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post #31 of 239
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Originally Posted by Spaz202 View Post

Has anyone tried out the game mode on this set? I was curious is it degraded the PQ very much

Game mode is good, doesn't seem to degrade picture quality too much. I use it on my Xbox.


On a different note. Has anyone tried changing the model in the service menu to enable other features? I am a bit scared to try it. Press info - menu - mute - power to get into it.
post #32 of 239
Well I've decide to pull the trigger on this set once I get off work later!

Everytime I see it in Best Buy im inevitably drawn to it so i figured what the hell. Also Im planning on jotting down their display model's settings (given they're callibrated) and I can throw those up here if anyone would like them. Ill also comment on the input lag once I get it all set up. This is my biggest concern going into it because no ones done an official test on it but ive been playing black ops on an old mitsubishi since ive owned the game that produces no lag whatsoever so im certain ill be able to pick on any noticable amount of lag in normal or game mode.

Fingers crossed I dont have any flashlighting/clouding out of the box!
post #33 of 239
Ok so after a few days with this set all i can say are good things except a few minor problems that can easily be solved.

First, the picture quality is simply stuning- looking at most TVs in best buy i quickly noticed that samsungs had a leg up on the competition in PQ this year and this set follows that trend. I've done no callibration but simply setting the TV to "natural" made my jaw drop. Extremely deep blacks, exquisite motion tracking especially for a 60hz, and superb sound quality (I have it set to "music") all add up to an stellar viewing experience. Im now having trouble getting my parents out of my room because they dont want to watch TV on their sony, that cost 500 dollars more than this set, anymore haha

I was timid about this TV due to no input lag tests but JESUS i didn't expect it to be this good. Everyone seems to say samsungs are bad for gaming but I can't tell the difference between this set on game mode and my old CRT. Im a huge COD player and couldnt have asked for a more responsive TV- It honestly must be about 1 maybe 2 frames of lag. Without game mode it probably jumps to ~2-3 frames of lag. Initially setting it to game mode made the picture dull looking out of the box but this set allows you to tweak some of the main picture settings while in Game Mode and now I honestly can't tell the difference from when i switch from HD DirecTV to my XBOX (im using component btw). The one complaint I do how however is the fact that game mode sets the sound to "movie" mode. When playing COD its hard to pick up on more quite sounds like footsteps and at the same time gun noises are blaringly loud. It reminds me of when i use my ipod tape adapter in my car- I normally set the ipod volume around 70% and adjust the volume on the stereo accordingly. Game mode on this set is like turning the ipod to full volume and blaring the stereo too: it just seems to take all the high pitch noises, distort them, and blare them at your face. I have to play with the volume on 10 and once i switch to satellite i turn it to around 30 just to give a frame of reference. Fortunately i plan on getting a sound bar soon so i can just route the sound through that and avoid the whole issue altogether.

The TV is gorgeous to look at aswell. They dont have that awful touch of color on the 5 series but still trim it with the thin outler line of glass/plastic. The stand is sturding and swivels and despite reading about the atrocious viewing angles on televisioninfo.com, I honestly dont see what they're talking about. I can get all the way to the side and still have decent picture quality.

All in all I would definitely recommend this set to the cost-sensitive buyers/gamers out there looking for the best bang for their buck. This is my first HDTV ive ever owned myself and Samsung is making a strong case for customer loyalty to say the least.

If anyone has anyone question about the D550 series i'll be happy to try and answer them to the best of my knowledge.
post #34 of 239
I am trying to find out if this TV supports true 24Hz. I have managed to set my PC's output to 1080p at 24Hz. The picture displays fine but there is some overscan using HDMI.

I wonder if the TV is actually displaying true 24Hz which would mean smooth video playback via HTPC :-)
post #35 of 239
I have heard the S panel is the best version of this TV. Does it indicate on the outside label of the box what panel is used on the TV? I am concerned with the 37" model.
post #36 of 239
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I have heard the S panel is the best version of this TV. Does it indicate on the outside label of the box what panel is used on the TV? I am concerned with the 37" model.

Yes, its on a white sticker with the barcode, model number, serial number, etc. Look for "Version:" Mine is a 32" SQ01 and I've seen 37" display models with AA01.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...5#post20307105
post #37 of 239
My 46D550 says SQ01
post #38 of 239
Is there any way to disable the auto dimming that occurs every time a black screen is displayed? Also, is some clouding to be expected of the SQ01 panel when displaying dark content with a higher backlight setting?
post #39 of 239
There is some clouding in the corners of my SQ01. Not bad though
post #40 of 239
What firmware version does everyone have with their LN32D550? Mine came with 1014 and no updates are currently on the network server or on the Samsung website.
post #41 of 239
In case anyone was wondering, this set has the CAL-DAY and CAL-NIGHT modes that can be enabled in the service menu. I was surprised to see them on a 5 series set but they were there and work properly (previously only 6 series or higher sets had these modes and they didn't always work properly even on those sets).
post #42 of 239
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Originally Posted by PlasmaPZ80U View Post
In case anyone was wondering, this set has the CAL-DAY and CAL-NIGHT modes that can be enabled in the service menu. I was surprised to see them on a 5 series set but they were there and work properly (previously only 6 series or higher sets had these modes and they didn't always work properly even on those sets).
Where in the service menu are they and how do you enable them? (I know how to get into the menu)
post #43 of 239
Can any D550 LCD owners confirm whether or not the backlight dims greatly when a completely black/blank screen is displayed, such as during movie intro and end credits? I reported this auto dimming behavior to Samsung Level 2 Tech Support, which claimed this behavior is not normal and that my TV needs service. Of course, I don't believe that for one second as many Samsungs have auto dimming of one kind or another and it used to be possible to disable it in the service menu ("B" 2009 models or older). Just looking to hear back if anyone else noticed this on their D550 LCD (most obvious/visible at night during movie credits).
post #44 of 239
Thread Starter 
I have noticed mine seems to dim or brighten every now and then. I just thought it was my eyes playing tricks on me though.
post #45 of 239
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Originally Posted by TMNTFan View Post

I have noticed mine seems to dim or brighten every now and then. I just thought it was my eyes playing tricks on me though.

