Hi all, this is my first post here. I hope I have this posted in the correct thread as all of these Samsung model numbers have me confused.
First of all, we are coming from an old 27" CRT tv. We were in the market for a 40" up to a 50." Anything above 42" was just too expensive. I had done a little research over the past few weeks because we thought it was time to finally upgrade to a flat panel. I really did want the new Samsung LED tv but they are just too expensive right now. We looked at a few others like LG, Toshiba, Sharp, and a Pioneer that was on sale but too expensive. Since my parents have had a Samsung LCD for the past few years and are happy with it we stuck with Samsung. We had started off with the Samsung LN40B640 but had to return it as the glare was just too much for our living/tv room. This is something that the store just did not show how bad it was. So, we took it back and exchanged it for the Samsung LN40B630.
When we first went to the store a few nights before I was dead set on getting the LN40A630 (or was it the LN40A650) as it was on clearance. That is until the salesperson told us they had the new LN40B630 and 640 in stock. The 640 had a real nice square grey border. And since I didn't like the curved "red" we picked it. Not knowing what "Ultra Clear Panel" was turned out to be a mistake in our room with a patio door letting all kinds of sunlight in.
After that fiasco, we are very happy to have the LN40B630. Higher contrast ratio and a few other things the '08 model didn't have. Also, we can have the shade open during the day and still be able to see it.
The primary use of this tv will be watching cable through an HD box (HDMI) from the cable company. The other uses will be a DVD player (component), hooked up to my PC through DVI to HDMI cable for games and movies, and a Wii as well.
I did a little searching and found some calibration settings from those with the LN40A630. None as of now for the LN40B630. Right now I have these set for cable and the DVD. (from user genegold) (LINK REMOVED AS I DONT HAVE 3 POSTS)
Here are my settings using a LN40A630/S for HDTV (Bresnan cable) and for a DVD player (one minor change). My viewing room gets some day light from well behind the viewing position during the day and low overhead light from behind at night.
Backlight 4 (5 w/ Philips DVD player)
Tint (G/R) G50/R50
Black Adjust Off
Dynamic Contrast Off
Color Space Custom (see below)
While Balance (see below)
Flesh Tone 0
Edge Enchancement On
Color Tone Warm1
Size Just Scan
Digital NR Off
HDMI Black Level Low
Film Mode Auto
Blue Only Off
Auto Motion Plus 120Hz Low
Plug & Play:
Energy Saving Off
Red - 59-2-0
Gr – 17-34-0
Bl – 0-6-36
Yel – 57-48-0
Cy – 18-36-0
Mag – 43-0-63
Red offset – 29, Gr – 30, Bl - 28
Red gain – 31, Gr – 29, Bl - 21
A few changes to the above:
- Tweaked the red settings down as those seemed to be a bit high or over saturated for my liking.
- Didn't set the blue as high either.
- Cable is set to "Standard" instead of "Movie"
- A few other things I changed (I can post my exact settings later)
I'm sorry I don't really have a thorough review right now as I'm not sure what you are looking for. But let me know and I will gladly tell you my thoughts, feelings, etc...
++A few problems I have noticed is that the RSS feed for the weather for my city isn't working. It pops up some kind of error that there isn't a region for my zip code. Odd thing is, it did work the first day I had it and now it doesn't. Any ideas?
++And the other problem is that the HDMI cables were VERY HARD to insert into the back of the tv. When I first got it home I had cable to HDMI #1, then PC to #2. Then I noticed that #1 has the DVI connection. So I switched them since my PC is from a DVI output. It took me an hour to get them back in (grrrr). I had to pretty much force them in and one of them made a loud noise when it finally did go in.. Hopefully I didn't break anything. Is there any way of making these go on easier??? And what does the "DVI" mean for HDMI #1???
Also, to others with this series TV...please post your settings!!!!