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post #31 of 998
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Originally Posted by matz8916 View Post

Here are the rest of the pictures and for the side shots I was angled roughly 15 degrees from the screen and like 1 foot away from it on both sides.

Thanks a lot.
That's helping me making my decision to buy this 51D6500 set !
Again, thank you for taking the time to take and upload the pics.
post #32 of 998
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Originally Posted by shrooms911 View Post

Thanks a lot.
That's helping me making my decision to buy this 51D6500 set !
Again, thank you for taking the time to take and upload the pics.

no problemo, its a great TV especially for the price. Good luck with your purchase!
post #33 of 998
Hey Guys, I posted my question in a few other threads as well but I'm still looking for an answer. I'm on the verge of purchasing a 59" Samsung Plasma but I'm bit confused between the PN59D6500 or PN59D7000. I'd love to save the $300-$400 by getting the 6500 but I don't want to sacrifice picture quality. The Plasma is going into a dark basement if you care to know.
The only difference that I can find between the two is
1) No real black filter on the 6500 and
2) Dynamic contrast ratio 15,000,000:1 vs 5,000,000:1

I'm concerned about #2. Does the higher contrast ratio make significant difference to the picture quality? or is it more of a marketing gimmick? Can you guys please help me out? Thanks.
post #34 of 998
Thread Starter 
a friend of mine is coming over with a CRT monitor this week, when get here i'll update my first post with photos from my setup and the input lag on this set, with gaming mode and without it.
post #35 of 998
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Originally Posted by vick911c View Post

Hey Guys, I posted my question in a few other threads as well but I'm still looking for an answer. I'm on the verge of purchasing a 59" Samsung Plasma but I'm bit confused between the PN59D6500 or PN59D7000. I'd love to save the $300-$400 by getting the 6500 but I don't want to sacrifice picture quality. The Plasma is going into a dark basement if you care to know.
The only difference that I can find between the two is
1) No real black filter on the 6500 and
2) Dynamic contrast ratio 15,000,000:1 vs 5,000,000:1

I'm concerned about #2. Does the higher contrast ratio make significant difference to the picture quality? or is it more of a marketing gimmick? Can you guys please help me out? Thanks.

There's nothing I've seen on comparing these sets that suggest the difference in contrast ratio is real. If in a dark basement, I personally think you'd have a very hard time telling one from the other.
post #36 of 998
Awesome news about the remote working with PS3. I didn't even think about checking to see if it was BT when I bought it. I already had a Blu-Link universal, so it wasn't a big deal.

My 59" is arriving tomorrow. Did anyone do anything in particular for break-in. I know there is about 100 days worth of reading on here regarding plasma break-in and about 1000 different viewpoints on it but I was wondering what owners of the 6500 were doing in particular. This is my first plasma, so I don't know what to expect.

My fiance actually pushed for this new TV and she is impatient, so she wants to watch 3D content tomorrow night. I am more the type who would wait the weekend to break it in if need be. From what I understand, I should be fine as long as I limit the amount of TV watched with a fixed logo and movies with black bars? Are there any default settings I need to change immediately in the interest of not ruining this thing out of the box? Sorry for the newbie questions, there is just so much information here that it kind of blurs what the best practices might be for a new plasma.
post #37 of 998
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Originally Posted by BurtReynolds View Post

From what I understand, I should be fine as long as I limit the amount of TV watched with a fixed logo and movies with black bars? Are there any default settings I need to change immediately in the interest of not ruining this thing out of the box? Sorry for the newbie questions, there is just so much information here that it kind of blurs what the best practices might be for a new plasma.

+1
I'm getting my 51D6500 today so I'm wondering the same newbie question
post #38 of 998
I just got my pn59d6500 delivered about an hour ago...WOW...this thing looks great.

Looks MUCH bigger in my living room than it did at BB....but I'm horribly nearsighted, so that's no problem.

I've downloaded the break-in slides...will throw that on shortly, but couldn't resist watching at least something first....got the Stones Shine a LIght on.....man, you can almost fall into the cracks in Keith's face, hahaha.

Anyway, I promptly set it to movie mode. Is this good enough to watch for now, and also to use with the break in slides?

What settings are others using for this TV

This is my first plasma...I'm blown fscking away.....

chilecayenne
post #39 of 998
Hi all, can anyone confirm on an improvement in PQ on the D6500 vs the D550 (59/64"). Not bothered with internet on tv but will spend extra if there truly is an image processing improvement. Thanks.
post #40 of 998
Any more reports or problems with this tv getting bricked with the firmware update?

I've not set my networking on it yet...wanna make sure that firmware update has been fixed or taken out of the mix by samsung?

CC
post #41 of 998
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Originally Posted by chilecayenne View Post

Any more reports or problems with this tv getting bricked with the firmware update?

I've not set my networking on it yet...wanna make sure that firmware update has been fixed or taken out of the mix by samsung?