What screen size is yours? Mine's a 32".

(edit) Never mind, I see you have the 46".
post #46 of 239
Thread Starter 
Yeah.. it's weird because every time it happens I go to the menu to try to find a place to turn it off, but there is never an option no matter how many times I check :P

And I don't know how I missed all the action in this thread, for some reason I never got my email notifications...
post #47 of 239
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Yeah.. it's weird because every time it happens I go to the menu to try to find a place to turn it off, but there is never an option no matter how many times I check :P

And I don't know how I missed all the action in this thread, for some reason I never got my email notifications...

It seems to be built into the firmware/service menu. However, since the advanced portion of the service menu is no longer accessible with the user remote, the only thing I can do is hope for a firmware update that disables this 'feature'.
post #48 of 239
Thread Starter 
Also, what are the CAL-DAY and CAL-NIGHT modes?
post #49 of 239
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Originally Posted by TMNTFan View Post

Also, what are the CAL-DAY and CAL-NIGHT modes?

basically two extra movie modes that don't get reset when you access the service menu or do a factory reset of the user menu

you can also set them up in the service menu so that the same settings carry across every input for that particular picture mode
post #50 of 239
One thing that bugs me about this set is that I can't find info on how it handles 24p content, the manual says nothing about it, nor do the specs on Samsung's page. Anyone got any info? Thanks.
post #51 of 239
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Originally Posted by IkariGendo View Post

One thing that bugs me about this set is that I can't find info on how it handles 24p content, the manual says nothing about it, nor do the specs on Samsung's page. Anyone got any info? Thanks.

I imagine 2:3 pulldown to convert the 24Hz input into 60Hz (the TV's refresh rate). Alternatively, it could convert the 24Hz input into 48Hz with 2:2 pulldown (the TV could also support 48Hz in addition to 60Hz). I think the first scenario is more likely but the second is possible.
post #52 of 239
mine is SQ01 (from back of tv)

post #53 of 239
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Originally Posted by PlasmaPZ80U View Post

What firmware version does everyone have with their LN32D550? Mine came with 1014 and no updates are currently on the network server or on the Samsung website.

mine is 1011 and currently 1019 is available

post #54 of 239
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Originally Posted by qwertyqaz View Post

mine is 1011 and currently 1019 is available


Mine is the US version so it seems 1014 is the latest currently.
post #55 of 239
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Originally Posted by PlasmaPZ80U View Post

Mine is the US version so it seems 1014 is the latest currently.

i see. i will post later if i successfully upgraded to 1019. im also interested what improvements were made over the previous FW....like a summary. ill look on it later also. gotta sleep now hehehhe

btw, thanks again sir PlasmaPZ80U on your help on the other thread!
post #56 of 239
Looking for a TV solely to connect with a cable connection. Will definitely using it for sports, including football games.

Would there be much difference between the Samsung LN46D550 46-Inch 1080p 60Hz LCD and the Samsung LN46D630 46-Inch 1080p 120Hz LCD?

Difference between the two is about $100.
post #57 of 239
Any suggestions on optimal calibrations for the LN46D550?
post #58 of 239
samsung service technician gave a friendly visit to check my connections and set-up. i never expected a service like that from sony. im happy with samsung's service

i noticed though that he tinkered with the remote pointing to the IR of the TV for a few seconds and he accessed a panel setting on the upper left of the screen. its more than the typical menu.

anyone knows how? :-)

thanks
post #59 of 239
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Originally Posted by PlasmaPZ80U View Post

Can any D550 LCD owners confirm whether or not the backlight dims greatly when a completely black/blank screen is displayed, such as during movie intro and end credits? I reported this auto dimming behavior to Samsung Level 2 Tech Support, which claimed this behavior is not normal and that my TV needs service. Of course, I don't believe that for one second as many Samsungs have auto dimming of one kind or another and it used to be possible to disable it in the service menu ("B" 2009 models or older). Just looking to hear back if anyone else noticed this on their D550 LCD (most obvious/visible at night during movie credits).

That is normal behavior for this set and sadly it can't be turned off.

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A black level of 0.06 cd/m^2^ is fantastic for an LCD screen, but this figure is a little confounding because there is actually no way to turn the dynamic contrast off. You tell us it's off, LN46D550, but this is clearly false, because when we give you an all-black screen, you drop the backlight a split-second later. Still, it's much better than it was last year, when it still couldn't be turned off and also took a fraction of a second longer to kick in. In any case, Samsung seems unwilling to bend on the stance that your TV should have dynamic backlighting, whether you like it or not. While this is true, it's difficult to gauge where the television's true black level falls.

http://www.televisioninfo.com/conten...and-Whites.htm
post #60 of 239
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Originally Posted by qwertyqaz View Post
samsung service technician gave a friendly visit to check my connections and set-up. i never expected a service like that from sony. im happy with samsung's service

i noticed though that he tinkered with the remote pointing to the IR of the TV for a few seconds and he accessed a panel setting on the upper left of the screen. its more than the typical menu.

anyone knows how? :-)

thanks
What was he fixing?

(By the way, that menu you mentioned is the service menu.)
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