Originally Posted by ssmaniac
As I noted in one of the other threads, I am looking at the 530 and 550. I do think that is a good price, as I have been watching these. However, I've read a lot of reviews on BB site, Amazon, elsewhere about the 530 suddenly failing within a few months and even weeks. I don't know whether this is an issue that has been resolved, but even recent posts indicating recent purchases have talked about this problem, so it doesn't appear it was only on older builds...
I am interested in others' thoughts....Thanks
I have the 530. Mine had issues from day one, but very minor so I've only recently noticed they were issues. The lower left corner of my screen is red-ish on white screens. Also, there is a bit of gray rain across the middle. All on white screens. I believe it's due to an overvoltage to the panel, and is an easy fix or repair.
The real reason why this TV has low ratings and is having such a price drop, is features and HDMI inputs. Seriously. People love HDMI inputs, and useless features on their TV's. At least I consider them useless. This TV has two HDMI inputs, and many people want three to four. I have no need for more than one HDMI input on my TV, nor do I need facebook and netflix features. I have an AVR and a few other devices that can easily be used for any "features" newer TV's come loaded with.
About my TV's issue, it's not bad, but it's been getting on my nerves. Samsung was quick to send a service center out, initially, and I will finally have my panel replaced tomorrow afternoon. In my area there are aparently only a few service centers they allow to work on my TV. I had no idea that the TV could now be purchased for $250 less than what I paid for it. This made it very tough to find a service center that could come in with a repair at or under the cost of the newer TV. But, as i said, they're finally coming out to fix it.
From what I've been seeing, it isn't just this TV that has failed early, but a lot of Samsung TV's. The higher priced plasma's seem to have the same issue as the lower priced ones. Even other TV brand's that use Samsung panels have been failing the same way. I've talked extensively to the service centers, and they admitted they've been busy with Samsung and Panasonic this year.
The TV is a great TV. Picture quality is stunning, blacks are black, colors are vibrant, and the set itself looks sleek. For the current price it is now, I wouldn't hesitate to pick one up. If a problem were to occur, Samsung will send someone out to work on it.