Originally Posted by sharkcohen
kevivoe, since you have one, can you comment on the supposed macroblocking issue? I would suspect what people are seeing are just in the source being used at the stores. If you aren't seeing any issue with this at home, please let us know so that we can avoid a silly rumor.
Yes. I was one of the people who complained of macro blocking in another thread. I went back to BB and wanted to check other sources. They humored me and I found it could have been source related or setup related. No display issues on the 2nd visit. They may have been concerned that a customer pointed it out to them. My 2nd visit allowed me to see a 6000 series and 550 series now installed. They told me a Samsung rep came by to "brief" them and help them through some setup items.
The LN40B650 has no issues with DirecTV that I have seen in the past 24 hours, both SD and HD (1080i) channels. Have not stared at a 720p channel enough to be sure. No opportunity for blu-ray or HD DVD yet. Thinking about trying at least one of them out ... we have a Vudu box too so I am curious how a lower bit rate 1080p signal compares to others.
There are so many adjustments available. I had noticed a lip sync issue on the HD history channel on close ups of people talking. I futzed with the AMP settings and others related to 120Hz and it seemed to improve the sync. I do not have a external sound processor in the bedroom. I am thinking of dialing down the processing. Turn off any modes related to speed such as "game mode" and dial down AMP and other 120Hz functions.
I did notice they have edge enhancement higher than I prefer as default.
Overall a very good picture. Just a touch < than the 6000,7000 and 8000 series in the store but not as much as the premium would indicate (to me). Our last LCD purchase was 3 years ago and I would say this 2009 B650 is quite a bit better PQ. It has an equalizer and a few sound modes too, not like a Denon/Yamaha/Pioneer/Onkyo mind you but good enough for the bedroom and 99% of the population I would guess.