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post #31 of 8397
I'm gonna have to look at them in the store, because I would LIKE a 650, but its way out of my price range for the features i TRULY need. series 4 and series 5 in 40" is what im lookin for..............................

I like the contrast level, 5 ms, and 1080p of the series 5, but seeing past comparisons, it looks like 720p might give less blocking, and it's cheaper, so i duno.........

Someone needs to start a series 4 thread dammit.
post #32 of 8397
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Originally Posted by viper98912 View Post

I'm gonna have to look at them in the store, because I would LIKE a 650, but its way out of my price range for the features i TRULY need. series 4 and series 5 in 40" is what im lookin for..............................

I like the contrast level, 5 ms, and 1080p of the series 5, but seeing past comparisons, it looks like 720p might give less blocking, and it's cheaper, so i duno.........

Someone needs to start a series 4 thread dammit.

Is this true, that the series 4, at native 720p, "might have less blocking" then say the series 5 or even the sries 6? All I need is a small TV for my office to watch sports, (baseball/football) and the news.

It would not ever be used, (in my office) for gaming or movies. All the broadcast sports are broadcast in 720p here. So does anyone think I would be better off with the series 4? I already have two 71's for 1080p in other rooms.
post #33 of 8397
Sean,

I recognize the name from the other Samsung owners thread. Did you compare the A550 with the 4665 or 4661 and if so what was your impression? WRT screen finish, response time 8ms vs. 5ms, and the dynamic contrast. At 30,000:1 I'm guessing that the screen finish would have to be shinier than the matte of the 4661.

Thanks for any insight. debating on whether or not to return the 4661 as I'm still in my 30 day window.
post #34 of 8397
More posts Sean! I wanna buy this series! How does any type of HD sports look? Thanks.
post #35 of 8397
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by themistocles View Post

Is this true, that the series 4, at native 720p, "might have less blocking" then say the series 5 or even the sries 6? All I need is a small TV for my office to watch sports, (baseball/football) and the news.

It would not ever be used, (in my office) for gaming or movies. All the broadcast sports are broadcast in 720p here. So does anyone think I would be better off with the series 4? I already have two 71's for 1080p in other rooms.

There is nothing broadcast in 1080p and only a handful of video games run in 1080p (although the Xbox 360 can upscale everything to 1080p which is nice). Unless you are planning on watching Blu-Ray movies a 1080p TV is unnecessary IMO.

Keep in mind though, the Series 4 has worse specs too... 6ms response time (compared to 5ms), and 10,000:1 contrast ratio (compared to 30,000:1).

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Originally Posted by stoneag View Post

Sean,

I recognize the name from the other Samsung owners thread. Did you compare the A550 with the 4665 or 4661 and if so what was your impression? WRT screen finish, response time 8ms vs. 5ms, and the dynamic contrast. At 30,000:1 I'm guessing that the screen finish would have to be shinier than the matte of the 4661.

Thanks for any insight. debating on whether or not to return the 4661 as I'm still in my 30 day window.

I never owned the 4665 or 4661. I was in that thread cause I was planning on buying the 4061 but I decided to just wait for this model instead.

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Originally Posted by NightStalker3 View Post

More posts Sean! I wanna buy this series! How does any type of HD sports look? Thanks.

I'm not a big sports guy but I was watching MLB Baseball on YES HD and it looked amazing.
post #36 of 8397
Well, to throw a fifth variable into the equation, yes, i will own a blu ray player, but then again, bluray at 768p would also look sweet.

1) Contrast ratio
2) Time response
3) Price
4) Bluray @ 768p
5) SD and/or feed blocking
post #37 of 8397
I found a little more info on the series 5 at HDTV lounge:

"The Samsung Series 5 LCD models are avaliable in five different sizes, the smallest 32-inch LN32A550P, 37-inch LN37A550P, 40-inch LN40A550P, 46-inch LN46A550P and the largest 52-inch LN52A550P model. They all feature a 1080p (1920×1080 pixel) LCD screen which offers the highest HD format avaliable. The LCD screen used is Samsung’s Super Patterned Vertical Alignment (SPVA) LCD panel which provides a superior image quality along with a high 178 degree viewing angle."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPVA#PVA
post #38 of 8397
sorry bud but nothing new lol
post #39 of 8397
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Originally Posted by D92Mike View Post

"The Samsung Series 5 LCD models are avaliable in five different sizes, the smallest 32-inch LN32A550P, 37-inch LN37A550P, 40-inch LN40A550P, 46-inch LN46A550P and the largest 52-inch LN52A550P model. They all feature a 1080p (1920×1080 pixel) LCD screen which offers the highest HD format avaliable. The LCD screen used is Samsung's Super Patterned Vertical Alignment (SPVA) LCD panel which provides a superior image quality along with a high 178 degree viewing angle."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPVA#PVA

Just for your info
Samsung doesn't produce anything in 37"
In this size it will be AUO, CPT or CMO.
And of course you are able to check panel manufacturer via two stickers ( back and side) on on your TV.
post #40 of 8397
Very weird... I just noticed that the 42" and 32" have a stand that rotates, but the 37" doesn't. That is actually a very important feature for me since I want to be able to pivot it to watch it while I run on my treadmill.
post #41 of 8397
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Originally Posted by Mits mania View Post

Very weird... I just noticed that the 42" and 32" have a stand that rotates, but the 37" doesn't. That is actually a very important feature for me since I want to be able to pivot it to watch it while I run on my treadmill.

