Originally Posted by bigjoe87865
this is my first post here ... I just bought this TV and it is my first HD tv, flat tv.
I have the PN50C550 , my previous TV is a 10 year old rear projection 65 incher
few things, I only have analog basic cable that my HOA provides us, I dont think ill be upgrading to digital anytime soon.
1) I noticed that on the new tv, the basic cable looks worse than it does on my rear projection. It is noticeably grainy. Especially the first second of viewing a channel, then it adjusts itself to reduce the grains. but its still not as clear or bright as my projection TV. the Free DTV hd channels are super crystal clear and im happy. any options?... adjustments, or am I out of luck till I get digital cable?
2) I watch a lot of torrented content and I was thrilled to discover the mediaplay USB feature on this set. I hooked up my external and was able to watch everything Except most of the MKV movies or TV shows that I have.
most of the time, I get the "file not supported" or "codec not supported" I understand that MKV is a container that can have many different types of codecs , but WHICH codec does samsung media play on my tv support?... I dont mind re-encoding the videos (never done it before and will need to learn how to )
I was originally planning on either buying a laptop with HDMI-out (my current laptop doesnt) OR getting a WD media player. but since I discovered samsung usb media play, I want to try my best on saving my money by not having to buy extra hardware.
3) Image retention, I always notice IR after watching something with black bars (USA network is a channel that I always watch and it has bars on the top and bottom, Unless I zoom ) but that IR goes away after changing the content or running the scrolling burn protection.
What I want to know is, how long can I watch content with stationary logos or black bars before it becomes a more permanent issue? I dont mind changing the channel, or scrolling to remove the IR, but how much time (hours) do I have before I should do that?
4) many sites including this one, shows different custom PQ settings to help get the most out of the set... which one is the best one according to the people in this thread?
Regarding basic cable an other non-Hi Def sources, IMHO they generally look terrible on HI Def set, nature of the signal and how the new sets display them, not much you can do if anything about these signals.
Keep that manual handy, but there is a section in it (page 37) that lists the exact video/audio file formats that this set accept including MKV's. I ether use a USB HDD attached to the TV or network connect the set and allow it to see the Windows 7 PC that I have with suitable files, or even the NAS storage device that can also serve up files to the Samsung.
IR, greatly decreases after about 100 hours, until error on the side of caution, since the time before IR sets in is determined by the brightness of the object and the numbers of hours on the panel there are no hard/fast guidelines.
There are a number of settings for this set as you suggest, but because this is subjective in nature, you will have to be the decide what you like. On the other hand if you want accurate renditions of the source material there are settings that give spectacular results.
Here is the thread you will want to read about settings for this set, it is only 5 pages and has a wealth of information! Calibration settings thread.