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post #61 of 239
Does the LN46D550 actually power off or only go into standby mode?
post #62 of 239
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Originally Posted by PlasmaPZ80U View Post

What was he fixing?

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

actually he didn't do any fixing. he was sent out by samsung to our place after a week (or was it two?) i purchased the tv. It was to ensure if i made the right connections with dvd, stb, tv, speakers, etc....and if my settings were ok and if im happy with my purchase....

ah thats the service menu.....i wonder how i can get "inside" hehehehe
post #63 of 239
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Originally Posted by qwertyqaz View Post

actually he didn't do any fixing. he was sent out by samsung to our place after a week (or was it two?) i purchased the tv. It was to ensure if i made the right connections with dvd, stb, tv, speakers, etc....and if my settings were ok and if im happy with my purchase....

ah thats the service menu.....i wonder how i can get "inside" hehehehe

If you do choose to enter the service menu, learn how to navigate properly and don't change anything unless you know exactly what you're doing. You can brick your TV quite easily there (just look at the Samsung Calibration Failure thread in the display calibration forum).
post #64 of 239
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Originally Posted by PlasmaPZ80U View Post

If you do choose to enter the service menu, learn how to navigate properly and don't change anything unless you know exactly what you're doing. You can brick your TV quite easily there (just look at the Samsung Calibration Failure thread in the display calibration forum).

i just checked the thread and i dare not enter hehehe

thanks for the warning sir
post #65 of 239
Hello! I need help getting a part # off of a Samsung remote. The remote went through the washing machine and the part # on the bottom left hand corner rubbed off.

The model # of the TV is LN40D550K1FXZA.

This is all I can make out in the remote: looks like it ends in 8(?)1A

Thanks in advance to anyone that can help.

EDIT: I found this part# at the Sears website - AA59-00481A. I think this is what I need.
post #66 of 239
Version 1018.1 was just released recently. Anyone notice any differences between this and 1014.0?
post #67 of 239
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Originally Posted by reallynotnick View Post

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

If you check the comments of the review you posted, one of them says that the auto-dimming can greatly be reduced by setting the Shadow Detail to +2. I can also confirm that it works perfectly, and now there is much less dimming, if any at all. Also, if you set it to a medium setting, say 0, there is some dimming, but it's much less aggressive, so you can give it a try and find the best amount of dimming that works for you. I myself prefer to keep it at 0 for the time being, so that the effect is much less distracting and the black level is still deep when displaying darker scenes.
post #68 of 239
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Originally Posted by PlasmaPZ80U View Post

Version 1018.1 was just released recently. Anyone notice any differences between this and 1014.0?

I only use my tv for playing files over DLNA for now, I could be mistaken but it seems that motion rendering has improved with the update. It looks smoother (less judder) now, so they might have improved the 2:3 pulldown a bit (tested with 24 fps file).
post #69 of 239
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Originally Posted by hopefultr View Post

If you check the comments of the review you posted, one of them says that the auto-dimming can greatly be reduced by setting the Shadow Detail to +2. I can also confirm that it works perfectly, and now there is much less dimming, if any at all. Also, if you set it to a medium setting, say 0, there is some dimming, but it's much less aggressive, so you can give it a try and find the best amount of dimming that works for you. I myself prefer to keep it at 0 for the time being, so that the effect is much less distracting and the black level is still deep when displaying darker scenes.

Yes, setting shadow detail to +2 (max) will disable the dimming on anything that is not a blank screen. +1 will have the mildest dimming in dark scenes and -2 will have the most aggressive dimming in dark scenes. It also seems the way the backlight modulates is now faster and more progressive.
post #70 of 239
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Originally Posted by hopefultr View Post

I only use my tv for playing files over DLNA for now, I could be mistaken but it seems that motion rendering has improved with the update. It looks smoother (less judder) now, so they might have improved the 2:3 pulldown a bit (tested with 24 fps file).

I have found sending 1080p@24Hz to the TV directly is smoother than having the BD player do the 2:3 pulldown and send 1080p@60Hz to the TV.
post #71 of 239
thanks for you settings =)
post #72 of 239
PlasmaPZ80U - Just wanted to say thanks for posting your calibration settings. I'm receiving the LN32D550 (USA model) Monday and look forward to getting the best picture thanks to you.
post #73 of 239
Hey all,

new owner here, and I'm curious to see if anyone else has had this problem.

