Originally Posted by syntax53
I did additional lag tests (I took pictures with my DSLR at 1/2000th of a second speed), and took some screen uniformity shots. On the lag tests, make sure you aren't comparing big numbers to each other. Pay attention to the number on my laptop screen below the big number. The difference between those two is the lag. The "standard, clear" and "standard, off" are with the clear motion rate set to clear and off. It basically seems like all of the modes are the same. Also of note that game mode is basically an entirely new picture mode where you can set all independet picture settings such as backlight and stuff. Not sure if this is the same on all TVs. But I was able to adjust to the to look decent in game mode without messing up my regular modes.
As for screen uniformity, you'll notice that the corners on this set tend to be darker. Kind of the opposite of the edge-lit TVs. I rarely notice it watching regular TV. The picture on the bottom is the black level. This screen does shut the light off when it detects an all black image, but you'll notice the mouse of my laptop is still on the screen so it IS still lit up, but you can barely tell. The black level on the TV is very good.
Very good and practical pictures . . . . and now a good reference for this thread!
I noticed the same thing about just a tad less light in the corners and sides of the screen .. . as you said, kind of the opposite of an edge lit LED/LCD panel. Which pretty much verifies it is Direct Lit full array from behind. But it in no way detracts from very good picture quality with program material. If Samsung addresses that with adding a few more LEDs to the back light in , say, next years models. . . the back light uniformity would match TVs in the tier up. Also, as you indicated, the black level is outstanding for a TV in this price range.
I spent over an hour with the UN46EH6000 yesterday and went through the menu and various settings. Overall, Samsung should have a dynamite sales of this TV for those who want better than average picture quality for a mid priced TV. I have been waiting for an affordable full array LED TV for 3 years and this is a good start. I expect more to follow. And the lag times for gamers is very good even with various picture options engaged. Thanks for spending the time for such thorough test rounds.
I will be watching for a bit to see if owners find any serious picture issues such as banding, motion artifacts, etc. One review indicated there were some artifacts, but I did not see any in the store. In fact, the EH6000 looked better than the 6 other TV surrounding it at the BB I went to including several plasma TVs. And some of these TVs, including some 2011 Samsung models, cost $100 to $200 more. And the plasma TVs looked dull and lacked the good contrast ratio of the EH6000 even after toning down the store torch mode with remote settings. Of course I had no cal disc to do settings, but using Standard picture mode with back light, brightness and contrast turned down a very good picture and still brighter than most other TVs around it.
I think a full calibration or even using the AVS HD709 disc for Media Assisted Settings will make this TV look like a TV of much higher price range. I wonder if Chad B. might take a crack at this mid priced TV? Would be nice to see a pro calibration on it.EDIT:
While at the BB, the young sales associate that was with me did not believe this TV was Direct Lit full array LED as I and others did initially either. He cited that the Samsung website did not indicate it was. So, this remains a sleeper until the word gets out. He said the TV was "too light" and last years full array TVs were always heavy. I told him there was a lot of misinformation on the net about it and directed him to two of the articles including the Samsung press release. The sales associate could not believe this TV was full array for the price either. Kudos to Samsung for realizing in this economy, that people want decent picture quality without breaking the bank. As for net apps and other frill. . . . those are best left to low cost external devices anyway which offer more flexibility.