the Samsung 5687. Movie mode, warm 2, etc.
After making the adjustments, the picture looks great, no banding/reflections whatsoever (SD or HD). I also watched Pirates and it looked okay (a lot of dark scenes), but Star Wars and the ESPN baseball game looked fantastic.
It may be preferable to use HDMI over component cables for this set?
Anyway, I will not be returning my set.
I'm with you, very satisfied, and looking foward to making it better when I calibrae it.
Although I've tweaked mine internally and will continue to do so more with a ND filter, I too have been happy with the tv and plan to keep mine as well. I feel very, very over charged but it is the only set I want right now. Sure, I wish it was better in the sense that I could use DNIe if I wanted and the black level in a dark room was lower but other than that, it is everything I wanted in a replacement tv.
I just wanted to get away from convergence, fear of burn-in, etc. that I had with my previous crt rptv and I've done that. I've been able to give my old set to my brother and his family to enjoy. Furthermore, I've been able (at least with my set) to get every component and input I use to look as good and better than my previous set. This is my first DLP and it has indeed been a learning experience. However, I've gained things (DLP or not) that I wanted to have like HDMI inputs, FireWire inputs, Cable QAM tuner, 1080p, etc. that I didn't have before in my main viewing area. The fear of rainbows and the longer life of the LEDs lead me to this set. Although I must admit after years of reading about DLPs and RBE and then finally seeing one for an extended period at a Curcuit City recently (not the 5679), I may not have been one of those who sees them easily or at all afterall. ;-) Live and learn.
As I have mentioned before, the room I use the set in is far from being dark during the day but I don't let direct sunlight near this set or any tv in the house for that matter, just personal preference. When the kids are around, there is plenty of light in the room day and night and the tv seems fine to me in movie mode.
Looking back, I only paid $200 less for my crt rptv 6 years ago and thought it was a bargin then. I tweaked it too the first year. I remember taking the screen off once to check a dark spot that turned out to be dirt behind the screen from the factory and later seeing a "crack" in the corner only to discover it was a spider making a home inside of it. Anyway, I hope to hear from someone who gets a professional calibration and/or hopefully solves the DNIe color banding riddle. Also, I hope I get some good results with my ND filter tweak as well. With my image centered and overscan off (my old set at close to 10% overscan!) the only thing for me that remains is getting the black level down when the lights are off. I would like to get it like my crt but I'll see soon enough. Be good to get someone watching a movie who gets up during a fade to black to have to stop in their tracks again.