Just some further observations after picking my 60" EH6050 at Costco last week.
First of all, thamk you for all your infomation on this thread, it has been a great help.
-The included stand sucks. As a poster just noted, it tilts back. I wasn't planning to use it for more than a couple of days so I don't know if there is a fix. It also scared the crap out of me since it seemed so flimsy and the slightest touch would send it wobbling. Unlike the back screw mounts used to attach to my wall mount which are large screws into the metal support female threads in the back of the TV, the stand screws are tiny and only 4 attach to what seems to be plastic that are easily stripped. (I slightly did one but recovered with a slightly large diameter screw). One wrong hit or plastic fatigue might send the thing crashing down. The wall mounting screw mounts are rock solid.
-Brightness and screen reflectivity. I think the screen brightness is totally adequate. I have 15' of sliders to the right of my viewing area, 9' from right side of TV. Even when the sun is on the cream travertine type tile at the base of the TV, it is totally watchable with little washout. The only issue would be dark scenes/movies where some screen reflectivity comes into play. Watching Golf/Tennis/Football/Hockey....perfect. This of course is with the backlight set at 20. Someone with windows letting in light directly behind or to the sides of the viewing area might have a problem but for me it isn't an issue. This was a concern considering the screen reflectivity. FYI, I'm in South Florida watching on a bright sunny day with the sliders open, the sun angle coming in is at it's peak in my south facing room. Summer time actually has less light coming in with the sun higher above the horizon.
-Vertical banding. Very little from what I can tell. I've only been able to see it on a minor basis watching a Bicycle BMX guy get followed through the air with slight banding in the sky behind him. A little also while watching a skier slalom. Could see it in the snow behind the skier. It disappeared instantly, and IMHO, it's rare and slight and not enough to pull it off the wall back to Costco. If I spent $5K on the latest set, maybe.
-Blue Ghosting. I have the HS-01 panel, and I've still not found it. Will advise if I do.
-Picture quality. I am totally pleased, especially at $1049 for 60". It surely depends on the programmer/network and Comcast, but when all three produce their best, it's awesome. Even Netflix instant, while not up to BlueRay standards, is damn close and very watchable. Just tone down the sharpness a little more. I've also found the need to tweek the settings sometimes, mostly due to the quality of the channel being watched. Take the NFC/AFC Championships. Both were beautiful but FOX was definitely worse in HD quality. The motion setting did seem to mostly eliminate the slight pixalation seen following a fast moving player. It really isn't that bad with it off, again IMHO. Same goes for Tennis, Golf and Hockey. Hockey is probably the best. I can't detect little if any PQ issues watching it. i don't even watch or follow Hockey, but i've found myself drinking a beer and watching some games because the PQ is essentially flawless to me. College/NBA basketball is very good also, especially with the motion on. I also agree that the motion makes anything but sports look like a video soap opera. I turn it off for everything else. I give it a thumbs up 10/10 for Sports. BlueRay DVD is flawless to me. I don't know my FPS setting or if I even have a choice, but my basic BR player looks perfect to me. Lord of the Rings, Dark Night Rises and Revenge of the Sith all looked perfect.
-Xbox looks good. Battlefield III, Assasins Creed III. I think both actually are improved using the motion feature. Probably a personal taste issue, but I felt both games looked great from the brief time I tested them. Kids prefer motion on for ACIII.
-Corner issues and washout. I have a very, very slight reduced light on two corners of mayve 2.5 inches. I can barely see it with the screen on a totally white scene. Again, if I spent $5K, it might get exchanged. It is so minimal and isn't a significant issue to me. Off angle? Whatever i set using this thread seemed to reduce any washout whn viewing off angle. For my viewing in my seating area, it is fine. Others with 45 degree off center seating can see some washout.
-Sound. Usually not a factor, but very acceptable until I get my speakers/stereo hooked up. Much better than I expected.
-Samsung logo hanging below center. I could do without it. Same goes for the cheap on/off manual selector switch on the lower right bezel. It is a small wart that would have better set on the back side of the unit.
-Power consumption. Using a Kill-A-Watt meter, the set has a range of consumption depending on the backlight setting. At full backlight (20) the set uses 155 Watts. With backlight at zero, it uses 40 Watts of power. If I can get clean generator power, that is a big issue to me in hurricane country where I live.
Hope this helps
(please excuse typos and lack of proofreading)