Well I have been meaning to post my test results for days now after having unboxed My 61A750 on memorial day over a week ago and just haven't had a chance. So here goes...
Initially taking out of the box I was displeased with how it was packed(I did post this in detail HERE)
Then after the initial shock of seeing how flimsy the frame and overall casing were (which was even more disappointing than the packaging)
I saw how great the Picture quality was, although some tweaking was definitely needed.
So it was my goal to test the TV having played some Games and BD's with my PS3. And also to get out to my local Best Buy Or Circuit City to have a look at Mine and other RP DLP Tvs as well to see how they fare in terms of the frame and casing as it pertains to screen sway and its effect on the known geometry issues.
Having done that now, first I have to say, after visiting Best Buy I have noticed that while the 61a750 they had on display did have a little play in the frame/casing, it was not as "loose" as mine appears to be. But having compared it to the overall stiffness and build of the Sony 60a3000 and the Mitsubishi Diamond series, the Samsung definitely has a noticeably lower Build Quality. (unfortunately they did not have the 67A750 yet)
I Asked the Sales Girl(Who really appeared to know her stuff) for the remote to the 61a750 so I could access the service menu and display some test screens, namely the crosshatch. We did so, and While the one on the floor was just a tad off(also counterclockwise just like mine) it was not quite as bad as mine is off. And in addition, on mine I can gently pull or push on the top corners of the frame and watch the crosshatch enter and exit the correct position, however on the floor model at BB this was not as easy to do since the frame was noticeably stiffer and more rigid(tighter actually) than mine, but it was STILL possible to accomplish. On mine you can actually almost manipulate the frame to STAY in the correct position within 1/16th of an inch. Due to the rigidity of the floor model this was not the case. NOW I KNOW that your not supposed to push and pull on the top frame to correct geometry issues, and that this is actually accomplished by correcting the tilt via accessing the inside of the set via the rear, behind a panel(as opposed to a freaking keystone or tilt adjustment in the service menu, which we SHOULD have and DON'T), but I am merely stating this to emphasize the issue that MY set has with the case/frame being to LOOSE.
Now all that aside, again I have to say the set looks AWESOME. I HAVE HAD issues with getting the PS3 setup so as to prevent the BANDING issue that we have been posting about recently, and it seems that no matter what I have everything set at (having tried just about all of the user settings listed on this and the discussion forum), there is STILL always SOME degree of banding that remains. Also some degree of pixelation as well which appears to go hand in hand with the Banding issue.
I do not have cable or satellite at my house yet so I Have only been able to test with the PS3. I also don't have a calibration disc (other than an SD dvd or two with the THX calibration on it. So basically when watching Blurays it looks pretty damn good. Games as well for the most part. However I can notice issues with at least HALF of the Bluray Trailers I play (ALL downloaded from the playstation store) as far as Banding and pixelation goes.(and have never noticed it before on either my parents tv in 1080i or my cousins panny projector at 1080p)
So, I was playing with RGB Full and Limited last night after reading some of the posts here, and can DEFINITELY SAY that I see the difference. Limited looks WAY better IMO. Full made all the blacks looked washed out or like.. to bright..more grey than black. I was in Movie mode with contrast between 86 and 89, brightness at between 46 and 50, color at 49, tint at G52/R48 and sharpness at between 10 to 20, and i cant remember the detailed settings off the top of my head.
at any rate, I REALLY look forward to having this setup correctly and look RIGHT, and if not right then at least GOOD with reduced or NO banding issues.
But until then I have to decide what to do about the set .
Between of the Frame/Geometry issues and because of the awesome PQ,
I am really torn as to whether I should
A) Keep it and calibrate properly, then deal with the flimsiness & geometry,
B) Return it for an identical model,(more or the same?)
C) Return if for a different set all together, or
D) Have it serviced ALREADY.
But there ya have it.. My test results and thoughts as to my 61a750 purchase. All this aside.. I would be 110% satisfied if the frame was stiffer and there were no geometry issues. The rest can be worked out with proper calibration i believe.