According to the 5 series user manual (p.90), all models use the swivel stand. Where are you seeing that the 37" doesn't?
post #42 of 8397
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Originally Posted by Mikl1984 View Post

Just for your info
Samsung doesn't produce anything in 37"
In this size it will be AUO, CPT or CMO.
And of course you are able to check panel manufacturer via two stickers ( back and side) on on your TV.

Just for YOUR info, Samsung DOES produce sets in 37", so please do not give false information. There was an LNT3753 last year, and there should be a 37" Series 4 and Series 5.
post #43 of 8397
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Originally Posted by viper98912 View Post

Just for YOUR info, Samsung DOES produce sets in 37", so please do not give false information. There was an LNT3753 last year, and there should be a 37" Series 4 and Series 5.

I am talking about panel manufacturer.

For your info
Samsung S-PVA panels used in 50% of Samsung TV only
post #44 of 8397
anyone else seen/own one of these? please post impressions/review/pics!
post #45 of 8397
I stood in front of the 37A550 for a while in BB today. It never crossed my mind to verify the stand swivel, but I will another day.

They told me that the settings were "out-of-the-box" after verifying "Dynamic". I didn't change anything but that general mode and came away thinking it looked a little bright/cloudy/washed compared to other nearby sets, but, then again, it looked very sharp at times with good color. I know that sounds like a contradiction, but that's the impression I got.

I believe I would turn down the brightness and mess with the contrast and have a very nice picture...by my new-owner standards. BB doesn't automatically give me the types of things that I'd like to see to judge motion performance, but I didn't see anything terrible in what there was. Part of the issue at this (if not all) BB locations is the massive coax feed system they are using. I did bounce around a few channels and thought the digital non-hd looked VERY good on this set. The analog was beyond horrible, but seemed to be really bad signal more than the set; it was very noisy.

The screen was somewhere between the 69 and 71 and I just don't think there's any other way to describe it. I see that others seem to identify the panel and, for those that can relate it to some other brand/model, that seems to explain it. The surrounding finish IS bright and reflective and that will give pause to some; it should be considered by the 650/750 afficianados. The remote is the same and screams "Disney World", but seemed responsive and was not critical to my judgement.

To my thinking, the 37A550 is going to be a high-volume champ for Samsung. Even the MSRP hits a price point that's going to give fits to the stacks of 40" non-120 sets and has to seriously hurt the 32" bedroom and "720 will do" crowd. It's certainly gonna quickly kill the 4061 and/or create some real deals on that set to clear inventories. Not to break the rules and talk price, but Samsung might create their own gap with this and either have to pick between it and the 40" or we'll see deep discounts on the 40A650 soon. They can't even sneak a 4069-type in there unless the 650 screen is really 71-like. It's a long way between $1400 and $2200 (?) with only the 40A550 offering little beyond the 37". If I were Samsung, I'd be encouraging the guy noting the difference in panels between the 37 and 40.

Bottom line: Samsung might have a hit here with the "want one" types like me. The more knowledgeable here are going to rip it to shreds, but it's going to sell and many of you are going to have one in the bedroom/basement/etc., I think. You might as well work on the calibration and response time benefits posts to keep the interest of we poor wantabes....Smile.
post #46 of 8397
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Originally Posted by Mikl1984 View Post

I am talking about panel manufacturer.

For your info
Samsung S-PVA panels used in 50% of Samsung TV only

fine
post #47 of 8397
I gtg hit up the stores tonight and see if they have any of the new ones in.
post #48 of 8397
I was about to pull the trigger on a 4665, but I will wait and see how people feel about playing xbox360 on the 46550 ...
post #49 of 8397
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Originally Posted by thesacrifice View Post

I was about to pull the trigger on a 4665, but I will wait and see how people feel about playing xbox360 on the 46550 ...

Same here, I've been watching the the prices on the 4665/61. Right now none of my local BB are showing the 46550 in stock.

