Well my set took much less time to get here then initial estimates. I think it probably helps that I saw online that the TV was in my city so I called ceva directly. They hadn't contacted me yet, I bet that cut off a day or three...
I have only had it for 2 days so all I have is initial impressions. To be clear, before you proceed: I have not
played with the picture settings enough to make a final judgment. This is just my initial impressions.
The first thing I noticed was the screen. It is a diffuse reflective screen. I have it in a room with 6 windows shinning on it from all sides and the reflection really isn't too bad. It doesn't bother me a bit. Note I am comparing this to a plasma...
First negative I noticed was the silver trim on the bottom of the bezel is bent away from the frame in one corner. Not sure how that could have happened. Thought I could just snap it back in but it wouldn't budge. Not sure how much this going to bother me in the long run but it doesn't give me a warm fuzzy about quality.
As everyone else mentioned the sound is not so hot on this set. I think it is the simple fact that the speakers fire down and not forward. I have an 8" powered sub lying around and will give that a shot later. It will fill in the low end but I am afraid there is nothing I can do about the high end. When I first started listening to it I thought it sounded like crap. But I played with the eq and watched the set for a while and I don't think it is going to be a big deal for me.
Now on to the 46" question... how does the picture look? Honestly I am just a little disappointed. I watched a little OTA 1080i and at least straight out of the box the picture is way over-processed. Sharpness is way too high leading to edge artifacts. Even turning it down doesn't seem to get the smooth life-like images I am used to on the Pioneer.
On to blacks/contrast: Without a doubt the Samsung can produce a deeper black then the Pioneer. But it seems to have a very slight bluish tint to it that seems artificial. And the set seems to crush more blacks then my plasma.
In general the color does not seem quite right either. Seems to be too cold of a color temperature. I tried the warm temperatures too, but they were too warm (now where did I put baby bear's porridge?).
Note I am a terrible judge of absolute color. I do a lot of photo editing and I know
this is not my strong point. Also note I have calibrated my Pioneer using video essentials and I have not really dialed-in the Samsung. But then again by "calibrating" my Pioneer all I had to do was set brightness, lower sharpness, and push the tint slider ~3 tics. Everything else was spot-on from the factory.
Next I turned on the wii. It looks ok, but the colors don't seem as rich as the Pioneer. Pushing down the backlight helps but then the picture is overall too muted. And for whatever reason the poorly anti-aliased lines from the wii are much more distracting on the Samsung. Response time/motion blur is also minorly evident. For example in the intro of Twilight Princess with my plasma I never noticed any jerkyness when the image pans. I noticed this immediately on the Sammy.
I still have hope for this set. I bought it to go in a sunny location where my kids can play games and watch movies withing me worrying about IR/burn-in or if they remembered to turn it off. And for this purpose I am sure I will be happy.
Note even my 5 year old son prefers the Pioneer. But it could just be that I somehow let him know the Samsung is "smaller" then the old set
. Also I do not
recommend buying a Pioneer. They haven't yet figured out that TV's need a software as well as hardware support model. Pioneer has never
released a firmware patch for this set. And this set really
needs a firmware update (tv turns itself off when there is low signal, clock is wrong for 2 weeks out of the year due to change in daylight savings time changes etc).