CC

I've had my 6900 (6500 in states) for a week and a half and so far no network problems. I've been testing it with PS3 media server and it was all working. I also did the update and it didn't bricked.
post #42 of 998
I've had my 59" 6500 for about 2 weeks now. It is also my first plasma. Great TV, no burn in or image retention. I have really broken it in by just watching full-screen HD content. 3D works great.

My only complaint is that the stand had a couple of dents in it for some reason... no big deal though since I mounted it.

Picture quality is A+++

PIC

post #43 of 998
Starting today, Future Shop gives the Shrek 3D starter kit with 2 pairs of glasses free with the D6900
post #44 of 998
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Originally Posted by INNOVABOOK View Post

I've had my 59" 6500 for about 2 weeks now. It is also my first plasma. Great TV, no burn in or image retention. I have really broken it in by just watching full-screen HD content. 3D works great.

My only complaint is that the stand had a couple of dents in it for some reason... no big deal though since I mounted it.

Picture quality is A+++

PIC


Cool.
Yep...I started out watching a HD bluray...then had to do some work and ran the break in slides for a couple hours, then HD content the rest of the night.

I let the break-in slides over night....so, figuring I'm about 17 hours on the new screen. I turned it off while at work today, but will watch tonight and let the break in slides go overnight.

I turned the contrast and brightness down a bit for the slides...just for safety not knowing for sure the dvd would run continously all night...and fearing the PS3 logos might come on after that and be static.

Anyway, all went well, and tonight likely I will turn up the brightness and contrast for the overnight break in session.

So far...total blast.

Only one problem..I was unpacking the 3D glasses, and one pair of them had blotches on both lenses..looked like hairline cracks...?

I'm going to try to return them to BB tonight or tomorrow for a new starter kit...

So far, tho...I'm ecstatic over the quality of this thing.

A friend of mine dropped by last night, and had a avi on a usb drive for an IMAX Hubble telescope program...I didn't realize this thing had a built in media player?!?!?

I just plugged in the usb to the rear of the set..and a player menu came right up!!

This was something he downloaded but still...the colors and crispness was amazing and wow...you could see the deep blacks on this!!

I'm going to try to see if I can find the bluray for that show and rent it.

cc
post #45 of 998
Can anyone comment how reflective the D6500 is compared to the previous C6500?

I saw a new 51D450 (720p screen), and it was much more reflective than the older 50C6500 (full HD) which was on sale...
post #46 of 998
So where are most folks in US buying this TV? Please feel free to PM me. Looking to get a good price on this or D7000 TV.
post #47 of 998
I decided to skip over the break in slide mumbo jumbo this time around. I usually only watch HD channels anyway. Some standard deff shows I record I just stretch the picture to 16:9 rather than screen fit.

I also have played 1 to 2 hour sessions on ps3. I will say I have zero hints of IR. This set is better than even my LG pk750 which was pretty darn good after 300 hrs on IR.

My 6500 is such a awesome set and picture. So glad I upgraded. I can't wait to get a Bly ray on it. It's amazing on Direct tv HD I can't even imagine blu ray. The amount of detail and black levels are outstanding.

Plus the free money I made back on those 3D movies on eBay, hehe.
post #48 of 998
I'm not doing the break-in either as I won't be getting a pro calibration, but during the initial few hundred hours, I am just making sure not to watch stuff with bars or play games for too long if they have fixed-in-place HUDs. When gaming or watching OTA TV channels I am also using 16:9 pic size mode so that the pixel shift function can work. In Screen Fit mode you get to see all of the pixels, but the TV can't do any pixel shifting.

You're going to be pleased when you get a Blu-ray on this thing. They are really impressive looking.

I haven't seen any IR at all either, though I'd be hard pressed to think of anything I might have displayed that could have caused any, haha. I'm being extra careful here at the onset.
post #49 of 998
Old-school HD DVD's also look amazing on this thing

I watched Transformers HD DVD in the TV's simulated 3D mode and it looked pretty darn good lol.
post #50 of 998
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Originally Posted by mallu2u View Post

So where are most folks in US buying this TV? Please feel free to PM me. Looking to get a good price on this or D7000 TV.

Sent you a PM. Live just up Route 7 from you.
post #51 of 998
It's very odd that nobody has mentioned how hot this thing runs. I was at Futile Shop today checking out the PN51D6900 and I ran my fingers along the top edge of the unit. I nearly burned my fingers! This thing runs crazy hot!!!

Just to confirm that this is indeed a unique situation, I ran my fingers along the top of all the other plasmas in the store (including other Sammys). Yup, no question about it. This particular model is literally a space heater.

Samesong have once again failed to solve the heat distribution problem. I really want to buy this plasma, but I'm concerned that the heat build up will shorten the life of the set. Can anyone put me at ease? Otherwise, I'll have to fall back to my second choice, a 50" Panny (G25).
post #52 of 998
Alas, I have no concept of how hot is too hot. The last TV I bought was 9 years ago. CRT rear projections didn't throw heat like the new stuff.

