And if they are, they are ignoring them. Thank you Justin!
Originally Posted by JustinHEMI05
I think I can agree with that. Overall, my experience is a lot better than my 4661 and WORLDS better than my LED DLP... I really hated that thing.
I just got done watching tons of HD stuff and I am legend and using those post 1499 settings... just WOW. It really was a great buy. And considering they can be had for the same price as the last generation, you can't beat it.
Also people keep throwing around "pop." Keep in mind that if you get your set professionally calibrated, it isn't going to "pop" like you are describing here. "popping" as it is being used here is actually a result of poor color temperature. I would get over the "pop" and buy this set. It "pops" plenty fine if thats what you want. Just don't get it professionally calibrated. It will end up looking more matted, like at the movies. Thats why the pros always tell you to give it a week to set in and for you to get used to it. Because everyone sets their TVs to "pop" and then can often be disappointed with the calibration when in fact, the TV is really displaying the best picture that it possibly can (scientifically).
So while you're haggling over what has more "pop," I have been enjoying the best picture I have ever owned.
Again thats compared to a sammy 4661 and a sammy 61 inch LED DLP. My sources are a pioneer BDP95FD blue ray player and a scientific atlantic comcast 8300HD. All HDMI. No grain no PQ problems what so ever.
As I said earlier, I work in an electronic store, previously I was a Cable Installer and Technician, I look at these TVs all day, everyday, side-by-side, and HANDS DOWN the A550 is a big step up from the 65f. I own the 65f and I am replacing it Friday with the 550. Why? Blacker blacks, better response time, better sound, better menus, non-reflective screen, better color depth, newer technology. The list could go on and on. Don't get me wrong, I like the asthetics of the 65 better, the chrome finishes and rectangular base, but that isn't enough to make me keep it. At least 3 65f series TVs in our store have had faulty power buttons. My 65f has insane green and pink gain even after calibrating the bejesus out of it. and the killer Motion Blur on everything I watch that isn't TRUE HD. all of the standard def and even the most of the HD broadcasts coming through Coax have ghosting or trailing. I thought about sending Samsung a letter asking them to pay for the glasses I will need from watching this TV. But I set them up side by side in the store and played identical content from Basic Cable, regular composite DVD, upconverted DVDs, and Blu-Ray, and time after time the 550 looked better.
To answer a couple of concerns about SHINY vs. MATTED screens. The highly reflective coating was something Samsung came up with, they said- matted screens are compromising our clarity and contrast, we don't care if you get a glare on your tv, we would rather use this coating to keep light in that is suppose to be in, and keep light out that is suppose to be out to maintain the highest contrast in the industry. And they did. Until this year, when you are going to see truely ridiculous claims of contrast. Remember, Dynamic Contrast is a fake number. It is the comparision of the lightest and darkest parts of the screen as stated by _____ (said) company. And their methods of figuring out this number may be completely different than another companies. No one wants to read the Native Contrast number because it is so low, that the commmoner couldn't differentiate that this tv says 1,000:1 and the tv next to it says 10,000:1 (dynamically). I hated, hated, hated the insane reflection on my 65f. I had ambient light coming in from the side of this TV that caused a reflection of the white trim on the wall, and if I lit a candle to put on my coffee table, then all night watching movies I would see a perfect mirror reflection. After Samsung came out with their shiny screens, Sony followed suit and came out with a semi gloss. a shiny matted finish that brought their XBR4s to 18,000:1 contrast. the highest for a non-reflective screen, it diffuses exterior light and has a soft edge to reflections. If the tv is on, the backlight will overpower ambient light. You may notice it in the letter box but not to the extreme as the 65f.
About 'Pop'- Justin is exactly right, having a cool color temperature is making your whites look BLUE and yes it pops but it also is drastically unrealistic and washes out skin tones. having that white look neutral/natural, or warm is going to give you a much more acurate picture. also having your tv in vivid with the backlight and contrast all the way up is going to wash out the blacks in your shadows and shorten the overall life of the backlight. So in the store they are trying to grab your attention with this blue 'Pop', but if you value realism you will adjust your settings to adjust to your room lighting. And you will never get 3-D effect from using Vivid settings. Only when calibrated will it appear to have true depth.
I will continue with more when I get to work. Peace.