Originally Posted by tenuki
I wanted to buy this TV, but I looked at it in Sam's club, and I could not get it to look good. I fiddled with the settings and even tried CNET's configuration, but it always looked worse than the Samsungs right next to it.
The blacks weren't as black, and everything look muddled compared to the bright Samsung image. I'm sure the samsungs are setup to show well, but that's the whole point.
I really want to buy it since it is a good deal and gets good reviews, but the bottom line is how it looks to my eyeballs.
Personally, I think you are right--regardless of reviews or anyone's opinions, it's your money and you are the one who will be looking at the TV. That said, there are a couple of reasons the image might look "muddy" compare to other sets:
- One is the "Color Temperature" setting: The "movie" setting that is so often recommended sets the temp at 6500K and that will make the set look a bit reddish-yellow, so you might try "cool" (under color temp) instead.
- Also, changing the "smart dimming" can have an effect. LCD's with local dimming can look somewhat dim compare to the "torch mode" you often see on other sets in stores, because the areas of the screen that are "lit up" are more confined instead of being spread across the entire screen. Turning smart dimming off can make the image appear somewhat washed out.
This set does look a bit dull compare to an fairly new LG CCFL set I have. After adjusting some settings, it is closer, but still not as bright overall. Black levels are much better though, so it's just a question of what's important, and everyone needs to decide that for themselves.
Regarding SAM's club: My local store was showing the old Wizard of Oz on the set--not exactly great source material for comparison!