Interestingly, it seemed like when my D6500 was very new, it seemed startlingly hot to the touch in certain places, particularly the upper left corner. Just yesterday, though, after watching it for a couple of hours, I felt the back of the set again and it didn't seem as hot; I'd describe it as fairly warm but that's about it. Perhaps the picture settings that I've settled on allow the set to run cooler? I have no idea.
post #53 of 998
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Originally Posted by banditws6 View Post

Alas, I have no concept of how hot is too hot. The last TV I bought was 9 years ago. CRT rear projections didn't throw heat like the new stuff.

Interestingly, it seemed like when my D6500 was very new, it seemed startlingly hot to the touch in certain places, particularly the upper left corner. Just yesterday, though, after watching it for a couple of hours, I felt the back of the set again and it didn't seem as hot; I'd describe it as fairly warm but that's about it. Perhaps the picture settings that I've settled on allow the set to run cooler? I have no idea.

How hot is too hot? Admittedly, this is a subjective question, but let me try to answer it...

It's too hot if it's uncomfortable to the touch, if it feels like your fingers are burning, if you don't want to leave your fingers there for more than 20 seconds. It's not too hot if you wouldn't mind leaving your fingers there for several minutes.
post #54 of 998
can anybody write here about it's power consumption? i searched internet but did't find any comment about it.
post #55 of 998
Just watched some HD cable with my blinds pulled back. It had very little effect, if any, on the picture and today is a sunny day here in Northern VA.

Watched about 3 hours of 3D movies last night and cable before that, I ran my hand on the top and side of the TV before shutting down and didn't notice any substantial heat.
post #56 of 998
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Originally Posted by BurtReynolds View Post

Just watched some HD cable with my blinds pulled back. It had very little effect, if any, on the picture and today is a sunny day here in Northern VA.

Watched about 3 hours of 3D movies last night and cable before that, I ran my hand on the top and side of the TV before shutting down and didn't notice any substantial heat.

That's really puzzling. Today, I went to two other Futile Shops, one at Laird & Eglinton and the other at the Old Stockyards. At Laird, the Sammy also ran crazy hot to the touch. At the Old Stockyards, not so much -- the Sammy actually felt more reasonable. So I don't know what to make of this. Out of 3 samples, 2 ran crazy hot and one ran sort of okay. But all 3 had "substantial heat".

I guess it's a matter of the luck of the draw. If you buy the Sammy, you may or may not get one that runs way too hot. The probability is high, though, that you will, IMHO.
post #57 of 998
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Originally Posted by reng2005 View Post
That's really puzzling. Today, I went to two other Futile Shops, one at Laird & Eglinton and the other at the Old Stockyards. At Laird, the Sammy also ran crazy hot to the touch. At the Old Stockyards, not so much -- the Sammy actually felt more reasonable. So I don't know what to make of this. Out of 3 samples, 2 ran crazy hot and one ran sort of okay. But all 3 had "substantial heat".

I guess it's a matter of the luck of the draw. If you buy the Sammy, you may or may not get one that runs way too hot. The probability is high, though, that you will, IMHO.
Maybe someone else can chime in, but I would imagine that "real world" use at home is not comparable to a unit sitting on display, often in "torch" mode in a retail store. I've been watching HD Netflix on moderate settings for the last 4 hours and I just ran my hand around the TV and the back. No hot spots. A small amount of heat in the back, but it barely registers.
post #58 of 998
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Originally Posted by BurtReynolds View Post
Maybe someone else can chime in, but I would imagine that "real world" use at home is not comparable to a unit sitting on display, often in "torch" mode in a retail store. I've been watching HD Netflix on moderate settings for the last 4 hours and I just ran my hand around the TV and the back. No hot spots. A small amount of heat in the back, but it barely registers.
bop my TV has been on for the last 6 hours, and the heat is just warm. The hottest it gets is when I watch hockey due to the white of the ice but even that is just warm +1.


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Originally Posted by INNOVABOOK View Post
I've had my 59" 6500 for about 2 weeks now. It is also my first plasma. Great TV, no burn in or image retention. I have really broken it in by just watching full-screen HD content. 3D works great.

My only complaint is that the stand had a couple of dents in it for some reason... no big deal though since I mounted it.

Picture quality is A+++

PIC

WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR STAND!? ITS nice. ****in white Wii ruins the whole set up! :P
post #59 of 998
Got it at Best Buy for about 200 bux. LoL at the stupid Wii... they came out with the damn black version about a month after I bought the white one
post #60 of 998
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Originally Posted by BurtReynolds View Post

Maybe someone else can chime in, but I would imagine that "real world" use at home is not comparable to a unit sitting on display, often in "torch" mode in a retail store. I've been watching HD Netflix on moderate settings for the last 4 hours and I just ran my hand around the TV and the back. No hot spots. A small amount of heat in the back, but it barely registers.

I hope you're right. I'm going to chance it and buy the Sammy.
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