My Samsung PN42A400 review
Received the set on Dec. 24th 2008
Purchased from Amazon for $699 plus free shipping.
Arrived in good condition, advised by delivery guy to inspect for any damaged. Stand was already mounted. Could not turn on due to cold weather it was around 35 degrees. Condensation immediately formed. Waited 3 hours.
Had previously downloaded owner’s manual, also read all adjustment comments here on AV Science Forum.
First the case is beautiful, love the gloss finish and the swivel stand. Easley lifted by 2. The remote has a low end feel compared to my Panasonic HD LCD remote. To be fair all the buttons and controls are well laid out, it just doesn’t have the solid feel and weight of the Panasonic.
Connected to Component input from HD DVR Cable Box, turned the set on and immediately made the suggested picture settings. One note on the picture controls, the most extensive I’ve seen. If you’re a tweaker freak you’ll be beside yourself.
My HD Time/Warner signal up here in upstate NY varies greatly, on occasion it looks like standard TV. When good it’s great. Have the optical audio out from the cable box to my Receiver. Cable remote setup was a bit of a problem, found the correct Samsung code, but then lost some cable box settings, like the guide and DVR list. The solution was first program the Samsung then the cable box itself, never noticed the box setup code was listed. All works well except the TV volume seems stuck on the cable remote. Anyone have a solution?
I have a Samsung DVD player (upscaller) connected with HDMI (input 1). DVD’s look great, did notice noise on the “Dark Knight” DVD in a particular dark scene with almost no accent lighting near the end, could be the player, the DVD, the transfer or the set. So far “Hell Boy 2” was the most spectacular looking.
After a few days I switched the component cable to HDMI (input 2), the picture greatly improved. I had to switch the cable box to HDMI sound.
I made one other picture adjustment, switched from “Film Setting” to “Standard” from there I lowered contrast, brightness and cell. I felt the film setting added to much yellow to flesh tones and white graphics also had a cast.
Extensive adjustment controls
Low end remote
Mute display stays on screen (although it moves)