Originally Posted by Timmatron
Here are my initial impressions of my pn50c8000, though I've only watched a couple hours on it so far. Used some calibration settings I found to dial it in a little better. This is in comparison to the Panasonic G25 that I returned for many reasons.
1) Picture quality is great, but I was expecting a little better blacks. Perhaps I was spoiled with those from the G25, and my friends Pioneer.
2) Buzz sound is very minimal. Compared to the G25 it is very acceptable and usually not noticeable.
3) The speakers/sound is not as good as the G25. Guess thats what happens when the tv is 1.25" thick.
4) Anti-reflection filter is not as good as the G25. I think it is acceptable however, but might have to play with a tilting mount or some window shades later on.
5) I had many issues with the G25 which I do not have with this set. Noisy picture, unforgiving compressed or SD signal, buzzing, floating blacks, non-uniform coloring in the display itself (slightly green tinted areas), bad handling of motion, perceptible flicker in refresh rate, poor syncing of dialog in certain situations.
I would have to say I think the Samsung is going to be a great everyday set. Perhaps if I only watched perfect BD content I would have kept the Panasonic, but I felt like the sum of all the little problems I had with it was just too much to ignore. At the very least I would have called out a service tech to take a look at some of the problems.
Sure, I paid almost double for this set, but so far it seems to be worth it. My biggest gripe is the black levels, which I didn't think I would notice, but turns out that I do.
Welcome to the family!
Unfortunately the 50 inch sets seemed to have a slightly higher black level than the 58 and 63 inch sets from multiple sources. But...don't get disappointed yet before you do the following:
1) Make sure current firmware is on the set (v. 1035)
2) Log a couple hundred hours on the set and the blacks will improve slightly (thats right they actually get better on the Sammys). I can tell you that my set now has 6 months of heavy use and the latest firmware on it and I am much more impressed than when I first turned it on in regard to black level.
3) Movie mode has the deepest black levels, so calibrate that unless you already have it on that setting.
4) Toggle to movie then to another setting if that is your preference; there is/was (some say the latest firmware fixed it) a bug that caused black levels to be elevated until you put the set on movie mode then back to your preferred mode. I wouldn't know if it is fixed because my set is always in movie mode (or game mode engaged from movie mode) which also helps retain the deeper black levels with games .
Hope this helps and enjoy your set!