I'll be using mine for everything, HTPC, Movies, PS3, and Wii. Let's here more reviews and see some pictures.
post #50 of 8397
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Samsung doesn't produce anything in 37"

yes they do we just got the new ones in last night
post #51 of 8397
went to BB this morn. they were just finishing putting up two sammys LN32-330+LN32-450.Plus a new lg32" and a new toshi 32". I mean the empty boxes were still on the floor. Anyways the MSRP for the Sammy 32-330=699.99 32-450=899.99,LG 32=899.99
Toshi 32"=679.99.Way more adj. on the 450.Took most of the fine tuning out of the 330 series.Toshi pic not bad,but have to wonder who makes it at that price point (Orion,Fu Jitsu ,chinese whoever.)But for a bedroom set does 2 bills diff matter,I don't know.
post #52 of 8397
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Originally Posted by ront2 View Post

went to BB this morn. they were just finishing putting up two sammys LN32-330+LN32-450.Plus a new lg32" and a new toshi 32". I mean the empty boxes were still on the floor. Anyways the MSRP for the Sammy 32-330=699.99 32-450=899.99,LG 32=899.99
Toshi 32"=679.99.Way more adj. on the 450.Took most of the fine tuning out of the 330 series.Toshi pic not bad,but have to wonder who makes it at that price point (Orion,Fu Jitsu ,chinese whoever.)But for a bedroom set does 2 bills diff matter,I don't know.

Do you know the price of the 26 inch 4 series?
post #53 of 8397
I just got my new LN46A550 yesterday. Got it home and hooked it up and now I need to calibrate it. Since I am new to the site, is there a thread or someone know how to calibrate this TV? I ordered my cables from Monoprice as a suggestion from this site, so I am still waiting on them to come in. The wife was so excited, and me too, about the new TV that we have component cables hooked up to it now. Using Time Warner Cable, the HD channels look great. I do not have an Blu-Ray as of yet, but hoping to see what this TV can really do once that is in place. Any help on setting this puppy up with all the settings would be great! Thanks
post #54 of 8397
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Originally Posted by B.R. View Post

Do you know the price of the 26 inch 4 series?

B.R.,I believe it was 749.99.
post #55 of 8397
Just brought home a LN32A450c today from BB.They had 2 in stock but none on display.Sales people had no idea they were there.Told me to come back tuesday! I just happened to walk down this isle passed the Magnolia section and there they were.Guess I'll have to post some pics,maybe even start an official LN450 thread.
post #56 of 8397
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Originally Posted by scubadiverdj View Post

I just got my new LN46A550 yesterday. Got it home and hooked it up and now I need to calibrate it. Since I am new to the site, is there a thread or someone know how to calibrate this TV? I ordered my cables from Monoprice as a suggestion from this site, so I am still waiting on them to come in. The wife was so excited, and me too, about the new TV that we have component cables hooked up to it now. Using Time Warner Cable, the HD channels look great. I do not have an Blu-Ray as of yet, but hoping to see what this TV can really do once that is in place. Any help on setting this puppy up with all the settings would be great! Thanks

Congrats on the new purchase! On page 1 of this thread I listed several links to aid in calibration. Also, I would check out the Samsung 61, 65, and 71 series calibration threads to get some quickie settings and go from there. Enjoy the new toy and keep us informed.
post #57 of 8397
I passed by CC today and they had nothing, while BB did have a new 40A450 on display. It was funny because the description ticket was blank, except for some pen writing "LN40A450". As for the tv, I don't think it was calibrated, because it looked fine. It didn't look AMAZING, it looked just fine. At the same time, it did seem brighter (in a good way) than some of the others that were there, so I think it just needs some love. Regardless, the style of the bezel looked very sleek and finish. It was a nice looking set if you want something budget, but nice.

They had no 550's there, so I wasn't able to compare. Another thing that's currently bugging me though is whether I wanna buy this for a bedroom (40") or something larger for a living room, where I'd have to go 46A550. I can't afford both, so I'm gonna have to think whether I want to watch everything my bedroom or out on a couch.
post #58 of 8397
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Originally Posted by ront2 View Post

Just brought home a LN32A450c today from BB.They had 2 in stock but none on display.Sales people had no idea they were there.Told me to come back tuesday! I just happened to walk down this isle passed the Magnolia section and there they were.Guess I'll have to post some pics,maybe even start an official LN450 thread.

Yeah it would be a good idea to start a 4 series thread.

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Originally Posted by ront2 View Post

B.R.,I believe it was 749.99.

Thanks
post #59 of 8397
what is different between series 5 and 6? because i am craving to get a new Samsung LCD.

Also, is series 5 and 6 better than LNT-71F or 81F
post #60 of 8397
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Originally Posted by kasuza View Post

what is different between series 5 and 6? because i am craving to get a new Samsung LCD.

Also, is series 5 and 6 better than LNT-71F or 81F

550 is 6ms and 60Hz while 650 has 4ms and 120Hz.
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