I've put some video files onto a flash drive (.mkv files mostly) and they have multi language audio and subtitles on them.

When I play them over the TV's USB port / built in player, I can see the video, listen to the audio and change the audio without problems, but I can't find a method to enable / disable subtitles. Using the closed caption button on the remote prompted a message saying that it was not available in this mode.

~Tony
post #74 of 239
I had a chance to measure the gamma of my LN32D550 today with four kinds of test patterns. APL Small Patterns and Windows resulted in gamma readings that were way off while APL Large Patterns and (Full) Fields resulted in normal gamma readings. Based on this, I can conclude that there is still some level of auto dimming occurring with lower APL test patterns despite shadow detail being maxed out at +2 and so only APL Large Patterns and (Full) Fields should be used. For gamut, APL Large Patterns seem best since the blue dE was much lower with these patterns than with (Full) Fields. Therefore, for the sake of consistency, I used APL Large Patterns for grayscale/gamma & gamut.
post #75 of 239
Does anyone get the mode not supported message frequently in error when the resolution changes between 720p, 1080i, and 1080p? With my PS3, this happens far too often and rebooting the TV or changing inputs back and forth will fix it temporarily. However, the next time the resolution changes it might happen again.
post #76 of 239
Just got an LN46D550 last night at Wally World. First impressions are very good. Got an SQ05. Don't see any clouding or flashlighting at all. Couple questions:

1) Anyone have some good settings to try?

2) Is there an easier way to switch to game mode than to work all the way down in the menus?

3) And related to number 2, do you really lose much by using game mode? Because if switching to game mode can only be done through the menu, then I'll probably just leave it on game mode all the time (unless it makes things look really terrible).
post #77 of 239
post #78 of 239
Our LN32D550 is being shipped to our home now and should be here in a few days. I have questions regarding video playback from the USB port.

1. Can it play VIDEO_TS or .AVI videos from an external hard drive that's plugged into the USB port?

2. If so, when playing AVI video, will it play subtitles in the .SRT format that are in the same folder?

3. If not, what exactly can be played via the USB port?

Thanks!
Sky
post #79 of 239
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Originally Posted by Skylark View Post

Our LN32D550 is being shipped to our home now and should be here in a few days. I have questions regarding video playback from the USB port.

1. Can it play VIDEO_TS or .AVI videos from an external hard drive that's plugged into the USB port?

2. If so, when playing AVI video, will it play subtitles in the .SRT format that are in the same folder?

3. If not, what exactly can be played via the USB port?

Thanks!
Sky

You can play many types of videos from a USB drive (flash or hard drive) like MPG2 video 720x480 DVD format files in .mpg or .mkv files with AC3 audio.
Also supports xvid,divx,h264/avc video format with mp3,ac3,aac audio in .avi, .mp4 or .mkv files.
I found that it didn't support high definition MPG2 video like 1920x1080 recorded from an OTA HD channel with a PC TV tuner, but it did support h264/avc video with 1920x1080 if I converted the video to that format.

The user manual (on downloadable PDF file) lists a lot of the formats in this regard, but I still had to experiment a bit. It does a pretty good job for a built-in video and audio playback capability, but still not as complete as an external video player like the WDTV Live Plus device I also have.

Haven't noticed any subtitle display capability with video playback, don't think it supports separate subtitle files in any case, just the single video file.
post #80 of 239
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Originally Posted by Joxer View Post

You can play many types of videos from a USB drive (flash or hard drive) like MPG2 video 720x480 DVD format files in .mpg or .mkv files with AC3 audio.
Also supports xvid,divx,h264/avc video format with mp3,ac3,aac audio in .avi, .mp4 or .mkv files.
I found that it didn't support high definition MPG2 video like 1920x1080 recorded from an OTA HD channel with a PC TV tuner, but it did support h264/avc video with 1920x1080 if I converted the video to that format.

The user manual (on downloadable PDF file) lists a lot of the formats in this regard, but I still had to experiment a bit. It does a pretty good job for a built-in video and audio playback capability, but still not as complete as an external video player like the WDTV Live Plus device I also have.

