Excuse the wall of text but here is what I went through in deciding on this set in hopes it'll help others coming from the same situation.
I had a 40 inch sammy LNT4061F from who knows when and it was about that time to upgrade.
- gaming (manageable input lag for COD here and there)
- good PQ
- 40-50 inch
As I started to update my knowledge of current generation HDTVs, it really looked like my initial plans of getting a 50 inch plasma went away simply due to the heat since this will be going in a 12 x 10 room. (really liked and was debating between the sammy 51d800 and panny gt30) .
I was initially scared of all the reports with banding / uneven blacklight and it made me sad since this were the exact same issues HDTVs were dealing with when I bought the LNT4061F.
I took a look at Panasonic Viera TC LEDs but it looks like you simply want one of those if you're #1 priority is input lag and don't care too much about the PQ. Scratched.
Sony HX929 was next. Excellent reviews, but took a look at the price. Did I want to pay that much more vs the other available products? Scratched.
Next up was the D8000 Sammy LEDs. It was a good thing that I had read all these threads first before visiting the stores. I went to a couple of best buys and fry's to compare all these models. I was incredibly turned off by a UN55D8000 on display at Magnolia which had the soap opera effect and almost had written off the D8000 series completely after seeing that. There was a GT30 and PN51D8000 plasma that looked great to each side of it (wonder if they did this on purpose in order to move those models).
At Fry's I saw the UN46D8000 it looked completely different from what I saw at Best Buy. It was setup much better and I could see what MKANET had mentioned about preferring how good the brights brights are on this set vs how good the darker shades are on a plasma.
In the end, the PQ's to me were similarly great with LED winning it out due to heat output (and I know it shouldn't matter much, but the bezel on the D8000 is just dead sexy). I'm convinced I would have been happy with either one.
camel camel camel dot com helped me pick the right spot when to go ahead and make my purchase and I went to Fry's to pricematch simply because I wanted the option of a local return in case I had issues. I saw on the box that i had an H302 panel and got scared a lil bit since I was hoping for a H303.
Plugged everything in and set up MKANET's settings and I could not be happier with this set. Uniform screen, no banding, no dead pixels.
I'm not sure when this panel was manafactured as I've seen different reports on how to determine that. My 7th to 10th characters on my serial are BB00 (this suggests either Oct or Dec).
I did have one big issue and it was killing me since I was this || close to returning the set. I spent about 3 hours pulling my hair out to get the glasses and QWERTY side of the remote to sync to the TV. I tried point blank distance to sync at all spots near the TV, corners / middle / behind, etc etc. Turned off all wireless on the laptops, turned off bluetooth on my phone and PC. Turned off speakers receivers all electronics, still nothing.
I was sad to pack this thing up to return the next morning since I had such a good screen and I had it moved by the box in the living room and thought, lets just try it one more time. It worked.
So if you are having issues syncing like I did and don't want to spend a million hours getting it to sync, move it outside of the room with all your electronics (mine was in the hallway) and try syncing there. I placed it back in the room and sync held up fine with everything back on. Whew.
Couple things I'm still looking into and it seems like there is no definitive answer yet.
- Source input names
I noticed that if you name these differently, you get a different set of options for picture.
What would be the best for these connections?
1) Direct TV receiver (Cable STB)
2) Xbox 360 (GAME) - any picture settings suggestions are welcome.
3) PC (PC DVI)
for a PC connection, does anyone know if it would be better to connect a HDMI --> DVI cable or if it's better to go through the VGA?
I have it currently connected to HDMI --> DVI and my desktop is alot brighter on the TV compared to the NEC 2490wuxi. Any settings suggestions for this?
Thanks in advance for any help!