Originally Posted by Chris Mishima
On the cracked Plasma, not to be insulting but you do have your TV plugged into a surge protector? If two TVs went bad plugged into the same socket there may be a problem there.
Not insulted at all. Thank you for the reply.
Good thought. I have the set plugged into a Monster Cable AV surge protector. I don't have the model with me right now but it's only 2 years old so I would kind of doubt that's the issue. I may do some testing on it. I'm an electrical engineer specializing in failure analysis and characterization so I have some decent capabilities at my disposal.
Also, if you haven't heard of it you might find it interesting to search for the Samsung cracking issue. It's pretty amazing. According to service techs Samsung used to replace sets that this happened to but after it became very frequent a new policy came down from corporate and they began denying everything. There's actually a class action suit pending in NJ.
I also thought...well...maybe this is just a few people that had an ax to grind and a bunch of others jumped on the bandwagon. Maybe it's just as bad with other brands. Well...research suggests otherwise. No cracking results for LG, Panasonic, etc. Only Samsung. I think the problem really started to get serious when they began making their sets extremely thin. Mine was only 1.2" thick. My suspicion is that they are not able to dissipate heat well enough and the glass expands unevenly. A service tech told me that they also started bonding the inner and outer layers together whereas they used to leave a gap between them. Additionally...my crack originated at a point just in front of a circuit board with a lot of venting around it suggesting it's a heat generator.
Here's how I look at it: it happened to me without user intervention. I know it happened...so I feel compelled to believe it happened to others. And if Samsung tells me and all the others that we are lying because they "know" it's user damage well they can get their money somewhere else.
But like I said. No offense taken. But I am speaking from first hand experience...not hearsay. When you pay extra for delivery service and treat your plasma with extreme care because you know they are delicate...then watch your TV implode from 15' away with nothing near it...it's just slightly annoying to be told by Samsung you caused the damage.
But back on topic. I love the ST50 but I don't like the fact that it doesn't have a "blue only" mode for calibration. That said the factory hue/tint appears very natural (to my eyes) once brightness/contrast/sharpness are tweaked in.