Haven't noticed any subtitle display capability with video playback, don't think it supports separate subtitle files in any case, just the single video file.

Joxer,

Thanks for your comprehensive reply! Sounds like pretty good USB video playback capability for a TV set. I have an external hard drive with AVI video and SRT subtitle files on it (Korean drama fans), so I'll test subtitle playback when we receive our D550. If it doesn't work, I'll connect a PC to the VGA port.

Thanks,
Sky
post #81 of 239
post #82 of 239
Received our LN32D550 today and set it up. Digital channels from cable look superb! We couldn't ask for better picture quality.

However, up conversion of SD cable channels isn't that great. 4:3 is a little better than 16:9 and some channels look kinda acceptable but overall, still not that great. The picture on some SD channels look slightly out of focus and faces look plasticky. Do your SD cable channels look like that? Are there settings can can improve the look of the cable SD channels?

Thanks,
Sky
post #83 of 239
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Originally Posted by Skylark View Post

Joxer,

Thanks for your comprehensive reply! Sounds like pretty good USB video playback capability for a TV set. I have an external hard drive with AVI video and SRT subtitle files on it (Korean drama fans), so I'll test subtitle playback when we receive our D550. If it doesn't work, I'll connect a PC to the VGA port.

Received our LN32D550 today. I connected an external hard drive (Thermaltake BlacX) to the USB port and the hard drive appeared in the D550's "Source" menu. I was able to play some videos very easily. The USB connectivity is just great!

Regarding whether .srt subtitles will play back:
I played a downloaded Korean drama file in the .avi format. The D550 automatically found the .srt subtitle file and played it also. The key is that the .srt file has to have the same name as the .avi file. So yes, .srt subtitle playback does work. Just great!

I played DVD video off the hard drive from VIDEO_TS folders, and they played back fine with video and sound. The D550 did say "Audio format not supported" (paraphrasing) but the audio played just fine. --- However, I could not turn the subtitles on.

Is there a way to to turn subtitles on when playing from VIDEO_TS folders?

I did connect my laptop to the D550 using a HDMI cable and was able to play the DVD video with subtitles from the same external hard drive. I used the VideoLan player to do it. --- But it would be so great if I could play Korean drama DVDs with subtitles directly from a hard drive on the USB port without having to hookup my laptop.

Thanks,
Sky
post #84 of 239
We're loving our new LN32D550. It's a keeper!

1. The swivel stand is great for our needs. Can face the screen toward the left so my wife has a good view from her seat at the kitchen counter and then swivel the screen to the right if we want to lie down on the dining room carpet to finish off a movie.

2. The viewing angles are fine. I don't know why the reviewer in the televisioninfo.com review for the LN46D550 (link in post #59) complained about poor viewing angles. I checked side angles and they are fine. I lay on the kitchen floor and looked upward at the screen and that's fine also. Maybe the reviewer had a first version screen? Our LN32D550 has a SQ04 screen.

EDIT: After adjusting for best picture for us, I now notice that viewing angles of about 15 degrees or more (30 degree total cone) does lose the "optimum" picture quality adjustments somewhat. Picture is still bright without getting noticeably darker but is less than "optimum" like when sitting within the 30 degree cone. With my wife sitting on one side of the kitchen counter and me on the other side about 5 feet from the screen, picture quality is great for either of us with the screen swiveled to face between us. Even outside of the 30 degree cone, the picture is good but just not with the "stunning colors" as when within the 30 degree cone.

3. The tuner found a large number of cable digital channels. One example is that our SD channel 12 is the same as the Samsung 82-1 channel number. Is there a website that has cross references from Samsung digital channel numbers to local affiliate channel numbers?

4. When I channel surf using the channel button on the remote, some digital channels come up as "Scrambled channel or weak signal". How can I delete those channels from the channel list? The owner's manual that came with our set is so sparse.

5. I found that when hooking up a PC via a HDMI cable, renaming the D550's HDMI input to "PC" is essential. Our set's default was "DVI" and although the picture looked good, there wasn't any sound. Renaming the HDMI input to "PC" and also, (Very Important), changing the sound output "default" in Windows Vista from "headphones/speakers" to "HDMI" were essential to hearing HDMI sounds from the PC.

