Hiya guys - Long time reader, 1st post.
Guess what?! I bought this set last weekend on Saturday - and it's working perfectly for me! Not one of the problems mentioned have happened with mine. I don't know the specific model number, i'll check when I get home. I am pretty sure it's the 79 though.
HD ota with an amplified antennae and DVD's look simply incredible. It's my first dip into HD so maybe it's just the fact that it's my first time seeing HD, bud damn! It's simply breathtaking to watch stuff in HD!
I have analog cable (no box) and it's really not that bad looking either. Some channels look really bad but I assume it's the network broadcast quality more than my tv. I would say 90 percent of the stuff I watch on cable looks pretty good. I have to say - setting to 16x9 or Pana modes looks really weird and I don't like it, so I generally watch everything in 4x3 if it's not HD of course.
Oddly enough, regular - non-hd stuff looked really bad when I first plugged it in, but it seems to have gotten better over the course of the last couple of days. Is this normal?
The first thing I did was go to "custom" and get the contrast, brightness, color, and sharpness settings under control. Since I did that, things started to sharpen up a little. It really looked bad when viewing analog cable for the first couple of days though. (Maybe setting the custom settings helped?) It's looking a lot better now.
I got a good deal on this Samsung DVD Player and have it connected to this set via HDMI. (sorry can't post links just yet but the model number is DVDHD755) It has HDMI and Component on it and does upconversion.
It upconverts, I don't know how high, but I notice a huge quality difference in DVD's now. They look much different, in an awesome way.
If you can find a good one, this tv is really great for DVD viewing if you have a good player and good, quality connections.
Geometry issues appear to be non-existent. I have been looking at different news channels and sports center with news tickers and they fly right along the whole bottom of the screen the way they should. (This is in 16x9 and 4x3 mode only that I checked though) The zoom and pana settings just look weird so I don't really use them.
I'm thinking the next step is to invest in some calibration software. What do you guys think? I am really loving this set and while I hesitate to recommend given the problems everyone else seems to be having, I still have to. If you can find a good one, it's well worth it from a price/feature standpoint.
I seem to have gotten a good one so be aware that they are out there folks