6. One big disappointment is how scrolling closed captions are handled. Closed captions on CNN scroll with 3 jerks per line, instead of smoothly like our bedroom LN32A540. Pop-up closed captions are fine since they display 2 lines at once and don't scroll. --- I'm going to have to learn to live with the jerky "scrolling" closed captions though, since I like this LN32D550 so much!

The LOML and I are really happy with our new LN32D550 .
Thanks Joxer for recommending it to me.
Sky
post #85 of 239
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Originally Posted by Skylark View Post

We're loving our new LN32D550. It's a keeper!

1. The swivel stand is great for our needs. Can face the screen toward the left so my wife has a good view from her seat at the kitchen counter and then swivel the screen to the right if we want to lie down on the dining room carpet to finish off a movie.

2. The viewing angles are just fine. I don't know why the reviewer in the televisioninfo.com review for the LN46D550 (link in post #59) complained about poor viewing angles. I checked side angles and they are fine. I lay on the kitchen floor and looked upward at the screen and that's fine also. Maybe the reviewer had a first version screen? Our LN32D550 has a SQ04 screen.

3. The tuner found a large number of cable digital channels. One example is that our SD channel 12 is the same as the Samsung 82-1 channel number. Is there a website that has cross references from Samsung digital channel numbers to local affiliate channel numbers?

4. When I channel surf using the channel button on the remote, some digital channels come up as "Scrambled channel or weak signal". How can I delete those channels from the channel list? The owner's manual that came with our set is so sparse.

The LOML and I are really happy with our new LN32D550 .
Thanks Joxer for recommending it to me.
Sky


Yes the swivel stand works great for me as well on the LN32D550.

You can access the Channel Manager from the "Content" button on the remote.
There select the "All Channels" from the left side selections and then on the right side move with the arrow keys to each channel and you can select it (along with any other channels you wish) and then press "Tools" to perform an action from the menu that appears, such as the "delete" function.
Deleting will cause the channel(s) selected to appear grayed-out on the "All Channels" list so you could re-enable them later if you wish, but will not then appear in the normal channel access.
You can also add any channels you wish to a Favorites List (there are multiple such lists too) in a similar way in the Channel Manager.
I find the favorites lists work great - you can select the one to use for normal channel access from the channel list button options.

The QAM channel numbering is different with each cable system.
post #86 of 239
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Originally Posted by Joxer View Post

Yes the swivel stand works great for me as well on the LN32D550.

You can access the Channel Manager from the "Content" button on the remote.
There select the "All Channels" from the left side selections and then on the right side move with the arrow keys to each channel and you can select it (along with any other channels you wish) and then press "Tools" to perform an action from the menu that appears, such as the "delete" function.
Deleting will cause the channel(s) selected to appear grayed-out on the "All Channels" list so you could re-enable them later if you wish, but will not then appear in the normal channel access.
You can also add any channels you wish to a Favorites List (there are multiple such lists too) in a similar way in the Channel Manager.
I find the favorites lists work great - you can select the one to use for normal channel access from the channel list button options.

The QAM channel numbering is different with each cable system.

Very good instructions. I'll give them a try tomorrow.

Thanks,
sky
post #87 of 239
I see this model LN40D550 is onsale at a bargain price this week at both Best Buy and Target in their ads: $100-200 off the regular price.
Thats in the normal price range of the 32" model in this series for this sale.
post #88 of 239
If anybody has the ln40d550 with the SQ06 panel, would you mind posting what you kike or dont like, viewing angles, black level, and issues with flashlighting, cloudiness you may have?
post #89 of 239
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Originally Posted by Skylark View Post

We're loving our new LN32D550. It's a keeper!
4. When I channel surf using the channel button on the remote, some digital channels come up as "Scrambled channel or weak signal". How can I delete those channels from the channel list? The owner's manual that came with our set is so sparse.

Under the Program Channels section of the menu, there is a feature option to scan for scrambled channels and it will delete them. Takes a few minutes, but works well.
I believe that is also an option during the initial channel programming scan as well.
post #90 of 239
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Originally Posted by Joxer View Post

Under the Program Channels section of the menu, there is a feature option to scan for scrambled channels and it will delete them. Takes a few minutes, but works well.
I believe that is also an option during the initial channel programming scan as well.

Found that option and it is deleting the scrambled channels now.

Thanks!
Sky
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